MSA Audition and Portfolio Requirements


Audition and Portfolio Requirements

Each student applying to the Marin School of the Arts is required to complete either an audition or portfolio presentation. At each audition/presentation, there will be teacher(s) evaluating each applicant. Following the audition(s)/presentation(s), there will be a short interview with each candidate. Candidates may also be be asked to write a short essay on a theme related to the arts, which will take no more than 20 minutes.
Listed below are the audition and portfolio requirements for each arts focus area. Students may audition in more than one area, with a maximum of applications to three discipline areas allowed.

MSA-Cinematic-ArtsCINEMATIC ARTS

The Cinematic Arts requirements are as follows:

Please be prepared to present two examples of your work from the list below:

1. Completed film or video (approximately 1-3 minutes in length)
2. Storyboard (similar to a comic strip that is a hand illustrated version of
key scenes and edits as they would appear in a short video or movie)
3. Short stories or scripts (3 – 5 pages)

AUDITION DATES: Saturday, Feb. 3, and Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018

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MSA Creative WritingCREATIVE WRITING

The Creative Writing requirements are as follows:

The Creative Writing program needs to receive your portfolio TWO WEEKS PRIOR to your audition date in order to review it and be more prepared for your audition/interview.

Please mail or deliver to:  Marin School of the Arts, 625 Arthur, Novato, CA 94947

Applicant portfolio should include:

1. Please submit a notebook or portfolio of your writing.  The notebook should contain between
10-20 pages of your writing examples – short story, poetry, creative or personal essay, song lyrics, journalistic articles, comics (in which case, drawings would be appropriate), or any other genre you think suitable. Your samples may be complete or incomplete, so if you wish to submit a work-in-progress, please do so.

2. Along with the notebook, please choose one of the prompts below and write a new original story, nonfiction piece or poem of any length:

1. Describe a memorable event, positive or negative, and how it felt to you, but do not name the feeling. Instead, tell how it felt in your body (damp hands, metallic taste, tight throat, wobbly knees, etc.)
2.  Write a poem describing a room in your home. Use five of the following words: swan, root, mask, pleasure, blind, believe, sit, curtain, flames, love.  Add a line from a famous work of literature to your poem as well.
3.  Write a short story or poem where an abandoned building is the speaker or the main character.
4.  Rewrite a fairy tale. Give it a new ending or make it modern or write it as a poem.

Please provide us with a self-addressed, stamped 11 x 14 envelope if you would like your writing samples returned to you.

AUDITION DATES: Saturday, February 3, and Sunday, February 4, 2018

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danceDANCE

The Dance audition requirements are as follows:

1. Perform a short choreographed piece in any style that best exhibits your strengths as a dancer (1-2 minutes, ipod player will be available for accompaniment).

2. You will then learn a brief combination that will demonstrate how well you pick up choreography.

3. You will be led through a ballet barre and center.

4. A short improvisation exercise will follow that will show your comfort level with a variety of music and dance styles.

Come dressed in tights, leotard and dance shoes or in other appropriate movement attire.

AUDITION DATES: Saturday, February 3, and Sunday, February 4, 2018

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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

The audition requirements for Instrumental Music are:

For Jazz, Chamber, Concert Band, Strings students

1. C, F, Bb major scales, natural and harmonic minor.
2. Prepare on etude or piece that demonstrates your skill level and ability in either a jazz or classical style.
3. Be prepared to sight-read a short piece of music.
4. Blues in F (Billie’s Bounce or Now’s the Time) – (jazz only)

AUDITION DATES FOR JAZZ AND CLASSICAL:  Saturday, February 3, and Sunday, February 4, 2018.

 

For Rock Band Guitarists, Bassists and Keyboards (Auditions will be solo and in groups)
1. Choose one song from the following list to play with a band.

Carry on My Wayward Son, by Kansas,

Locked Out of Heaven, by Bruno Mars,

Weird Fishes, by Radiohead,

Hysteria, by Muse,

Boogie on Reggae Woman, by Stevie Wonder,

Jumpstart, by St. Adeline, or

War Pigs, by Black Sabbath.

2. Be prepared to play the major and minor scales and pentatonic scales.
3. Be prepared to demonstrate your ability to improvise over a blues chord progressing.

AUDITION DATE FOR ROCK BANDS:  Saturday, February 3 or Sunday, February 4, 2018–more information to come.

 

jazz 1 drum soloJazz Drummers and Percussionists:
1. Prepare a solo that demonstrates your skill and ability.
2. Be prepared to demonstrate several different styles of drumming. Include
medium and up tempo swing, brushes, bossa, samba, shuffle, funk etc.
3. Be prepared to sight-read a short piece of music.
4. PERCUSSIONISTS ONLY: Be prepared to play one two-octave major and one two octave minor scale in eighth notes at a metronome marking of quarter note equals 80 in any of the following concert keys: C major, Bb major, F major, C melodic minor, Bb melodic minor. You can use mallet instruments or piano for this.

Rock Drummers and Percussionists: (auditions will be solo and in groups)
1. Choose one song from the following list to play with a band.

Carry on My Wayward Son, by Kansas,

Locked Out of Heaven, by Bruno Mars,

Weird Fishes, by Radiohead,

Hysteria, by Muse,

Boogie on Reggae Woman, by Stevie Wonder,

Jumpstart, by St. Adeline, or

War Pigs, by Black Sabbath.

2. Be prepared to demonstrate several different styles of drumming. Include medium and up rock beats, 12/8 shuffle, funk, ska etc.
3. PERCUSSIONISTS ONLY: Be prepared to play one two-octave major and one two octave minor scale in eighth notes at a metronome marking of quarter note equals 80 in any of the following concert keys: C major, Bb major, F major, C melodic minor, Bb melodic minor, and F melodic minor. You can use mallet instruments or piano for this.

Rock vocalists:
1. Choose one song from the following list to play with a band.

Carry on My Wayward Son, by Kansas,

Locked Out of Heaven, by Bruno Mars,

Weird Fishes, by Radiohead,

Hysteria, by Muse,

Boogie on Reggae Woman, by Stevie Wonder,

Jumpstart, by St. Adeline, or

War Pigs, by Black Sabbath.

2. Be prepared to sight-sing a short piece of music.
3. Be prepared to sing a series of exercises to evaluate ability to match pitch, range, and musicianship.

jazz choirVOCAL MUSIC

The Vocal Music audition requirements are as follows:

1. Be prepared to perform two contrasting pieces (i.e. classical and jazz), including using  your head voice in at least one of them. Please do not exceed three minutes.
2. Be prepared to sight-sing a short piece of music.
3. Be prepared to sing a series of exercises to evaluate ability to match pitch, range, and musicianship.
4. You must bring your own accompanist, music source or perform a cappella.
5. Be prepared to learn and rehearse a choral excerpt.

AUDITION DATES: Saturday, February 3, and Sunday, February 4, 2018 with a group rehearsal for everyone to be announced.

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IMG_4935FINE ARTS

Painting/Drawing:

A portfolio presentation must include:

Portfolios are to be brought with the student to the audition – please do not send them in prior.

1.      A portrait, in any medium (drawn from life or a photograph)

2.      A still life, in any medium (drawn from life)

3.      Something from your imagination, in any medium

4.      A painting using color

5.      2-5 other pieces that exhibit the best and most interesting aspects of your work.

Works can be submitted in any media or technique and should represent a variety of approaches.

For the drawing and painting pieces, live work is preferred.

For two-dimensional works the original work, digital images or photographs will be accepted.

Please identify each work with your name, address, and phone number on the back.

AUDITION DATES:  Saturday, February 3, and Sunday, February 4, 2018.

 

Digital Arts:141121 Digital Art and Photography (43)

A portfolio presentation must include:

Portfolios of 6-10 pieces are to be brought with the student to the audition – please do not send them in prior.
1.      A manipulated portrait using Photoshop, Illustrator, or some other digital illustration software
2.      A manipulated fantasy landscape or interior

3.      Four to six quality art pieces  that show  interesting aspects of your work. These can be either
traditional painting and drawing mediums or created as digital illustrations.

All works should be printed 5 x 7” or larger.  Please identify each work with your name,
address, and phone number.

If you do not have access to Photoshop or some other Digital Darkroom Software, you can download GIMP. It is free and functions much the same as Adobe Photoshop or get a free trial version of Photoshop CS6 @ Adobe.com

Portfolios are preferred in traditional hard copy form, but are also accepted as a
digital presentation on a flash drive or disc.

AUDITION DATES:  Saturday, February 3, and Sunday, February 4, 2018.

 

Photography:IMG_4776

Portfolios are to be brought with the student to the audition – please do not send them in prior. A portfolio presentation must include:

1. A portrait, in any medium.

2. A total of two pieces from any of the following choices:

a) Landscape
b) Shadow / Light / Reflection
c) Rule of Thirds (look this up on the internet @
http://photography.about.com/od/takingpictures/a/ruleofthirdsdet.htm
d) Four to six other photographs – your best work.

3. Four to six other photographs – your best work.

All works should be 5” x 7” or larger prints, in color or black and white. Please identify
each work with your name, address and phone number.
If you do not have access to Photoshop or some other Digital Darkroom Software, you can download GIMP. It is free and functions much the same as Adobe Photoshop or get a free trial version of Photoshop CS6 @ Adobe.com

Portfolios are preferred in traditional hard copy form, but are also accepted as a
digital presentation on a flash drive or disc.

AUDITION DATES:  Saturday, February 4, and Sunday, February 5, 2017.

 

Sculpture and Ceramics:sculpture_close_up

For three-dimensional works, please create and bring to your interview the following:

1. One sculpture of a favorite object, character or image from your imagination, made of any kind of clay and at least 5″ in any one direction, larger if you choose.   Please give your piece a title.

2. One sculpture made of a combination of at least 3 different materials you find around your
home (sticks, string, recyclables, etc.), also at least 5″ in any  direction.  Please give your piece a title.

3. Two images of sculptures that made an impact on you.  Be prepared to explain why these sculptures impressed you and what kind of sculptures you would like to create yourself.

AUDITION DATES:  Saturday, February 3, and Sunday, February 4, 2018.

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MSA Musical TheatreMUSICAL THEATRE

1. Students will participate in a mandatory two-hour theatre workshop (at no charge) with other applicants, MSA students and members of the program staff on on a date to be determined.

The Musical Theatre audition dates will be February 4 and February 4, 2018.
2.    Students are required to perform one monologue, one minute or slightly less in length. Find something that shows who YOU are. Please choose a monologue from a published play or novel, not from monologue books or monologue websites. Students must know the author of the monologue. Students need to have read the whole play in order to understand the character and scene they are performing. Please do not over rehearse.
3.    Students are also required to perform two different 16 bar cuts of songs from the musical theatre genre: one up-tempo piece and one ballad. Some students may be invited to sing the entire song. In choosing your song, please consider something with a strong melody. Applicants are encouraged to consider songs from the 1920s through the 1960s. Please bring marked sheet music (indicate the beginning and end of your chosen cuts) IN YOUR KEY.
4.    Students may also be asked to read cold from a script provided at the audition and/or to learn a short piece of choreography at the audition.
5. If you have questions about any of these requirements, please email Mr. Franz at: msatheatre@gmail.com.

MSA Theatre at Lenaea FestivalTHEATRE ARTS

1.    Prior to individual auditions, students will participate in a mandatory two-hour theatre workshop (at no charge) with other applicants, MSA students and members of the program staff a date to be determined. Individual auditions will be held Saturday, February 3 and Sunday, February 4, 2018.
2.    Students are required to perform two contrasting monologues, each of one minute or slightly less. Examples of contrasting monologues include: one classical and one modern, one serious and one comical, etc. Try to avoid dialects and accents. Find something that shows who YOU are. Please choose monologues from a published play or novel, not from monologue books or monologue websites. Students must know the author of the monologue. Students need to have read the whole play in order to understand the character and scene they are performing. Please do not over rehearse.
3.    Students may also be asked to read cold from a script provided at the audition.
4.   If you have questions about any of these requirements, please email Mr. Franz at: msatheatre@gmail.com.

AUDITION DATES:  Saturday, February 3, and Sunday, February 4, 2018. In addition, all applicants must attend a MANDATORY group workshops (at no cost) on a date to be determined.  P

Product Design_project3PRODUCT DESIGN

Please be prepared to present two examples of your work from the list below:

1. Completed project (any medium that shows high quality work including tinkering projects, electronic projects, woodworking examples, student designed 3D printed objects, functional prototypes, clothing or any object that shows your interest in creating well-designed things).

2. Product ideas (this can be a project in-process or design sketches for a proposed project).

3. CAD files (bring a print out of an object modeled and rendered in CAD).

4. Code examples (code written in any language. Be prepared to describe how the code functions and the tools used to write and debug the code).

5. Students that don’t have any experience in any of the four identified application areas should write an essay about an area of interest that they would like to deeply explore.

Audition dates:  Saturday, February 3, and Sunday, February 4, 2018