Arts Scholars Day

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2017 Audition Day:
Friday, January 27, 2017
Arts Scholars Supplemental Application

The Millsaps College Arts Scholars program is designed for applying high school seniors and transfer students who will either be majoring in the arts at Millsaps, or who will be non-majors participating in the arts during their time at the college. These talent-based scholarships are available in the disciplines of Art HistoryCreative WritingMusicStudio Art, and Theatre, and are awarded based on portfolio reviews, auditions, and/or interviews which take place annually on campus during Arts Scholars Day.

In 2016, $1,000 to $9,000 per year were awarded to qualifying Arts Scholars in addition to the merit based scholarships students had already received upon their acceptance to the college. 

To be considered for these scholarships, interested students must apply to the college by the Regular Decision deadline of February 1, 2017. Additionally, students must:

  • Complete their Arts Scholars application by 4pm on Friday, January 13, 2017.
  • Submit any supplemental material which is listed below, by focus, by4pm on Friday, January 13, 2017.
  • Have an instructor or teacher who is familiar with your work submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf directly to Arts Scholars program coordinator Jonathan Webb by 4:00 pm on Friday, January 13, 2017 (see contact information below).

Confirmation of completion of your application will be sent via email, as well as details regarding audition or interview times, practice/warm up information, and directions to Millsaps College.

If you are interested in the Arts Scholars program, but cannot audition in person on January 27, please contact Arts Scholars program coordinator Jonathan Webb (see contact information below). An alternative audition an/or portfoilio review date may be arranged prior to January 27 for students with conflicts and for long-distance applicants.

Jonathan Webb, Arts Scholars Program Coordinator
601.974.1051
jonathan.webb@millsaps.edu

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Art

Arts Scholars Day - Art

Art: Art History

To complete your supplemental Arts Scholars Day application, you must submit the following 3 writing samples, to be received by January 13:

  1. One humanities paper written during high school.
  2. One paragraph on why you are interested in art history.
  3. One 1-2 page essay discussing an art work of your choosing.

For the essay in which you describe and critique an artwork of your choosing, please do not do any on-line or book research. We are interested in your ability to analyze the formal elements of the image as well as what you consider is its larger meaning. Send a copy of the art work or a link to an on-line image along with your essays. Our interview during Arts Scholars Day will consist of a conversation with you about these materials.

Art: Studio Art

The portfolio you will present on Arts Scholars Day should consist of 8 to 15 original works in any medium, showing a range of your abilities and a sense of your development as an artist. We are especially interested in seeing evidence of your ability to draw from observation. We are happy to look at sketchbooks, and you are not required to mat your artwork. As part of your supplemental application, please submit 1 one-page essay about a chosen work of art that you will include in your portfolio, using the following guidelines:

  1. Briefly describe the work (including subject, medium, dimensions, and context of its making: e.g., was it a class assignment or your own idea, and if representational, was it done from life or from a photograph?).
  2. Discuss what most pleases you about this work (in terms of the style, use of medium, and/or content).
  3. Address the challenges you faced in making this work.
  4. Include a quality image of this work with your one-page essay.

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Creative Writing

Please submit a writing sample with your supplemental application, to be received by the Arts Scholars Day coordinator by January 13. Your sample may reflect your work in any single genre of writing. For poetry, submit 5 poems. For prose fiction or creative nonfiction, submit between 4000 and 5000 words. For drama, submit a play or part of a play of not more than 15 pages.

In addition, include a cover letter of 1-2 pages with your sample. In this letter, provide the following:

  1. Any introduction or context you think we will need to appreciate your sample.
  2. A short description of your background in Creative Writing, including any classes or workshops you have taken, any relevant extracurricular or summer activities, and any publications or relevant leadership experience.
  3. A brief discussion of the one work in your sample that you consider to be your best and why you think so.
  4. A concise statement of what you hope to accomplish during your time at Millsaps. What specific goals do you have for your work? Are there any areas in which you especially hope to grow as a writer?

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Music

Arts Scholars Day - Music

Music: Vocal Performance

Vocalists should prepare 3 songs of contrasting styles from memory. Art songs are recommended. If possible, present at least one song in a language other than English. An accompanist will be provided. Please submit sheet music by January 13, 2017.

Music: Instrumental Performance

  • Pianists/Organists: You should present a 10 minute program consisting of solo works from at least 2 contrasting style periods (e.g. Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary) from memory (pianists only). One selection should be either Baroque or Contemporary.

  • Wind and Guitar Instrumentalists: You should prepare 2 pieces: one etude and one other contrasting solo concert piece of your choice. The etude and contrasting piece should be from different style periods (e.g. Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary). Total time of program should not exceed 10 minutes. If the pieces to be presented include an accompaniment, then we require that you perform the selection with an accompanist. An accompanist will be available upon request and communication with Arts Scholars Day coordinator, Jonathan Webb by phone at 601.974.1051 or jonathan.webb@millsaps.edu. Please be certain to indicate the request by January 13.

  • String Instrumentalists: You should prepare 2 pieces: one movement from a standard concerto plus an etude of your choice, which represent your latest technical capability. We request that you also prepare 2 three-octave scales in the keys of your choice. The 2 contrasting pieces should be from different style periods (e.g. Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary). Total time of program should not exceed 10 minutes. If the pieces to be presented include an accompaniment, then we require that you perform the selection with an accompanist. An accompanist will be available upon request and communication with Arts Scholars Day coordinator, Jonathan Webb by phone at 601.974.1051 or jonathan.webb@millsaps.edu. Please be certain to indicate the request by January 13.

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Theatre

Arts Scholars Day - Theatre

Performance Focus Requirements

All students interested in performance must prepare and present 1 two-minute monologue from memory, classical or contemporary, which will be followed by an interview. In addition, performance students must submit 1 half page artist statement defining their goals and purpose as a theater artist to the Arts Scholars Day coordinator, Jonathan Webb by phone at 601.974.1051 or jonathan.webb@millsaps.edu.

Production/Tech Focus Requirements

Students interested in production/tech must submit 10 photos demonstrating past technical work to the Arts Scholars Day coordinator, Jonathan Webb by phone at 601.974.1051 or jonathan.webb@millsaps.edu, and be prepared to discuss their work during their interview.

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