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Barton Performing Arts to hold scholarship auditions
Students can audition for performing arts scholarships at Barton Community College.

Barton Community College is scheduling auditions for performing arts scholarships. Students interested in auditioning for vocal ensembles, instrumental ensembles, dance ensembles; learning about scholarships opportunities in performing arts for the 2022-2023 season; and visiting with directors in vocal, instrumental, dance or theater are encouraged to sign up for one of three “Scholarship Audition Days,” on Feb. 12, March 12 or April 2  at There will also be virtual appointments available.  

Awards range from $250 to $1,500 per year. Scholarships for majors are $2,000 and can be combined with other academic and activity awards. Students unavailable on Feb. 12 may schedule a video conference on a different date or make arrangements with the instructors listed below to submit their audition via video.



Danika Bielek, director of Barton Dance Theatre


Karen Gore, theater


Dr. Eric Foley, director of Choral Activities


Dr. Luis Palacios, director of Instrumental Activities


Audition Information by Area

Barton Dance Program

During the audition for Barton Dance Theatre, the college’s resident dance company, candidates will be asked to learn exercises and dance combinations in styles of modern contemporary, ballet and jazz dance. Arrive for the audition dressed in dancewear or close-fitting clothes appropriate for movement, have long hair pulled back, and bring ballet or jazz dance shoes, if available. Scholarships will be awarded for both Barton Dance Theatre members and incoming dance majors.

Barton Instrumental Music Department

The Barton Instrumental Music Department will require students to perform a solo or excerpt of literature that they are currently working on in either band/orchestra or something they are preparing for a festival. The audition may also include a brief demonstration of major scales. Pianists may perform up to two selections from their current repertoire and may be asked to demonstrate scale patterns. Guitarists may audition on either acoustic or electric guitar. Guitar students should be prepared to play one to two short examples, under two minutes each, that demonstrate their skill level. In addition to demonstration pieces, guitarists will also be engaged in an informal dialogue regarding their experience with chords and scales.

Barton Theatre

Barton Theatre will require auditioning actors to perform a memorized monologue and may be asked to perform it again after feedback. Those auditioning for a theater technician role will need to be prepared to discuss their technical activities as well as present images of their work if possible, such as sets, costumes and lighting designs they’ve worked on or created.

Barton Vocal Music Department

The Barton Vocal Music Department will be auditioning singers and rhythm section players including piano, guitar, bass and drums for Hilltop Singers. No audition is required of Concert Choir members unless students wish to be considered for a scholarship. In the vocal audition, students will be asked to demonstrate range, sing some harmonic patterns and perform a familiar song between 1-3 minutes long such as a contest solo, an excerpt of a choir piece or other song that demonstrates their best singing. Memorization of music is preferred but not required. Refer to the registration form for guidance on appropriate audition attire and preparation.