• 2024 Summer ST-ARTS Program

    What is ST-ARTS?

    Special Talents in the ARTS (or ST-ARTS) is a weekday summer arts program held in June for 3 weeks. ST-ARTS is hosted and staffed by Winthrop University and students in grades 6-8 are eligible to audition in Music (voice or instrumental), Dance, Drama, and Visual Art. Please feel free to visit Winthrop’s ST-ARTS website at or Facebook page for more details.

    How do I prepare for auditions?

    ● Music: Bring a solo piece to perform, two copies of the selection, and an instrumental tape/CD if needed.

    ● Dance: Small group auditions. Wear appropriate clothing.  Three audition tasks will include warm-up, improvisation, and technique.

    ● Drama: Small group auditions. Audition tasks will include warm-up activities and individual improvisation. No make-up, costumes, or props allowed.

    ● Art: Student should bring a minimum of three original works that best represent the artist’s skills and interests. One must be a still life. Works should not be traced or copied (including cartoon images). Work can be 2D or 3D. No more than 4 works total. There will be a short interview and an on-site observation drawing.

    What can I expect at ST-ARTS?

    Your time at ST-ARTS will be spent in “major” and “minor” areas where you will experience instruction by world-class instructors on the Winthrop University campus. Students who are selected will participate in our summer program from June 10 to June 28, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. The summer program will encourage students to conceptualize and create art through a variety of processes, classes, and experiences. Participating students and parents will be invited to attend a Saturday orientation to learn more about the summer activities.  The date and location will be determined at a later date.

    Sponsorship to attend ST-ARTS is managed through each district separately. Please contact your district coordinator to find out more information on auditions and participation.

    How do I get accepted into ST-ARTS? 

    1. To attend the ST-ARTS program you must complete the online application. Applications can also be found on the Rock Hill Schools Website by clicking on Academics, Middle School, and ST-ARTS. Students can be referred for an audition (apply) by a parent, teacher, administrator, or themselves. The deadline to complete the online application to 2024 ST-ARTS is October 25, 2023.
    2. Auditions will be held on Tuesday, November 14th beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Rawlinson Road Middle School's auditorium. Transportation to Rawlinson Road will be provided if needed. Students can choose to audition in visual art, instrumental or choral music, dance, or theatre.

    3. Prior to your audition, you will receive information about how to prepare for your audition. This will include specifics about the visual art portfolio as well as details about how to prepare to audition.

    4. Students will receive an acceptance letter approximately two weeks following the close of the audition window. ST-ARTS is a competitive program. Acceptance will be based on the student's audition score and number of applicants. There are limited slots to attend ST-ARTS, so please review the dates of the program carefully and make a commitment to attend the program should you be accepted.


    Dates of the Summer ST-ARTS Program? 

    June 10-28, 2024 (Flyer)


    For more information, you may contact: Jennifer Morrison, Executive Director, Secondary Education.   803-981-1055