Shows and Opportunities
School of Performing Arts Auditions are Open to All Virginia Tech Students
Please visit our events listings for upcoming audition opportunitites.
During the 2014-2015 season, the theatre program will produce four mainstage productions:
World Premiere: The Three Feathers, a Children's Opera, produced in collaboration with the Center for the Arts and Roanoke Opera. This Children's Opera was presented October 17-19, 2014 in the Moss Arts Center.
Laramie Project and Laramie Project 10 Years Later, by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project, directed by Susanna Rinehart. This production was presented throughout the month of November, 2014 in the Squires Studio Theatre.
Fool for Love by Sam Shepard, directed by Greg Justice. Auditions were held in the fall of 2014. This production will be presented February 24-28 and March 2-4, 2015 in the Squires Studio Theatre. If you have questions email Greg Justice.
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, directed by Natasha Staley-Johnson. Auditions were held in the fall of 2014. This production will be presented April 15-18 and April 20-25, 2015 in the Squires Studio Theatre. If you have any questions email Natasha Staley-Johnson.
Lolopolis Comedy Group
Lolopolis Comedy Group is an improv team dedicated to creating high-quality, seriously funny shows for the Blacksburg community. We create 1-2 shows per semester -- come out and laugh with us! Audition for the fall semester were held in September, 2014. Who can audition? Anyone! No improvisation, comedy, or theatre experience required. Open to all students, faculty and community members. If you have any questions email Will Jennings.
No Fear Theatre
No Audition necessary! Join us in the Studio Theatre for an evening of open mic. Make sure your act is 5 minutes or less and that you provide everything you need for your act. Open to all students, faculty and community members. Upcoming date: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Squires Studio Theatre. For information on how to get involved or to sign up, please contact: Logan Beveridge, Katie Conner, or Dylan Daniel.
24-Hour Theatre Project
No audition necessary! 24-Hour Theatre is the production of 6 brand new, original, ten-minute plays in 24 hours. The fall semester project was held beginning Friday, September 19 through Saturday, September 20, 2014. The performance of the new works were held on Saturday, September 20 at 7:30 pm in Theatre 101. Interested in participating? Check back for more information about the next 24-Hour Theatre TBD!
Undergraduate Directing Workshop
Flowers for Algernon, directing by Rocky Nunzio, with performances in Theatre 101 on March 19-21 at 7:30 pm. Auditions were held in the fall 2014. (Rehearsals will begin at the start of the spring semester.) For more detailed information please check the Events page. Contact Rocky Nunzio with questions.
First Year MFA Project
Swollen Tongues (a comedy in rhyming couplets) by Kathleen Oliver; directed by Kristin Rose Kelly. Auditions for this show will be Friday, January 23 from 6:00-10:00 pm in Room 204 of the Performing Arts Building (now known as Liberal Arts Building) located at 200 Stanger Street, Campus. To sign-up for an audition, please email Kristin Rose Kelly or Lara Periard. You may also sign-up for a half-hour slot on the Henderson Call Board (located on the second floor of Henderson Hall).
About the Show: Swollen Tongues is a fast paced comedy written in rhyming couplets. The characters are challenged to find the true meaning and expression of love through poetry. Once each character finds their poetic voice, they seem to be able to know what and who they want. The play explores humorously mistaken identity, gender roles and performance, and consent and intention. Audition Information: Sides are available at Henderson Call Board. Please choose one character you would like to audition for and take their designated sides.
The performance dates are March 23-25, 2015 in Performing Arts Building. Rehearsals will begin February 2, 2015.
If you cannot make the audition, please e-mail Kristin Rose Kelly to set up alternative meeting.
Second Year MFA Project
The Burial at Thebes by Seamus Heany; directed by Naphtali Fields. Auditions for this show will be Tuesday, January 27 from 6:00-9:00 pm and callbacks will be Wednesday January 28, 2015 from 6:00-9:00 pm in the Performing Arts Building, Room 104. Sign-up sheets will be available on the Henderson Call Board (located on the second floor of Henderson Hall) beginning January 19, 2015.
The Burial at Thebes is a version of the Antigone story, a classic tragedy that examines the impetus and honor of an individual vs. the authority of the state. It's a beautiful, haunting play with incredible roles for actors and singers. There are roles for both men and women. For auditions, please prepare a monologue from a classic Greek play (any play other than Antigone), be prepared to sing, and wear movement clothes.
Tech rehearsals are currently on the schedule for March 30 through April 2 from 6:00-10:00 pm.
Advanced Directing Independent Study Project
How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel; directed by Will Jennings. Auditions for this show will be Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm in the Performing Arts Building, Room 104. (No need to prepare anything. There will be sides from the script to read.)
How I Learned to Drive is a Pultizer Prize winning play that follows the sexual relationship between Li'l Bit and her Uncle Peck, which included sexual abuse, pedophilia, and incest. Cast will include 5 actors--2 male and 3 female. Please contact Will Jennings for further information.
Bands: We have unified auditions for the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and wind and percussion sections of the New River Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Auditions occur during the first week of classes and sign-up sheets with exact dates and times will be posted outside 243 Squires on the wind ensembles and concert bands bulletin board prior to the first week of classes. Note auditions are blocked into instrument groups. Please sign up at the first available time in that block whenever possible. When you sign up for an audition time, please take one of the posted audition information forms to be completed and turned in when you audition.
Winds and Brass, each five-to-seven-minute audition includes the following:
I. EXCERPTS (Please see the PDF posting below for your instrument for excerpts and instructions.)
II. MAJOR and CHROMATIC SCALES (You may be asked to play major scales with no more than three sharps or flats in concert pitch — ascending and descending two octaves in eighth notes at a metronome marking between 108 and 120 beats per minute — as well as a chromatic scale covering the range of your instrument.)
III. SIGHT READING
If you have a conflict with the available time slots posted, please contact Dr. Putnam or Professor Glazebrook immediately, and we will schedule your audition separately. We will find a time for you to audition!
Percussionists, please contact Dr. Annie Stevens for a list of specific excerpts to be prepared for ensemble auditions and see below for more information.
String players should schedule their auditions separately with Professor Glazebrook, please see New River Valley Symphony Orchestra audition notice below.
Please be warmed up and ready to play at your scheduled audition time. No need to dress up!
Excerpts for Auditions by Instrument (These excerpts may change each semester)
Flute Excerpts, Oboe Excerpts, Clarinet Excerpts, Bass Clarinet Excerpts, Bassoon Excerpts, Saxophone Excerpts, Trumpet Excerpts, Horn Excerpts, Trombone Excerpts, Euphonium Excerpts, Tuba Excerpts
Choirs: Auditions are held from the Thursday before classes through the first week of each semester in Dr. Bigler's office (Squires 242-J). Sign-up sheets will be posted by Dr. Bigler's office door starting the week before each semester begins. Returning Members: All returning members of all choirs must sign-up for an audition each fall semester. Auditions begin on the Thursday before each semester, and all returning singers interested in Chamber Singers must complete their audition by the first Wednesday of the semester. Sign-up sheets will be posted by Dr. Bigler's office during the week before each semester. Please complete your audition early so new students can audition during the first week of classes!
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 Dr. 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 Professor 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 Dr. 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 Dr. 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
Jazz for Social Justice Auditions: This spring (2015) the Virginia Tech Jazz Lab Band will present their 2nd annual "Jazz for Social Justice" concert in collaboration with the Virginia Tech Chapter of the International Justice Mission. The goal of this concert is to raise both funds and awareness in the fight against human trafficking. All the proceeds will go to Street Ransom that operates a halfway house in Roanoke. This group helps victims of human trafficking make a smooth transition back into society.
This concert will be held in the Squires Commonwealth Ballroom on March 5 featuring multiple singers from across campus performing with the Jazz Lab band. The best/favorite performer (as voted on by the audience) will get to sing on the Jazz Ensembles concert in the Moss Center on April 28.
If you'd like to audition, submit an audition video to Dr. Jason Crafton via YouTube by January 1, 2015. Please make sure you’re singing JAZZ influence repertoire.
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 Admissions Auditions
Each candidate for admission to the University as a music major is required to perform an audition. For music admission and scholarship audition dates and details please go to our Music Admissions page.