• Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy: Apply Make an Appointment to Audition

    This is the beginning of one of the most important experiences of your life! We look forward to welcoming you to our family at Jeff and helping you achieve academic and creative excellence. Please consult our audition guide for a description of how to prepare and our FAQfor answers to some common questions.

    Please consider the studio program for which you will audition and schedule your appointment by clicking on an audition date and selecting Register for this Event . You will be asked to register through our Elizabeth Public Schools website and select an appointment time. If you are an Elizabeth Public School student and require further assistance in scheduling an appointment, please contact your guidance counselor. If you are not an Elizabeth Public School student, please contact the Jefferson Arts guidance department at 908.436.6729 for assistance in scheduling an appointment.

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Auditioning at Jefferson Arts

    Questions
    1) What happens if I do not do well in my audition?
    2) The audition guide states that the audio and visual media program audition requires a student to create a brief film independently, but I do not own video recording equipment. What do I do?
    3) The audition guide for theater asks that I prepare to perform a brief monologue. Where can I find monologues?
    4) I am auditioning for the performing arts program in instrumental music. Am I required to bring my own instrument to the audition?
    5) I am auditioning for a program that requires a portfolio (i.e. creative writing and visual arts), but I am not sure if the collection of work that I have can really be considered "a portfolio." What should I do?
    6) I am an eighth grader in and Elizabeth Public School. If I have a portfolio (e.g. creative writing pieces, visual arts portfolio) or audition video (i.e. for A/V Media) that can easily be mailed, may I mail it to Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy?
    7) How do I schedule an audition?
    8) May I audition for more than one studio program?
     
    Answers

    1) Q What happens if I do not do well in my audition?

        A The purpose of our audition process is to screen students for the purposes of course selection—not to simply screen students out. All young artists, including novices, are encouraged to audition. Our school is committed to providing excellent educational experiences to students of all backgrounds. As such, we regularly offer beginner courses and extracurricular practice sessions for interested novices.

    2) Q  The audition guide states that the audio and visual media program audition requires a student to create a brief film independently, but I do not own video recording equipment. What do I do?

        A  Students may report to the audition with their own videos (e.g. drawn from a camcorder, flipcam, phone camera, iPod) or use cameras provided by the school during scheduled audition periods.

    3) Q  The audition guide for theater asks that I prepare to perform a brief monologue. Where can I find monologues?

        A  Students searching for monologues for our theater audition may find the following sites helpful:
    - http://www.stageagent.com/Shows/Monologues
    - http://www.actorpoint.com/monologue.html
    - http://www.monologuearchive.com

    4) Q  I am auditioning for the performing arts program in instrumental music. Am I required to bring my own instrument to the audition?

        A  Yes. Students auditioning for instrumental music must bring their own instruments … except for pianos!

    5) Q  I am auditioning for a program that requires a portfolio (i.e. creative writing and visual arts), but I am not sure if the collection of work that I have can really be considered "a portfolio." What should I do?

        A  If a student is unsure if his/her portfolio pieces are sufficient, we encourage him/her to visit the audition in order to elicit feedback from our teachers.

    6) Q  I am an eighth grader in and Elizabeth Public School. If I have a portfolio (e.g. creative writing pieces, visual arts portfolio) or audition video (i.e. for A/V Media) that can easily be mailed, may I mail it to Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy?

        A  Yes. We recommend handing in the artifact(s) to your guidance counselor or homeroom teacher and asking him/her to mail it to Jefferson Arts through the Elizabeth Public Schools interoffice mail. Please be sure to include your name, ID number, and current school with your artifact(s).

    7) Q  How do I schedule an audition?

        A  You may schedule an audition by visiting our online audition calendar. Once there, please identify the studio program for which you plan to audition and schedule your appointment by clicking on an audition date and selecting Register for this Event . You will be asked to register through our Elizabeth Public Schools website and select an appointment time. If you are an Elizabeth Public School student and require further assistance in scheduling an appointment, please contact your guidance counselor. If you are not an Elizabeth Public School student, please contact the Jefferson Arts guidance department at 908.436.6729 for assistance in scheduling an appointment.

    8) Q  May I audition for more than one studio program?

        A  Yes. You may audition for up to three programs. However, all students will be asked to select one studio program to complete as part of their studies at Jefferson Arts.