Performing and Visual Arts

Applying to PVA

To apply, follow the steps listed below:

1. Read the application requirements for the discipline you’ll be applying to (see links in yellow section below). Dance, for example has different criteria than Art.

2. Download and complete the PVA Application Form.

  • Attach your most current report card or transcript (for some CBE students, this may mean your last Grade 8 report card).
  • Attach your Student Reflection.

3. Bring your application form and attachments to Central Memorial’s main office.

While the deadline for submitting applications for the 2020-21 school year is January 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM. For further information, please contact Paul Mulloy.

PVA Application Form

Interview Requirements 

To audition for PVA, students must have previously submitted all components of the PVA Application Form.

PVA auditions are friendly and supportive. This may be your first audition ever, and we want everyone to have a positive and fun experience.

Late Applications

  1. Late applications will be accepted but space is limited, so we recommend getting your paperwork in before the deadline.
  2. Where programs have room, auditions/interviews will be booked by individual teachers after we receive your application form.

Registration

Registration for Central Memorial’s PVA program begins after you receive an acceptance email.

Emails will be sent to all candidates after your audition to inform students as to whether or not they were successful in the audition/interview process. Acceptance emails will outline the registration process.

If you have not received an email before the end of February, please direct inquiries to our main office secretary at (403) 243-8880 ext. 2311.

Band

To audition for PVA Band, students must have previously submitted all components of the PVA Application Form.

Please bring your instrument to your audition. Be prepared to play two different scales (however you normally practice them) and a short piece (maximum of 3 minutes). There will be a short sight reading example for you to look at, talk about, and play through.

Following your audition, there will be time to discuss your musical background, reasons for applying to the PVA program, and commitment to the discipline. Details about our program will also be discussed, including our musicianship course which teaches theory, harmony, ear training, music history, and technique with the goal of providing students with a smooth transition into university level music courses. In order to determine if we are a good fit for you, the interview process will also give you an opportunity to ask questions and learn about our program!

A parent or caregiver should be present at your interview.

PVA auditions are friendly and supportive. This may be your first audition ever, and we want everyone to have a positive and fun experience.

Choral

To audition for PVA Choral, students must have previously submitted all components of the PVA Application Form.

The audition process for PVA Choral consists of a 20-minute audition and interview where a student’s background in vocal music, reasons for entering the program and commitment to the discipline will be discussed. In order to determine if we are a good fit for you, the interview process will also give you an opportunity to ask questions and learn about our program!

A parent or caregiver should accompany their child to the audition.

Audition Requirements
  • The performance of a prepared piece (maximum three minutes), preferably memorized, of the candidate’s own choice, which best demonstrates the range and quality of the voice. Simplicity is the best policy. The applicant should bring two copies of their music, one for the audition panel as well as a copy of the sheet music for our accompanist who will be available to play for you. Use of a back-up tape (without any vocals) is also acceptable.
  • During the audition, basic musicality including ear training and theoretical knowledge will be assessed. This will include a warm-up exercise and sight-reading.

Auditions will take place in Rm 173.

PVA auditions are friendly and supportive. This may be your first audition ever and we want everyone to have a positive and fun experience.

Dance

To audition for PVA Dance, students must have previously submitted all components of the PVA Application Form.

There are two parts to the dance interview and audition process. The interview consists of a 10-minute conversation between our teachers and the PVA applicant accompanied by a parent/guardian. During that time, we look for passion and commitment to dance, as well as an understanding of what the demands of our program are and if you can meet them. It’s also beneficial for students and parents to ask questions and determine if we are a good fit for them as well!

The second part of the process is the group audition. This process is meant to ensure that dancers have the skills needed for the PVA dance program. Some dancers may be asked to attend a callback audition in the following week. For this audition, dancers are to prepare a one-minute solo in a genre of their choice.

In September, students will be placed in appropriate classes based on previous dance history and skill acquisition. Both the interview and the audition will be held in Central Memorial Dance Studio Room 180.

Group Audition

Students are to come dressed in dance attire and, if possible, should bring both jazz and ballet shoes. They will participate in a 30-minute ballet class, a 20-minute jazz/modern class, a 20-minute centre combination and a 15-minute discussion/ question period with the dance teachers. Parents may not watch the dance audition but are encouraged to attend the discussion/question period during the last 15 minutes of the audition time.

Individual Interview

Applicants and a parent/guardian will be required to attend a 10-minute interview with a member of the dance department.

PVA auditions are friendly and supportive. This may be your first audition ever and we want everyone to have a positive and fun experience.

Fashion

To audition for PVA Fashion Design, students must have previously submitted all components of the PVA Application Form.

The audition process for PVA Fashion Design will consist of a 15 minute interview involving PVA applicants and our teachers. During this time, we will look at your portfolio and base some of the interview questions around your work. This process will also give you an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about our program. That way, you will be able to determine if we are a good fit for you as well.

Auditions will take place in Central Memorial’s Fashion Studies classroom – Room 256.

What to bring:

Bring 5-10 pieces of your work to the interview that demonstrates your skill, experience and range of ability in fashion design.

  • Bring your paper work in a portfolio case and your garments on hangers in a travel bag (a home-made version is all you need).
  • Be sure to include art and garments you created in junior high art/fashion class, at home, at camps or other work you created with other programs.
  • Include a wide range of work that demonstrates variety in your ability (fashion illustration sketches, proportionate figure drawings, garment styles/parts, understanding of fashion trends/cycles etc.)
  • Bring garments you’ve sewn (or samples) that display couture techniques
  • Portfolios will be taken home with you after the interview.

PVA auditions are friendly and supportive. This may be your first audition ever and we want everyone to have a positive and fun experience.

Media Arts

To audition for PVA MA, students must have previously submitted all components of the PVA Application Form.

The audition process for PVA MA will consist of a 15 minute interview involving PVA applicants and our teachers. During this time, we will look at your portfolio and base some of the interview questions around your work. This process will also give you an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about our program. That way, you will be able to determine if we are a good fit for you as well.

Auditions will take place in Central Memorial.

Bring 1 – 3 pieces of your work to the interview that demonstrates your skill, experience and range of ability in your chosen PVA MA discipline.

  • Try to include a wide range of work that demonstrates variety in your abilities. This may include the exploration of different genres or projects targeting different audiences.
  • Portfolios will be taken home with you after the interview.

PVA auditions are friendly and supportive. This may be your first audition ever and we want everyone to have a positive and fun experience.

Strings

Incoming students of all abilities interested in being a part of the PVA Strings program must book an audition time. If you have no experience on a string instrument, this time will be used to discuss the program and options for starting string instrument study.

Please bring your instrument to your audition. Be prepared to play two different scales (however you normally practice them) and a short piece (maximum of 3 minutes). There will be a short sight reading example for you to look at, talk about, and play through.

Following your audition, there will be time to discuss your musical background, reasons for applying to the PVA program, and commitment to the discipline. Details about our program will also be provided. This interview process will give you an opportunity to ask questions and learn about our program, in order to determine if we are a good fit for you!

A parent or caregiver should be present at your interview.

Click on the links below for detailed information on the application/registration process.

PVA auditions are friendly and supportive. This may be your first audition ever, and we want everyone to have a positive and fun experience.

Theatre Arts

To audition for PVA Theatre Arts, students must have previously submitted all components of the PVA Application Form.

The audition process for PVA Theatre Arts consists of a 15-minute audition and interview. During this time we will look to see how well you are prepared. We will be interested in your passion, your ability to take direction and your willingness to take risks. This process will also give you an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about our program. That way, you’ll be able to determine if we are a good fit for you as well!!

Auditions will take place in the theatre at Central Memorial. A parent or caregiver should accompany you to your interview.

Audition Requirements

  • One memorized monologue (approx 1 minute); students can present a conventional monologue from a play. They may also choose to write their own piece.
  • Please provide a written copy of your monologue.
  • Applicants are encouraged to bring mementos of previous work (pictures, programs, resumes, etc). Videos will not be accepted.

PVA auditions are friendly and supportive. This may be your first audition ever and we want everyone to have a positive and fun experience. We strongly encourage you to begin memorizing your monologue well before your audition date.

Visual Arts

  • Bring 10-15 pieces of your artwork to the interview that demonstrate your skills, experience, and range of ability in art.
  • Bring your work in a large portfolio case (a home-made version is all you need).
  • Include art you created in junior high art class, at home, at camps, or other work you created with other programs.
  • Include a wide range of work that demonstrates variety in your ability (pencil, pastel, paint, sculptures, images of people, landscapes, still-lifes, etc.).
  • If you want to bring a sculpture, only bring smaller sculptures with you. If they’re too large, fragile, or heavy, please take photographs and present the photos at your interview.
  • If your work is framed, then only bring it if you feel it won’t get damaged during transport. Otherwise, try to photograph it, and bring the photos.
  • Sketchbooks are always a welcome addition to a portfolio.
  • If possible, bring only your most current work.

Portfolios will be taken home with you after the interview.

PVA auditions are friendly and supportive. This may be your first audition ever and we want everyone to have a positive and fun experience.

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