To select incoming students for placement at the Idaho Fine Arts Academy (IFAA), West Ada School District employs an audition process at all grade levels. The purpose of the audition is to provide a system for selecting students when more applications are submitted than there are seats available.
Auditions for contemporary instrumental music majors will be conducted in 15 minute time slots. Each student will audition individually. Participants should be prepared to do a short solo (less than 5 minutes), sight read sheet music, and play scales.
Auditions for classical instrumental music majors will be conducted in 15 minute time slots. Each student will audition individually. Participants should be prepared to do a short solo (less than 5 minutes), sight read sheet music, and play scales.
Auditions will be conducted in two groups. The dancer will audition in a contemporary and classical ballet technique class. The class will consist of ballet barre, across the floor, center combination, and improvisation. The class will be led by a professional guest dancer. The dancer should be prepared to do a short dance solo (less than 2 minutes) of his or her dance style choice. The dancer may sign up for either slot until that audition session is full. The judges are West Ada educators with extensive dance backgrounds and a community guest dance artist. Please be prepared with hair back, fitted dance clothing, and dance shoes.
Dance Audition by Video:
The audition DVD/thumb dive video must show her/him dancing ballet barre combinations, across the floor of either ballet/contemporary/lyrical/jazz combinations, a center combination of either (ballet/contemporary/lyrical/jazz), and a 1-2 minute solo dance of her/his choreography or another's (please state the choreographer's name before the dance starts). Please label the DVD or thumb drive with her/his name, phone number, dance major, and grade she/he is applying for next year. Please follow the application process on the IFAA school website and turn the Audition DVD/thumb drive into the IFAA office before the due date. The audition guest judges will view DVD/thumb drive auditions at the end of the audition process. The judges will use the same audition rubric as they do for the audition class.
Auditions will be conducted in 10 minute time slots. Each student will audition individually. Participants should be prepared to do a short monologue (less than 3 minutes).
Step 1: Application
Complete the online application before the deadline. The 2017-2018 application link will be posted in early 2017.
Step 2: "Audition" / Portfolio
Submit eight (8) to ten (10) examples of what you feel best demonstrates your talent. Work submitted can be in any style or medium and should show a dedication to and investment in innovation and exploration. Students should select work that best shows their personal style, technical skills, ideas and creative approaches to a broad spectrum of subject matter and materials. This can include mixed media design, drawing, painting, watercolor, ceramics and sculpture. Please include photographs of all 3-D art rather than submitting them along with your portfolio. Only submit finished pieces. Please submit artwork in a black zippered portfolio or something similar that all pieces can be kept together. Include a Cover Page briefly describing yourself, your previous experience with the visual arts, and why you would like to attend Idaho Fine Arts Academy. Also, include your name, grade you are applying for, and your phone number. On the back of each piece write a short synopsis that explains your inspiration, motivation, or process for the piece of artwork.
Submit all art work to the office anytime between Feb. 1st, 2017 and the deadline of Feb 16th, 2017 at 3:00 PM.
Your portfolio may arrive any time before the deadline, but will not be reviewed until your application for admission is complete. Portfolios received after the deadline will not be reviewed.
Step 3: Judging & Notification
Your Portfolio will be judged mid February. You will be notified by email at the end of February, 2017 of your acceptance or position on the waitlist.
Step 4: Acceptance/Confirmation
If you have been accepted you must confirm your acceptance by the officially listed deadline. Failure to confirm your acceptance by the deadline indicates that you are not interested in attending Idaho Fine Arts Academy and you decline this placement offer. All instructions will be outlined in your acceptance letter.
Auditions for vocal music majors will be conducted in 15 minute time slots. Each student will audition individually. Participants should be prepared to do a short solo (less than 5 minutes), sight read sheet music, and perform scales.