Marlins Arts Audition Day

March 20, 2021

The Marlins Arts Audition Day is an opportunity to get to know the faculty and students who are involved in the arts with student panels and Question and Answer sessions, as well as to learn about how you can be involved in the arts as part of your Virginia Wesleyan experience. 

In addition, you can complete an early audition for music and theatre activities or submit a portfolio for the visual arts during the afternoon. These auditions allow you to make sure you hit the ground running when you arrive at Virginia Wesleyan.

This year’s Arts Audition Day will take place virtually via zoom.

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10:00 am The Arts at VWU
10:30 am Breakout sessions by interest, chat with individual faculty members
11:00 am Student Panel, Q&A Session
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm Auditions (by appointment)

Audition Expectations


Music Major
You will need to perform two contrasting pieces that represent your skill and experience with your instrument. If you are a vocalist, you are encouraged to have one of those pieces in a foreign language. You will need to have the accompaniment (pre-recorded or otherwise) on your side of the meeting. Your audition as a Music Major will also include your audition for Choral or Instrumental Ensembles.

You will need to sing a traditional folk song or hymn of your choosing, a capella. You could consider Amazing Grace  or My Country Tis of Thee as viable options. You will also be asked to sing some basic warm-ups, and aural skills exercises.

Instrumental Ensembles
You will be asked to perform a piece on your instrument that demonstrates the style and genre that you are most interested in performing. The piece should be between 2-4 minutes in length and should not need accompaniment.


This is your chance to show-off. You will perform two contrasting pieces that represent your artistry, preparation, and performance skills. The total amount of time for your performance should be approximately 5 minutes. These pieces should be memorized to the best of your ability. They could be a piece you’ve performed in a play, musical, or contest. If you sing or dance, you can choose to perform a musical theatre selection for one of the pieces. (you will need to provide accompaniment for your singing). This will also give us a chance to discuss your performance and the program. If you have experience in technical theatre or entertainment design technology (lighting, scenic, props, sound, projections, and filmmaking) you will be asked to show examples of your work.

Visual Art

Please submit a portfolio of 6 to 10 works of art that represent you best. The works should be original and highlight any representational skills you possess. Works can include a variety of media, or all be concentrated in a single medium. The portfolio you submit will be in the form of 6 to 10 individual image slides in a Google Slide presentation. Each slide must be labeled at the bottom of the slide with the artist’s name, artwork title, media, and size. Share your Google Slide presentation with by March 18, 2021.

For the Marlins Art Day event the art faculty will conduct Google Meet interviews with students who have submitted portfolios. In this interview you will have the opportunity to discuss your artworks, goals, and ask questions regarding the visual arts at Virginia Wesleyan University.

The Virginia Wesleyan Art Department acknowledges that due to COVID-19, special considerations regarding the portfolio apply. We realize that students may not have had access to art classes, studios, summer programs, and other opportunities, and we will remain aware of this in reviewing your portfolio.