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Carroll Senior High Hosts Inaugural Arts Signing Day

Apr 27, 2016 09:36AM ● By Audrey Sellers

This morning, Carroll Senior High School hosted a ceremony honoring 27 students looking to pursue a fine arts degree in college. These Dragons have succeeded in navigating this process and will be making the next step towards their future.

For students pursuing a degree in fine arts, the process is rigorous. Those looking to move on to collegiate studies in their chosen discipline must complete a two-step process. First, they must be accepted into their university and go through a portfolio, interview or audition process to be accepted into their chosen fine arts program. Many students audition and interview for months as collegiate fine arts programs are often looking for the right students to fill specific roles or to be mentored by faculty with specific skills.

For prospective art students, this process can include a persuasive cover, resume and portfolio displaying a variety of media and techniques. Prospective music students may be required to provide a repertoire list discussing the music studies and roles performed, recommendations, recordings of original work or performances. There may also be live auditions playing memorized music and sight-reading.

For prospective theater students, the process can be very similar to that of music students but may actually include applying to multiple departments. Theater students may be required to provide resumes and videos, as well as audition in person, performing songs to show off their vocal range and performing both classical and contemporary monologues.

Congratulations to the Carroll fine arts students who participated in Arts Signing Day:

Allie Alexander, University of Oklahoma, Acting

Drew Brown, New York University, Musical Theatre

Nicole Butscher, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Theatre Tech

Sean Choate, Academy of Art University - San Francisco, Illustration/Comics

Taylor Coughlin, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, Graphic Arts

Ethan Ditthardt, University of North Texas, Jazz Studies

Alison Esparza, Southern Methodist University, Music Therapy

Sophia Formella, Miami or Indiana University, Classical Voice & Music Education

Gareth Forsberg, Oklahoma City University, Acting

Carleigh Grupe, Butler University, Music Perf. (flute) and Business

Wyatt Hall, Chapman University, Television Writing and Production

Olivia Johnson, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Photography/Art

Hayley Kalen, University of Texas at Arlington, Music Education

Tayler MacMillan, New York University, Film and TV Production

Christian Mason, Academy of Art University - San Francisco, Writing for TV and Digital Media

Allie Miller, Campbell University, Music Education

William Nathman, University of North Texas, Jazz Studies

J.C. Patino, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Studio Arts

Jai Shams, Texas Christian University, Vocal Performance

Benjamin Singel, Southern Methodist University, Theatre

Ciara Smith, University of Oklahoma, Theatre-Costume Design

Gabriella Smith, Southern Methodist University, Photography

Giovanna Viega, Syracuse University, Architecture

Jenna Visage, Savannah College of Art and Design, Fashion Marketing and Management

Riley Walker, Belmont University, Performing ArtsKayla White, University of Texas, Dance Studies

Kayla White, University of Texas, Dance Studies

Niki Wichman, Laguna College of Art and Design, Game Art