In order to schedule your appointment for Conservatory Audition Day, please contact Encore’s Executive Offices and speak with Mrs. Kathy Cummings at 760-949-2036.  Auditions start at 4:00 pm.  Any student wishing to be placed into a conservatory that is not currently placed in a conservatory (new students and current attending students) must attend a conservatory audition to be placed into a conservatory.

IT IS NOT MANDATORY FOR A STUDENT TO AUDITION TO ATTEND ENCORE.  Auditions are for students wishing to enter a conservatory with a rigorous course schedule based on their area of arts expertise.  These auditions are meant for conservatory placement only.  For students wishing to be placed into TRACK A, no audition is required. This is for TRACK C placement.

Conservatory auditions are held three times per year – March, June, and August.  Students that audition in March will have first opportunity to choose classes for the fall.  Auditions in June and August help place primarily new students.  Availability in classes is based on the amount of seats not filled from the class scramble held in March.

Monday, March 9, 2020 – 3:45 pm
Monday, June 1, 2020 – 3:45 pm
Monday, August 17, 2020 – 2:00pm
Drawing – Painting – Sculpture – Photography – Film – Costume Design
Costume Design – Film – Culinary Arts – Screenwriting – Management

What is a conservatory and why does this matter to me?

A conservatory is a group of courses within a house that all concentrate on the same specialized art. A conservatory is going to go into great detail and depth regarding a single art form and will work to prepare the artists within that conservatory for auditions, interviews, portfolios, and college entrance by the completion of Encore High School.

Can I be in a conservatory?
To be in a conservatory, you must master a list of skills within the genre and be tested on them. This test is a conservatory audition. During this audition, not only are you testing to get into the conservatory you are also testing for what level of expertise you will be set at.

Can you explain this?
I don’t understand the difference between a level and a conservatory.
In every conservatory, there are six levels that a student can go through. Upon entry into a conservatory, students are tested and placed as Pre-conservatory, Level I, Level 2, or Level 3. The higher the level tested into, the more trained skills you have mastered within that conservatory. For a lot of the classes at Encore, you must be accepted into the conservatory and the appropriate level to take that class.

What is the difference between a House and a Conservatory?
Looking at the college model again, choosing a House would be like choosing your Bachelor’s Degree program in college (I want to go into Business in college). This would be your “House” at Encore. Now, if you were to also continue your education to obtain a Master’s Degree, you will likely have to choose a more specific line of instruction to obtain that Master’s Degree (I want a Master’s in Business Administration). This would be your “Conservatory” at Encore.

I can certify in a House for graduation and get special recognition. Is there the same distinction for a Conservatory?
Yes. In general, each conservatory program is a four to five-year program to complete the all of the requirements necessary to graduate with a master certification in a conservatory. If you earn a master certification in a conservatory, you will wear the conservatory stole at graduation and receive a master certification plaque during the graduation ceremony.

There are classes in my conservatory that seem like they wouldn’t be in my conservatory. Why would this be?
To make sure that we are creating well-rounded artists and lifelong learners, there are pieces in every conservatory that cross over. Taking these classes that crossover will help you have a better understanding of your art and be a more valuable artist within your genre. Sometimes what looks like you are stepping out of the box, isn’t stepping out of the box at all……