ATTENTION all students interested in applying for the 2017-18 school year!
To ensure your application is complete, please follow the list below.
- The application window is November 28 - January 9, 2017.
- Read the flyer below for eligibility requirements.
- Go to the Application Page to apply.
- Go to the Academy Audition Scheduler to schedule an audition time for January 14, 2017.
- In preparing for auditions, review ALL information on this page pertaining
to Requirements for Audition/Artistic Reviews.
PDF of flier for Academy of Performing and Visual Arts at HHS 2017-18.
Application Page (open November 28 - January 9, 2017).
HHS Academy Audition Scheduler.
The Academy for Performing and Visual Arts at Heritage High School was founded in 2014 for students with exceptional talent in the arts. Its goal is to develop and nurture talented young artists for successful vocations, avocations and advocacy in the arts through extensive training programs and classes in dance, drama or technical theatre, instrumental music, visual arts, and vocal music while maintaining high academic achievement. The Academy for Performing and Visual Arts faculty views academics and the arts as equally important and is committed to developing lifelong learners and arts advocates.
A Message from the Principal
We have a tradition of fine arts excellence at Heritage...
In the spring of 1977, Helen Thompson Wojcik directed the “Backstreet Players” of Heritage High School in a series of scenes that wowed audiences. From that very first theatre performance, the performing arts at Heritage has had something special that sparks audiences and heightens the energy of the performers.
The band was led from the beginning by remarkable maestros who had a passion for excellence and student achievement. In its 38-year history, the Heritage marching band has had only four directors—each contributed to the legacy of musical excellence illustrated by the hundreds of trophies on display in the band room. These trophies stand for all the passion and expertise of the musicians that have come before—the material display of the determined pride of students that calls the next generation of band members to continue the tradition of excellence.
The visual arts program at Heritage has enjoyed prestigious awards and grants from several sources from the public and private sectors. Heritage arts students have been awarded numerous college scholarships through their artistic talent.
Since the school opened in 1976, the choral department has seen hundreds of students stretch their musical ability by auditioning for and attending All State Chorus in Savannah. Choirs from Heritage support community celebrations and senior citizen gatherings throughout the county.
The drama and musical theatre department of Heritage has garnered awards and recognition from many including the Georgia High School Association and the International Thespian Society. Students of performing arts and technical theatre have been awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in college and conservatory scholarships throughout the decades.
Currently, our fine arts faculty is a unique blend of experience, expertise, and educational accomplishment. We are poised to impact and influence the future of fine arts academy students as they are equipped for success in the arts industry.
Components for Student Success
Each accepted student is enrolled in a major:
• Vocal Music
• Instrumental Music
• Technical Theatre
• Visual Arts
Students study in their major concentration area for two class periods each semester. They are expected to remain in the program every semester of their high school careers. Students are actively involved in extracurricular performances and are given the opportunity to work with top professionals in the arts from the Atlanta area and throughout the United States.
Application, Eligibility, and Artistic Review
RCPS will use an electronic application process for 2017 - 18 School Choice programs. No paper applications will be accepted. Students may apply for one School Choice program only for the 2017 - 18 school year.
The application window opens November 28, 2016
. Please note: The application deadline has been EXTENDED TO JANUARY 9, 2017, 6 p.m.
The online application will be available on the district website at: rockdaleschools.org/specialtyandchoice
The Student Registration Office at 1143 West Avenue will provide assistance to access the online application if needed, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., on a first come, first served basis. Only complete applications will be accepted.
Students must meet the student registration requirements for Rockdale County Public Schools.
Students who change schools after day one of their 9th grade year may not be eligible for varsity sports, literary competitions or One Act Play. All GHSA eligibility rules apply for all programs.
Students and parents must agree to the Choice contract.
Eligible applicants must complete the audition/artistic review process for final selection. Audition/artistic review date is January 14, 2017. Students must schedule a time on the HHS Audition Scheduler (click here)
; audition/artistic review requirements listed below.
Audition/Artistic Review Requirements
Please come dressed in dance attire: leotard, tights, and a dance skirt or dance shorts. NO street clothing or baggy, restricting or revealing clothing. Non-dance shoes are not acceptable. Dance shoes, (ballet slippers and jazz shoes) are required. Dancing in socks is not acceptable. Students will learn a ballet barre warm-up first. Students will then learn choreography in a large group setting. After that, they will be broken into smaller groups and perform the choreography. There will be a brief interview for each student following the audition.
Play the following major scales and arpeggios: Concert F, Bb (May be one or two octaves), Eb, and Ab (Use All state ranges for each instrument for CURRENT grade year).
Chromatic scale (minimum of 1 octave, student’s choice of range and starting note).
Mallets: Play the following major scales: Concert F, Bb, Eb, and Ab, all 2 octaves.
Snare: Three rudiments of the student’s choice (ex. Long roll, flam accent, drag, etc. Should be played in open-close-open pattern).
1. Student Portfolio
- Students must bring a portfolio with 5 works of art to the audition. The portfolio may (but is not required to) include the following items: a sketchbook, photographs, drawings from observation, original works in color, 2-D design pieces, and 3-D artwork. Work may be submitted on a flash drive. All works must be completed by the student. Note: students do not have to purchase a professional portfolio for the audition. they may transport their artwork using whatever means necessary.
2. On Site Production
- On audition day, students will be required to create a work using materials available in the art studio. A wide range of materials will be provided, but students can bring their own tools to the audition site.
What to expect at the Visual Arts Audition:
While students are in the art studio creating their work of art, judges will be scoring the student portfolios. Any work created on site will be photographed and the student may take it at the end of the audition process. Additionally each student will participate in a five minute individual interview with the judges.
Sheet music and practice materials can be found at:
1. Vocal Solo
- Students will perform one of the following solos that aligns with their current grade level in the specific key related to their voice part (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). Accompaniment will be provided at the audition. The solo must be memorized and you may not sing a cappella.
2. Sight Reading
- Students will sing one four-measure sight reading example using the method with which they are accustomed (solfegge, numbers, note names, etc.).
- Students will sing a major, minor, and chromatic scale from memory using one of the recommended starting pitches:
Soprano 1- F
Soprano 2- E flat
Alto 1- D
Alto 2- Middle C
Tenor 1- F below middle C
Tenor 2- E flat below middle C
Bass 1-D below middle C
Bass 2- B flat a 9th below middle C
If another starting pitch is needed, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the judging panel at the time of the audition.
Sheet music and practice materials can be accessed by Clicking Here
Slate your audition by giving your name, age, and title/author/character of your monologue and song selection.
Memorize and perform two contrasting monologues from published materials. Monologues should be one minute each for a total of two minutes.
Memorize and perform one to two minutes of a song from musical theatre.
(Total time not to exceed four minutes).
Prepare a portfolio of your work with at least TEN images of your work from sound, lights, set, costumes, makeup, video, graphic design, marketing, etc.
Interview with a panel of judges about your experience in theatre production and interest in the field.
Present three letters of recommendation from directors/teachers you have worked with in technical production.
Theatre and Technical Theatre:
October Tales of Terror
Great Playwright Series
Friday Night Live
Theatre for Social Change
August Wilson Monologue Contest
Shuler Hensley Performance Thespian Conference
One Act Play Competition
Summer Children’s Theatre
District Honor Band
All State Band
All State Sight Reading Chorus
District Honor Chorus
Large Group Performance Evaluation
Spring Sing Pop Concert
Spring Talent Show
University of Georgia Choral Day
National Art Honor Society
Youth Art Month
Student Art Shows