Shows and Opportunities
School of Performing Arts Auditions are Open to All Virginia Tech Students
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OPEN AUDITIONS (Company Theatre Style!) Auditions for a yet-to-be-determined Mainstage Theatre production for Fall will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 6 pm in Henderson 204/205. Please prepare a 1-2 minute contemporary monologue. (For those of you in Musical Theatre showcase rehearsal, we will work around that schedule – just let us know what you need.)
Auditions will start at 6 pm, at which point we will ask that you sign in, and then auditions will be seen in the order you arrive and sign up. We ask that you arrive by 6 pm. Faculty members Natasha Staley Johnson, Susanna Rinehart, and Gregory Justice will watch your auditions. Once the theatre production is determined, you will certainly have the option to withdraw yourself from casting consideration if you are not interested in being cast in that particular play.
Clybourne Park is a 2011 Pulitzer prize-winning play by Bruce Norris and directed by Susanna Rinehart. Clybourne Park was presented on Sept 27 – Oct 6, 2016 in the Studio Theatre in the Squires Student Center.
The Divine, directed by guest director Ed Herendeen (producing director of Contemporary American Theatre Festival), was presented November 7-17, 2016.
Auditions for Mr. Marmalade, directed by Gregory Justice, were held on Monday, November 28, 2016 from 5:30-9:30 pm and Tuesday, November 29 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Rehearsals will be 6:00-10:00 pm, Monday through Fridays and some Saturdays from 12 noon-4:00 pm. Performance dates are February 21-25 and Feb. 27-March 2, 2017. For further information or questions, please contact Gregory Justice.
Auditions for Glengarry Glen Ross, a play written by David Mamet and directed by Bob McGrath, were held Monday, January 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm in Theatre 101 (room 101). Callbacks were held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm. Rehearsals will begin March 13, 2017. Performances run April 18-22 and April 24-27, 2017.
Feel free to contact the stage manager, Katie Nguyen, with any questions or concerns.
Deep Fried Improv Comedy Group
Are you interested in improv comedy? Do your friends think you're funny? Seeking your true purpose on this earth? Then Deep Fried Improvcomedy Group is for you! Deep Fried Improv Comedy Group is a long-form improv comedy group on campus, performing 2-3 shows a semester both on and off-campus. For futher information, visit our Facebook page.
24-Hour Theatre Project
Welcome to the first step toward the Fall 2016 installment of the 24-Hour Theatre Project at Virginia Tech, occurring Friday, September 9 through Saturday, September 10, 2016.
“What IS the 24 hour theatre project?”
It is the production of 6 brand new, original, ten-minute plays in 24 hours. That’s right – in the course of 24 hours we will name, write, rehearse, tech, and perform 6 works never seen before! This is a wonderful opportunity to stretch your limits and try something new in a supportive, fun, and stimulating place. We also encourage you to contact others who may want to participate or try something new. Everyone is welcome (no matter what major, year, experience level etc.) to apply for the project.
“How do I get a piece of the action,” you say? It’s easy! Simply fill out the appropriate interest sheet and return it in email to the production team (24hourVT@gmail.com) by 11:59 pm Friday, September 2, 2016.
Love 24 Hour? Have an interest in production management? Join the 24 Hour Production Team and help carry this great tradition forward! Shoot us an email letting us know why you'd like to join! Want to help usher, assist the tech crew, or otherwise work on the project? Simply shoot an email our way and we will gladly try to get you involved. Please don't hesitate to contact our team if you have any questions or concerns. We are all extremely excited to hear from you, and to do something amazing together. The 24 Hour Production Team: Kenzy Forman, Jamie Lindsay, Katie Nguyen, and Catie Reagan Palmore
Undergraduate Directing Workshop
MFA Directing Projects
1st Year MFA Directing Project
MURDER BY DYNAMITE (directed by Robert Kitchens) is a seven-week devising workshop towards a staged reading of a new theater piece centered around a crime story that happened in Tennessee between 1937 and 1939 (Arnold Tollett and Harmon Gouge ran a beer garden in East Tennessee in the 1930s. As their business declined, their friendship deteriorated. On the day Arnold’s wife gave birth to their only child, he attacked Harmon with a knife. Harmon shot and killed him on the spot. Harmon was targeted by Arnold’s family and friends for several months. In January 1938, his home was dynamited, killing his three daughters, ages 6 to 9. The investigation and trial was sensationalized in the national press. Two men were sentenced to the electric chair. One was found hanged in prison).
Robert Kitchens knew of this story due to his family relation to Harmon Gouge. His half-brother was Robert's great grandfather. Robert grew up hearing stories of this case and still has many questions about it. He will lead discussions, creative writing sessions, devising sessions, and improvisations around varied source material ranging from newspaper articles, confessions, personal family letters, affidavits, trial transcripts, etc. He will make available material on depictions of Appalachian violence and identity, ranging from dinner theater to timely scholarly articles to game shows.
Robert is lookng for performers who are excited by collaboratively creating new material, history, identity politics, music, bad accents, etc.
General Auditions for both Murder by Dynamite and The Right of Way will be held on Thursday, January 26 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm in T101. Both directors will watch general auditions. Please prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue.
Callbacks for Murder by Dynamite will be January 27 in the Ensemble Room (Henderson Hall-3rd floor) beginning at 6:30 pm until 10:00. More information will follow. Workshop performances are April 27-29, 2017.
Please contact Robert Kitchens with any questions.
2nd Year MFA Directing Project
The Right of Way (directed by Thomas Murray) is an original docudrama based on an incident that happened on December 6, 2013--(28 year-old Hector Avalos was riding his bicycle home from work when he was struck and killed by a drunk driver on Chicago's West Side. After pleading guilty, the driver was sentenced to 100 days in prison, which is far below the recommended sentence of 3-14 years for aggravated DUI in the state of Illinois). Composed from interviews with Avalos's family, transportation experts, urban planners, lawyers, automobile historians, and bicycling activists, this documentary play asks who really has the right of way on city streets - and how those ideas may be changing.
Seeking six actors willing to play multiple characters. Some roles will require singing. The ability to ride a bicycle is a plus.
General Auditions for both The Right of Way and Murder by Dynamite will be held on Thursday, January 26 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm in T101. Both directors will watch general auditions. Please prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue.
Callbacks for The Right of Way will be Friday, January 27 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm in the 3rd Floor Lighting Lab in Henderson Hall. Those invited to the callback will prepare a side from the script and will cold-read an ensemble scene with music.
This workshop semester will result in four staged readings across the Southeastern U.S. for invited audiences composed of project interviewees, artistic directors, dramaturgs, and members of the cycling and driving public. Talkbacks will follow each reading. In addition to performing, actors will be enlisted as project ambassadors to conduct short audio-recorded interviews following each reading with audience members who wish to add to the conversation.
In preparation for the readings, The Right of Way will rehearse on January 30; February 6-10; March 27 and 30; April 10, 13, and 29, 2017.
Reading Dates will be:
Blacksburg, VA: Saturday, February 11 at 2 pm - Theatre 101
Atlanta, GA: Saturday, April 1 at 2 pm (hosted by Actors Theatre of Georgia)
Washington, DC: Saturday, April 15 at 2 pm (hosted by Forum Theatre)
Blacksburg, VA: Monday, May 1 - Moss Arts Center (ICAT Day)
Note: Cast will be expected to participate in both Blacksburg readings. Cast will be offered the opportunity to participate in the Atlanta and Washington readings. Some assistance with travel and accommodations will be offered to those participants.
3rd year MFA Directing Project
Bands: All students, regardless of major, are welcome to participate in the bands and orchestras at Virginia Tech. Wind and percussion auditions for the New River Valley Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will take place between August 27 and August 30, 2017. All auditions take place in Squires 243.
Audition Letter and Sign-up Information
VT Wind Ensemble and NRVSO Audition Schedule
All auditions for the Wind Ensemble and New River Valley Symphony Orchestra wind section will be blind with required excerpts. Please use the links below to download a PDF audition packet that contains the audition excerpts for your instrument.
Audition Packet (WE/NRVSO) - Piccolo
Audition Packet (WE/NRVSO) - Flute
Audition Packet (WE/NRVSO) - Oboe
Audition Packet (WE/NRVSO) - Clarinet
Audition Packet (WE/NRVSO) - Bassoon
Audition Packet (WE/NRVSO) - Saxophone
Audition Packet (WE/NRVSO) - Trumpet
Audition Packet (WE/NRVSO) - Horn
Audition Packet (WE/NRVSO) - Tenor Trombone
Audition Packet (WE/NRVSO) - Bass Trombone
Audition Packet (WE/NRVSO) - Euphonium
Audition Packet (WE/NRVSO) - Tuba
Audition Packet (WE/NRVSO) - Percussion
Symphony Band auditions will take place during the first and second week of classes. A sign-up sheet to schedule Symphony Band auditions will be on the door of Squires 241 before classes begin. If you are only auditioning for Symphony Band, you do not need to go through the audition process for the New River Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble. However, there are required excerpts for Symphony Band auditions, so please be sure to download them below.
Audition Packet (SB) - Flute
Audition Packet (SB) - Oboe
Audition Packet (SB) - Clarinet
Audition Packet (SB) - Bassoon
Audition Packet (SB) - Saxophone
Audition Packet (SB) - Trumpet
Audition Packet (SB) - Horn
Audition Packet (SB) - Tenor Trombone
Audition Packet (SB) - Bass Trombone
Audition Packet (SB) - Euphonium
Audition Packet (SB) - Tuba
Audition Packet (SB) - Percussion
If you have any questions or concerns regarding wind and percussion auditions, please contact Jonathan Caldwell, the conductor of the Wind Ensemble. String players should schedule their auditions separately with James Glazebrook, the conductor of the New River Valley Symphony Orchestra. Interested string players should also see the New River Valley Symphony Orchestra audition notice below.
The Virginia Tech Choirs are open to all Virginia Tech students, undergraduate or graduate, of any major. The choirs sing the finest choral repertoire from all time periods and genres, frequently performing on their own and combined with all VT Choirs, the Blacksburg Master Chorale, and orchestra to perform major works with orchestra.
An audition is required for each choir. Auditions occur during the first week of each semester. Contact the director of each choir for audition sign up details:
The audition typically includes:
- Vocalize throughout your range on five-note scales (do-re-mi-fa-sol).
- Hear a brief (four-note) melody on the piano and be able to sing it back accurately.
- Sing My Country ‘Tis of Thee (find the music/words/piano accompaniment here)
- Consideration for Chamber Singers requires a sight-reading test. Sight-reading is not always required for Tech Men or Women’s Chorus.
Jazz Ensembles: Auditions for small and large jazz ensembles are held every semester prior to the beginning of classes. All students that wish to participate in a jazz ensemble MUST audition. Auditions are announced via e-mail and social media (facebook.com/vtjazz and twitter.com/vt_jazz) and consist of the following list. For additional questions, contact Jason Crafton.
Instruments specific skills (comping, walking bass lines, etc.)
New River Valley Symphony: To schedule an audition, come to Professor Glazebrook's office (242S Squires) on the day you check in and make an appointment. Auditions may also be scheduled by email or telephone (540) 231-8501. Auditions will be heard daily during the first week of classes. Be prepared to play a piece or an etude. You will not have to sight read, but you may be asked to play a scale or two. Pick something that shows your sound, pitch, rhythm and phrasing; it shouldn't be the hardest thing you know, but the one that puts you in the best light. If you are a wind player planning to audition for the NRVS and also the Symphonic Wind Ensemble or Symphony Band, you will play one combined audition for a panel of all the directors. Email James Glazebrook for details and specific audition requirements.
L2Ork (Laptop Orchestra): Students are admitted on first-come basis. All those interested will be asked to attend the first meeting each fall to learn more about laptop orchestra and what is involved in joining the ensemble. Students participating will have an opportunity to tour and perform existing works, help shape new performance tools and approaches, as well as compose their own works for the ensemble. The enrollment limit is 15. The ensemble class meets in the Center for the Arts' ICAT Perform studio Tuesdays and Thursdays 5-7pm. Individuals who never played an instrument before are just as welcome as virtuoso musicians. Questions? Contact Ivica Ico Bukvic.
Low Brass Ensembles - For information about the Virginia Tech Trombone Ensemble and VTubas (the Virginia Tech Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble), please contact Jay Crone regarding auditions and registration information. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings in Squires Student Center.
Horn Ensemble - The Horn Ensemble is open to French horn players interested in playing music written and arranged for multiple horns. A Google search for London Horn Sound or Vienna Horns will yield some good characteristic examples of the music we play. It is open to new members with the permission of the instructor. You can receive one hour of academic credit. Meets Wednesday evenings at 8:15 in room 243 during the fall semester and 8:00 PM in room 243 during the spring semester. For more information, please contact Wallace Easter.
Low String Ensemble: Auditions are held during the second week of the semester. For information on what to prepare for the audition, please contact Alan Weinstein.
Percussion Ensemble: Open to all Virginia Tech students, both undergraduate and graduate. Auditions will take place in the percussion studio (Squires 249) at the beginning of each fall semester (check back for specific time). Interested students need to request an audition time by sending an email to Annie Stevens. Students should prepare a concert or rudimental snare drum etude or solo and a marimba, vibraphone, or xylophone etude or solo. Sight reading will be asked on both snare drum and mallets.
Chamber Ensembles: TBA
The Symphony Band, under the direction of Dana Biggs, performs a variety of works from traditional wind band repertory to contemporary works. Ensemble participation is open to all students through audition each semester. The group performs four concerts on campus each year and regularly shares programs with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Campus Band. Ensemble Size is approximately 60 members. The meeting times are Tuesday & Thursday, 3:30–4:45 p.m. (Fall); 5:00–6:30 p.m. (Spring).
The Campus Band, under the direction of David McKee, is a non-auditioned concert band that rehearses one night weekly during the spring semester. The ensemble provides an opportunity for students who wish to play in a concert band with a lighter time commitment than the other ensembles. The ensemble performs a variety of works from the wind band repertory, including contemporary and traditional wind band works, transcriptions, and marches. The Campus Band performs one concert on campus each spring. Instrument Rental: Bassoon, bass clarinet, tenor and baritone saxophone, euphonium, and tuba may be rented for a small fee each semester. The ensemble size is approximately 60–80 members. The meeting time for Spring 2015 is Mondays from 8:00–9:30 p.m.
Music for the Stage: Opera and Theatre is an ensemble open to all desirous to sing and shine on the stage! Auditions take place the first day of class and consist of one song that best highlights your vocal and acting ability. Auditions aid the directors in choosing appropriate repertory for the student; they do not dictate entrance into the ensemble. For more information, please contact Brian Thorsett.
Music Admissions Auditions
Each candidate for admission to the University as a music major is required to perform an audition. Press here for Music Majors Admissions and Auditions Form. For music admission and scholarship audition dates and details please go to our Music Admissions page.