• The PCCA Application and Audition 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 Audition Process


    How to Apply to the Pinellas County Center for the Arts:
    • Late Applications are currently OPEN
    • Applications for current 8th grade students will open on January 5, 2022 through January 14, 2022.
    • Once you have applied at https://reservation.pcsb.org/, you may choose any of the audition dates and times listed below.  Everyone who applies to PCCA is welcome to audition!

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

    You may also email us at gilbertla@pcsb.org

    Audition Options- New for 2022-23!
    Option #1- Prepared Audition
    Prepare your audition using the guidelines below and present in person on January 25, 2022 or January 31, 2022 at 6:30 PM.  Meet in the Grande Theater, and your audition will be reviewed individually by a panel of faculty.
    Option #2- Virtual Audition
    Prepare your audition using the guidelines below and submit it electronically by January 31, 2022.  Detailed instructions for electronic submissions will be provided by January 5.
    Option #3- Workshop Audition
    No preparation is necessary!  Our faculty will conduct a workshop for auditions where you will be asked to prepare material like you are in a class.  Faculty will monitor your work during the workshop and make a determiniation based upon talent, dedication, and individual progress. Workshop auditions will be held on January 29, 2022 at 9:00 AM and January 31, 2022 at 6:30 PM. (Note- students may only complete a workshop audition in one arts area per day.)
    Audition Requirements for Prepared and Virtual Audition Options



    Dance Audition Preparation

    Our goal is to view simple, clean articulated movement so that your work can be evaluated by the PCCA Dance faculty. Below are some details for completing your audition content.

    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

    Part 2  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 3  Solo Performance

    Prepare a solo that demonstrates your best performance quality.

    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. Solo Competition or Group Performances are permitted. (Please identify yourself in the recording)
    5. Music – All genre/styles with appropriate lyrics
    6. 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.



    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 audition!

    The audition for instrumental music consists of the following:

    • Woodwind/Brass/String Instruments
    • Percussion
    • Piano

    Band & String Instruments

    All wind and percussion instruments should prepare the Pinellas Middle School All-County Band audition material, found at http://www.pcmea-fl.org/ms-band-all-county.html.  (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.)


    The Piano Audition consists of 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 adaira@pcsb.org

    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 audition!

    The Vocal Music audition will include an interview with the student as well as the following audition performance:

    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 audition. 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 for this audition. We strongly discourage a cappella auditions or singing with a prerecorded accompaniment track. An accompanist will be provided for the audition so please have copies of your music available for them. While it is preferred, the selection does not need to be memorized.
    If you have difficulty obtaining an appropriate audition song or have any other questions about the audition, please contact Matthew Clear at clearm@pcsb.org.

    Performance Theatre

    Performance Theatre: please note that if a student is auditioning for Musical Theatre, that will count for both auditions—they do not need to submit a second audition 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 hinzmand@pcsb.org.

    Musical Theatre

    Musical Theatre:

    1. Two contrasting song cuttings (45-60 seconds each) from any Broadway musicals performed a capella or if you use a track, with no vocals on the track
    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: https://youtu.be/3a5Xhej8FgI 
    If you have difficulty obtaining appropriate audition material or have any other questions about the audition, please contact Dustin Hinzman at hinzmand@pcsb.org.

    Theatrical Design & Technology

    The prepared audition 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

    Students auditioning are asked 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 Mrs. Archard.  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 kelleyp@pcsb.org.

    Visual Art

    Visual Art

    Select Artworks to include with audition application

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

    If you are uploading a digital audition:

    • 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 will all be interpreted as poor preparation and affect the evaluation.
    • The Visual Art Department will conduct the oral interview portion through a live meeting

    If you have any questions about the audition, please contact Steve Beverage at beverages@pcsb.org.


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