Fine Arts Focus

Fine Arts Focus Program

Upcoming Auditions: 

June 15th 2017

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 potentials. Students in the program have a reduced academic day to allow for two hours of artistic instruction per day.

Disciplines offered

- Dance (Intermediate and Advanced 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; 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, Theatre and Music must pass an audition. Visual Arts applicants must provide a portfolio of work and audition through a drawing test.

June 15th Auditions for program entry in September 2017

AUDITION TIMES (Please arrive 10 minutes early to finalize registration)

10:00 to 12:00 Visual Arts

12:30 to 1:30 Drama

1:00-3:00 pm Dance (Try-outs for the Advanced Group and for Entry into the FAF Dance Program)

There are no Music Auditions in June.

Please contact the program coordinator to register for the audition or for any additional information. (

Please note: Auditions for program entry in September 2018 will take place in October 2017. 


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 one hour and materials will be provided by the Jury.


THEATRE Criteria

Applicants will be required to submit 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 1 piece in its entitrety and 1 or 2 qdditional contrasting excerpts of pieces for a total duration of 5 minutes (8 min maximum)  either vocally or with an instrument.

If applicants are singing or need any sort of back track, it must be ready on an electronic device that can be plugged into speakers. 

Applicants will also be asked a few questions on their motivation to enter the program and their musical background if applicable  when they are finished performing. The audition will last 15 minutes including interview as well as set up and exit times.


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