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Hunter School of the Performing Arts


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Music Auditions


Students will be considered for a Music placement at Hunter School of the Performing Arts through assessment of an individual audition and a music workshop. Auditionees should appreciate that Parts One and Two may be reversed. This will be advised in writing with audition times as appropriate.

Audition Process
Individual Audition
The individual audition will be conducted by a panel chaired by at least two members of the Music staff from Hunter School of the Performing Arts.

Each student is required to perform a prepared instrumental or vocal piece as a solo performance. It must be no longer than 2-3 minutes (Years 3-6) or 3-4 minutes (Years 7-11). Pieces that exceed the time limit will be cut short. Your individual audition will be examined as a performance. This piece and your choice of performance repertoire should allow you to demonstrate your musical ability. If you wish to perform with two separate instruments you must perform one piece on each within the allocated time.

All performances must be accompanied, unless written as a solo work. Students may use a backing track or a single live accompaniment. The backing track must not include the auditioned part being performed by the candidate, e.g. singer may not have the vocal melody doubled on the backing. Backing tracks may be an audio file on a USB, a CD or on a device that will attach to a 3.5mm jack.

If a live accompanist is utilised, they will only be permitted in the audition for that part of the audition and no longer. For all students, any live accompanist must not double the auditioning student's melody.

The individual audition will assess:

  • pitch, rhythm, dynamics and sight reading;
  • genuine interest, self-discipline and commitment;
  • concentration and focus.

Students should bring their own musical instrument to their audition, excepting a piano, drum kit, bass amp, guitar amp, vocal microphone and CD/mp3/mp4 player, which will be available for use. Students must assemble their instruments, tune and warm up prior to entering the audition room. A space and time for this will be provided.

An aural test will be administered that consists of echoing back a series of one bar rhythmic patterns (clapping) and one bar melodic patterns (singing).

Music Group Workshop
A music group workshop will be held within the same morning/afternoon session as the individual audition. This workshop may include elements of all three performing arts skills, but will focus primarily on student-generated performance in Music.

Year 3-11 students will be required to participate in group performance and composition activities incorporating speech, body percussion, singing, moving and improvisation. This is a fun and interactive session where students demonstrate their ability to learn new musical material, perform within an ensemble and creatively contribute to the group.

Students will be led by Music Staff through this range of activities to assess:

  • pitch, rhythm, performance skills and potential;
  • genuine interest, commitment and creativity;
  • self-discipline, concentration, energy and focus;
  • the ability to work collaboratively in a group situation; and
  • the ability to learn new musical material.

Students should wear comfortable clothing which is easy to move in. This may include items such as track suits, T-shirts, jeans, sloppy-joes. Footwear should be joggers or comfortable shoes. Students should not audition in school uniform.

Changes may occur to the audition process above dependent upon COVID-19 health legislations in place at the time of auditions. Changes could include, but are not limited to, video submission and/or online live components. If and when required, details of changes will be communicated to applicants.

Performing Arts Curriculum
If made an offer of placement at our school it is our understanding that you acknowledge and accept our performing arts curriculum. Each new Year 3-8 student is required to follow through with his/her auditioned performing arts subject until at least Year 10. It is the strong expectation that new Year 9-11 students will follow through with their auditioned performing arts subject until Year 12.