VPA (Visual Performing Arts Program)

VPA Program of Studies 2019-2020
 VPA Academy Application 2019

VPA Audition Dates:

 Dance: January 12, 2019 4PM- 6PM

              February 22, 2019 6:30PM- 8:30PM

Theatre: Theatre Dept:  February 2nd from 12:00pm-2:00pm 

                                      February 23rd from 2:00pm-4:00pm 

Orchestra: March 27, 2019, at 4:45

Bring instrument & music


Band: Saturday, Feb. 23rd 11am in the bandroom of NPHS (Room 2-114). Everyone will meet at 11am and take the theory test and they will be given an audition number. All students will audition one at a time for us until all students have been auditioned. Students can leave right after their audition is finished. Students will be notified if they have been accepted. Tiffany Jennings, VPA department head will be in touch to provide the timeframe for notification.

This is ONLY for students wishing to audition for Jazz One and Wind Ensemble (our VPA ensembles). Passing this audition and entering into those classes will constitute being in the “VPA” program. The Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Two will be by director recommendation and I will place those students with your input. Again, this audition is ONLY for those students wishing to be in the VPA ensembles.

The audition will consist of any solo that the student has prepared (FBA solo and ensemble MPA solo is suggested) no accompaniment is required, however if the student wants to bring a recording or an accompanist to play with that is perfectly fine. There will be some sight-reading and a general basic theory test. David Sommer (choral director) and I will hear all of the applicants together and collaborate on the selection process.

JAZZ STUDENTS: Winds should prepare the head (melody) and one chorus of improvisation on any standard from “the great American songbook”. Wind students should bring a backing track to play along with (we will play the recording through the stereo system so they can play and improvise). Bass Players should prepare a walking bass line for a 12 bar Bb Blues Progression, Piano Players should prepare the melody of any standard from the “great American songbook” playing the melody with right hand and appropriate comping chords with the left hand. Guitarists should demonstrate proper chord voicings for a 12 bar Bb Blues progression.


Chorus: February 23, 2019 11:00am

  • Date is subject to change
  1. Bring instrumental track (no voices). Can be on CD or smart phone. No YouTube videos.
  2. Auditions include site reading/short passage provided at time of audition.
  3. Students will have to perform a few vocal exercises.

No A cappella



The final date to submit the paper application will be March 14th (right before spring break). Please have students forward the application paperwork to Tiffany Jennings/VPA Department Chair.


Any paperwork needs to be fully completed, and placed in a folder/envelope. Applications can be dropped off to our front office or mailed to NPHS.


Visual art portfolios can be emailed to tiffany.jennings@sarasotacountyschools.net.


Students can take a digital photograph with a cell phone, then email the photographs to OR print copies of their artwork Do not send actual pieces of artwork. 

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