Admission to the Production Studies in Performing Arts program
at Clemson University is a two-step process.
interested students must complete an official application form and send it to the
University - please visit the Admissions Office web site for complete application procedures.
- Secondly, an audition/interview is required for all students interested in pursuing an audio technology, music, or theatre concentration.
Upon completion of your Clemson University Application, the Admissions Office will forward your contact information to the Performing Arts Department, indicating your interest in either Audio Technology, Music, or Theatre. Soon after, you will receive an AUDITION APPLICATION FORM in the mail from the Department of Performing Arts. To request an audition, complete the form and mail it to the address listed on the form.
FOR A SUCCESSFUL AUDITION
• Complete and return the audition application form before your audition date.
• Be prepared!
• Dress appropriately.
• Be in the lobby of the Brooks Theatre before 10:00 a.m. on your audition day.
• Bring a resume which details your performing arts experiences and background.
• Bring at least two letters of recommendation.
For music students requiring an accompanist – send or fax your music ahead of your audition to:
Department of Performing Arts
221 Brooks Center for the Performing Arts
Clemson, SC 29634-0525
For audio technology students, bring samples of your work on a CD, DVD, or laptop.
For technical theatre students, bring a portfolio of your work.
You will be asked the following questions during your audition/interview – be prepared to answer them:
• What attracted you to this degree program?
• What are your career aspirations?
• What are your experiences and background in the arts?
• What other (non-arts) activities were you involved with in your school and/or community during your high school career?
• Understanding that this degree requires collaborative teamwork with students of varying performing arts backgrounds:
• How do you see yourself fitting into this curriculum?
• What previous experiences have you had in collaboration?
- adapted from Teaching Music
- Be confident, but not arrogant
- Prepare your repertoire several months in advance of your audition
- Open with your strongest piece
- Play in tune - nothing will hurt an audition more than playing out-of-tune
- Don't panic if you're asked to stop before the end of a piece
- Have your scales down cold
- Play in front of an audience (friends and family are OK too!) as much as possible
- Accept constructive criticism
- Use a cassette or video recorder to self-evaluate your selections
- Be so comfortable with your selections that your nerves heighten your performance
- Dress appropriately
- Don't stop during your performance
- Bring copies of your music and a resume to your audition
- Smile, make eye contact, and engage in conversation with the committee
- Be professional
- Be courteous
- Use good posture and stand (if appropriate) for your audition
- Arrive early and warm-up
- Don't chew gum
- Don't rush through the audition
- Don't make excuses for something that doesn't go well (the committee's heard it all!)
- Have Fun!