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Academy of Performing and Visual Arts at Heritage High School information page

Upcoming Events

VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE NIGHTS:

•   Introduction,  October 8, 2020, 6 p.m.

6-6:30 p.m.     General Session     https://bit.ly/3jD6xhQ  
6:30-7 p.m.     Dance Breakout Session     https://bit.ly/30VH8sv  
6:30-7 p.m.     Instrumental Music Breakout Session     https://bit.ly/3iBVSCH  
6:30-7 p.m.     Technical Theater Breakout Session     https://bit.ly/2Sxlbey  
6:30-7 p.m.     Theater Breakout Session     https://bit.ly/2Fawfv8  
6:30-7 p.m.     Visual Art Breakout Session     https://bit.ly/34th74t  
6:30-7 p.m.     Vocal Music Breakout Session     https://bit.ly/3jGRFio 

•   Audition Information,  October 29, 2020, 6 p.m.
•   Showcase and FAQs,  November 12, 2020, 6 p.m.


APPLICATION WINDOW:
  November 13, 2020 through 3 p.m. December 11, 2020 at www.rockdaleschools.org/specialtyandchoice


AUDITION / ARTISTIC REVIEW DUE DATE:  The due date for audition/artistic review will be 3 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2021. Applicants who complete the RCPS School Specialty and Choice application will be notified via email of the submission process.




Program Overview

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.

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Components for Student Success

Each accepted student is enrolled in a major:
Vocal Music
Instrumental Music
Dance
Theatre
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

RCPS will use an electronic application process for 2021 - 2022 School Choice programs. No paper applications will be accepted. Students may apply for one School Choice program only for the 2021 - 2022 school year. The application window is November 13 - December 11, 2020. The online application will be available on the district website at www.rockdaleschools.org/specialtyandchoice
Only complete applications will be accepted.

Eligibility Criteria
• 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.


Virtual Audition/Artistic Review
Eligible applicants must complete the audition/artistic review process for final selection. The due date for audition/artistic review will be 3 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2021. Applicants who complete the RCPS School Specialty and Choice application will be notified via email of the submission process.





Audition/Artistic Review Requirements

Applicants must complete the virtual audition/artistic review process for final selection. The due date for the virtual audition/artistic review is 3 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2021


ALL AREAS
Teacher Recommendations - Students must submit two letters of recommendation using the HHS APVA Recommendation Form, one of which should be from a fine arts teacher.


DANCE
1. What to wear - Girls: leotard and convertible tights, ballet shoes with the elastic sewn on and tie strings tucked for ballet and bare feet for modern dance. Hair should be nice, neat and away from the face and neck with no jewelry, bows or accessories other than bobby pins and/or a hair net.

Boys: solid t-shirt with tights or gym shorts, ballet shoes with the elastic sewn on and tie strings tucked for ballet and bare feet for modern dance. Hair should be nice, neat and away from the face and neck. 

2. Expectations - Audition begins in ballet with an amended barre followed by exercises and combinations in center and across the floor. There will be a quick break to transition into the modern dance portion of the audition. During this time students will remove their ballet shoes and prepare to work with bare feet. The modern portion of the audition will consist of a warm-up in center, followed by exercises and combinations in center and across the floor. Students will be required to sight read and reproduce movement in groups for the dance faculty. Auditionees do not need to prepare a solo. HHS Dance Faculty will provide demonstration videos of the ballet and modern dance audition combination and exercises. Auditionees are required to learn and record the material and submit virtually by the required audition deadline.

3. Evaluation - Auditionees will be evaluated on: Physique and Body Alignment, Coordination and Flexibility, Evidence of Natural Ability and Potential, Rhythmical Accuracy, and Ability to sight read and reproduce movement combinations given by dance faculty.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
Wind:
1. 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).
2. Chromatic scale (minimum of 1 octave, student’s choice of range and starting note).
3. 2020-2021 All State Etude.

Percussion:
1. Mallets: Play the following major scales: Concert F, Bb, Eb, and Ab, all 2 octaves.
2. Snare: Three rudiments of the student’s choice (ex. Long roll, flam accent, drag, etc. Should be played in open-close-open pattern).
3. 2020-2021 All State Etude.

Piano:
1. Students will play 4 major scales of their choice (2 octaves preferred, 1 octave accepted)
2. Students will perform the Star Spangled Banner or other director approved piece.
3. Perform one prepared piece of music.

Strings:
1. Play the following scales: D Major - 2 octaves, C Major - 1 octave, A Major - 2 octaves, G Major - 2 octaves.
2. Perform one prepared piece of music.
3. 2020-2021 All State Etude.


VISUAL ARTS
Student Portfolio - Students must bring a portfolio with a maximum of 10 works of art to the audition.  The portfolio may include the following items:  photographs, drawings, 2-D design, 3-D artwork or any artwork the student feels exhibits their abilities in the visual arts. All works must be completed by the student.


VOCAL MUSIC
Sheet music and practice materials can be found at: 
http://heritagehighschoolchorus.weebly.com/vocal-major-audition-information.html

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. Scales - 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.


THEATRE

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. 

1. Slate your audition by giving your name, age, and title/author/character of your monologue and song selection.

2. Memorize and perform two contrasting monologues from published materials. Monologues should be one minute each for a total of two minutes.

3. Memorize and perform one to two minutes of a song from the musical theatre from the link above. (Total time not to exceed four minutes).


TECHNICAL THEATRE
1. 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.
2. Interview with a panel of judges about your experience in theatre production and interest in the field.
3. Present three letters of recommendation from directors/teachers you have worked with in technical production.






Activities

Theatre and Technical Theatre:
One Act
Improv Impire
Fall Play
Fall Musical
Cabaret
October Tales of Terror
Winter Musical
Spring Play
Spring Musical
Great Playwright Series
Individual Showcase
Friday Night Live
Theatre for Social Change
August Wilson Monologue Contest
Shuler Hensley Performance Thespian Conference
One Act Play Competition
Summer Children’s Theatre
ESU Shakespeare Monologue Competition

Dance:
Winter Concert
Spring Concert
Instrumental Music
Marching Band
Symphonic Band
Jazz Band
Concert Bands
District Honor Band
All State Band

Vocal Music:
All State Sight Reading Chorus
District Honor Chorus
Governors Honors
Ladies’ Trio
Literary Competition
Large Group Performance Evaluation
Men’s Quartet
Spring Sing Pop Concert
Spring Talent Show
University of Georgia Choral Day

Visual Arts:
Ceramics
Drawing
Painting
Graphics
Photography
National Art Honor Society
Youth Art Month
NAHS Conference
Museum/Gallery Tours
Student Art Shows