Auditions for the 2016-2017 School Year

Hello and welcome to the audition information page for Denver School of the Arts.  We are excited that you are considering DSA as a school choice for your child for the upcoming school year.  We encourage you to take a look at our website and explore the information it has to offer.  You may also find the ‘calendar’ option helpful in planning how many performances/shows happen in a typical school year.


Auditions for the 2016-2017

A 4 step process

Step 1 – the online audition application

The online application will open on October 12, 2015 before noon and close at NOON on November 20, 2015.  At any point during this online audition application window, you must apply online.

For this online application – all you are doing is filling out basic information on your child:  name, grade, address, parent name, etc.  No other preparation/materials are needed to fill out this online application.

PLEASE make sure you work yourself through the entire audition application.  You will create an account first.  That is not the audition application.  As soon as you create an account, you will proceed by adding your child’s name, grade, major, etc.  Only completed audition applications will be considered for auditions.  You should receive an automated email confirmation that you applied.  This email will contain your students name, grade and major.  This is your confirmation that you applied.

If you do not have access to a computer, you may come to DSA during the online application window and someone in the counseling center will help you get online.  If you have any technology issues, please call the school and we will work you through the process.  You are welcome to call the school to make sure your application was received online.

Students may apply and audition for one major only.

Note – Stagecraft and Design will be accepting applicants in high school only.

Note – Incoming 7th graders will audition for the waitlist only

Traditionally, the 7th grade is the hardest grade to get into at DSA.  Why is that?  Our 6th and 7th grade teams are the same size – 132 students.  Unless a current 6th grader decides to leave the school, there is no room for an auditioning 7th grader.

Once you’ve applied, you will not hear from us.  The school will not send you an email or call.  We will see you at the pre-audition meeting in December.

What if you want to know more info between when you apply and when the pre-audition meeting happens?  Go to the DSA Homepage, Arts.  Look for the major you are interested in.  This will take you directly to that major’s website.  Look for an admission/auditions tab.  If that arts department needs you to know anything ahead of the pre-audition meeting, it’s there.

Step 2 – the mandatory pre-audition meetings

A parent or an adult parent designee for the applicant must be in attendance at the pre-audition meeting in order to move ahead in the audition process.  We allow another adult to stand in the place of the parent in case of emergencies/vacations/work/etc.  But someone must be at this meeting to represent the student and get the audition time at the end of the meeting.  The student applicant does not HAVE to attend the meeting but is highly encouraged to do so.

Each major will explain, in great detail, the audition process and requirements for their department.  At the end of these meetings, your child will be given an audition time slot for January.  You do not get to select your audition date.  This is done for you by the DSA major teachers.  Please keep all audition dates open.  Audition dates/times are listed under step 4 of this page.

You do NOT need to sign up for this meeting.  Your online application is your signup.  You simply come to DSA on your designated pre-audition meeting date.

This meeting will be your chance to ask questions specific to your major, outside school commitments, rehearsal schedules, etc, etc.  If a major wants you to know something BEFORE this meeting, it will be posted on that major’s website.  You can access the major’s website by going to the DSA Homepage/Arts.  You will see a listing of all majors.

November 30                          6:00 pm                         Library

November 30                          6:00 pm                         Schomp Theater

November 30                            6:00 pm                         Concert Hall

Creative Writing
December 1                              6:00 pm                        Schomp
Please note:  the creative writing audition date for the written component is Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Please keep this time period open and available. Call backs for Creative Writing students will happen during the audition dates in January.

Stagecraft and Design
(Note: Stagecraft and Design will be accepting applicants in high school only)
December 1                             6:00 pm                         Concert Hall

Video Cinema Arts
December 1                           6:00 pm                         Library

December 2                             6:00 pm                         Library

Visual Arts
December 2                            6:00 pm                        Schomp Theater

Band & Orchestra
December 2                            6:00 pm                         Concert Hall

Vocal Music
December 3                            6:00 pm                         Schomp

If the majors want you to know anything ahead of time, it will be on the major’s individual website.  You can find access to those websites on the DSA homepage under “arts”.

Step 3 – the district school of choice form

If you are a current DPS family and your child has a 6 digit ID, you will be able to do your choice online through Parent Portal from December 15, 2015 – January 29, 2016.

If you are an out-of-district family, you will need to pick up a hard copy of the choice form at any DPS school and turn it into any school by January 29, 2016.  DSA’s registrar, Dorothy Hurst, will be at DSA during all audition dates/times.  She will be in the counseling office.  She can help you through the online process or the hard copy paper process.

Choice 2015

SchoolChoice Information from the district
SchoolChoice at DSA
The Choice Office Link

The DPS School Choice form will ask you to rank your top 5 preferred schools within DPS, including transitional schools, charter schools and magnet programs such as DSA.  The DPS School Choice form must be signed and turned into any DPS school – elementary through high school – no later than 4:00 pm on January 29, 2016.  If you desire to attend DSA, be sure to indicate DSA as your #1 choice!!  For more information about the new School Choice system, please visit  Their phone number is 720-423-3493.  Do not call DSA with these questions – as we do not monitor or run this choice process.

Step 4 – the audition

You will receive your audition date and time at the pre-audition meetings in November/December.  You do not pick the audition date or time.  It is chosen for you.  The vast majority of our applicants will only be assigned one day.  Please keep all dates/times open on your calendar.  You will find out in November/December which of the audition dates you will actually need.  There are some majors which may require a call back audition.  All of call back details will be explained at the pre-audition meetings.

Keep the dates below open on your calendar until the November/December pre-audition meetings. The dates are not negotiable.  You will know at that time which dates your student will actually audition.

All current 9th – 11th grade students are asked to bring an unofficial copy of their high school transcripts with grades posted through December 2015 in a sealed envelope to auditions.  Those students who do not bring a copy of their transcript will not be considered for a spot at DSA.  Please hand these to the major teacher – they will in turn hand them to DSA administration.  Administration will look at the transcripts to ensure that the student is on track to graduation.

Audition Dates/Times
Tuesday, January 5
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 9
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday, January 12
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 16
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday, January 19
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 23
8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Notification Process

 Step 1 – notification date – January 26, 2016

All students who audition will be notified by email on January 26, 2016 as to the outcome of their audition (either qualified to attend DSA or not qualified to attend DSA).

If your child receives confirmation that he/she has qualified for DSA, this does not mean that he/she also has an enrollment “offer”.  Students will be assigned to DSA based on their qualification status plus the desired school(s) indicated on the DPS School Choice form.

All students will be notified of their 2016/2017 school assignment through a written letter in mid March 2016.  This will come from the DPS Office of Choice and Enrollment Services.  The only students who will be considered for enrollment at DSA will be those who successfully qualify via the DSA audition process AND have ranked DSA on their DPS School Choice form.  If you do not select DSA as your 1st preference school, please know that it is possible that your child may not be assigned to DSA.  If you have any questions about the new School Choice student matching system, please call the DPS Office of Choice and Enrollment Services at 720-423-3493.

The DPS Office of Choice and Enrollment Services nor the DSA front office staff run the auditions.  Please do not call them with questions about auditioning for DSA as they do not know.  All audition questions will be answered at the pre audition meetings in December.  Please wait until these meetings to hear directly from the arts teachers.  You may also check the arts teacher’s website.  If they want you to know anything before the pre audition meetings, it will be listed there.

* It is important to know that the letter/email you receive from DSA on January 26, 2016 is only an offer to attend Denver School of the Arts.  You will be matched to DSA by the Office of Choice and Enrollment Services according to your school preference you indicated on your School Choice form.  If you did not select DSA as your first choice, you may be placed at your first school choice – not DSA.  If you have questions about this process – please contact the Office of Choice and Enrollment Services directly at 720-423-3493.  Please do not call DSA about choice questions as DSA does NOT manage this choice match process DSA works directly with the Office of Choice and Enrollment Services and what you selected on your form in January. 

Step 2 – Welcome to DSA Meeting – March 19, 2016

ALL new students are invited to attend the Welcome to DSA Meeting.  This meeting is not mandatory – but highly encouraged.  Please keep this date open in case you are admitted.

9:00 am – 10:00 am
All students and parents will hear from the DSA principal in the Schomp Theatre.