Applicants must apply by October 28th. Students who meet the basic requirements will be invited to audition. Audition days are in December.
The High School Voluntary Transfer Program Application is to be completed by the parent/guardian and mailed to:
The School District of Philadelphia
Office of Student Placement, Room 114
440 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Deadline: October 28, 2011
The High School Student Data Transcript is to be completed by the student's present school. A copy of the student's standardized test scores must be attached. In the area "School Code" please indicate which Art Major the student is requesting. Use the list below to select only one area and mail to:
The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts
901 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Deadline: October 28, 2011.
Creative Writing - 202C
Dance - 202D
Theater - 202R
Instrumental Music - 202M
Vocal Music - 202V
Visual Arts - 202A
You can print a copy of our application from this website. Please follow these links to print Page 1, Page 2, and Page 3.
To be invited for an audition, the following requirements must be met:
Students must maintain a B average or higher and have an excellent record of attendance, punctuality, and behavior.
City-wide PSSA scores must be 1500 or higher in reading and math or standardized test scores in the 80th percentile or above in reading and math.
In order to be accepted, students must pass an audition in one of six art areas: creative writing, theater, dance, instrumental music, vocal music, and visual arts. Students may audition in only one art field.
Students auditioning for the Creative Writing Department will be given a writing assignment, approximately one hour in length, a personal interview with Creative Writing teachers, and should have a portfolio of their writing containing typewritten samples of:
3 Nonfiction writing
3 Fiction writing
3 Poetry pieces
3 Journalistic pieces
School assignments should not be included in the portfolio.
Students will be judged on posture, flexibility, ability to follow directions, balance, coordination, and musical ability. They will be shown and asked to demonstrate a series of ballet, jazz, and modern exercises. Students will then be given one minute each to display their own choreography. They will need to bring their own CD.
Students should also bring appropriate practice clothes:
Ladies: leotards, tights, ballet slippers
Young Men: preferably the same, or jazz pants
Hair is to be worn off of and away from face and neck.
The audition consists of the performance of at least two contrasting major scales, two contrasting solo pieces or etudes, and a sight-reading of a selection chosen by the audition committee. A written Music Theory Test will be given following the audition. Drum and percussion students must be able to read music and demonstrate a familiarity with the "13" essential rudiments.
Candidates who are accepted must understand there is no Piano Major Program. Students with piano as their primary instrument will be tested to determine their ability to play other band or orchestral instruments at the time of their audition. All pianists are required to play a secondary instrument in order to participate in CAPA's instrumental program.
Popular music will not be considered for any audition requirement. Please bring your instruments and music sheet.
Students should memorize and perform two monologues or speeches from plays. Students will be judged on voice, cold reading, and performance of monologues or speeches. Students should be prepared to sing one stanza of any standard song or show tune (NO RAP AND NO HIP-HOP). All drama students should bring a headshot and a brief typed resume to the audition.
All Theater students will participate in a brief warmup. Please wear loose fitting clothes. A changing area will be provided. If you have jazz shoes, please bring them. Otherwise, you will warm up in your bare feet.
The audition will consist of an interview, a drawing test, and an examination of your portfolio. Your portfolio should consist of 5-10 pieces of your original work. Do not include copies from photographs or comic books. From your portfolio, examiners will look for general drawing facility, art experience, and general artistic potential. Pieces required in your portfolio are:
A self-portrait from observation in a black and white medium.
A still life of three or more objects from observation in a color medium.
A full length human figure from observation in a black and white medium.
A landscape or view from a window, from observation, in a color medium.
A piece of sculpture, pottery, crafts, jewelry, or other three-dimensional work.
Supplementary pieces for the portfolio should represent your best and most recent original, not copied, works. All work should be labeled with your name, date and where you did the work (i.e. School Art Class, On My Own, After-School Art Class, etc.).
The audition requires:
The performance of two personal, memorized selections (accompanist will be provided). You must bring copies of the music with you. You will not be allowed to audition unless you bring sheet music; no casette tapes, MP3 players, or CD's are permitted. Please choose 24 measures of each piece which best shows off your voice. A Classical selection is appropriate for the Vocal Music Audition.
Imitations of given pitches and rhythms.
Sight reading of rhythms and simple melodies.
A written assessment of music theory.
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