Applying to the Academy

Students wanting to join the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVAPA) must follow the steps below:

  • Complete the GISD Magnet School Application.  The Magnet Application can be filled out through the Family Skyward account.
  • Complete the AVAPA On-line Application.  The AVAPA Application can be found by clicking HERE
  • After completing both applications students can then sign up for an audition/portfolio review.  Students can sign up for a time by clicking HERE.
  • Students then must perform a live audition for an AVAPA Audition Committee.  See Audition Requirements below.

 Students will be notified within 4 weeks of the audition of their acceptance to the Academy

 *Current high school students in grades 9 and 10 can apply to AVAPA by following the same criteria stated above.  Students can not apply for AVAPA after the beginning of the 11th grade.

Audition Requirements

Band – Instrumental Music Studies

  • 2 Solos – Student will perform 2 contrasting pieces.  All-Region Etudes, UIL Solos, or equivalent are acceptable.  Percussion students will perform 1 piece on Snare Drum and 1 piece on Marimba/Xylophone.  Students CAN NOT use current music from their band class or modern/pop solos.  Music does not need to be memorized.
  • Scales – Student will perform the Chromatic Scale, Concerts C, F, Bb, and Eb scales.  Scales will be TMEA Middle School scale ranges.
  • Interview – Student will be asked a set of interview questions.

Choral Music Studies

  • 1 Solo – Student will perform a solo comparable to a UIL Solo (solo can be a UIL Solo).  Solo MUST be memorized and have piano accompaniment.  GHS will provide the pianist.  Solo CAN NOT be a modern/pop solo.
  • 1 Sightreading Excerpt – Student will sightread a simple, step-wise melody line.
  • Interview – Student will be asked a set of interview questions.

Film Studies

  • 1 Film – Student will create a 1-3 minute film.
  • 1 Reflective Essay – Student will submit a reflective essay (500 word minimum) on the work done for the film. 
  • Interview – Student will be asked a set of interview questions

Guitar – Instrumental Music Studies

  • 2 Etudes – Students will select 2 of the following etudes to perform (memory not required):
    • Fernando Sor Op. 35, No. 22
    • Mauro Giuliani Op. 100, No. 2
    • Matteo Carcassi Op. 60, No. 1
    • Matteo Carcassi Op. 60, No. 3
  • 1 Sightreading Excerpt – Student will sightread a simple, step-wise melody line.
  • Interview – Student will be asked a set of interview questions.

Orchestra – Instrumental Music Studies

  • 2 Solos – Student will perform 2 contrasting pieces.  Students can perform 2 movements of contrasting styles from the same sonata.  UIL Solos or the equivalent are acceptable.  Students CAN NOT use current music from their orchestra class or modern/pop music solos.  Music does not need to be memorized.
  • Scales – Student will play two scales from the TMEA Middle School All-Region Orchestra Scale Sheet.  Scale selections will be made by the audition committee. 
  • Interview – Student will be asked a set of interview questions.

Piano – Instrumental Music Studies

  • 1 Solo – Student will perform the first movement of a Sonata or Sonatina of the student’s choice.  Music does not need to be memorized.
  • Scales – Student will perform C, F, Bb, G, and D scales.  Scales will be played hands together, two octaves, and sixteenth notes at a metronome marking of 60.
  • Interview – Student will be asked a set of interview questions

Theatre Studies - Performance

  • 1 Monologue – Student will select 1 monologue from GHS provided repertoire to memorize and perform.  (GHS repertoire selections will be sent to the student after completion of the online applications.)
  • Interview – Student will be asked a set of interview questions

Theatre Studies - Technical

  • 1 Resume – Student will provide a professional, detailed resume of prior tech experience.
  • Interview – Student will be asked a set of interview questions

Visual Arts Studies

  • 1 Portfolio Review – Student can choose to include work that has been completed in the past year AND/OR create new pieces.  The portfolio MUST contain one piece of each of the following:
    • OBSERVATIONAL: Drawing from an object, person, etc., that you are looking at.  (NOT from memory, a computer screen or photograph.)
    • CREATIVITY & IMAGINATION: Shows originality, personality and/or style.
    • CHALLENGE/EXPERIMENTATIONS: Shows risk taking and growth beyond your comfort zone.
    • STRONG TECHNICAL SKILLS: Shows control of technique and/or media.  (What are your best skills?)
    • PERSONAL CHOICE: Anything that best represents the artist.
  • Interview – Student will be asked a set of interview questions
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