All Upper Division students must be 12-21 years of age, and have at least 1 year of experience in a given Track of Study (e.g. Violin or Voice).
TRACKS OF STUDY/Casting
FASA is a performance-centric event. All students participate in at least two live shows: once in a featured moment (ensemble or solo) and once in a group moment (choir, orchestra, or big band). These individual moments are customized by our show writers and casting directors to create a spectacular series of shows.
All students choose one Track of Study such as Violin or Voice. This choice should be reflected in their audition video. After the audition video is received, the student is cast in a role appropriate to their age, skill level, genre preference or "Focus", and the logistics of the live performances.
All Tracks of Study are taught in the context of preparation for the live shows. Classes are organized according to casting, not according to tracks of study. For more information on tracks of study, select a category below.
NOTE: Your audition video is critical to your casting. Each FASA show is tailor-made for attending students. Due to the extensive planning this requires, the longer you delay submitting your audition video, the harder it becomes to cast you effectively. So if you want to be considered for a premier slot, audition!
During the application process, students will be asked to select a "Focus" or genre preference. This information will be taken into consideration by those in charge of the casting process. Your chosen "Focus" ought to compliment your chosen Track of Study. For instance, if you select Violin as your Track of Study, you might consider "Bluegrass" or "Classical" as your genre "Focus". Focuses include: Bluegrass, Classical, Pop/Rock, Broadway, Jazz, Singer-Songwriter, and Composition.
SINGER-SONGWRITER & COMPOSITION FOCUSES
Two new focuses, "Singer-Songwriter" and "Composition", are unique focuses that require advanced knowledge of songwriting and composition. Students who select either Focus must submit either a song demo and/or sheet music of an original work. Beginners interested in learning the fundamentals of Songwriting and Composition should consider the electives "Introduction to Songwriting" and "Introduction to Composition".
SECONDARY ARTISTIC DISCIPLINES
If the student desires to diversify their experience through a secondary artistic discipline such as Drama, they must submit a second audition video showcasing their skill level in that discipline. FASA does not guarantees that a secondary skill set will be utilized in a live performance; however, allowances will be made if possible. One example: a student might play violin in a performance, but receive a private lesson in some secondary discipline.
Electives focus on a variety of subjects including "Piano", "Introduction To Songwriting" and "Introduction To Composition". Learn more about each area of study by clicking the buttons below.
Please note: not all areas of study are schedule-compatible. For example: students may not perform on more than 1 instrument in the orchestra. Call our office at 888.839.1055 with any questions.
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PLACEMENT AND CASTING
In order for us to maximize each student’s experience at FASA, it is vital that we get to know them! Below is the process we require for all students.
1. Step 1: Register for FASA. Click the "apply now" button at the top of the screen to request a complete FASA application. Once your deposit has been received you are registered! Next step - casting video!
2. Step 2: Casting Video: Deadline May 15. If you register after May 15 please send the video as soon as possible.
Every student who registers must prepare a short (2-4 min.) video of themselves performing in their particular field of study.
Audition Tips: 1) Accompaniment is preferred and recommended. If you perform a cappella it is important that you demonstrate a sense of rhythm and intonation. The auditions should showcase range, style, and performance skill. 2) Choose a location that is well-lit. 3) Please stand for your performance and, if possible, film from a full-body camera angle. Avoid sitting or cropped angles that do not showcase your abilities. Show us your understanding of stage deportment through your look and dress. Introduce yourself and your song. We want to know about you, what you enjoy, what you do best. Let us know if you have a skill that is outside the parameters of the instruments included in FASA's tracks, for instance, acrobatics, dulcimer, and/or other unique talents. Because FASA's shows are customized, we can occasionally utilize such skills.
Instrumental Requirements: 1-3 minute performance. Only 1 piece is required. If the student is participating in multiple fields please include video of each. If the student is interested in performing a vocal solo, please include video meeting the requirements of the vocal solo auditions.
Vocal Requirements: 1 song of your choice representing the style you prefer to sing. Be sure an show us all we need to see of your vocal skill. If you feel multiple selections would be helpful in our assessment of your overall vocal range and skill feel free to include more than one song.
Once your registration and video have been complete we will begin the process of assessing the best place to challenge and showcase your talents in your classes and performances at FASA.