Changes are coming in the auditioning process
Since we are 18 years into the 21st Century, the Governor's School for the Arts is changing the audition process so that it is easier for everyone. Instead of having everyone go to one of the three regional sites, applicants will submit their performance samples via tape or youtube. The specifics will be explained in detail as soon as the process is ironed out. Writers, studio artists and digital artists will submit folders of their work via email. Then, during a Skype interview (there will be specific instructions) those students will also have their folders on their desktops so that they and the judge can talk about the work as they view it together. Performing artists will submit a video of 2-3 minutes. They will also have a Skype interview during which they may be asked to do some impromptu performing.
The directions for all the auditions will be sent by January 20 to qualified applicants. Do not submit a portfolio or video until you have received the directions.
Notification of Selection Procedures
Students chosen to attend GSA will be invited by a letter from the Governor, usually within three weeks after the last audition. All other applicants will receive a letter from Mrs. Keffer or Secretary of Education and the Arts Gayle Manchin regarding their status.
You should start preparing for your audition/portfolio review as soon as you decide to apply! Do not wait until a week or two before auditions to begin preparations.Your application, school records, recommendations and interview as well as your audition performance/portfolio will be considered in the selection process;
Only creative writing, digital media art and visual art applicants submit a portfolio.With the exception of dancing, auditions/reviews take about 15 minutes. Check website frequently for critical announcements. For example, inclement weather may require changing an entire weekend of auditions. You will not receive a letter or a phone call with this information. It will be posted on this site only.
How do I prepare for my audition for my specific art?
The following links contain the information you will need to prepare. Print the procedures, read carefully and practice faithfully!
Creative Writing Procedures
Digital Imagery Procedures
Instrumental Music Procedures
Studio Art Procedures
Vocal Music Procedures