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Admissions Calendar & Audition Schedule

School Year 2021-2022 Admissions Process Update:

Due to the ongoing global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus, most admissions events will be held virtually. We will have limited in-person tours available, and our 2022 Auditions will be a hybrid model. Now more than ever, please be sure to check your email regularly and ensure we have your contact information on file.

Click here for 2022 Audition Schedule


Important admissions dates:

  • Open Houses– Virtual Open Houses will be held on November 18, 2021 and January 13, 2022. Please see our Open Houses page for dates and to RSVP.
  • Applications – Applications are submitted via the org website. Applications are open from December 13, 2021 through February 1, 2022. Please see for the application dates and guidelines
  • Hybrid Auditions– February 7-11, 2022
    • Here is the platform breakdown for all art department auditions:
      • In-person (entirely):Dance, Instrumental Music
      • Hybrid (mostly virtual, may be on a case-by-case basis, callbacks may be in person): Literary Media & Communications, Museum Studies, Technical Design & Production, and Theatre
      • Virtual: Visual Arts, Vocal Music
    • All virtual auditions are being held through the virtual audition platform – Acceptd. Whether your audition is in person or virtual, all students must create a Virtual Audition Profile through Acceptd.
    • Students must do the following in order to audition – see our AUDITION CHECKLIST!
      • Create a Virtual Audition Profile
      • Upload materials requested in the Audition Procedures by February 1, 2022
      • Schedule your audition
    • Auditions are scheduled by the art department and the FIRST LETTER of the student’s LAST NAME.
    • ONLY sign up the student to audition and no one else

And for students who have passed an audition:

  • Academic Assessment Test – DATE TBD
  • Virtual Mandatory Arts Presentation Night – March 1, 2022
  • Family Interviews – Run March 2-18, 2022

For ALL auditions:  It’s the student’s responsibility to be prepared for their audition by reviewing the audition procedures and by scheduling their audition and creating a profile through Acceptd.


  • Read the schedule below carefully so you know when to log-in for your audition, and plan to arrive in the virtual audition room “Lobby” 20-30 minutes early.
  • VIRTUAL AUDITION PLATFORM: To create an audition profile, upload the required materials and schedule your virtual audition you MUST do so on the Acceptd platform by February 1, 2022.
  • Be sure to review the audition procedures to know what to expect, how to prepare, and any special instructions there may be for that department as to what to prepare, upload, or how to be dressed. Audition procedures are found here:
  • CHECK-IN TIME:You can check in for your audition as early 1:30PM when the virtual lobby will be open. 
    • Theatre students who have auditions on Monday – Thursday can check in at 10:00a.

Be on time to your audition! We recommend checking in at least 20-30 minutes early to make sure you can access the portal, check your internet connection, audio and camera. If possible, be early!

  • Be prepared to stay a few hours with us–virtual auditions take varying amounts of time; some will go 10 minutes while others can last several hours depending on the art department.
    • All virtual auditions just like in-person auditions are closed to parents/guardians, family members or peers. If there is anyone else in the room with you during your audition, you may be disqualified. If you leave during your audition, you may also be disqualified
  • If your student needs any special accommodations or support for the AUDITION DAY, please send an email directly to our Admissions Team or send us a message in Acceptd.


  • All in-person auditions are subject to change given the COVID-19 surge, check email daily for updates.
  • All in-person auditions take place at Ellington, 3500 R Street NW. Please note there is limited parking available. The closest bus stop is on 35th and Reservoir Road (D1, D2, and D6). Enter through the side door and proceed through security. (Follow signs!)
  • Follow all the procedures above to ensure you are prepared
  • See email from the Admissions Team for Check-in time and instructions for entering the building
  • COVID-19 Protocols:
    • Masks are always required.
    • Only the student and ONE adult are permitted to enter the building. Any student that comes with more than one adult will have to either register on their own or will miss their audition and we cannot reschedule.
    • Follow signage and socially distance when possible.

If after completing your application you have decided that you would like to change which 1 or 2 departments you would like to audition for, please contact us at Please also contact if you are auditioning from another time zone and will have issues joining us virtually.

Please click on the links below for the audition schedule for your desired department:
Instrumental Music
Literary Media and Communications
Museum Studies
Technical Design and Production
Visual Arts
Vocal Music


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