Fine Arts Focus

For more information on this program, please contact:
Andrea Schellenberg
FAF Music and Visual Arts Coordinator

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. 

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.

For more information on this program, please contact:
Deborah Marleau Cavalheiro
FAF Drama and Dance Coordinator

ARTS FOCUS AUDITIONS 2022-23: October 14th and 15th, 2021

 

Dance, Drama, and Music disciplines will hold their auditions/interviews through Zoom on October 14th and 15th.  The FAF Coordinators will send to applicants through e-mail the date, time, and Zoom link for their auditions by the end of the day, October 13th, 2021.

 

Visual Arts:  The drawing test for the Visual Arts discipline will be conducted through e-mail on October 14th from 9 am to 11 am.   The individual interviews/portfolio sharing will be held through Zoom on either October 14th or 15th.  The FAF Coordinator will send all information regarding the drawing test and the date, time, and Zoom link for the interview/portfolio sharing through e-mail by the end of the day  13th, 2021.

 

Please 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 (with cable broadcast capability), 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).

FAF Audition schedule:  Times to be determined.

 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 live through Zoom.  Students will also be interviewed and asked to demonstrate dance techniques during the audition.  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.

VISUAL ARTS Criteria

Applicants will participate in an online drawing test.  They will also be required to present in a Zoom interview, a student portfolio of 6-7 pieces of varying artworks (painting, drawing, sculptures, etc.)  that reflect:

  • Presentation

  • Technical Ability

  • Technical Versatility

  • Originality

  • Imagination

Along with the portfolio, students must be prepared to present during their Zoom interview, a one to two paragraph explanation of the process they went through to create one of the pieces in their portfolio.

DRAMA Criteria

Students are required to perform a 1 to 2 minute monologue, to be delivered, live, through a Zoom interview. 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. Applicants will be assessed on the following: 

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Characterization 

Voice (projection, articulation, pacing) 

Physicality 

Knowledge of Script 

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During the audition, we ask that applicants be alone in an area where they won't be distracted.  As well, applicants will be interviewed after the monologue. 

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Finally, applicants are asked to submit an essay (written document) describing the planning and rehearsal process for the monologue performance. This must be submitted, by e-mail, to the FAF coordinator, at least 24 hours prior to the audition. 

MUSIC Criteria

Applicants will be required to prepare a video recording of themselves performing 3 contrasting pieces, totaling a maximum of 8 minutes.  More detailed information concerning the format and submission of this recording will be provided by e-mail, with your child's audition date/time, prior to your child's audition.  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.   The video must be submitted by e-mail to the FAF coordinator at least 24 hours before the Zoom interview.

 Applicants will also undergo a Zoom 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 during the zoom interview.  Applicants will be asked about band instrument preferences.   The interview will last a total of no more than 15 minutes, including the interview and exercises.