The Classical Chinese Dance and Music programs require applicants who pass the pre-screening to perform an audition.
The audition for the BFA in Classical Chinese Dance degree program focuses on the performance of classical Chinese dance movement combinations and lasts for approximately one and a half hours. Each auditionee should prepare two contrasting solo dances of up to two minutes each, set to prerecorded music. At the audition, auditionees may be asked to perform movement combinations under the instructions of the audition panel. Those who demonstrate a strong technical foundation during the first part of the audition will be asked to perform one or both of their solo dances. Auditionees may then be invited to perform a brief repertory sequence that will be taught and coached.
Dance applicants are ultimately evaluated as to their potential to become professional artists of classical Chinese dance, based on the following criteria:
- Potential for a career in dance
- Body alignment
- Coordination and flexibility
- Rhythmic accuracy
- A physique conducive to classical Chinese dance as a major or career
- Ability to replicate movement combinations
- Understanding of the special characteristics of classical Chinese dance
- Commitment to character development in the process of becoming a professional artist at Fei Tian College
The audition for the BM in Performance degree program focuses on the performance of contrasting works of classical music. Each auditionee should prepare two solo pieces of contrasting styles. For Western instrument auditionees, repertoire must be from the Baroque, Classical, and/or Romantic periods. At least one of the pieces should be set to musical accompaniment. Auditionees who use prerecorded musical accompaniment must bring an audio file of their music to the audition. Alternatively, auditionees may request in writing in the appropriate space on the audition form to use one of the College’s piano accompanists. Auditionees must bring their scores to the audition. At the music audition, auditionees may be invited to perform one or both of their solo pieces. Auditionees may also be asked to perform major and minor scales as well as a sight-reading passage. Auditionees should be familiar with all clefs in common use for their instrument.
Music applicants are ultimately evaluated as to their potential to become professional musicians of classical Western or Chinese music, based on the following criteria:
- Potential for a career in music
- Musicianship potential for meeting the technical and artistic standards of FTC Cuddebackville’s undergraduate music degree program
- Ability to sight-read
- Appreciation of classical Western and Chinese music and cross-cultural music
- Commitment to character development in the process of becoming a professional musician at Fei Tian College