How to plan for your audition

The 2017 auditions are scheduled for three Saturdays, although there are limited spaces for Friday evening (See Part I of the application.) Please note:  all dance auditions are scheduled for Saturdays.  The sites, dates and the students who will audition there follow.

Saturday, January 7, 2017, University High, Morgantown, W.Va. (Monongalia County) 
Convenient to students from Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Monongalia, Preston, Taylor, Marion, Barbour, Randolph, Harrison, Lewis, Upshur, Doddridge, Tyler, Pleasants, Ritchie, Gilmer, and some Wood County students. Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Monongalia, Preston, Taylor, Marion, Barbour, Randolph, Harrison, Lewis, Upshur, Doddridge, Tyler, Pleasants, Ritchie, Gilmer, and some Wood County students.


On the evening of January 6, special requests for auditions can be made except in the dance category Saturday. Dance auditions consist of a two-hour dance class beginning at 10 a.m.

 January 14, 2017,  Washington High School, Charles Town, W. Va. (Jefferson County)
Convenient for students from Tucker, Grant, Mineral, Pendleton, Hardy, Hampshire, Morgan, Berkeley, Jefferson.
On the evening of January 13, special requests for auditions can be made except in the dance category. Dance auditions consist of a two-hour dance class beginning at 10 a.m.


Saturday, January 21, 2017, South Charleston High, South Charleston, W. Va. (Kanawha County) 
Convenient to students from Jackson, Wirt, Calhoun, Braxton, Webster, Pocahontas, some Wood and all counties south of these. On the evening of January 20, special requests for auditions can be made except in the dance category. The dance class at SCHS will begin at10 a.m. on Saturday, January 21. 

Although the auditions are set up regionally, there are situations that preclude a student's auditioning on a specific day. For that reason, the online application has a checkbox that is to be completed to indicate your preference.

Call Mrs. Keffer, 304-558-2440, if you have a special situation that needs to be discussed.
Generally speaking, as with all-state auditions, a change of audition site will be granted very sparingly.

You should receive email notification of your audition appointment by the end of the day December 16.  If you have not heard by 9 a.m. on December 17 and there is no notice explaining the delay posted on the website, please contact Mrs. Keffer to determine the problem.  sherry.l.keffer@wv.gov

Notification of Selection Procedures

Students chosen to attend GSA will be invited by a letter from the Governor, usually within three weeks after the last audition. This year, it could be a little later since our new Governor will not be inaugurated until late January. All other applicants will receive a letter from Mrs. Keffer regarding their status.

General Guidelines for all disciplines


You should start preparing for your audition/portfolio review as soon as you decide to apply! Do not wait until a week or two before auditions to begin preparations.
Your application, school records, recommendations and interview as well as your audition performance/portfolio will be considered in the selection process;


Only creative writing, digital media art and visual art applicants submit a portfolio.
With the exception of dancing, auditions/reviews take about 15 minutes.
Check website frequently for critical announcements. For example, inclement weather may require changing an entire weekend of auditions. You will not receive a letter or a phone call with this information. It will be posted on this site only. 

 

How do I prepare for my audition for my specific art?

The following links contain the information you will need to prepare.  Print the procedures, read carefully and practice faithfully!

Acting Procedures

Creative Writing Procedures

Dance Procedures

Digital Imagery Procedures

Instrumental Music Procedures

Studio Art Procedures

Vocal Music Procedures