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Screened Programs Audition Information

AUDITION INFORMATION *Updated January 2022*
 

Thank you for your patience in the high school application process. We would like to announce that the city has issued the following regarding arts auditions:

 

  • The Audition and High School application period opens the week of January 24th. 
  • Students can now learn how to prepare for audition(s) on the DOE's Auditions page
  •  The components for all schools’ programs in a specific discipline (such as vocal music or visual arts) will be the same.
  • Preparation videos for each of the disciplines are available on the DOE's Auditions page.
  • There will be NO IN-PERSON AUDITIONS. Murrow will only have virtual auditions for the 2022-2023 academic school year. 

  

Please review the components below and visit the DOE's Auditions page for additional resources.

 

Any Questions?
Please email:
Joe Williams, General Admissions jwilliams23@schools.nyc.gov
Gayle Zeitlin, A.P. Theater gzeitlin2@schools.nyc.gov
Spy Kontarinis, A.P. Art skontar@schools.nyc.gov
Candis Pohl, A.P. Music cpohl3@schools.nyc.gov
Instrumental Music (K57L)
Audition Components
 

Prepare and submit BOTH videos specified below. Students of all abilities and experience levels are encouraged to apply. 

 

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.
  • Before playing, briefly introduce yourself, and provide the following information:
    • Your name
    • Your Student ID number (OSIS number)
    • Title of the piece you will be playing
    • Why did you choose this piece? How does this piece speak to you as a musician? (30 seconds or less)

Video 2

Perform ONE scale of your choice at a tempo (speed) you find comfortable. For Video #2, drummers (i.e., candidates who play non-pitched percussion instruments) submit a video of TWO rudiments, rather than scales. 

  • 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 the Resources for Audition Preparations(Open external link)

 

Vocal Music (K57J)

Audition Components

 

Prepare a video recording that includes ALL parts listed below. Students of all abilities and experience levels are encouraged to apply. 

 

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

  • Your name
  • Your Student ID number (OSIS number)
  • Title of the song you will be singing
  • Why did you choose this song? How does this song speak to you as a musician? (30 seconds or less)

 

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. 

Visual Arts (K57K)
Audition Components
 

Portfolio Upload

Photographs of 4 to 8 pieces of original artwork that includes the following (for additional support with this portfolio, you may view these visual arts portfolio resources(Open external link)): 

  • Piece 1: A self-portrait using a graphite drawing pencil and paper done from observation (from observation means you draw yourself by looking in a mirror).
  • Piece 2: A still life of at least 3 items, using a graphite drawing pencil and paper done from observation (from observation means you draw objects placed before you on a surface in front of you).
  • Piece 3: A figure drawing, using a graphite drawing pencil and paper. You may pose a friend or a family member in front of you. Draw the human figure from observation (from observation means you draw a live person). If you do not have access to a friend or family member, see the tutorial on figure drawing on this visual arts portfolio resources(Open external link).
    • Make sure you draw the entire figure and fill 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 some background elements placing the figure in a simple setting to make sure your figure does not look like it is floating in space.
  • Pieces 4-7: Add 1 to 4 additional pieces to your portfolio. You may select pieces that were created using any material in any form. They may be two-dimensional or three-dimensional.
 

Student Introduction

Select three pieces of artwork from your portfolio (Piece 1 and Piece 2 must be included). Upload a short video about the three uploaded pieces of original artwork. Discuss your choice of subject and materials, motivation, and influences. Your video should be no longer than three (3) minutes. If you are unable to create a video, you may upload a written explanation of up to 500 words (either is equally acceptable). 

Studio Theater (K57P)
Audition Components
 

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)
  • Why do you want to study acting? (30 seconds or less)
  • For MONOLOGUES: State the name of the character portrayed and the full title of the playwright. 
  • FOR SONGS: State the title of the song, the name of the character, full title of the musical, composer and lyricist.

 

View this Theater Recording Upload Video(Open external link) for clear steps recording your monologues or musical song. 

 

Video 1 and 2: Monologues

Memorize, perform, and upload two contrasting, one-minute monologues from a published play or the sample monologues library. Examples of this may be dramatic/comedic, classical/contemporary, theater/film, or two contrasting characters that have very different personalities. Choose relatable characters within your natural age range and decide to whom your characters are talking and why. You may choose to play roles of any gender. You may select your own monologues to perform but are welcome to review and choose a monologue(s) from this sample monologues library(Open external link). For support with creating your video, you may view these helpful tips(Open external link)