The PCCA Admission Process

  • Are you a current 8th or 9th grade student who is interested in Dance, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Visual Arts, Musical, Performance or Technical Theatre/Design Technology?



    The PCCA Application and Admission Process


    How to Apply to the Pinellas County Center for the Arts:
    • The districtwide late application process opens on Tuesday, March 19.  Apply online at
    • After you submit your application, complete a placement interview with the program at Gibbs High School. You may set up a placement interview by contacting the appropriate department head listed below.


    NOTE: If your student has earned a Golden Ticket by being accepted to FMEA All-State, Pinellas All-County Band, Orchestra, Choir, or through a placement interview during Rising Star Shadow Day, you will NOT need to complete a placement interview.  Students who attended John Hopkins Middle School Arts Magnet will also be automatically accepted into the arts area in which they focused, providing the student was in the JHop magnet during 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.

    For more information please contact the PCCA office at 893-5452 Ext. 2337.

    You may also email us at

    Recommended Items to Prepare for the Placement Interview



    Thank you for your interest in interviewing for the PCCA Dance Department. If you are an 8th grader or a high school transfer student who is interested in learning more about PCCA Dance, let us know how to get in touch with you and your parents.

    Once the PCCA faculty receives your Interview Request Form you will receive follow up instructions for completing your interview by email.

    Format 1 – Recorded Upload

    Format 2 – Virtual Interview

    Format 3 – Faculty Master Classes: Virtual or Face-to-Face

    For  Recorded Upload

    This format is available for immediate submissions. Email Ms. Paige at

    The faculty understands that making an video adds an extra challenge to your application process. Please know that you will not be considered on the quality of the video recording itself. Our goal is to view simple, clean articulated movement so that your work can be reviewed by the PCCA Dance faculty. 

    Part 1  Bio or Resume with the following information

    • Name, address, phone number, grade level, email
    • Dance Education/Training (including your current school, studio, classes and teachers)
    • Performance Experience (include all types of performance – not only dance)
    • Summer Intensives or Workshops (not required for admissions)
    • Choreographic Experience (not required for admission)
    • Awards and Honors (include all types) (not required for admission)
    • Other: Interests, Hobbies, Special skills (not required for admission)

    Part 2  Technique Photos (Professional photos are not required)

    • 1 Image: facing front, pointe tendu in second with arms in second
    • 1 Image: in first or second arabesque 

    Part 3  Technique Performance

    Ballet (simple combinations, only performed on one side)

    • At the barre or center – plié (from first and second with simple port de bras), tendu or degage (straight and with plie from first or fifth), passé développé (front, side and back), grand battement and a balance on one leg in first arabesque.
    • pirouette - in center or that travel across the floor
    • petit allegro - small jumps with assemble and jeté
    • grand allegro - any combination including tour jete, etc.

    Note: Music is suggested but not required for this demonstration.

    *Pointe work is NOT REQUIRED in order to be considered for admission but may be performed for Technical performance and Solo Performance

    Part 4  Solo Performance

    Prepare a solo that demonstrates your best performance quality.

    Note: If you have a solo recording from a competition or performance, we will accept your submission.

    1. It can be any genre or style that you feel most comfortable. Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, African, Ballet and pointe variations, Swing, Hip Hop, Folk and Dances are encouraged.
    2. Length should be one minute to 1 ½ minutes max.
    3. Student choreography or dances created by your teacher/artist (state the name of your choreographer)
    4. Only Solo Competition Performances are permitted. (No groups)
    5. Music – All genre/styles with appropriate lyrics

    Your entire body should be in view at all times. Refrain from close-ups.

    What Should You Wear?

    • Wear dance practice clothes: Leotard and tights. No particular leotard color is required.
    • Wear Ballet slippers for the ballet portion and appropriate shoes or bare feet for the contemporary portion.
    • Do not wear jewelry.
    • Wear your hair securely up, off of the face/neck.

    Virtua Interview by Teams or Zoom

    Students who are not able to audition in person may also complete a virtual interview for the PCCA Dance program. Once the PCCA faculty receives your email, you will receive follow up instructions to schedule your date and time via Teams or Zoom. 

    Students will prepare Parts 1 – 4 for demonstration with the PCCA faculty through Teams or Zoom. This should take approximately 15-20 mins. to complete.

    Part 1 – Bio or Resume

    Part 2 – Technique Photo (2)

    Part 3 – Technical Performance

    Part 4 – Solo Performance

    Please use the link provided to complete the Audition Request Form

    Master Class Participation: Virtual or Face-to-Face

    Information will be available soon for our January Master Class date


    Patricia Paige Parks, PCCA Dance Chair

    Instrumental Music

    Music NOTE: If your 8th grade student is accepted to All-State or Pinellas All-County Band or Orchestra, they will be offered acceptance to PCCA without an interview!

    Recommended material to prepare for your interview:

    Band & String Instruments

    All wind and percussion instruments should prepare the Pinellas Middle School All-County Band audition material, found at  (Be sure to locate your instrument.)

    String instruments should prepare the Pinellas Middle School All-County Orchestra audition material, found here.  Scales- String Scales   Excerpt- String Excerpt   (Scroll through the file to find your instrument.)


    There are three components:


                • Scales and Skills

    You will be asked to play two scales from the following keys: C, G, D, F and B-flat.  Play your scales hands together or separately in two octaves with the corresponding major arpeggio (LH cross-over or individual hands with thumb under).


                • Sight-Reading

    We will provide a short piece for you to sight-read.


                • Performance

    Prepare two contrasting selections from memory. Pieces should be from the four major periods of piano literature (Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary).  Pieces can be chosen from these collections: “First Lesson in Bach” – Schirmer Edition, “Sonatina Album” – Schirmer Ed., “Preludes” by Chopin, “Album for the Young” by Schumann, “24 Pieces for Children” Opus 39 by Kabalevsky, or “Progressive Pieces, Op. 100” by Burgmüller.  More advanced pieces are also welcome. Bring your sheet music with measures numbered.  


    If you have any questions about the PCCA instrumental audition, please contact Ann Adair at



    Major scales in G, A, and D

    Prepared pieces:

    Any beginning classical guitar piece from composers such as Carulli, Giuliani, Mertz, et al., or any prominent anonymous or traditional piece such as Greensleeves, Packington’s Pound or Spanish Pavin. 

    (A great selection of suitable grade 1-3 pieces can be found at )

    Any jazz standard as appearing in irealpro or the real book. Student will play the chord progressions and separately demonstrate the melody either solo or along with a track (recording or irealpro is acceptable).

    Chord-melody interpretations are also welcome.

    Any pop or rock song or piece of music that demonstrates two of the following:

    Knowledge of fretboard position (barred and closed position chords, inversions, or funk-style triads, etc.)

    Competent soloing/phrasing ability

    Competent fingerpicking ability

    Competency playing melodic patterns


    Suggested List of pop/rock

    Stairway to Heaven-Led Zeppelin

    Over the Hills and Far Away-Led Zeppelin




    Landslide-Fleetwood Mac

    Under the Bridge-Red Hot Chili Peppers

    I’m Coming Out-Diana Ross w/Chic

    Super Bad-James Brown and the JBs

    Icky Thump-White Stripes

    Gravity-John Mayer

    Stop this Train-John Mayer

    Street Spirit (Fade Out)-Radiohead

    Black Magic Woman-Santana

    Purple Rain-Prince

    Prospective students are encouraged to contact Mr. Martin at for more information or clarification.

    Vocal Music 

    NOTE: If your 8th grade student is accepted to All-State or Pinellas All-County Choir, they will be offered acceptance to PCCA without an interview!

    Recommended Prepared Selection:
    One prepared selection is required for the audition. This selection should be an art song, folk song, sacred song or spiritual. If you are participating in FVA Solo and Ensemble MPA, we encourage you to use this song for your interview. Songs may be in a foreign language, but it is not required.

    Some examples of suggested songs:
    Most middle school choral teachers have access to these books and other appropriate selections.

    Pop music is not recommended. We strongly discourage a cappella or singing with a prerecorded accompaniment track. An accompanist will be provided so please have copies of your music available for them. While it is preferred, the selection does not need to be memorized.

    Vocal Music interviews will occur in-person and online.  To schedule your online vocal music interview, click here.

    If you have difficulty obtaining an appropriate song or have any other questions about the audition, please contact Matthew Clear at

    Performance Theatre

    Performance Theatre: please note that if a student is interviewing for Musical Theatre, that will count for both auditions—they do not need to submit a second set of videos to be considered for Performance Theatre

    1. Two contrasting monologues (45-60 seconds each) from any published play
    2. One pantomime (45-60 seconds)—topic: you are waking up and getting ready for school in the morning and something goes horribly wrong


    If you have difficulty obtaining appropriate audition material or have any other questions about the audition, please contact Dustin Hinzman at

    Musical Theatre

    Musical Theatre:

    1. Two contrasting song cuttings (45-60 seconds each) from any Broadway musical.  You must bring a copy of the music for our accompanist to play.
    2. One monologue (45-60 seconds) from any published play
    3. OPTIONAL Dance—this portion should only be completed and submitted by students with some dance experience. Not submitting will not affect your chances of being accepted into the musical theatre program. This is used to simply place students into the correct level of dance. If you do not submit a dance audition, you will simply be placed in level 1 / beginning dance techniques as a freshman. If you have dance experience, please watch this short video, learn the combination, and send that in with the two songs and monologue for consideration: 
    If you have difficulty obtaining appropriate audition material or have any other questions about the audition, please contact Dustin Hinzman at

    Theatrical Design & Technology

    The interview process for The Pinellas County Center for the arts Design Technology Department has three parts.  Each part relates to one of the areas of concentration in technical theatre.

    PART I: Drawing/Craftwork

    It is recommended for students to submit three pencil drawings.  

    Drawing 1: Draw a corner of a room…This drawing shows the students understanding of perspective.

    Drawing 2. Draw a draped piece of fabric…This drawing shows the students ability to render organic forms, shade using mid-tones and demonstrates the student’s ability to “draw what they see”.

    Drawing 3. Draw a household appliance…This drawing shows the students ability to render non-organic forms, use highlights and deep shadows and demonstrates the student’s ability to “draw what they see”.

    Other (optional):  Students should also submit photographs of other examples of their art or craft work. These may include projects they have built, Artwork they have created including sculpture and painting as well as artistic photos or digital work.


    PART II: Practical and Problem Solving

    • Measuring Exercise: Students are asked to complete the attached work sheet where they demonstrate their ability to measure and change scale. Please print it out, measure and write your answers and photograph it to return to Ms. Kelley by email.  Link: Measuring Exercise PCCA
    • Cat and Dog Problem: Students are given a brief story in which a problem is presented and asked to suggest a solution. Link: Cat & Dog Problem


    PART III: Interview


    If you have any questions about the audition, please contact Patricia Kelley at

    Visual Art

    Visual Art


    Step 1 – Submit application through District Application Program (DAP)


    Step 2 – Upload Student Portfolio (see details below)


    Step 3 – Schedule an interview by visiting

    Recommended Artworks for Student Portfolio:

    • From direct observation (not photography) 3 drawings. These drawings should take at least 2 hours apiece to complete. 
      1. self-portrait drawing
      2. shoe(s) drawing
      3. still-life drawing (objects of their choosing)
    • Finished artworks from middle school classes, sketchbook pages, artworks done independently etc. 

    Uploading your Digital Portfolio:

    • All artworks should be photo-documented for digital submission.
    • All photos should be saved as a jpeg file no more than 1mb.
    • Parents/students should use good lighting and steady camera to capture the best possible image to represent the artwork.  Poor lighting, awkward perspective, blurry images can affect the review.
    • The Visual Art Department will conduct the oral interview portion through a live meeting.

    Visit the PCCA Visual Arts Department at

    If you have any questions about the audition, please contact Brian McAllister at .