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Talent Awards

Creative Promise Program

Albright College enjoys a rich history of excellence in the creative arts. To celebrate our commitment to this history, Albright will continue to recognize exceptional students through our Talent Award Program. This innovative endeavor is dedicated to the ongoing mentorship and development of creatively gifted students throughout their undergraduate career at Albright. Members of the faculty invite incoming students who demonstrate outstanding creative talent in the areas of Creative Writing, Journalism, Instrumental and Vocal music, Electronic Digital Instrument, Music Business, Arts Administration, Theatre, Visual and Digital Art, Fashion and Costume Design to submit portfolios, interview, or audition for these renewable grants.

Recipients of these grants (based on portfolio/interview/audition submission) who accept membership into the Talent Award Program will see the continuation of their grant as long as they remain active in their particular discipline. Each department at Albright has its own criteria as to what “participation” entails.

Please note: students receiving these awards are free to pursue any major they wish and these grants are independent of both merit scholarships and need-based financial aid. Talent Awards are $3,000 per year, and students may receive up to two Talent Awards.

The deadline to apply for Talent Awards is March 1, 2021. 

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Talent Awards are offered in Arts Administration on the basis of the faculty’s evaluation of each interested student’s demonstrated level of outstanding creative promise. In order to be considered for a Talent Award, students must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College, together with appropriate samples.

Criteria for the Talent Award Review in Arts Administration

Students who are interested in applying for a Talent Award that have prior experience on the administrative side of any arts discipline may submit an electronic portfolio (all documents in PDF form).

Resume (1 page)

  • Education
  • Professional Experience (if any)
  • Volunteer Experience
  • Service in Organizations/Clubs
  • Leadership Experience
  • Awards
  • Community Service

Statement of Accomplishments/Goals (1 page)

  • Opening Paragraph: Introduce yourself and include general statements about notable goals you have accomplished.
  • Body Paragraph: Write about the steps you have taken in order to attain your aforementioned goals. Include specific actions that you have performed that are relevant to your desired field of study. Elaborate upon the impact of your work and how you, your employer, or the community has benefitted from your accomplishments citing specific data.
  • Closing Paragraph: Write about your 1, 5, and 10 year goals, and how your prior achievements have taught your how to attain these goals.

Critical Writing Sample

  • Class Research Paper

Supplemental Materials (submit at least three of the following)

  • Class Assignment other than research paper: Business Plan, Marketing Analysis, Project Evaluation Report
  • Creative Document: Poster design, Theatre Playbill/Concert Program, Exhibit Catalog, Ad
  • Social Media: Samples of videos or static images promoting an event your helped market
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Documentation of Community Work

Maintaining Your Talent Award in ARTS ADMINISTRATION:

  • Students offered awards in this area will be expected to work provide 40 hours of volunteer service for the CFA each semester.
  • Students must actively participate in periodic Talent Award meetings.

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Talent Awards are offered in Creative Writing on the basis of the faculty’s evaluation of each student writer’s demonstrated level of outstanding creative promise. In order to be considered for a Talent Award students must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College, together with a portfolio of some of their creative works, whether it be fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, etc.

Criteria for the Talent Award Review in CREATIVE WRITING:

  • Students must submit 1 long sample or 5 short samples within the genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and other creative works.
  • Playwriting/ screenwriting submissions please apply under Theatre

Maintaining Your Talent Award in CREATIVE WRITING:

Talent Awards in Creative Writing are renewable for four years by contributing regularly to the student literary magazine, AGON, or the student arts magazine, Albright AM. Typically, the work involves a combination of some of the following activities:

  • attend magazine staff meetings;
  • participate in coffee houses and workshops sponsored by AGON;
  • write feature articles;
  • write various pieces of work for AGON;
  • edit print publications;
  • contribute to design and layout.

On the understanding that good writers are good readers, and as another way to fulfill the expectations of the Talent Award in Creative Writing, students can also choose to take at least one class in the English Department, including English 101/102 in their freshman year, each year of their time at Albright.

Students who receive the Talent Award are expected to participate in periodic meetings sponsored by the program.

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Talent Awards in Fashion and Costume Design are determined through the submission of an online portfolio adjudicated by Fashion Department faculty. In addition, applicants must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College prior to submission of their audition video.

Criteria for the Talent Award Review in Fashion and Costume Design:

  • Students must submit a portfolio of 10 fashion or 12 costume design sketches along with high resolution images of 3-5 actual garments that they have constructed. In addition, a personal statement video (of approximately 4 to 5 minutes in length) must also be submitted. This video statement is intended to give applicants the ability to offer context to their design and construction process involved in the creation of these garments.
  • Optional for Costume Designers: If the student has designed costumes for a theatre production, please present the show with costume renderings and high-resolution photographs.  Include any script analysis and design concepts used in the collaborative process with the show’s director.

Maintaining Your Talent Award in FASHION and COSTUME Design:

Talent Awards are renewable for four years under the following conditions:

Costume Design Students

  • Students must enroll in at least one theatre class directly related to costume design per academic year.
  • Students must significantly participate in one theatre production per semester in the area of costumes. (This includes participation in costume construction, dressing for shows, wardrobe and hair/makeup.)

Fashion Design Students

  • Students must serve as open lab monitor during junior and senior year.
  • Students must participate in the annual fashion show.

Students must participate in at least one professional conference before graduation.

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Talent Awards in Vocal and Instrumental Performance are determined through the submission of an audition video that will be adjudicated by members of the Music Department faculty. In addition, applicants must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College prior to submission of their audition video.

Criteria for the Talent Award Review in Vocal and Instrumental Performance:

Vocalists (Classical, Broadway, Pop/Jazz, or Rap Artists)

  • Vocalists must submit an audition video containing two prepared pieces (with piano/instrumental accompaniment) of contrasting styles, periods, and/or languages that showcase breadth of the applicant’s vocal abilities (tone quality, vocal range and flexibility, breath control, diction, rhythmic sense, etc.). For Classical singers, at least one selection should be in English.

Instrumentalists (Brass, Guitar, Percussion, Pianists, Strings, and Woodwind)

  • Applicants must submit an audition video containing two prepared pieces (either solo or accompanied) of contrasting styles/periods that demonstrate the breadth of the applicant’s technical and interpretive abilities. Selections could be contrasting movements, sections from a larger work, works from two different stylistic periods or selections from your high school ensemble repertoire.

Maintaining Your Talent Award in INSTRUMENTAL and VOCAL MUSIC:

  • Award recipients must participate in at least one credited major performing group (i.e., String Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Commercial Music Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Rap

Collective, Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, etc.).

  • Award recipients are expected to audition for student recitals each semester or, in the case of Rap/Hip Hop Artists, record a single through Lion Records each semester.
  • Award recipients must actively participate in periodic Talent Award meetings.

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Talent Awards are offered in Journalism on the basis of the faculty’s evaluation of each student writer’s demonstrated level of outstanding creative promise. In order to be considered for a Talent Award students must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College, together with a portfolio of some of their creative works, whether it be newspapers, magazines or other mass media.

Criteria for the Talent Award Review in JOURNALISIM:

  • Students must submit a portfolio of at least four samples of published articles from campus and/or community publications prior to interview.
  • Students should also submit a statement detailing where the articles appeared and explaining the overall role they played in the publication(s) as a staff writer or editor.
  • Students must be prepared to attend an interview to discuss their works with faculty.

Maintaining Your Talent Award in Journalism:

Student recipients of Journalism Talent Awards must contribute regularly to the student newspaper, The Albrightian, or the student arts magazine, Albright AM. During the first week of each semester, students will meet with the chairperson of the communications department to outline specific expectations. Typically, the work involves a combination of the following activities:

  • Students must write substantive articles for the newspaper and related online sites – Students must write feature articles for the magazine and related online sites
  • Students must write and produce radio news scripts
  • Students must edit print and online publications
  • Students must contribute to design and layout

Students must actively participate in periodic Talent Award meetings.

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Talent Awards in Music Industry are determined through the submission of an online portfolio adjudicated by Music Department faculty. In addition, applicants must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College prior to submission of their audition video.

Criteria for the Talent Award Review in Music Industry:

NOTE:  All electronic documents must be submitted in PDF form

Curriculum Vitae/Resume (1 page)

  • Education
  • Professional Experience
  • Pre-Professional Experience
  • Professional Organizations
  • Leadership Experience
  • Awards
  • Community Service

 

Statement of Accomplishments/Goals (1 page)

  • Opening Paragraph: Introduce yourself and include general statements about notable goals you have accomplished.
  • Body Paragraph: Write about the steps you have taken to in order to attain your aforementioned goals. Include specific actions that you have performed that are relevant to your desired field of study. Elaborate upon the impact of your work and how you, your employer, or the community has benefitted from your accomplishments citing specific data.
  • Closing Paragraph: Write about your 1, 5, and 10-year goals, and how your prior achievements have taught your how to attain these goals.

 

Critical Writing Sample

  • Example: Research paper

 

Supplemental Materials (one or more of the following)

  • Business Plan
  • Marketing Analysis
  • Artist Management Portfolio (Personal or Touring)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Documentation of Community Work.

 

Maintaining Your Talent Award in MUSIC INDUSTRY:

  • Students offered awards in this area will be expected to actively participate in Lion Records to fulfill their annual participation requirement.
  • Students must actively participate in periodic Talent Award meetings.

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Talent Awards in Music Production are determined through the submission of an online portfolio adjudicated by Music Department faculty. In addition, applicants must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College prior to submission of their audition video.

Music Production

Participants in the Talent Award Program can choose to specialize in Music Production. This includes creative works composed using grid-based drum machines and samplers (Native Instruments’ Maschine, Akai MPC, Ableton Push), turntable and DJ-based technologies (Vinyl records, CDJ, USB controllers), or synthesizers (Korg Minilogue, Native Instruments’ Massive), in conjunction with a digital audio workstation software (Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic Pro X). The awards are given on the basis of an online portfolio submission of at least four music production samples. If you are a rapper, as well, please see the Instrumental and Vocal Music Talent Award criteria.

Criteria for the Talent Award Review in Music Production:

Repertoire

Valid portfolio repertoire includes DJ mixtapes, beat tapes, remixes, studio recordings of electronic music, and the development of synthesizer patches or production sample packs, among others. Performance styles include such genres as hip-hop, house, techno, trap, EDM, ambient, trance, experimental, and more.

Technique

Skills and techniques in music production will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Composition – the musical content is composed and arranged according to the standards of the given genre
  • Recording – audio recordings are clear and without background noise, clipping, and digital artifacts
  • Mix – balance exists in track volume levels, frequencies (EQ), stereo width (panning), and use of effects such as reverb, delay, and compression
  • Mastering – audio playback and loudness levels are mastered similar to the overall quality of comparable pieces

Maintaining Your Talent Award in MUSIC PRODUCTION:

  • Students offered awards in this area will participate in the Albright Rap Collective and help support artists associated with Lion Records.
  • Students must actively participate in periodic Talent Award meetings.

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Talent Awards in Theatre are determined through the submission of an audition video or (in the case of Designers/Technicians/Playwrights/Directors) an online portfolio that will be adjudicated by members of the Theatre Department faculty. Applicants must also submit personal statement in the form of a written essay or as a video. Lastly, as with all of our Talent Award programs, applicants must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College prior to submission of their audition video/e-portfolio.

Criteria for the Talent Award Review in THEATRE

Part One: AUDITION VIDEOS/ONLINE PORTFOLIOS

Actors:

  • Actors must submit an audition video containing TWO prepared monologues from published plays. Each monologue should be no longer than 60 seconds. Be sure to choose material that is age appropriate and that showcases the breadth of your acting abilities (vocal range and flexibility, diction, characterization, ability to play an action/pursue an objective, etc.). Please do NOT submit musical theatre selections. Musical theatre students are encouraged to submit audition videos of songs from Broadway musicals to the Music Department (Talent Awards in Vocal Performance).

Design and Production:

  • Design/Production applicants must submit an online portfolio that consists of evidence of process/product (photos, videos, prompt books, sketches, schedules, etc.) – anything that helps us understand your level of experience in one or more of the following areas that include, but not limited to:
  • Stage Management
  • Dramaturgy
  • Scenic design/construction
  • Lighting design/electrics work
  • Properties design/construction
  • Sound design/engineering
  • Projection design/engineering
  • Directing

Playwrights:

  • Applicants must submit an online portfolio containing a theatrical writing sample of approximately 10 pages — that may be from one work or several. Please submit all written materials in PDF form and make sure that your full name is on each page of your creative materials.

Part Two: Personal Statement (Written Essay or Video Essay)

All applicants for the Talent Awards in Theatre must also submit a personal statement (either in the form of a two-page written paper (submitted as a PDF) or a 3 to 5-minute video that answers the following questions

  • How would you describe your most meaningful theatrical experience?
  • Why do you want to study theatre at Albright College?
  • What are your learning objectives for your theatre training at Albright?

Maintaining Your Talent Award in THEATRE:

  • Students must enroll in at least one Theatre course each year.
  • Students must significantly participate in at least one of the four Theatre Department’s main stage productions in conjunction with the Domino Players Company each year.
  • Students must actively participate in periodic Talent Award meetings.

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Talent Awards are offered in Visual and Digital Art on the basis of the faculty’s evaluation of each student writer’s demonstrated level of outstanding creative promise. In order to be considered for a Talent Award students must have submitted a complete application for admission to Albright College, together with a portfolio.

Criteria for the Talent Award Review in VISUAL and DIGITAL ART:

Art & Photography Portfolios:

  • Art or photography portfolios should include 10–15 jpeg images. These should be uploaded in a Compressed zipped folder or via a website link.
  • Each piece must include descriptions as to the medium used, dimensions and year created. The top of the piece should be clearly delineated.

Videos & Film Submissions:

  • Video and film submissions should include at least 15 minutes of content submitted. Videos submissions should be uploaded to Youtube, Vimeo, or Google Video. Direct link to video MUST be provided!

Maintaining Your Talent Award in VISUAL and DIGITAL ART:

Talent Awards in Visual/Digital Art are renewable for four years with the following conditions:

  • Students must enroll in at least two art courses by the end of the sophomore year.
  • Students must actively participate in periodic Talent Award meetings.

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