Guitar Auditions

Hello and welcome to the audition information page for Denver School of the Arts’ Guitar department. The information contained here is only for our department. Please go to the main admissions page to find out all the information and dates for complete admissions process:
Guitar Majors at DSA will study classical guitar during first semester and jazz guitar during second semester
Auditions for the 2018-2019 school year – 4 step process
Step 1 – the online audition application
The online application will open on November 5, 2018 by 1:00 pm and close at 9:00 am on January 4, 2019.  At any point during this online audition application window, you must apply online.
Step 2 – the mandatory pre-audition meetings
A parent or an adult parent designee for the applicant must be in attendance at the preaudition meeting in order to move ahead in the audition process.  We allow another adult to stand in the place of the parent in case of emergencies/vacations/work/etc.  But an adult must be AT THIS MEETING to represent the student and get the audition information and an audition time at the end of the meeting.  The student applicant does not HAVE to attend the meeting but is highly encouraged to do so.
The Guitar preaudition meeting is Thursday, January 10, 2019, 6pm – 7pm in the DSA SSC
Step 3 – the district school of choice form
You must fill out the DPS School of Choice Form. This information and form can be found on the admissions page:
Step 4 – the audition
You will receive your audition date and time at the pre-audition meeting on January 10. You do not pick the audition date or time. It is chosen for you. The vast majority of our applicants will only be assigned one day. Please keep all dates/times open on your calendar. You will find out in January which of the audition dates you will actually need. All call back details will be explained at the pre-audition meetings. The dates are not negotiable.
The guitar department will hold auditions in the guitar classroom (room 015) on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 3:15-9:00pm
All current 9th – 11th grade students are asked to bring an unofficial copy of their high school transcripts with grades posted through December 2018 in a sealed envelope to auditions. Those students who do not bring a copy of their transcript will not be considered for a spot at DSA. Please hand these to the major teacher – they will in turn hand them to DSA administration. Administration will look at the transcripts to ensure that the student is on track to graduate.
If your student needs accommodations for the audition, as written in a 504 or IEP, please provide a copy of the 504 or IEP to Assistant Principal Aspen Miles ONE WEEK before your student’s audition date.

Mandatory Pre-audition Meeting
When: Thursday, January 10, 2019, 6pm – 7pm
Where: DSA SSC
When: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 3:15pm – 9pm
Where: Guitar Classroom (room 015)
You will receive an audition appointment during the Pre-audition meeting January 10.
During the Auditions:
1.  Students will perform one piece of music in the style of their choice
2.  Students will play a variety of jazz chords and related scales of their choice (see audition preparation page)
3. Students will sight read one piece of music
4.  Students will complete a brief music reading test that will include major and minor key signatures, intervals, and triads
5. Students should submit at least one letter of recommendation
Students must be able to read music in order to be considered for the guitar major program at Denver School of the Arts.