High School Auditions

Virtual Audition Information

Due to COVID-19, auditions for high school admissions programs will take place remotely this winter for applicants entering high school in fall 2021. If you are interested in applying to any audition programs, please follow the instructions below.

For Audition Programs at LaGuardia High School

  1. Register by February 23, 2021 to audition for any/all of LaGuardia High School's six programs with MySchools: click on the "LaGuardia" tab to register.
  2. Submit all audition materials for your high school audition(s), per the instructions detailed below for each discipline.

For All Other Audition Programs

  1. List all your program choices on your high school application in MySchools, and apply by February 23, 2021.
  2. Submit all audition materials for your high school audition(s), per the instructions detailed below for each discipline.

Please note: Only the audition programs you list on your submitted high school application in MySchools (see step 1) will review and evaluate the materials you submit.

How to Access Your Accounts 

  • MySchools Account. To submit your high school application and/or register for LaGuardia High School auditions (step 1 above) online, you'll need a MySchools account. Need help accessing your account or adding a student to it? See your Welcome Letter, watch this video, talk to your school counselor, or get support from a Family Welcome Center.
  • DOE Student Account. Submitting audition materials through the Virtual Submission Tool (step 2 above) requires a DOE account. For information about how to access or create your account, please visit the DOE Student Accounts website. Scroll up to learn how students not currently at DOE schools can submit audition materials.

Virtual Audition Tool Submission Guidelines

  • Each file you submit can be no greater than 1GB in size.
  • Electronic documents and images (written work, photographs, paintings and drawings) can be in Word, PDF, JPEG, PNG, GIF, or TIFF format.
  • Digital recordings can be in AVI, MP2, MP4, or MOV formats.
  • The quality of video recording, space, equipment, and editing will not be scored. Students will not be judged on the quality of the material available to them to complete their audition. Students are not expected to use professional recording equipment or professional editing software to complete their submission. Recordings and photographs taken on any electronic device (examples: cell phone, computer, iPad, camera) are acceptable.
  • If you have any questions about how to create and submit your audition file, please discuss them with your current school counselor.
Different types of audition programs have different audition requirements. You may need to use this form more than once to submit auditions to each type of program. For example:
  • If you are applying to dance and music programs, you will submit this form twice: once for dance and once for music.
  • If you are applying to the dance programs at Fordham High School for the Arts and LaGuardia High School, you only need to submit this form once with your dance audition files. In this example, you are submitting one type of audition file to multiple programs.
  • If you are applying for instrumental music programs and wish to audition on more than one instrument, you will submit this form once for each instrument.

High school staff will review and evaluate the audition files you submit. After you submit your audition files, schools may contact you for additional information or for a virtual “call back.” If you do not hear from a school about a "call back," that's okay!

  • Not all audition programs will contact applicants. A “call back” only means the school needs additional information from you before they can finish evaluating your audition.
  • If a school can finish evaluating your audition based entirely on the files you submit through this form, you will not receive a call back.
  • Not all students who get a call back will receive an offer to any program, and not all students who receive an offer to a program will get a call back.

High school staff will rank students based on their evaluation of each student's audition. The Office of Student Enrollment then makes offers in rank number order to students who listed those audition programs on their high school application in MySchools, until all seats are filled. If you have any questions, please ask your current school counselor.

Below, learn about the student audition tasks for each discipline.

Architectural Design

Learn about this architectural design program and its audition requirements.

Program

  • Art and Design High School (02M630): Architectural Design (M60N)

You can log in to MySchools and use the online high school directory to find the school's website and read about the program.

Instructions

To audition for the Architectural Design program at Art and Design High School, please go to the school website to complete separate tasks.

Dance

Learn about dance program options and audition requirements.

Programs

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo High School (26Q415): Performing Dance program (Q16K)
  • Brooklyn High School of the Arts (15K656): Dance program (K47L)
  • Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts (13K265): Dance program (K42C)
  • Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts (03M485): Dance program (M80K)
  • Fordham High School for the Arts (10X437): general program (X51A)
  • Fort Hamilton High School (20K490): Joffrey Dance Academy program (K17J)
  • Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School (30Q501): Dance program (Q40M)
  • Professional Performing Arts High School (02M408): Dance program (M81N)
  • Talent Unlimited High School (02M519): Dance: Ballet and Modern program (M42L)
  • Theatre Arts Production Company School (TAPCo) (10X225): Dance program (X20R)
  • Susan E. Wagner High School (31R460): Dance program (R17K)
  • Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts (03M415): Dance program (M26D)

You can log in to MySchools and use the online high school directory to find each school's website and read about the programs that interest you.

Instructions

Prepare and submit two (2) recorded audition videos described below.

Video 1: Learn and record yourself performing one of the pre-recorded solos of Ballet, Jazz, Modern, or West African dance from the video library below. This dance video will be used to assess the following dance components: replication of dance steps, following direction, musicality, coordination, flexibility, expression. Record so that your full body and movement is shown. You can access the pre-recorded dances and music to the dances.

Video 2: Prepare and record a video of yourself performing a 30 to 60 second solo in any style of dance with which you feel most comfortable. This may include but is not limited to Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Modern, Theater Dance, or West African. This dance video is to assess the following dance components: creativity, musicality, coordination, flexibility, expression. Record so that your full body and movement is shown.

Schools may invite you to “call backs” for virtual on-demand tasks.

Digital Arts and Graphic Design

Learn about digital arts and graphic design program options and audition requirements.

Programs

  • Art and Design High School (02M630): Digital Arts - Graphic Design, Animation and Digital Photography (M60R)
  • High School of Fashion Industries (02M600): Art, Photography, & Graphic Design (M68J)

You can log into MySchools and use the online high school directory to find each school's website (also linked below) and read about the program.

Instructions

  • To audition for the digital arts program at the Art and Design High School, please go to the school website to complete separate tasks.
  • To audition for the graphic design program at the High School of Fashion Industries, please go to the school website to complete separate tasks.

Fashion (Including Business Marketing and Visual Merchandising)

Learn about dance program options and audition requirements.

Programs

  • Programs Art and Design High School (02M630): Commercial Art and Design: Cartooning, Illustration and Fashion Design (M60P)
  • The High School of Fashion Industries (02M600): Business Marketing and Visual Merchandising (M68M)
  • The High School of Fashion Industries (02M600): Fashion Design and Accessories (M68L)

You can log in to MySchools and use the online high school directory to find each school's website (also linked below) and read about the programs you are interested in.

Instructions

  • To audition for the fashion program at Art and Design High School, please go to the school website to complete separate tasks.
  • To audition for the fashion programs at High School of Fashion Industries, please go to the school website to complete separate tasks.

Film

Learn about film program options and audition requirements.

Programs

  • Art and Design High School (02M630): Film/Video Production (M60Q)
  • Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School (30Q501): Film and Media Arts (Q40F)

You can log in to MySchools and use the online high school directory to find each school's website and read about the programs you are interested in.

Instructions

Part 1: VIRTUAL PORTFOLIO

  • I. Writing. To assess your imagination and innovation as well as how you express your thoughts in writing, write and submit one of the following (no more than 250 words):
    • Why are you interested in being a film-maker?
    • You may alternatively submit another written piece, which could include a story, script, screenplay, etc.
  • II. Storyboard. To assess your cinematic vision, create and submit a nine(9)-frame storyboard for a scene from your imagination. A storyboard is a visual representation of a film sequence and breaks down the action into individual panels. It is a series of ordered drawings, with camera direction, dialogue, or other pertinent details. It sketches out how a video will unfold, shot by shot. Please see this template and these storyboard resources .
  • III. Student Introduction. Upload a short video about your submitted storyboard. Discuss your choice of subject and why you chose the specific shots you did. Your video should be no longer than two (2) minutes.

Part 2: VIRTUAL AUDITION

Only students who have successfully submitted this audition portfolio will be invited to participate in a virtual audition and possible additional interview. Admission to film programs require participation in both the online portfolio submission as well as the virtual audition and a possible additional interview.

Instrumental Music

Learn about instrumental music program options and audition requirements.

Programs

  • Bayside High School (26Q495): Music: Performance & Production (Q12B)
  • Brooklyn High School of the Arts (15K656): Instrumental Music (K47K)
  • Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, The (10X442): Concert Band / Jazz Band / Piano (X33A)
  • Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, The (10X442): Instrumental Music: Orchestra / Strings (X33M)
  • Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts (13K265): Instrumental Music (K42E)
  • Edward R. Murrow High School (21K525): Instrumental Music (K57L)
  • Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts (03M485): Instrumental Music program (M80L)*
  • Fordham High School for the Arts (10X437): general program (X51A)
  • Forest Hills High School (28Q440): Academy of Instrumental and Vocal Music (Q19P)
  • Fort Hamilton High School (20K490): Instrumental Music (K17R)
  • Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School (30Q501): Instrumental Music (Q40K)
  • Special Music School (03M859): Voice, Instrument, and Composition (A85A)
  • Susan E. Wagner High School (31R460): Music (R17G)
  • Talent Unlimited High School (02M519): Instrumental Music (M42P)
  • Theatre Arts Production Company School (TAPCo) (10X225): Instrumental Music (X20B)
  • Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts (03M415): Instrumental Music (M26M)

You can log into MySchools and use the online high school directory to find each school's website and read about the programs you are interested in.

Instructions

Prepare and submit BOTH videos specified below. Drummers (i.e., candidates who play non-pitched percussion instruments) are only required to submit Video #1.

VIDEO #1

Perform ONE prepared solo selection without accompaniment. Playing without accompaniment means playing by yourself without a track or additional instruments.

  • Select a piece you feel confident performing that shows your skill level and musicality.
  • Individual school websites may include suggested lists of repertoire and/or model audition videos to guide you in preparing your audition video.

Before playing, briefly introduce yourself, and provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your Student ID number (OSIS number)
  • What is your favorite thing about playing your instrument? (30 seconds or less)
  • Title of the piece you will be playing

VIDEO #2

Perform ONE scale of your choice at a tempo (speed) you find comfortable.

  • This is another opportunity for reviewers to learn more about how:
    • low and how high you can play.
    • comfortably and quickly you can move from note to note.
    • clean and precise your playing is.
    • well you are able to play in tune.
    • well you know what notes make up your selected scale.
    • playing the correct notes is most important.
  • Before playing, briefly introduce yourself, and provide the following information:
    • Your name
    • Your Student ID number (OSIS number)

For help preparing a scale or if you do not know what a scale is, please see these video tutorials and examples.

Your Instrument(s)

You will be able to select your instrument in the Virtual Audition Submission Tool.

  • For Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts (03M485): Instrumental Music program (M80L), you may audition on a maximum of two (2) instruments.
  • Please note that drummers (i.e., candidates who play non-pitched percussion instruments) are only required to submit Video #1.

Call Backs

  • Individual schools may hold “call backs” and request that you attend an individual online appointment to perform additional music tasks, for example: singing back melodic patterns; tapping back rhythmic patterns; or completing a sight-reading task for which you play a short amount of music from sheet music you have not seen before.

Photography

Learn about photography program options and audition requirements.

Programs

  • Abraham Lincoln High School (21K410): Digital Photography (K24L)
  • Art and Design High School (02M630): Digital Arts - Graphic design, Animation and Digital Photography (M60R)
  • High School of Fashion Industries, The (02M600): Art, Photography, and Graphic Design (M68J)

You can log in to MySchools and use the online high school directory to find each school's website (also linked below) and read about the programs you are interested in.

Instructions

  • To audition for the photography program at Abraham Lincoln High School, please go to the school website to complete separate tasks.
  • To audition for the photography program at Art and Design High School, please go to the school website to complete separate tasks.
  • To audition for the photography program at High School of Fashion Industries, please go to the school website to complete separate tasks.

Technical Theater

Learn about technical theater program options and audition requirements.

Programs

  • Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts (03M485): Technical Theatre program (M80P)
  • Fordham High School for the Arts (10X437): general program (X51A)

You can log into MySchools and use the online high school directory to find each school's website and read about the programs you are interested in.

Instructions

SECTION 1: Discussion of Set Design

Create an original design, 3-D model of a stage setting for one of the following plays: "Dracula" by Hamilton Dean and John Balderson (1924), "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry, or "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller. Models are to be the size of a shoebox or larger and should be portable.

  • Photographs: Upload up to 4 photographs of the model from different angles. The photographs should allow the judges to see details and perspective. Take the first picture from the audience's point of view and include the entire model.
  • Video #1: Create and upload a two-minute video speaking about your model and the design choices you made. Make specific references, and point to the model when discussing a particular aspect. The video should not be edited. Begin your video by stating your first and last name as it appears in your MySchools.nyc account and your student ID number (OSIS number) before speaking about your model.

SECTION 2: Providing Directions

Video #2: Create and upload a two-minute video in which you describe step-by-step how you assembled/completed something.

  • You will be evaluated on your thought process for multi-step directions considering clarity, efficiency, and attention to detail. For example, you might describe your morning or afternoon commute, getting ready for your virtual school day, taking out the trash or recycling, getting lunch in the school cafeteria, assembling a piece of furniture, baking your favorite cookie, taking your neighbor's dog out for a walk, or perhaps doing a load of dishes in a dishwasher. Please note these are only examples; you may choose to describe something else.
  • Begin your video by stating your first and last name as it appears in your MySchools.nyc account and your student ID number (OSIS number) before speaking about your step-by-step process.

Call Backs

Schools may invite and schedule individual student call backs for live virtual interviews, musical theater songs, dance and/or other on-demand tasks and school specific requirements.

Theater (including Drama and Musical Theater)

Learn about theater program options and audition requirements.

Programs

  • Brooklyn High School of the Arts (15K656): Drama program (K47R)
  • Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts (13K265): Drama program (K42D)
  • Edward R. Murrow High School (21K525): Studio Theater program (K57P)
  • Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & Performing Arts (03M485): Drama program (M80N)
  • Fordham High School for the Arts (10X437): general program (X51A)
  • Forest Hills High School (28Q440): Drama Academy program (Q19N)
  • Fort Hamilton High School (20K490): Dramatic Arts Academy program (K17T)
  • Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School (30Q501): Drama program (Q40N)
  • Gramercy Arts High School (02M374): Theater Arts program (M66B)
  • Hillcrest High School (28Q505): Academy of Performing and Visual Arts program (Q24L)
  • Professional Performing Arts High School (02M408): Drama program (M81J)
  • Professional Performing Arts High School (02M408): Musical Theater program (M81H)*
  • Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts (02M531): Theater Arts (M20X)*
  • Susan E. Wagner High School (31R460): Theater program (R17J)*
  • Talent Unlimited High School (02M519): Drama program (M42N)
  • Talent Unlimited High School (02M519): Musical Theater program (M42J)*
  • Theatre Arts Production Company School (TAPCo) (10X225): Drama program (X20S)
  • Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts (03M415): Theater Arts program (M26A)

You can log into MySchools and use the online high school directory to find each school's website and read about the programs that interest you.

Instructions

Prepare and submit separate uploads of two contrasting monologues. You are also encouraged to upload a musical theater number if interested. Please note that a musical theater song is required for musical theater programs at the noted (*) musical theater programs.

At the beginning of each video, before performing, briefly introduce yourself by providing the following information.

  • Your full name
  • Your OSIS student ID number
  • Why you chose your monologue or song (30 seconds or less)
  • State the name of the character portrayed and the full title of the play or source for your monologue or song

Video #1 and #2: MONOLOGUES

Memorize, perform, and upload two contrasting, one-minute monologues. For example, dramatic/comedic, classical/contemporary, or theater/film. Choose relatable characters and decide to whom your characters are talking and why. You may choose your own monologues to perform but are welcome to review and select monologues from this sample monologues library.

NOTE: You may also choose to memorize and perform a musical theater song to be considered for theater programs that include drama and musical theater. A musical theater song is REQUIRED for noted (*) musical theater programs.

Video #3: MUSICAL THEATER SONG*

Perform and upload 16 bars (or approximately one [1] minute) of a memorized song of any genre. Musical theater songs are encouraged, however pop and R&B songs are acceptable. Songs can be performed with live or recorded accompaniment or without music ‘a cappella.’ Choose a song performed by a relatable character and decide to whom your character is singing and why. You may select your own musical theater song to perform but are welcome to review and select from this sample musical theater song library.

Call Backs

Schools may invite and schedule individual student call backs for live virtual interviews, musical theater songs, dance and/or other on-demand tasks and school specific requirements.

Visual Arts

Learn about visual arts program options and audition requirements.

Programs

  • Art and Design High School (02M630): Commercial Art: Cartooning, Illustration, Fashion Design (M60P)*
  • Bayside High School (26Q495): Digital Art & Design program (Q12A)
  • Brooklyn High School of the Arts (15K656): Visual Arts program (K47J)
  • Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts (13K265): Visual Arts program (K42U)
  • Edward R. Murrow High School (21K525): Fine and Visual Arts (K57K)
  • Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts (03M485): Fine Arts program (M80J)*
  • Fordham High School for the Arts (10X437): general program (X51A)
  • Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School (30Q501): Fine Arts program (Q40J)
  • Gramercy Arts High School (02M374): Visual Arts program (M66A)
  • High School of Fashion Industries (02M600): Art, Photography, and Graphic Design program (M68J)
  • Hillcrest High School (28Q505): Academy of Performing and Visual Arts program (Q24L)
  • Newtown High School (24Q455): Major Art program (Q34K)
  • Queens Technical High School (24Q600): Graphic Arts program (Q68B)
  • Susan E. Wagner High School (31R460): Visual Arts program (R17H)
  • Theatre Arts Production Company School (TAPCo) (10X225): Visual Arts program (X20T)
  • Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts (03M415): Visual Arts (M26J)

You can log into MySchools and use the online high school directory to find each school's website and read about the programs that interest you.

Instructions

I. Portfolio Upload - Photographs of 3 to 6 pieces of original artwork that includes the following:

  • A self-portrait, done from observation (from observation means you draw yourself by looking in a mirror).
  • A still life, done from observation (from observation means you draw objects placed before you on a table).
  • You may choose the remaining one to four (1-4) pieces you wish to include. Pieces can be created using any material in any form, and may be two-dimensional or three-dimensional.

II. Student Introduction

Upload a short video or written explanation about the uploaded pieces of original artwork. Discuss choice of subject and materials, motivation, and influences. Your video should be no longer than two (2) minutes. Written explanations should be no more than 500 words.

III. Virtual Performance Task: Figure Drawing

In addition to your portfolio works, please submit photographs of one figure drawing with in-progress photos. Using pencil and paper, draw the human figure. Make sure you draw the entire figure and fit it on the page: do not cut off parts of the head or feet. Draw your figure with realistic proportions. Try to use value or lines to draw the folds on the clothes. Include any observed details and draw the facial features. Include background elements to place the figure in a space to prevent them from floating in the air. You may choose to pose a friend or family member.

The drawing should be completed within 30-45 minutes. We are looking to see how you develop your drawing. Please take photographs of your work throughout your drawing and submit four photographs for the drawing at the following times:

  • A photograph at five minutes.
  • A photograph at 10 minutes.
  • A photograph at 20 minutes.
  • A photograph of the completed drawing at 30-45 minutes.

IV. Creative Drawing

*If you are applying to Art and Design High School and/or Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Art, submit this creative drawing. This is optional for programs.

Using pencil and paper, draw a FANTASTICAL SANDWICH! Use your imagination and creativity – we want to see your wildest ideas of what a Fantastical Sandwich looks like to you. Consider for the drawing: What bizarre, unusual, or creative toppings does your sandwich have? Who made it? Who is it for? When creating your Fantastical Sandwich be sure to include a ground line, background, and fill the whole page. And, have fun with it!

Call Backs

Schools may invite you to “call backs” for other school specific requirements.

Vocal Music

Learn about vocal music program options and audition requirements.

Programs

  • Bayside High School (26Q495): Music: Performance & Production (Q12B)
  • Brooklyn High School of the Arts (15K656): Vocal Music (K47M)
  • Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, The (10X442): Vocal Music: Chorus (X33B)
  • Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts (13K265): Vocal Music (K42B)
  • Edward R. Murrow High School (21K525): Vocal Music (K57J)
  • Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts (03M485): Vocal Music (M80M)
  • Fordham High School for the Arts(10X437): general program (X51A)
  • Forest Hills High School (28Q440): Academy of Instrumental and Vocal Music (Q19P)
  • Fort Hamilton High School (20K490): Vocal Music (K17S)
  • Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School (30Q501): Vocal Music (Q40L)
  • Professional Performing Arts High School (02M408): Classical Vocal Music (M81K) & Musical Theater (M81H)
  • Special Music School (03M859): Voice, Instrument, and Composition (A85A)
  • Susan E. Wagner High School (31R460): Music (R17G)
  • Talent Unlimited High School: Vocal Music (02M519): Classical and Contemporary (M42K)
  • Theatre Arts Production Company School (TAPCo) (10X225): Vocal Music (X20C)
  • Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts (03M415): Vocal Music (M26R)

You can log in to MySchools and use the online high school directory to find each school's website and read about the programs you are interested in.

Instructions

Prepare a video recording that includes ALL parts listed below.

Before singing, briefly introduce yourself. Please provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your Student ID number (OSIS number)
  • What is your favorite thing about singing? (30 seconds or less)
  • Title of the song you will be singing

Perform ONE prepared solo selection without accompaniment. Singing without accompaniment means singing by yourself without a track or pianist.

  • Select a song you feel confident performing that shows your skill level and musicality.
  • Individual school websites may include suggested lists of repertoire and/or model audition videos to guide you in preparing your audition video.

Individual schools may hold “callbacks” and request that you attend an individual online appointment to perform additional music tasks, for example, singing back melodic patterns and vocal phrases, tapping back rhythmic patterns, performing basic vocal technique (singing) exercises.

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