Fine Arts Focus

Fine Arts Focus Program


Upcoming Auditions for September 2018 Entry: Saturday, MAY 12, 2018

For Students in Grade 6 to Secondary 4

Fine Arts Focus provides a vibrant arts core education that promotes academic success through artistic exploration. Students will have the opportunity to participate in performances and exhibitions and to develop their artistic potential. Students in the program have a reduced academic day to allow for two hours of artistic instruction per day, 4 days a week.

Disciplines offered

- Dance (Junior and Senior levels)
- Visual Arts  
- Music (Band, Choir and Specialization)
- Drama 
Facilities include an excellent auditorium facility; computer labs; dance studios; a fully equipped TV studio (with cable broadcast capability); music rooms with individual rehersal booths;  spacious art rooms with projectors, pottery wheels and kiln; and a readily accessible A/V center.



Admission into the Fine Arts Focus program is based on a combination of academic, artistic and interview skills. Students applying into Dance, Drama and Music must pass an audition. Visual Arts applicants must provide a portfolio of work and audition through a drawing test.

Spring Auditions for program entry in September 2018 on Saturday, May 12, 2018


Drama: 9:00-10:30 (Please arrive 20 minutes prior to finalize registration)

Dance: 9:00-10:45 (Please arrive 20 minutes prior to finalize registration)

Visual Arts: 11:00-12:45 (Please arrive 20 minutes prior to finalize registration)

Music: Between 11:00 and 12:45 (Please arrive 5 minutes before the audition appointment to finalize registration)

To register for the auditon for entry in September 2018 please contact the program coordinator at

For entry in September 2019, please attend the HRHS Open House in September, 2018. For any additional information, please contact the coordinator at


Fine Arts Focus Program
AUDITION CRITERIA by Concentration

DANCE Criteria (* dancers with experience only)

Applicants will be asked to learn and perform two or more short routines taught by one of the dance evaluators. 

These routines will vary in genre and style.

Students are being evaluated on their technical skills, their energy, their stage presence, their ability to learn a routine and their overall performance. 

Students should be prepared to dance in proper dance attire.


Applicants will be required to submit a Student Portfolio of 6-7 pieces of work  (painting, drawing, sculptures, etc) which reflects:

  • Presentation
  • Technical Ability
  • Technical Versatility
  • Originality
  • Imagination

Along with the portfolio, students must prepare a one to two paragraph explanation of the process they went through to create one of the pieces in their portfolio.

Applicants will also be asked to undergo an audition drawing on the day of the interview which should last about two hours and materials will be provided by the teachers.


DRAMA Criteria

Applicants will be required to be prepared to present a 1-2 minute monologue. This monologue may be an original creation or from a play. (Monologues taken from movies are strongly discouraged.) Please be sure that the monologue is well-rehearsed and memorized. The monologue will be assessed on the following criteria :

VOICE: Volume, Tone and Vocal Characterization.
PHYSICALIZATION: Movement and Stage Presence

Applicants will also be required to submit a 1-page letter describing the planning and rehearsal process for the monologue. This must be submitted in an envelope with the child’s name on it at the beginning of the audition.

During the audition, the students will undergo group testing through an improvisation activity, lead by one of the teachers in the program.  This will be followed by a quick written reflection on the experience, completed during the audition.

There will also be a short group interview.

MUSIC Criteria

Applicants will be required to prepare 3 contrasting pieces, totalling a maximum of 8 minutes. Applicants may audition on a band instrument (flute, trumpet, drum kit, etc.), guitar, piano, or vocally. If applicants are singing or are using any sort of accompaniment, they must bring their own accompanist or have a track ready on an electronic device that can be plugged into a sound system. Students may audition with pieces in any style or genre, including but not limited to Classical, Jazz, Pop, Broadway, and Rock. Adjudicators may stop a student at any point during the audition and ask to hear the applicant’s next piece. Additionally, adjudicators may not ask to hear all 3 of an applicant’s pieces. This is in no way an indication of how well a student is doing in their audition.
                  Applicants will be interviewed on their motivation for entering the program, their musical background, and their musical goals, once they have completed the performance portion of the audition. Applicants will also undergo a short series of musical aptitude exercises. Applicants will be asked about band instrument preferences, as well as preference for private lesson specialization (voice, piano, or guitar). The audition will last a total of 20 minutes, including interview, exercises, as well as set up and exit times.



Nurin Somani
HRHS Fine Arts Focus Program Coordinator
Tel: (450) 678-1070 ext. 6690