Division of Fine Arts
The Fine Arts Division at ESCC maintains a vibrant artistic community that continues to grow every year. On our campus, students and community members are given various opportunities to highlight their talents in both solo and group environments. Current students have participated in events such as Piney Woods Arts Festival, the Wiregrass Renaissance Faire, performances at Carnegie Hall, the Washington National Cathedral, Disney Candlelight Processional, with the Atlanta Pops, NATS student auditions, as well as multiple concerts and art shows at the college and within the community.
We are seeking artistically inclined students who are dedicated and disciplined and who want to represent the college within the Enterprise community and throughout the state. Whether one chooses to pursue the arts professionally, each student will learn valuable skills that may be utilized in all disciplines and make lifetime connections with peers. The requirements for our music and theater auditions as well as our visual art portfolio review and interview are included below. If you are interested in joining our program, please follow these instructions and/or contact us for more information. We look forward to meeting you in the near future. Good luck!
Dr. Ken Thomas, chair, Ms. Leslie Gibson, Ms. Erin M. Smith, and Ms. Lynn Ledbetter
ESCC Fine Arts Faculty
Scholarship Audition/Portfolio Review
Dear Prospective Student,
My name is Dr. Ken Thomas, and I serve as Chair of the Fine Arts Division and Instructor of Music at Enterprise State Community College. In this position, I have the opportunity to teach the general student population enrolled in three sections of Music Appreciation. I also have the honor and pleasure of directing the Concert Choir and The Entertainers (our award-winning show choir), as well as working with students in the theater program.
The performing arts program at ESCC offers a challenging, dynamic, and extremely rewarding curriculum that will help prepare our students for a performing arts career or provide our students with classes to enrich their student life and leisure time. In addition to Concert Choir and The Entertainers, we also offer courses in Concert Band, Jazz/Show Band, Basic Musicianship, Music Theory, and Ear Training. Private lessons are offered in Brass, Percussion and Woodwind Instruments, Piano, and Voice.
Enterprise State Community College also offers an equally challenging, dynamic, and rewarding curriculum in the visual arts and digital multimedia. These courses include Art Appreciation, Drawing, Two-Dimensional Composition, Photography, Introduction to Computer Graphics, Computer Graphics I & II, and Painting. A certificate in Computer Graphics is available and takes one year to complete. ESCC also offers a 3D Simulation & Modeling Technician certificate program. For information regarding the visual arts and graphic design programs, please contact Ms. Leslie Gibson at 334-347-2623 ext. 2255.
Scholarships are available to qualified students through a music and theater audition process and/or an art portfolio review. Music and theater auditions are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, March 11-12, 2021, from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Thursday and from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Friday. Art portfolio reviews are scheduled for Friday, March 12, 2021, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Auditions and reviews will be held in Forrester Hall on the Enterprise campus of Enterprise State Community College. Please contact Dr. Thomas to schedule a music or theater audition and Ms. Gibson to schedule an art portfolio review. We will follow CDC and College COVID-19 guidelines of wearing masks and social distancing. Appointments are REQUIRED for an audition.
Enterprise State Community College is committed to providing the very best instruction to our students. For more information regarding the Fine Arts Division, please contact me at 334-347-2623 ext. 2319 or visit our website: www.escc.edu. If I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call upon me. I look forward to working with you here at ESCC.
Ken Thomas, M.Ed., Ph.D.
Chair, Fine Arts Division
Instructor of Music
Enterprise State Community College
P.O. Box 1300/600 Plaza Drive
Enterprise, AL 36331
334-347-2623 ext. 2319
Scholarship Eligible Groups/Pursuits
Music or Art Major
ESCC Entertainers, show choir
ESCC Concert Choir
ESCC Concert Band
ESCC Entertainers Band
Auditions and portfolio reviews will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 11& 12, 2021, on the
Enterprise campus in Forrester Hall (Fine Arts Building). Please contact Dr. Ken Thomas,
email@example.com, to reserve an audition time for music/theater or Ms. Leslie Gibson, firstname.lastname@example.org, to
schedule an interview and portfolio review. We will follow CDC and College COVID-19 guidelines of wearing
masks and social distancing. Appointments are REQUIRED for an audition.
Below is a list of requirements:
- The dress should be professional. While it is not required that one wear a suit, it is appropriate for one to
wear what is known as business casual (e.g. sports jacket, tie, dresses, etc.).
- Complete a fine arts application form provided at the auditions. Arrive early to prevent rushing this
process, and make sure to fill out the document in its entirety.
- All prospective music students should prepare 20 – 30 measures of a piece appropriate to the group
for which they wish to be considered. All songs should be performed a capella. Please notify Dr.
Thomas in advance if you would like to audition with more than one instrument as cases such as
these will require a longer audition period.
- In addition to a song, instrumentalists should prepare five scales, arpeggios, and chord progressions
(pianists) of their choice.
- In addition to a song, students desirous of a theater scholarship should prepare a monologue.
a. 1 – 2 minutes in duration
b. suitable to the age of the actor
c. from a recognized Broadway or off-Broadway play – no original, unpublished works
- There will be a dance/movement element for all theater and Entertainer auditions. Please wear or
bring appropriate shoes.
- Potential art majors should bring a portfolio (collection) of your artwork.
a. 12 – 15 of your best pieces from school assignments or personal work
b. Artwork may include any medium.
c. Pieces should be organized in logical viewing order either in a traditional portfolio with
original or printed reproductions or a digital portfolio. Please bring a charged laptop if you
choose to provide a digital version.