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MSA Dance, Vocal and Filmmaking Auditions


The Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) is accepting applications for the Dance, Vocal and Media Arts/Filmmaking Departments. Students who will be entering 11th grade apply online on the MSA website The process for admission includes on-line application, virtual audition and interview. Accepted students attend their Junior and Senior years of high school at MSA. If you know of students just finishing the 10th grade that will be entering the 11th grade who might be interested in dance, vocal music or filmmaking, please let them know about this opportunity. Students have the option to be a Commuting Student and live at home if they live within 27 miles of MSA.

MSA is a public statewide eleventh and twelfth grade residential high school located in Brookhaven, MS on the Historic Whitworth College campus. Annually, MSA enrolls students who meet and exceed the traditional Mississippi high school curriculum by receiving intensive instruction in dance, literary arts, theatre, visual arts, vocal music and media arts/filmmaking.

MSA is a great school for those students who want to explore the arts in an extraordinary way. We also fill a special need for students with demonstrated talent that need a collegiate level learning experience in the arts that is not widely available across our state.

We have some very exciting, unique opportunities for our students in the upcoming 2021-2022 school year! Our Media/Filmmaking students will be doing a collaborative project with the San Francisco Arts Institute (SFAI) where they will work with MSA Instructor, John Kelly Shelburne and SFAI Instructor, Christopher Coppola to produce short films centered on Jackson, Mississippi and San Francisco, California. Christopher Coppola’s inspiration for the project comes in part from his Uncle, Director Francis Ford Coppola, whom he states taught him, “The job and purpose of cinema is to convince people that the world they live in is not the only one available to them.” SFAI students will be traveling to Mississippi and MSA students will be traveling to San Francisco to work on this project! It will be a class students receive credit for and it is also open to other disciplines.

Jonathan Sharp, Broadway performer and dance instructor at Idyllwild School of the Arts will be doing a Guest Residency at MSA where he will work with our Dance department and also students from our Vocal and Theatre departments that are interested in Broadway and Musical Theatre. His Residency will culminate with a Musical Theatre Review highlighting performances by MSA students!

In addition to MSA students consistently winning awards for their work on the state, regional and national levels, the school holds the #2 highest ACT average in the state and the college scholarship opportunities for graduating Seniors are amazing!

For additional information and the application, visit our website at email, or call 601-823-1300.

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