A rare opportunity for specialized and intensive classical and pre-professional music training.

Our curriculum includes private lessons, instrument-specific seminars and master classes, music theory, and music history. Performance opportunities enrich the student experience and prepare them well for further study.

Our summer faculty have a vast range of experience in performance, teaching, and scholarship. These dedicated artists and teachers are committed to the pursuit of their own work while sharing their knowledge, technique, pro­fessionalism, and experience with our students.

Arts Odyssey Program
Rising 8th & 9th-Graders
June 16 - 22  /  June 23 - 29

Arts Odyssey is a one-week intensive program for passionate musicians that consists of study and performance on an individual instrument or voice area, as well as daily rehearsal and collaboration in chamber ensembles.  The innovative curriculum includes technique classes on an instrument, seminars on successful audition strategies, as well as classes in music theory, music appreciation and rhythmic motion.  Students who complete the program return to their music studies and school programs with new and refined technical skills, increased artistry and a stronger confidence in their performance abilities. Arts Odyssey culminates in a demonstration of student work for parents and family. Students apply during 7th and 8th grade and must be a South Carolina resident to apply.

Academy Program
Rising 10th-Graders
July 7 - 20, 2019

The Summer Academy Music Program is an intensive two-week training program for rising tenth-grade students interested in improving their skills and knowledge in preparation for advanced study in the field of music. The comprehensive curriculum includes private lessons on individual instruments, master classes, and chamber music, as well as classes in music theory, music history, and conducting. The Summer Academy Music Program faculty brings to the school a vast range of experience in performance, teaching and scholarship. These dedicated artists and teachers are committed to the pursuit of their own work while imparting to the students their knowledge, technique, pro­fessionalism and experience. Students apply during 9th grade and must be a South Carolina resident to apply.

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Academy Application

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Application Process

If you already have an account from a previous year, then you can login using the same login credentials. If this is your first time applying, then you’ll need to create an account in our online application system. The application has several different components, and you don’t have to complete it in one sitting. Once you create an account, you can pick up where you left off at any time.

Candidates may apply for up to two art areas, but may attend in only one.

Here’s what you’ll need to complete the online application.

ID Photo

Upload a passport-style photo of yourself from the shoulders up. This will be used as your student ID photo if you are accepted.

Teacher Recommendations

Complete a short online form within the application that will allow us request grades and attendance and send the appropriate recommendation forms to your teachers while you continue to work on your application. You’ll need names and email addresses for:

  • Arts Teacher Recommendation
  • Academic Teacher Recommendation
  • Homeschool Recommendation (if applicable)
Music Experience

List any music classes and specialized training (including lessons) you have had. Please include any summer programs or master classes/workshops you have attended.

Music Teachers

List names and contact information for up to three music teachers, current and former, both private instructors and school music teachers.

Knowing who has taught you gives us more information about your music background. These may or may not be the same teachers you use for the music recommendation.

Parent/Guardian Contact Information

General contact information for your legal guardian(s).

Talented 9th grade instrumentalists may apply for both the Academy program and the Instrumental Early Admission (IEA) program as part of the Residential High School. On the online application, simply select IEA - Residential High School as one of your programs. Click below for more information on the IEA program.

IEA Requirements

Once you have submitted the application, you can login to your account at any time to view the application checklist. Audition locations fill up quickly, so please submit your completed application as early as possible.

When all required application materials are received, you will receive an email confirming your audition. The Admissions Office will notify you if information is missing from your application. Incomplete applications cannot be processed.

Arts Odyssey Application

Apply Now

Application Process

If you already have an account from a previous year, then you can login using the same login credentials. If this is your first time applying, then you’ll need to create an account in our online application system. The application has several different components, and you don’t have to complete it in one sitting. Once you create an account, you can pick up where you left off at any time.

Candidates may apply for up to two art areas, but may attend in only one. 

Here’s what you’ll need to complete the online application.

ID Photo

Upload a passport-style photo of yourself from the shoulders up. This will be used as your student ID photo if you are accepted.

Teacher Recommendations

Complete a short online form within the application that will allow us request grades and attendance and send the appropriate recommendation forms to your teachers while you continue to work on your application. You’ll need names and email addresses for:

  • Arts Teacher Recommendation
  • Homeschool Recommendation (if applicable)
Music Experience

List any music classes and specialized training (including lessons) you have had. Please include any summer programs or master classes/workshops you have attended.

Music Teachers

List names and contact information for up to three music teachers, current and former, both private instructors and school music teachers.

Knowing who has taught you gives us more information about your music background. These may or may not be the same teachers you use for the music recommendation.

Parent/Guardian Contact Information

General contact information for your legal guardians.

Once you have submitted the application, you can login to your account at any time to view the application checklist. When all required application materials are received, you will receive an email confirming your completed application.

The Admissions Office will notify you if information is missing from your application. Incomplete applications cannot be processed.

Academy Audition

The Academy Summer Music Audition

All Academy Music auditions will include an audition and an interview.

The Vocal Audition

All vocalists perform their solos with a piano accompanist that is provided by the Governor's School. Vocalists should bring a copy of the piano accompaniment for the two solos to the audition (a photo copy is permissible). MP3 tracks, karaoke tracks, and outside accompanists are not allowed.

Vocal Audition Process
  • Students audition in small groups of no more than nine students, and they take turns singing their two solos in front of the audition group. 
  • Students may or may not be allowed to sing the entire solo. It may be a time issue or that the adjudicators have heard all they need to hear to make a decision (which can be a good thing!), so do not read too much into this.  
  • The interview tends to be informal, and may feel more like a conversation than an interview. Students may asked to speak about past experiences and future goals. Be sure to ask any questions you may have about the program.
Audition Requirements

Solos:  Select two songs from standard vocal literature which show the character and quality of the voice (suggestions are below). Be prepared to sing both selections from memory with piano accompaniment.

  • A selection appropriate for younger singers from the 24 Italian Songs and Arias book or a traditional art song in English or another language
  • Folk songs, spirituals, sacred songs or hymns, ballads, selections from musical theater, or jazz standards

The Instrumental Audition

During the audition, instrumentalists will perform the audition requirements and have a brief interview. Be prepared to speak about your past experiences, future goals, and knowledge of musical styles. Keep in mind, the interview may be informal and feel more like a conversation.

All instrumental solos are performed without piano accompaniment. View the specific audition requirements for each instrument below.

Brass (Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba) 
  • Solos:  Select two pieces / movements in contrasting styles. Solo work(s) from the standard repertoire are suggested, such as the All-State etude/solo and pieces that would be performed at the high school level for solo and ensemble festival. 
  • Scales: Chromatic scale and major scales up to 3 sharps and 3 flats, in range that is appropriate for the instrument 
  • Sight Reading
Concert Harp
  • Solos: Select two pieces of contrasting style from the standard harp literature. 
  • Sight Reading
Percussion (Snare, Mallets, Timpani)
  • Solos: Perform a solo piece for two of the three percussion instruments: snare, mallets, and timpani.
  • For Snare: Play basic rudiments required for Clinic All-State Band in addition to the solo piece.
  • Sight Reading

Students may bring their own snare drum, or SCGSAH will provide one.

Piano

Solos: Select two pieces in contrasting styles, preferably memorized. Examples of ideal audition pieces are: 

  • An Invention or Prelude and Fugue by J. S. Bach
  • A sonata or sonatina movement by a Classical composer such as Clementi, Haydn, or Mozart
  • A character piece by a Romantic composer such as Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, or Grieg
  • Any modern composition

Scales: All 12 major keys, two octaves, hands together

Sight Reading

Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass) 
  • Solos: Select two pieces of contrasting style for the instrument (for example, one etude and one movement from a suite, sonata, or concerto).
  • Scales: Major and minor scales up to three sharps and three flats; three octaves for violin, viola, and cello; two octaves for double bass.
  • Sight Reading
Woodwinds (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon)
  • Solos: Select two pieces / movements in contrasting styles. Solo work(s) from the standard repertoire are suggested, such as the All-State etude/solo and pieces that would be performed at the high school level for solo and ensemble festival. 
  • Scales:  Chromatic scale and scales up to three sharps and three flats, in range that is appropriate for the instrument
  • Sight Reading

Arts Odyssey Video Requirement

Arts Odyssey Application Video

As part of the application process, all Arts Odyssey Music applicants must submit an application video.  

  • Instrumentalists perform 1-2 solos, scales (most instruments), and answer an interview question. Instrumental videos will generally be 5-10 minutes in length.
  • Vocalists perform one solo and answer an interview question. Vocal videos will generally be 3-5 minutes in length.
  • Application videos should NOT exceed 10 minutes.

Application Video Information

Application Video Guidelines

Download and read the guidelines below. These guidelines walk you through how to prepare before recording (lighting, sound, what to wear), as well as when to stop and start the recording. 

Music Application Video Guidelines

Video Submission Guidelines

If you have not already downloaded the recording guidelines above, we STRONGLY encourage you to do so now. After you have read the guidelines and made the video, download the submission directions below.

Arts Odyssey Video Submission Guidelines

Performance Requirements

View or download the performance video requirements for each instrument below.

Arts Odyssey Music Performance Requirements

Brass (Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba) 
  • Solo(s):  Perform one solo (3-4 minutes in length) or two solos (1-2 minutes in length). These may be movements of pieces or one of the selections may be the All-State etude.
  • Scales:  Perform a full-range chromatic scale and two (2) major scales that demonstrate range, tone and rhythm.
Concert Harp
  • Solo(s):  Perform one solo (3-4 minutes in length) or two solos (1-2 minutes in length). Consider ASTA String Syllabus Vol. 2 for suggestions, if necessary. 
  • Scales:  Play two (2) scales of your choice in a range appropriate for the instrument to demonstrate tone, technique and rhythm.
Percussion (Snare, Mallets, Timpani)

Choose one of the three percussion instruments listed below for the performance video:

Snare: Perform one solo/etude (3-4 minutes in length) or two solos/etudes (1-2 minutes in length).  These may be movements of pieces or one of the shorter selections may be the All-State etude. Demonstrate three rudiments from the 13 Essential Rudiments from the National Association of Rudimental Drummers.

Mallets: Perform one solo/etude (3-4 minutes in length) or two solos/etudes (1-2 minutes in length).  These may be movements of pieces or one of the shorter selections may be the All-State etude. Perform a full-range chromatic scale and two (2) major scales that demonstrate range, tone, and rhythm.

Timpani: Perform one solo/etude (3-4 minutes in length) or two solos/etudes (1-2 minutes in length).  These may be movements of pieces or one of the shorter selections may be the All-State etude. Be prepared to demonstrate tunings of standard intervals, ie. perfect 4th, perfect 5th, and octave.

Piano

Solo(s):  Perform one solo (3-4 minutes in length) or two solos (1-2 minutes in length). Examples of ideal audition pieces are:

  • An Invention or Prelude and Fugue by J. S. Bach 
  • A sonata or sonatina movement by a Classical composer such as Clementi, Haydn, or Mozart
  • A character piece by a Romantic composer such as Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, or Grieg
  • Any modern composition

Scales:  Play 2 major scales of your choice, two octaves, hands together.

Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass) 
  • Solo(s):  Perform one solo (3-4 minutes in length) or two solos (1-2 minutes in length). These may be movements of pieces or a selection from the Region Orchestra audition material.
  • Scales:  Play one major and one melodic minor scale (two or three octaves, as appropriate).
Voice
  • Solo: Perform (sing) one unaccompanied folk song, patriotic song, or religious song in a comfortable range that best shows the character and quality of your voice.  
Woodwinds (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon)
  • Solo(s):  Perform one solo (3-4 minutes in length) or two solos (1-2 minutes in length). These may be movements of pieces or one of the shorter selections may be the All-State etude.
  • Scales:  Perform a full-range chromatic scale and two (2) major scales that demonstrate range, tone and rhythm.

Important Dates

Academy Program

Application Deadlines
  • November 30 - Application fee waiver deadline
  • January 4, 2019 - Final application deadline 
  • After January 4 - Applications will be processed on a space-available basis.

Teacher recommendations, grades, and attendance must be submitted by the above deadlines in order for your application to be considered complete. 

Audition Dates
  • February 2, 2019 - College of Charleston
  • February 9, 2019 - SCGSAH Campus
  • February 16, 2019 - Columbia College
Admission Decision Notification
  • April 1 - Admission decision notifications sent by email

 Note: Decision status will not be given over the phone.

Arts Odyssey Program

Spaces in the Arts Odyssey program are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so applying early gives you an advantage. Students do not audition for the Arts Odyssey program.

  • November 30, 2018 - Application deadline
  • After November 30, 2018, applications will be processed on a space-available basis.
  • January 31, 2019 - Admission decision notifications sent by email

 

* Teacher recommendations and other art area specific requirements must be submitted by November 30 in order for your application to be considered complete. 

Fees

Application Fee

For those in need of financial assistance, the Application Fee Waiver, located on the Submission Confirmation page of the application, may be submitted instead of the application fee.

  • Arts Odyssey: no application fee
  • Academy: $25 application fee after November 30

Deposit & Tuition

Upon acceptance of an offer of admission, students must submit a non-refundable deposit to secure a place in the program.

  • Arts Odyssey Tuition: $500, includes the $100 non-refundable deposit
  • Academy Tuition: $950, includes the $150 non-refundable deposit

Financial aid is available to residents of South Carolina with validated financial need.

Fees and Financial Aid