Photograph of Baltimore School for the Arts TWIGS student playing the clarinet

TWIGS Auditions

TWIGS auditions are held each spring for the upcoming school year. Auditions for 2018-19 will be held April 30-May 7, 2018.

Below you will find the audition instructions for each discipline. Please review our curriculum offerings first.


Students entering grades 6-8 can audition by appointment. Please email Ms. Samantha Ordaz,, by June 1, 2018, to set up an appointment. Students entering grades 2–5 in September 2018 can audition either May 4 or 5, dependent on grade. Each applicant will participate in a brief dance movement class as part of the audition. For the audition, wear a leotard and footless tights or spandex shorts/gym shorts with a close fitting t-shirt. No skirts, leg warmers, costumes, or jeans. Ballet slippers or socks are required. No pointe shoes. Loose-fitting clothing or jewelry should not be worn. Hair should be securely pinned back. The audition process typically lasts about two hours.

Music – Instrumental

Students entering grades 5–8 in September 2018 can audition for trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba, cello, bass, percussion, guitar, piano, flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, violin, viola, and harp. Students entering grades 2-4 in September 2018 can audition for piano, violin, and harp. Bring your instrument. We provide a piano and a harp for these auditions and a snare drum for percussion auditions. Bring sheet music and be prepared to play one or two selections and one or two scales on your instrument.

Music – Vocal

Students entering grades 6–8 in September 2018 can audition. Be prepared to sing America (My Country ’Tis of Thee). Accompaniment will be provided.


Students entering grades 5-8 in September 2018 can audition. Each applicant must perform a memorized monologue (one character’s speech from a play) no more than two minutes in length or a poem approximately one-minute long.

Stage Design & Production

Students entering grades 5-8 in September 2018 can audition. Previous experience is not required. Each applicant should bring examples of his/her artwork (drawings, paintings, sculpture, collage, etc.). Applicants should be prepared to discuss their artwork. Any experience working on performances, (e.g., plays, concerts, dance shows) may be included in the discussion.

Visual Arts

This program is for students in grades 4-8. Students entering grades 4-6 are asked to submit a home assignment. For more information, please email Samantha Buker, 

Students entering grades 7 and 8 in September 2018 are asked to bring 5-15 examples of artwork to the audition on May 5.  

Students entering grades 7-8 should choose examples of their artwork they particularly like. This could include drawings, paintings, collages, ceramics, prints, weavings, metal, or woodworking projects or anything else made by hand in school or at home. Applicants should be prepared to discuss their artwork. They will also complete a drawing exercise during the audition. Materials for this drawing will be provided. The audition may last up to two hours.

Visual Storytelling

Students entering grade 8 in September 2018 can audition. Each applicant must write a story based on a photograph they will receive as part of their application online. It is important that applicants bring the story to the audition. At the audition, applicants should be prepared to write an additional story, talk about their favorite film, book, graphic novel, fable, or fairy tale.

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