Important Dates:  

December 2: Deadline for audition sign-ups for performers

- December 7-8: Performer auditions

- December 15: Performer callbacks

- January 10: Deadline for visual art submissions


1. The competition is open to students in grades 4-8 attending a K-8 Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

2. Each school is invited to send up to five (5) acts to the December 7-8, 2019 auditions.

3. Performing talent categories include: musical theater, voice, dance, instrumental, and drama.
4. An act may consist of a solo performer, duet, or group performance.

5. Performers must audition in person on December 7 or 8 and be available for a callback (if selected) on  December 15 (2:00 - 6:00 pm) in order to be considered as a finalist.

6. Audition time limit is two (2) minutes. If a song/selection is longer than two minutes, it is the responsibility of the performer to trim the piece to fit into the required time frame.

7.  Up to 20 acts will be selected for the final performance on March 1, 2020. These acts will showcase a variety of performing arts categories.

8. All acts selected for the final showcase will receive 1-2 coaching sessions from the Lundstrum Performing Arts team during January and February. Finalists will also be highly encouraged to participate in rehearsals for the ensemble performance numbers that will be included in the March 1 performance. All finalists must be available for an all-day dress rehearsal on Saturday, February 29.

9. Regardless of finalist status, up to 80 students will be invited to participate in the ensemble numbers for the March 1 final performance.


Judges will use the following criteria at the auditions and final performance:

  • Technique:  skill and execution

  • Stage Presence: charisma, showmanship, style, connection to material

  • Musicality: phrasing, pitch, rhythm, artistic expression

  • Preparation: accuracy, memorization, staging, detail

  • Level of difficulty



  • Audition time limit is two (2) minutes.

  • Singers need to download and bring an instrumental accompaniment track (no vocals) or sheet music in the key in which you will be performing. Each site will have an accompanist available to play live piano as well as a speaker for iPhone or MP3 tracks.   Tracks or sheet music should be trimmed/marked in advance to fit within the required audition time limit. (Please do not rely on the internet at audition sites - download music in advance.)

  • Dancers should download and bring music, trimmed to fit within the required time limit.

  • Each site will have either an acoustic or electronic piano available for pianists.

  • Microphones will NOT be provided at audition sites.

  • The audition piece is the one that will be showcased in the final performance, unless otherwise determined by CSCOE and Lundstrum staffs.


  • Repertoire Selection

    • This is a Catholic school competition and all audition repertoire should reflect good values and virtues. We highly encourage teachers and parents to review the lyrics of the entire song/piece before auditions.

    • Choose a song or selection that is unique, interesting and not overdone.

    • Select a piece that is age appropriate; consider song lyrics, monologue text and choreography.

    • Consider repertoire from classical or sacred music, Broadway or movie musicals, pop or folk songs.

    • Ask "Does the selection have "entertainment" value? What makes it exciting? Does it contain virtuosity or charm? Is it memorable (in a good way)?"

    • Make sure the selected piece will translate to a large stage final performance venue.

  • Preparation for Performance

    • Practice! Is your piece well practiced, memorized, and ready for coaching by professionals?

    • Pay attention to details - musicality, accuracy and memory are important.

    • "Stage" your song or monologue appropriately with movement and/or dance.

    • Good acting is critical for a strong audition.

  • What to Wear

    • Wear what would be appropriate for the final performance of Shine On.

    • You can wear a costume if it enhances your performance and makes it fun and memorable.

    • For instrumentalists, a dress or suit is preferable to jeans and a t-shirt.



    • Contact your principal or music/performing arts teacher to learn how your school will select its five acts for auditions.

    • If approved by your school, click on the registration link and complete and submit the registration form.

    • Select an audition appointment time and location using the Sign-Up Genius link. All appointments must be made by December 2, 2019.


    • Arrive at your audition site on December 7 or 8 about twenty (20) minutes prior to your audition time. Bring all printed and/or downloaded music, instruments, props, etc. Come dressed ready for the audition.

    • Bring a photo to the audition (can be a school photo). This photo will not be returned to you.

    • Please bring your calendar.  You will be asked about your performer's availability for coaching and rehearsal sessions  in the event that he/she is selected as a finalist or for the ensemble.

    • There will be a waiting area for parents/guardians and performers.

    • We will do our best to call students within one half hour of the start time for which you signed up (i.e. If your student signed up for a 2:00 pm audition, there may be up to six acts auditioning during that time slot. Your student can expect to audition between 2:00 - 2:30 pm)

    • Students will go into the audition room - parents/guardians will not.

    • Inside the audition room there will be 2-3 Shine On/Lundstrum staff members. They are positive and encouraging adults who want your students to do their best. These staff members have experience working with young performing artists.

    • An acoustic or an electronic keyboard will be available at each site.

    • Microphones will NOT be used for auditions. Encourage your student to project!

    • At the conclusion of the audition, the judges will provide brief verbal feedback and then the student is free to leave.





  • Some acts will be selected for callback auditions which will take place at Lundstrum Performing Arts on Sunday, December 15 from 2:00 - 6:00 pm.

  • Students selected for callbacks will be notified by 3:00 pm on Monday, December 9.

  • At callbacks, students will perform the same piece with which they initially auditioned.

  • Participation in a callback audition is mandatory in order to be selected as a finalist.

  • Finalists will be notified by Tuesday, December 17, 2019.


Shine On Ensemble Members

  • Some students who are not selected for callbacks or as finalists will be invited to participate in the Shine On Ensemble. This group will perform at the March 1, 2020 final performance and possibly other CSCOE sponsored events including the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the Xcel Energy Center in Fall 2020.

  • Ensemble members will be notified by Saturday, December 14, 2019.


The Catholic Schools Center of Excellence (CSCOE) is an innovative nonprofit that works to enhance excellence and increase enrollment in the 79 preschool-8th grade Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

About Lundstrum Performing Arts

Lundstrum Performing Arts is Minnesota's premier training program for integrated musical theater training -- dance, voice and drama. Its programs recognize the unique gifts of all children and provide focused arts training and personalized mentorship to help them succeed on-stage and on the stage of life.