Our Philosophy

ICON realizes not all students have had the opportunity to participate in their art at the same extent or level of intensity as their peers.

Here at ICON we welcome all students that are passionate about the arts. We are here to realize the potential along with the experience you bring to ICON. It is never too late to participate in what you love, regardless of your experience. With exception to dance majors, whether you have had one month or thirteen years of experience with your art, we encourage you to audition!

What's Important to us

  • You have a professional artistic attitude that will power you through your years at ICON.
  • We want to see your passion and commitment come through to help us understand your potential.
  • Confidence! We want to get a sense of your individual taste and interests. We are a team of individuals who all bring unique skills and backgrounds to ICON. And we wouldn’t have it any other way!

Dance

LIVE AUDITIONS

Audition Fee: $50

We encourage all students interested in dance to audition at one of our in-person audition events.

VIRTUAL AUDITIONS

Audition Fee: $50

You must be prepared to send in a video of the requirements and attend a Zoom interview* after we receive your materials and application.

Audition Requirements

  • Wear dance attire and hair up. Please be prepared to dance without dance shoes or socks. Ballet shoes for the ballet barre.
  • Please do not wear costumes.
  • Students will participate in a group ballet barre class, modern center, and a jazz combination.
  • The student will prepare and perform a 2-3 minute solo and complete a short interview with our panel.
  • The prepared dance solo should be in the style of the dancer’s choice.
    • Please provide your own music for the dance solo. You will be asked to upload your music prior to your audition.
    • Music is not required if the dancer wishes to dance in silence or capella.

Once registered, students will be given more specific audition times. See our audition tour sites, dates and times. If in-person audition is not possible, we will accept a virtual submission in all major areas.

Audition Requirements

  • Two solos sampling your skill in classical (ballet or modern) and one in another genre of your choice.
    • You will be sent a link to a video providing a movement phrase that you will learn and record yourself dancing.
    • You must return this within an hour after receiving it.

*Note: During the Zoom interview, you may be asked to do a live demonstration of a movement phrase.

Dance

LIVE AUDITIONS

Audition Fee: $50

We encourage all students interested in dance to audition at one of our in-person audition events.

Audition Requirements

  • Wear dance attire and hair up. Please be prepared to dance without dance shoes or socks. Ballet shoes for the ballet barre.
  • Please do not wear costumes.
  • Students will participate in a group ballet barre class, modern center, and a jazz combination.
  • The student will prepare and perform a 2-3 minute solo and complete a short interview with our panel.
  • The prepared dance solo should be in the style of the dancer’s choice.
    • Please provide your own music for the dance solo. You will be asked to upload your music prior to your audition.
    • Music is not required if the dancer wishes to dance in silence or acapella.

Once registered, students will be given more specific audition times. See our audition tour sites, dates and times. If in-person audition is not possible, we will accept a virtual submission in all major areas.

VIRTUAL AUDITION

Audition Fee: $50

You must be prepared to send in a video of the requirements and attend a Zoom interview* after we receive your materials and application.

Audition Requirements

  • Two solos sampling your skill in classical (ballet or modern) and one in another genre of your choice.
    • You will be sent a link to a video providing a movement phrase that you will learn and record yourself dancing.
    • You must return this within an hour after receiving it.

Theatre Arts

LIVE AUDITIONS

Audition Fee: $50

We encourage all students interested in theatre arts to audition at one of our in-person audition events.

VIRTUAL AUDITIONS/SUBMISSIONS

Audition Fee: $50

You must be prepared to send in video of the requirements and attend a Zoom interview* after we receive your materials and application.

ACTING AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Prepare two contrasting one-minute long monologues from plays (classical and contemporary).

  • Following your monologues, you will be asked to do a cold read and possibly perform a short improvisation.

  • You will complete a short Interview with the panel.

MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Prepare two contrasting one-minute long monologues.

  • Following your monologues, you will be asked to do a cold read and possibly perform a short improvisation.

  • Perform two prepared and memorized 16- to 32-bar cuts of contrasting musical theatre repertoire (maximum 3 minutes) that showcase your vocal range and ability to tell a story through song.

    • Live piano accompanist provided by ICON (bring two copies of audition sheet music) or you can upload a recorded accompaniment prior to your audition.

  • You will be asked to sight-read and vocalize, possibly with other singers.

  • You will attend a dance class as part of the audition.

  • You will complete a short interview with the panel.

Once registered, students will be given more specific audition times. See our audition tour sites, dates and times. If in-person audition is not possible, we will accept a virtual submission in all major areas.

Audition Requirements

  • Two contrasting one-minute long monologues from plays (classical and contemporary)
  • For those interested in musical theatre, in addition to the monologues:
    • Two contrasting musical theatre cuts (maximum 3 minutes, 16-32 bars each) showcasing your vocal range and ability to tell a story through song.
    • You will be sent a link to a video providing a movement phrase that you will learn and record yourself performing.
      • You must return this within an hour after receiving it.

*Note: During the Zoom interview, you may be asked to do a cold read.

Theatre Arts

LIVE AUDITIONS

Audition Fee: $50

We encourage all students interested in theatre arts to audition at one of our in-person audition events.

ACTING AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Prepare two contrasting one-minute long monologues from plays (classical and contemporary).

  • Following your monologues, you will be asked to do a cold read and possibly perform a short improvisation.

  • You will complete a short Interview with the panel.

MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Prepare two contrasting one-minute long monologues.

  • Following your monologues, you will be asked to do a cold read and possibly perform a short improvisation.

  • Perform two prepared and memorized 16- to 32-bar cuts of contrasting musical theatre repertoire (maximum 3 minutes) that showcase your vocal range and ability to tell a story through song.

    • Live piano accompanist provided by ICON (bring two copies of audition sheet music) or you can upload a recorded accompaniment prior to your audition.

  • You will be asked to sight-read and vocalize, possibly with other singers.

  • You will attend a dance class as part of the audition.

  • You will complete a short interview with the panel.

Once registered, students will be given more specific audition times. See our audition tour sites, dates and times. If in-person audition is not possible, we will accept a virtual submission in all major areas.

VIRTUAL AUDITION/SUBMISSION

Audition Fee: $50

You must be prepared to send in video of the requirements and attend a Zoom interview* after we receive your materials and application.

Audition Requirements

  • Two contrasting one-minute long monologues from plays (classical and contemporary)
  • For those interested in musical theatre, in addition to the monologues:
    • Two contrasting musical theatre cuts (maximum 3 minutes, 16-32 bars each) showcasing your vocal range and ability to tell a story through song.
    • You will be sent a link to a video providing a movement phrase that you will learn and record yourself performing.
      • You must return this within an hour after receiving it.

*Note: During the Zoom interview, you may be asked to do a cold read.

Music

LIVE AUDITIONS

Audition Fee: $50

We encourage all students interested in music (except composition) to audition at one of our in-person audition events.

VIRTUAL AUDITIONS/SUBMISSIONS

Audition Fee: $50

Once we receive your application and submission materials, we will schedule a Zoom interview* with our panel.

VOCAL Audition Requirements

  • Perform a prepared and memorized solo (maximum 3 minutes) with live piano accompaniment (bring two copies of audition sheet music) or you can upload a recorded accompaniment prior to your audition.

  • Accompanist will be provided by ICON.

  • You will be asked to sight read and vocalize, possibly with other singers.

  • You will complete a short interview with the panel.

PIANO/PERCUSSION AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Perform a prepared solo that best demonstrates your musical skill level and experience (maximum of 3 minutes).

  • Perform two prepared pieces of contrasting styles (each two minutes in length maximum).

  • Non-pianists: Demonstrate drum styles (for example: medium swing, fast swing, funk, latin.).

  • Non-pianists: You must bring your own instrument or drum pad.

  • You will be asked to sight read and perform scales if applicable.

  • You will complete a short interview with the panel.

COMPOSITION AUDITION REQUIREMENTS (VIRTUAL ACCEPTED)

  • Perform an original song (vocal, piano, guitar, etc.).

  • You will be asked to sight read and perform scales if applicable.

  • You will complete a short interview with the panel.

Once registered, students will be given more specific audition times. See our audition tour sites, dates and times. If in-person audition is not possible, we will accept a virtual submission in all major areas.

Composition Submission Requirements

  • You will submit two original compositions. You can do so in at least one of two ways:
    • A score (traditional notation or other written methods are acceptable)
    • A performance on audio, with or without video (by yourself or someone else is acceptable)

      If you are able, we prefer to receive your compositions both as scores and as performances.

VOCAL or PIANO/PERCUSSIVE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Two contrasting solos that best demonstrate your musical skill level and experience (maximum of 3 minutes for each).

*Note: During the Zoom interview, you may be asked to perform sight reading.

Music

LIVE AUDITIONS

Audition Fee: $50

We encourage all students interested in music (except composition) to audition at one of our in-person audition events.

VOCAL Audition Requirements

  • Perform a prepared and memorized solo (maximum 3 minutes) with live piano accompaniment (bring two copies of audition sheet music) or you can upload a recorded accompaniment prior to your audition.

  • Accompanist will be provided by ICON.

  • You will be asked to sight read and vocalize, possibly with other singers.

  • You will complete a short interview with the panel.

PIANO/PERCUSSION AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Perform a prepared solo that best demonstrates your musical skill level and experience (maximum of 3 minutes).

  • Perform two prepared pieces of contrasting styles (each two minutes in length maximum).

  • Non-pianists: Demonstrate drum styles (for example: medium swing, fast swing, funk, latin.).

  • Non-pianists: You must bring your own instrument or drum pad.

  • You will be asked to sight read and perform scales if applicable.

  • You will complete a short interview with the panel.

COMPOSITION AUDITION REQUIREMENTS (VIRTUAL ACCEPTED)

  • Perform an original song (vocal, piano, guitar, etc.).

  • You will be asked to sight read and perform scales if applicable.

  • You will complete a short interview with the panel.

Once registered, students will be given more specific audition times. See our audition tour sites, dates and times. If in-person audition is not possible, we will accept a virtual submission in all major areas.

VIRTUAL AUDITION/SUBMISSION

Audition Fee: $50

Once we receive your application and submission materials, we will schedule a Zoom interview* with our panel.

Composition Submission Requirements

  • You will submit two original compositions. You can do so in at least one of two ways:
    • A score (traditional notation or other written methods are acceptable)
    • A performance on audio, with or without video (by yourself or someone else is acceptable)

      If you are able, we prefer to receive your compositions both as scores and as performances.

VOCAL or PIANO/PERCUSSIVE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Two contrasting solos that best demonstrate your musical skill level and experience (maximum of 3 minutes for each).

*Note: During the Zoom interview, you may be asked to perform sight reading.

Design and Production

VIRTUAL AUDITION/SUBMISSION

Audition Fee: $50

We encourage all students interested in design and production to audition by submitting images/files of their portfolio of work.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • You will submit images/files of your current portfolio of work. Submit 10 pieces that include at least one of each of the following:

    • A self portrait in one or a combination of these 2-D media: drawing, painting, printmaking, collage.

    • A drawing, painting, or sculpture (model) of an imagined room.

    • A drawing from observation using graphite, or pen of a still life that you arrange and light.

  • All visual art media are accepted. Consider submitting completed projects from any art classes you have taken, and/or pages from your sketchbook.

Once we receive your portfolio and application, we will schedule a Zoom interview* with our panel.

*Note: During the Zoom interview, you may be asked to do a cold read.

ICON Audition Panelists

Judging panelists will be made up of a six-person audition panelist from the following collection of visiting or full-time faculty:

Akwi Nji

Beth Brown

Brandon Cournay

Dave Zollo

Deb Talan

Debbie Austin

Emily Pritchard

Kristen Degrazia

Kyle Powell

Lenni Stone

Leslie Nolte

Lloyd Knight

Mia Gimenez

Patrick Dulaney

Akwi Nji

Beth Brown

Brandon Cournay

Dave Zollo

Deb Talan

Debbie Austin

Emily Pritchard

Kristen Degrazia

Kyle Powell

Lenni Stone

Leslie Nolte

Lloyd Knight

Mia Gimenez

Patrick Dulaney

Akwi Nji

Beth Brown

Brandon Cournay

Dave Zollo

Deb Talan

Debbie Austin

Emily Pritchard

Kristen Degrazia

Kyle Powell

Lenni Stone

Leslie Nolte

Lloyd Knight

Mia Gimenez

Patrick Dulaney

Live Auditions

Auditions are held January Through March IN THE CITIES LISTED BELOW

Date City Location Time Sign Up
Jan 14th 2023 Iowa City, IA The James Theater 8:00AM - 5:00PM CST
Jan 21st 2023 St. Louis, MO Center of Creative Arts (COCA) 9:00AM - 6:00PM CST
Jan 28th 2023 Chicago, IL Visceral Dance Center 1:00PM - 6:00PM CST
Jan 29th 2023 Austin, TX The Vortex 10:00AM - 4:00PM CST
Feb 4th 2023 Winston-Salem, NC University of North Carolina School of Arts (UNCSA) 3:00PM - 9:00PM EST
Feb 10th 2023 Des Moines, IA Iowa Ballet Academy 8:00AM - 4:00PM CST
Feb 12th 2023 Omaha, NE Mary Lorraine's Dance Center 11:00AM - 7:00PM CST
Feb 18th 2023 Denver, CO Denver Arts and Venues Noon - 5:00PM CST
Mar 11th 2023 New York City, NY Gibney Center 10:00AM - 6:00PM EST
Iowa City, IA
Jan 14th 2023   8AM-5PM CST
The James Theater 🔗
St. Louis, MO
Jan 21st 2023   9AM-6PM CST
Center of Creative Arts (COCA) 🔗
Chicago, IL
Jan 28th 2023   1PM-6PM CST
Visceral Dance Center 🔗
Austin, TX
Jan 29th 2023   Time TBD
Dance by Carly
Winston-Salem, NC
Feb 4th 2023   3PM-9PM EST
UNCSA 🔗
Des Moines, IA
Feb 10th 2023   8AM-4PM CST
Iowa Ballet Academy
Omaha, NE
Feb 12th 2023   11AM-7PM CST
Mary Lorraine's Dance Center 🔗
Denver, CO
Feb 18th 2023   Noon-5PM CST
Denver Arts and Venues
New York City, NY
March 11th 2023   10AM-6PM EST
Gibney Center 🔗

Virtual Auditions

Sign Up To Audition Using the Link Below

* Note: This is for Music (Composition) and Design & Production majors only. Please select virtual submission when applying.

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