So you think you can dance (or sing, play an instrument, or act)?

Madeline Levine smiles backstage during this year's musical, Hello Dolly.

Madeline Levine smiles backstage during this year's musical, Hello Dolly.

For those who wish to pursue a career or major in the arts, submitting an audition to colleges may be the right choice for you. The majority of the the top music and theatre schools require an audition to be accepted into their programs. Auditions can range from acting, to playing an instrument, to anything involving the arts. However the actual process of auditioning is extremely competitive and lengthy.

Senior Madelyn Levine is planning to obtain a Bachelor in the Fine Arts, specifically for acting. “Applying to college for theatre is different from regular applications because the majority of programs will accept 10 to 20 people, so there is no such thing as a safety school,” Levine said.

College auditions often include a few components. First, the student must apply to the college as a whole, not just the music department. Then, some schools require a pre-screening before they even allow you to audition. In a pre-screening, schools will request songs, dances, or special skills.The student must upload a video of themselves performing and include a resume and headshot. Some schools even require an extra essay.

If the student passes the pre-screening, they can schedule an in-person audition, which can also be a complicated process.

Senior Rachel Mellman is planning on auditioning for both musical theater and opera.

“I decided to audition for colleges because I would love to pursue performance as a career, but I know I need more training. College programs are a chance to hone skills that are necessary for a successful career in the arts.” Mellman said.

Senior Dara Phung decided to audition for colleges because it is different, exciting, and she is passionate about music. Though undecided in her major, Phung is interested in piano performance.

“Most of the schools I am applying to are just universities with really great music programs” Phung said. Many students, like her, choose to attend a bigger college with smaller distinguished arts programs in them instead of applying to a specialized music school.

“There is also a greater chance of rejection that comes with the territory, but sometimes you weren't what the school was looking for and it's important not to take it personally,” Mellman said.

On top of all of that, students who audition for colleges still need to be academically competitive. Clearly, the audition process is extremely complicated and competitive, but for someone who wishes to pursue a career in the arts, it can be an incredible experience to attend one of these programs.

“The most enticing part about theatre for me is the ability to spark discussion and potentially create change,” Levine said.

Auditions normally occur between January and March.

Posted on January 6, 2017 .