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The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

Where Learning Is An Art

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  How will my audition be scheduled?

A:  If you apply online, you will schedule your audition when you apply, if you submit a paper application, auditions are scheduled via email and it takes about two weeks for scheduling. Please be sure your email is accurate and legible on the application.  It is your responsibility to contact the magnet office to schedule an audition.

Q:  What if I do not have an email address?

A:  If you do not have an email address, then you will need to call Marian Mabry, magnet coordinator, at 713-942-1960 or email,  Please be persistent until you get a response as it is required that you audition.  Once the auditions are over they cannot be recreated.  There are no late auditions.

Q:  How long will it take to hear from HSPVA about my application and audition?

A: The online system will send you an email confirming your audition schedule.  If you do not get this confirmation you will need to contact the Magnet Coordinator ( to be sure your application is processed.  Please be persistent to get your audition scheduled. 

If the magnet coordinator’s response to you ends up in your junk mail or is bounced back for whatever reason, HSPVA will not know about it. Therefore, if you have not heard from the online system or HSPVA, call Marian Mabry, magnet coordinator, at 713-942-1960 or email at 

Q:  What if I cannot attend the audition for which I am scheduled?

A:  Audition dates are limited. Therefore, please make every effort to attend the audition for which you are scheduled. If you absolutely cannot make an audition because of illness or crisis, let the magnet coordinator know. She will try to accommodate you.

Q:  What if I am called back for an audition?

A:  Callback auditions for Creative Writing, Dance, Visual Art and Vocal Music are scheduled on Saturday,  February 18, 2017.  Instrumental Music and Theatre callback auditions are on Saturday, February 25, 2017. There are no other options.

Q:  What if I am an “out-of-district” applicant?

A:  Out-of-district applicants will be allowed to audition in one art area.  That audition will be scheduled when you apply online.  All auditions are in January.  Out-of-district students are required to pay tuition (it was about $8,000 last year), and we do not provide transportation.

Q:  What should I know if I am preparing for a vocal audition?

A:  Be sure to prepare for the audition according to specified criteria.  These are individual auditions and spots are tightly scheduled.  There is no advantage to being last in the audition pool, but a very definite advantage to those who follow audition criteria carefully.  The vocal department encourages you to audition in the early audition dates because if you are invited to a callback it gives you more time to prepare.  Callback notifications are sent after each date of auditions - not at the end.

Q:  How do I prepare for an instrumental audition?

A:  Each instrument has its own audition criteria, so know that criteria well! [See Audition Requirements for criteria.] If you play the guitar, be aware that we have guitar in the Jazz Department and the Mariachi Department.  And if you are auditioning on the guitar for the Jazz Department, be sure to play jazz!

Q:  How do I prepare for a Creative Writing audition?

A:  You must bring a portfolio with up to five (5) pages of representative writing to the audition before you can attend an audition in Creative Writing.

Q:  Can I audition in more than one art area?

A:  If you live in the Houston ISD attendance zone, you are allowed to audition in one or two art areas.  You are NOT required to audition in two art areas.

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