Audition & Portfolio Reviews


Department of Art, Design, and Art History

Dance

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Department of Art Design & Art History

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The Art Portfolio
A selection of the most representative and “best” work should be emphasized. Include work from individual initiative, as well as class projects. In addition, include a sketchbook and an 18”x 24” drawing of a “hand tool” in any media. The Department of Art accepts a variety of works and recognizes varied experiential levels. While actual work is preferred; large, cumbersome, fragile or heavy work is better presented with photographic documentation. If a student chooses a digital format to present work they should bring a laptop or other display technology. The department will be looking for work of high technical quality and originality, as well as interesting, complex and ambitious personal concepts and ideas. The ability to understand and articulate information concerning the work is also important. Please be sure your portfolio includes the following:

  • a selection of 15 to 25 unique artworks
  • one 18”x 24” drawing of a “hand tool”
  • a sketchbook

Alternative Portfolio
Students living outside a 200-mile radius who would find an on-campus review impossible may submit a portfolio by mail or email. Application forms may be downloaded, completed and submitted in pdf or jpg format on a CD or attached to an email.

The Art Portfolio Review
On the portfolio interview days, students have the opportunity to present their work in a comfortable discussion format. Typically they meet at least two faculty members from the Department of Art, Design, and Art History and are invited to tour the studios, meet with students and attend current lectures and exhibitions. The review of the portfolio provides the basis for acceptance to art major course work and for financial aid recommendations. 

Art History and Criticism
Applicants with the intention of pursuing an emphasis in Art History and Criticism should submit a writing sample and may also wish to include a portfolio presentation.  Writing samples could be essays or research papers completed in any humanities class. The interview will focus on the student's interest and understanding of various forms of art.

Transfer Students
Transfer students must submit a portfolio to enroll in art major course work and pursue an art emphasis. Transfer students should prepare to present their highest level of work in the studio area they intend to pursue. This will help to determine final transferability of previous coursework. Students transferring from art programs at other institutions should expect to complete departmental requirements in a minimum of two years. Students currently enrolled at Webster in other departments must also submit a portfolio to begin major course studies in art.

If you have specific questions about the requirements for the portfolio review, please contact:

Amber Slater-Raymond
314-246-7171
slateamb@webster.edu
 

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Dance

Audition Dates

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Dance Audition
Acceptance to the Department of Dance is by audition. Auditions are held on campus throughout the year and are conducted in the form of classes, a performance and an interview. The classes will consist of ballet and modern techniques. It is preferable that applicants have a solid background in ballet. Each dancer must wear a leotard and tights and should be prepared for the following:

  • Interview to discuss career goals and dance background
  • Submission of dance resume
  • Performance of approximately three minutes of choreography. This is a solo of the applicant's choice, either self-choreographed or a work set on the applicant. The setting for viewing is informal, in the studio.  (No tap, please.)
  • Participation in a Ballet Technique and Modern Technique class.

Alternative Audition
If you are unable to audition in person, a video/DVD of your work will be accepted, although auditioning in person is preferred. If sending a video/DVD please mail to:

Office of Admission
Attn: Admission Events Coordinator
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
 

If you have specific questions about the requirements for the audition, please contact:

Beckah Reed
Dance Department Chair
314-246-7744
voigtbe@webster.edu
 
 
 

 Music

Audition Dates

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Music Audition
All applicants must audition on a primary instrument (or voice) and interviewed by professors appropriate to the primary instrument or program of study. Auditioning students will also take a music theory placement exam and complete an evaluation of piano proficiency which assists in placing students in proper courses and will not affect department admittance. All auditioning students also undertake a brief pitch memory and sight-reading exercise.  Applicants must also submit a letter of recommendation from a music instructor.

Alternative Portfolio
On-campus auditions are the most valuable for both auditioning students and Webster University.  Students living outside a 200-mile radius who would find an on-campus audition impossible may submit a CD or DVD by mail.  Please submit the Audition/Interview request form and the CD or DVD to:

Office of Admission
Attn: Admission Events Coordinator
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
 

Composition (BM, MM)

Applicants will present a portfolio of scores in various styles as well as recordings of the works from performances or electronic realizations, if possible. Scores should be formatted using a standard notation software program such as Finale or Sibelius. Applicants will also perform on their major instrument. Follow the guidelines for vocal, piano/organ, instrumental or jazz studies.

Instrumental (BM, MM) and Orchestral Performance (MM)

Undergraduate applicants will present three works, preferably from a concerto, etude or sonata. Selections should demonstrate technical facility, musicality, tone quality and phrasing. Instrumental (MM)/Orchestral Performance (MM) applicants should also prepare excerpts from the standard symphonic repertoire.

Jazz Studies (Performance (MM or BM); Music Technology (BM))

Instrumentalists will present three works: such as a blues piece (a standard by Ellington, Gershwin, Porter or similar composer); or an original or contemporary work from memory to demonstrate improvisation skills. Vocalists should perform three standards from the jazz repertoire from memory. Scat singing may be requested of vocalists. Graduate applicants will perform four works from memory from the above categories. All applicants must demonstrate knowledge of basic scales and cord symbols. Drum set applicants will demonstrate an understanding of swing, Latin, fusion and other styles. A brief sight-reading demonstration may be required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

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