Shows and Opportunities
School of Performing Arts Auditions are Open to All Virginia Tech Students
Please visit our events listings for upcoming audition opportunitites.
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.
Lolopolis Comedy Group
Are you interested in improv comedy? Do your friends think you're funny? Seeking your true purpose on this earth? Then Lolopolis Improv Comedy Group is for you! Lolopolis Improv Comedy Group is a long-form improv comedy group on campus, performing 2-3 shows a semester both on and off-campus. The next show of the semester is Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 2:30 pm in Theatre 101. You will laugh, have fun, and you will witness the reveal of our new group name! For futher information, please email Anna Ross.
No Fear Theatre
No Audition necessary! Join us for an evening of open mic. Make sure your act is five minutes or less and that you provide everything you need for your act. Open to all students, faculty and community members. For information on how to get involved or to sign up, please contact: Logan Beveridge, Katie Conner, or Dylan Daniel.
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
HOUSE by Richard Maxwell and directed by Robert Kitchens is an existential comedy and a deconstructive satire of the Great American Family Drama. It’s uncomfortable, funny, and tragic. When it premiered in 1998, the New York Times described the play as “Beckett on a steady diet of Goobers.” The play concerns the Shavisamis family and their disintegration when visited by a stranger named Mike. There is eating, singing, fighting, murder, and discourse on heavy metal bands.
There are 3 men and 1 woman in the play. The Richard Maxwell’s book on acting “Theater for Beginners” will be used as a grounding for the approach to the piece. Robert is looking for all kinds of actors. He would like to meet you at auditions--whether you have been acting all your life or if you have never acted until this moment.
Auditions are September 14 from 5:00-10:00 pm in Henderson Hall (195 Alumni Mall) on the third floor in the Light Lab (Room 324).
You can sign up for audition slots on the theatre callboard ion the 2nd floor of Henderson Hall anytime. You will be asked to read excerpts from the script, which will be provided, and receive direction. You only need to bring yourself to these auditions.
Rehearsals will begin Monday October 10th. Rehearsals will be Monday through Thursday evenings in October, adding more days per week in November. There will be a rehearsal in the evening of Thursday, October 13 (just before fall break) and Sunday, November 27 (the last day of Thanksgiving break). For further information, please contact Robert Kitchens.
Performance dates for HOUSE are November 30, December 1, and December 2 in Theatre 101.
2nd Year MFA Directing Project
3rd year MFA Directing Project
A Chip On Her Shoulder 2.0: A Documentary Play About Women in Engineering is a documentary play composed by Kristin Rose Kelly with interviews by women and men in Engineering at Virginia Tech. It first premiered on the campus of Virginia Tech in the Spring of 2016. The show will now travel to Roanoke and the script will add new interviews from Roanoke Community members in the field, including Roanoke/Blacksburg Technology Council Members and Virginia Western Community College Students and Mentors from the Women in STEM Mentoring Program. The play examines the past and current climate for women and minorities in the field through verbatim monologues and song and dance breaks.
Auditions will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 5-10 pm in the Ensemble Room, 302 Henderson Hall, 195 Alumni Mall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Rehearsals will be from September 26 –November 9, 2016.
Performances will be on November 10, 2016 at Virginia Western Community College (transportation provided to Roanoke) and then a date between November 14-16 (yet to be determined) in Goodwin Hall, Virginia Tech.
Audition Information: You will be performing real people using their own words from recorded interviews. For the audition you will choose 1 of the 9 character pairing recordings provided in the audition material. Memorize at least 30 seconds of at least one of the character’s text. Memorize the text, rhythm, pitch, and sound of the speaker. Match the character you chose to your own gender identity. If your ethnicity is represented in any of the pairings provided, choose from those recordings. If not, choose the character with whom you most identify. There is no need to match age or physical appearance. For Audition Materials: Email Stage Manager: Jamie Lindsay. She will share the recordings through Google Drive.
The play seeks 6-8 Actors (4-6 women and 1-2 men). At the Audition, pleasle bring the audio recording and headphones along with your transcribed text to reference.
To Sign Up: Choose a 10 minute time slot between 5:00-10:00pm on the Henderson Call Board or email Jamie Lindsay.
Bands: All students, regardless of major, are welcome to participate in the bands and orchestras at Virginia Tech. All wind and percussion auditions for the New River Valley Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will take place between August 21 and August 24, 2016. Students who are only interested in auditioning for Symphony Band, should contact Dave McKee directly to set up an audition. All students who are not placed in NRVSO or WE will also be eligible to audition for Symphony Band.
Audition Letter and Sign-up Information
VT Wind and Percussion Audition Schedule
All auditions 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 - Piccolo
Audition Packet - Flute
Audition Packet - Oboe
Audition Packet - Clarinet
Audition Packet - Bassoon
Audition Packet - Saxophone
Audition Packet - Trumpet
Audition Packet - Horn
Audition Packet - Tenor Trombone
Audition Packet - Bass Trombone
Audition Packet - Euphonium
Audition Packet - Tuba
Audition Packet - 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.
Choirs: The Virginia Tech Choirs are open to all Virginia Tech students, whether undergraduate or graduate, of any major. Under the direction of Dwight Bigler, the choirs sing the finest choral repertoire from all time periods and genres.
Sign up for auditions in person at Dr. Bigler's office (242-J Squires Student Center, facing Alumni Mall) by the first day of each semester. Sign up sheets are posted on the wall by Dr. Bigler's office at least three days before each semester begins. Auditions occur throughout the first week of each semester.
The Audition 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 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
Symphony Band - Under the direction of Polly Middleton
The Symphony Band, conducted by Polly Middleton, 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).
Campus Band - Under the direction of David McKee
The Campus Band 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
This ensemble is 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.