Fine Arts Focus

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Provides students with a vibrant arts education in one of four disciplines: Dance, Drama, Music, or Visual Arts. FAF students learn and create in collaboration with other young artists, and with the guidance of highly trained professionals in their fields. As well, enrichment activities such as workshops and field trips are incorporated into the program to allow our students further opportunities to explore and grow. 

For more information on this program, please contact:

Deborah Marleau Cavalheiro
FAF Coordinator: Dance & Music
Email: deborah.marleaucavalheiro@rsb.qc.ca
Tel: 450 678-1070 EXT. 6581

Bessy Mandamadiotis
FAF Coordinator:  Drama & Visual Arts
Email: VMandamadiotis@rsb.qc.ca
Tel: 450 678-1070 EXT.

FAF students work with high-quality materials, instruments, and equipment, as well as rehearse and perform in state-of-the-art facilities, such as our auditorium and recording studio. They showcase their talents in performances, shows, and vernissages at various times throughout the school year. Fine Arts Focus is the perfect program for budding artists who are passionate about the arts, and who are dedicated to further development, growth, and exploration in their chosen discipline.

THE NEXT ROUND OF AUDITIONS FOR GRADE 6 STUDENTS FOR FINE ARTS FOCUS WILL BE HELD IN OCTOBER 2022.  See below for more information

Please see below for audition criteria.

Fine Arts Focus provides a vibrant arts core education that promotes academic success through artistic exploration. Students also have the opportunity to participate in performances and exhibitions that further develop their artistic potential. Students in the program have a reduced academic day 4 days a week, allowing for 2 hours of artistic training per day, for a total of  8 hours a week.  Students in concentration programs follow the same curriculum as the students in our General Studies program, but with approximately 70% of the class time.  The  Fine Arts Focus program days are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 2:02 pm to 4:02 pm.   On Wednesdays, the concentration program students follow the regular school day academic schedule and do not have program time.

Disciplines offered:

  • Dance 
  • Drama  
  • Music (Concert Band, Choir and Small Ensembles)
  • Visual Arts 

Facilities include an excellent auditorium facility, computer labs, dance studios, a fully equipped TV studio, music rooms with individual practice rooms, spacious art rooms with projectors, pottery wheels and kiln, and a readily accessible A/V center.

Admissions:

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

Applicants are asked to submit their most recent report cards.  The academic assessments are used to help ensure that the selected candidates will be successful with the accelerated pace of the instruction in their academic classes.  Note that students in the Concentration Programs are placed in Enriched French (French de base and Francais langue d’enseignement are not available).

Fine Arts Focus audition criteria by discipline:

Dance Criteria

(previous dance experience recommended)

Applicants are asked to prepare a 1-minute original creation (solo) in the dance style of their choice.  They will perform their solo during the audition. Students will also be interviewed and asked to demonstrate dance techniques during the audition, which may include learning and performing choreography.  Applicants are asked to dress to dance*.

Students will be evaluated on their technical skills, their energy, their stage presence, and their overall performance. 

*Students should be prepared to dance in proper dance attire:  running shoes and ballet OR jazz shoes.  Students should wear comfortable clothing appropriate for ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop

FAF Dacne will hold in-person auditions on October 13th, 2022, from 13h00 to 15h00. Applicants are asked to arrive in the Heritage Regional High School’s Main Foyer by 12:45 pm to check in.  

Visual Arts Criteria

Applicants will participate in a drawing test and interview during their audition. Students should be prepared to discuss their favorite art form during the interview. As well, they need to submit a digital portfolio 24 hours prior to their audition to the program coordinator (VMandamadiotis@rsb.qc.ca). The portfolio should consist of clear pictures, taken from above of  6-7 pieces of varying artworks (painting, drawing, sculptures, etc.)  that reflect:

-Presentation

-Technical Ability

-Technical Versatility

-Originality

-Imagination

The drawing test and interview will take place in-person on October 13th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Students are asked to arrive in the Heritage Regional High School’s Main Foyer by 9:45 am to check in.  Digital portfolios need to be received by e-mail by 8:00 pm on October 12th, 2022.  Send to:   VMandamadiotis@rsb.qc.ca 

​Drama Criteria

Students are required to perform a 1 to 2-minute monologue,  The monologue may be an original creation or an extraction from a play or from the internet. Applicants are discouraged from using film monologues. The monologue should be well-rehearsed and memorized, as no scripts are permitted during the performance.

Students will be interviewed and may be asked to perform an improvisation with the teachers after their monologue.  Applicants will be assessed on the following: ​

Characterization 

Voice (projection, articulation, pacing) 

Physicality 

Knowledge of Script ​

Finally, applicants are asked to submit an essay (written document) describing the planning and rehearsal process for the monologue performance. This must be submitted at the time of the audition. 

FAF Drama will hold in-person auditions on October 13th, 2022. Applicants are asked to check-in at the Main Foyer by 8:45 am.  Auditions begin at 9 am and students will be auditioned in 15-minute blocks.

Music Criteria

Applicants will be required to prepare and perform 3 contrasting pieces, totaling a maximum of 8 minutes.   Applicants may perform on a band instrument (flute, trumpet, drum kit, etc.), guitar, piano, or vocally.  Students may audition with pieces in any style or genre, including, but not limited to, Classical, Jazz, Pop, Broadway, and Rock.   

 Applicants will also undergo an interview which will include questions on their motivation for entering the program, their musical background, and their musical goals.  Applicants will also undergo a series of short musical aptitude exercises.   Applicants will be asked about band instrument preferences.   The interview will last a total of no more than 20 minutes, including the interview and exercises.  

​FAF Music will hold in-person auditions by appointment on October 13th, 2022.   Coordinators will send appointment times on October 11th, 2022, via e-mail.  

Concentration and IB program registration for
incoming students (2023-2024) is now open!

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