The Cleveland School of the Arts is pleased to announce that auditions will be held on Saturday, February 23rd and March 2nd at 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM for students interested in applying for the 2013-2014 school year.
The audition process takes about 2-3 hours for students as parents are expected to remain in the school building as auditions are being held. A student can only audition in one area of his or her choice. No appointments are necessary.
Auditions will be held at Cleveland School of the Arts, 10700 Churchill Ave Cleveland, Ohio 44106. For more information, please call the main office at 216.791.2496
Directions: Proceed north on E. 105th Street and turn right onto Churchill Ave. Turn right on E. 110th Street and then turn right on Orville Ave. The school’s parking lot is located on the right.
Bring With You To The Audition
- A copy of the most recent report card for our records
- A copy of the most current IEP if a student requires special educational services
- A recommendation completed by current arts area teacher
Preparing For The Audition
Art - Bring a recent work that your child is proud of from a portfolio or a sketchbook. Cartoon drawings should not be included. At the audition, materials will be provided and you will be asked to draw a “still life” from observation. Your work will be judged on composition, use of space and execution. (Grades 4 – 11)
Dance - Girls must wear leotards and tights. Boys must wear shorts and white t-shirts. The audition will have two sections: technique and improvisation. Students will be instructed through a technique class of ballet, modern and jazz. Judges will consider body structure, movement, flow, coordination, rhythmic awareness, and most importantly, the ability to learn. A ballet bar will be provided. (Grades 4 – 11)
Theatre - Students should come prepared with a memorized 2-3 minute monologue from a play, novel, poem, etc. Two copies of the selection should be provided for the judges. Voice, diction, projection, range (the ability to be heard), movement, characterization and improvisation will all be observed by the judges. (Grades 4 – 11)
Instrumental Music - (String, Percussion or Wind instruments): Please bring your instrument and music, if possible. Be prepared to play a short piece. Piano and drums will be provided. You will also be asked to sight read a selection. (Grades 4 – 11)
Vocal Music - Be prepared to sing a song of your choice and bring a copy of the sheet music, for this song if possible. Rap is not acceptable. You will be asked to sing a familiar song such as “America”. Intonation, voice quality, pitch, consonants, vowels, breath support and personality will be observed by the judges.
(Grades 4 – 11)
Literary Arts - Please bring a portfolio of three pieces of writing (stories, poems, narratives, reports, essays, articles or plays). You will be asked to write on a subject chosen by the Director of the Writing Program. Work will be judged on originality of response, completeness, organization, vocabulary, sentence structure and mechanics. (Grades 7 – 11 Only)
Photography - Bring recent work that your child is proud of from a portfolio or a sketchbook including photography. At the audition, materials will be provided and you will be asked to create a photographic composition. Your work will be judged on composition, value, tone, the use of space and execution.
(Grades 9 – 11)
There are two stages to the audition process. Once identified as a candidate through the first stage of the audition process a student will be asked to return for a callback. Final decisions will be made upon completion of both parts of the audition process.
CMSD has an open enrollment policy which allows any child regardless of which school district or city he or she resides in to attend Cleveland School of the Arts free of tuition. However, if the student lives outside of the CMSD's boundaries, no transportation will be provided. Parents will be responsible for transporting the student to and from school.
Upon acceptance, students who are currently enrolled in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District will be transfered into the school. Students who are currently attending school outside the District must enroll their child into CMSD before they can be enrolled at Cleveland School of the Arts. For more information, please call the main office at 216.791.2496