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 youtube. 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 following specific guidelines. They will also have a Skype interview during which they may be asked to do some impromptu performing such as sight reading. Do not be nervous about this. It would be much more difficult for people in their forties to make the leap, but for students your age, it should be a baby step.
The directions for all the auditions will be sent on January 20-21 to qualified applicants. I
Do not submit a portfolio or prepare a 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.
Audition Video Instructions . You'll be surprised at how stress-free the process can be. Although the first scene on the video notes that the video deadline if February 2, it is actually February 8.
Submitting the creative writing, digital media, and studio art portfolio via Dropbox
After you have decided what to include in your portfolio and saved it, it's time to send it off to the teacher who will be making the GSA selections. Because email, even a ZIP file, may take too much room or be overlooked. If you don't use Dropbox, do not despair. The account is free, and the directions follow:
1.Name your file like this: YOUR NAME:GSA AUDITION FILES/NAME OF DISCIPLINE/ NAME OF HIGH SCHOOL
Then it's time to go to dropbox.
1. Sign in to dropbox.com.2. Hover your cursor over the folder on your desktop that you want to share.3. Click the blue Share button that appears.4. Enter the email addresses of people who need edit access to the folder.5. Select Can edit from the pull-down menu (if applicable)6. Add a message about the files and click Share.
Preparing your portfolio
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; Click the link below to view simple directions for preparing your video.
How do I prepare for my audition for my specific art?
Descriptions of the expectations for preparing for specific arts auditions can be found in the links below.
Creative Writing Procedures
Digital Imagery Procedures
Instrumental Music Procedures
Studio Art Procedures
Vocal Music Procedures