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Audition Information

Thank you to all who auditioned for Fordham High School for the Arts!
Please stay tuned for information about auditions for the fall of 2018.
Guidance Counselors can pre-register students with Lisa Mota at
Information for pre-registration:
  • Student name
  • Current School
  • Date of Audition
  • Area(s) of Audition: Dance, Drama, Music Production, Technical Theater, Visual Art or Vocal
Students or parents can register using the appropriate link below aligned with the auditioning date.

Dance: Auditioning students must arrive dressed in proper dance attire consisting of ballet shoes or bare feet, fitted black dance clothing, and hair that is short or completely secured on top of the head. Students will take a short ballet barre led by the teacher and, if time, a center contemporary or jazz combination. All auditioning students will have the opportunity to present a short one minute dance solo of his or her choice. Please bring music of choice.

Drama: Students are required to audition with two one minute, contrasting, memorized monologues from published plays. Students should be prepared to participate in physical and vocal activities before their audition. And answer questions about their past theatre experience and why they are passionate about theatre.

While not required, pictures, resumes and letters of recommendation from arts and cultural organizations are also accepted at the audition.

Music Production and Engineering: Students are required to come with 1-3 pieces of music prepared to either perform live or play digitally.  Live performance auditions are open to all instruments. Original digital compositions and/or vocalist backing tracks need to be provided via a USB flash drive in an MP3 format. A suggested repertoire will be made available to applicants upon request for specific instruments. Additionally applicants will be engaged in a discussion on their overarching long term goals as a musician as well as background in music to date.   

Technical Theatre: Applicants are expected to construct a 3 dimensional model illustrating their original design of a stage setting for one of the following plays: “THE CRUCIBLE” or MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Students should be prepared to talk about their design choices.  Models are to be the size of a shoebox or larger. Applicants will also participate in a small-group, hands-on practical activity in one or more aspects of technical theatre.

Visual Art: Prepare and present a professional portfolio (work completed on drawing paper, canvas or photographed) of at least five pieces of original work drawn from real-life observations (including one self-portrait, one still-life and one landscape). The portfolio needs to show a range of style. Sketchbooks are welcomed as extra drawings. Auditioning students will be required to complete one detailed, shaded, and colored drawing from observation during the audition.

Vocal Music: Perform a prepared song with MP3/piano accompaniment from the following list: Amazing Grace, Simple Gifts, The National Anthem (Star Spangled Banner), My Favorite Things, God Bless America, Happy Birthday and Somewhere. Students should avoid Top 40 or Pop music when at all possible. Applicants will also be evaluated on tonal memory, rhythmic and aural skills, and vocal technique through teacher-led vocal exercises.