AVAPA LogoApplying to the Academy

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

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 Online Application.  
  • After completing both applications, students can then sign up for an audition/portfolio review.
  • 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.

Audition Requirements

Each program has specific audition requirements.  See details below.

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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