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Theatre/Cinema auditions

Auditions for "The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People" by Oscar Wilde" will be held Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 from 6p-10p, with callbacks Thursday, Dec. 7 from 6p-10p. A sign-up sheet will be posted on Nov. 6 on the callboard on the first/ground floor of Henderson Hall. Patricia Raun, the director, will be leading a workshop on the evening of Dec. 4 to introduce and explore the particular performance demands of this play (farce, heightened style, and working in a large playing space like the Moss). She will be using material from the play for some of the workshop.  The sign-up sheet to participate in the workshop will also go up on the callboard on Nov. 6. Find performance dates and more information on this musical here. Rehearsals will start on March 12. For questions, please contact Kate Handzlik.

Audition requirements:
For the initial auditions, participant should prepare a 2-minute (or less) monologue from a farce. If you feel able to explore dialect in the monologue please do. Examples of playwrights to look for for material would include Shakespeare (Comedy of Errors), Aphra Behn (The Rover), Brandon Thomas (Charley's Aunt), Joe Orton (What the Butler Saw, Loot), Noel Coward (Private Lives, Hay Fever, Blithe Spirit), Alan Bennett (Habeas Corpus), Alan Ayckbourn (Absurd Person Singular, Bedroom Farce, Communicating Doors, etc), Michael Frayn (Noises Off).
Callbacks will be readings of scenes from the play.  
Three things to keep in mind (from the director):
1. I hope there will be brave souls who will aim for roles that don't necessarily conform to their everyday identity. In other words, I would love to cast some men as women, some women as men, etc. -- I'm looking for people to play Wilde's roles with confidence and style. 
2. The peculiarities of status, geography, and personality as reflected in dialect is important to the play. Faculty member Natasha Staley will be coaching the dialects.  Most characters will need to speak some version of British, and perhaps others will speak with Irish, Scottish, or German dialects. You are welcome, but not required, to include consideration of dialect in your audition piece.
3. The style of the play is farcical.  It requires a certain theatrical courage and truthful size that may be less familiar to contemporary performers. I encourage you to find a ways to confidently own the space in your audition. 

Open auditions for "Shakespeare's Garden: An Immersive Sound Stroll Through His Sonnets, Soliloquies, and Scenes

What’s this? Using the spatial audio and video projection capabilities of the Cube in the Moss Arts Center, this collaborative project will create an immersive theatrical experience for students, faculty, and the general public. Small groups of audience members will follow a meandering path through the Cube. As they stroll, audience members will hear Shakespearean sonnets, soliloquies, and scenes (selections curated and directed by theatre faculty members Amanda Nelson and Natasha Staley). The Shakespearean works will be complemented by sounds of the garden (original music composed by music faculty member Charles Nichols). While the aural components are the cornerstone of this project, visual elements will be used to augment the experience. Graphics (text and image) will be projected onto fabric, strategically hung in the space to help guide audience members through this immersive experience. Meaghan Dee, a faculty member in the School of Visual Arts, will design the graphics for the project. Student performances of the selected texts will be recorded in the Theatre department’s sound recording studio and will then be set to play in the Cube for this immersive experience.

We invite you to join in this pilot performance program. We’re looking for 7 or more actors to join the creative team. “Sounds” interesting, how do I get involved? Audition!

When? Wednesday, Nov. 29 and Thursday, Nov. 30 2017 from 6pm-9pm 

Where? Ensemble Room, 3rd Floor, Henderson Hall

What should I prepare? Please bring a Shakespearean sonnet, of your choosing, to perform at your audition. The sonnet should NOT be one that you have worked on/performed in a class. We expect the sonnet to be rehearsed, but not necessarily memorized!

Rehearsals of individual sonnets and scenes will begin at the start of Spring semester. Natasha and Amanda will work to accommodate your schedule, but they are seeking serious collaborators!

Please plan to commit time and energy to preparation and 10-12 hours of individualized coaching/rehearsals for the project. (Texts need not be memorized, but they will be thoroughly worked on!)

Under the supervision of sound instructor Joe Court, recordings of the texts will be made February 5-7, 2018 (times, TBD).

“Shakespeare’s Garden” will be open to all and free of charge in the Cube from March 22-24, 2018.

To sign up for an audition:

The sign-up sheet will be posted on the call board on the 1st floor of Henderson Hall.*** Please sign up for the first available 5-minute slot. 

*** Henderson Hall is located at 195 Alumni Mall on the VT campus.

If you enter through our front door facing Alumni Mall, you will go through the reception foyer, turn right and go to the end of the long hallway, and turn right through the door and go down the stairs.

Press the left blue rectangular button on the wall in front of you to automatically open the interior door on your left at the bottom of the stairs. Go through that door. The sign-up sheet will be on the callboard to your left under “Shakespeare’s Garden”, just past classroom 114 (the design lab classroom.)

You can also enter Henderson from the 1st floor side entrance facing Squires Student Center. If you do, Press the left blue rectangular button on the wall to your right to automatically open the interior door on your left at the bottom of the stairs. Go through that door. The sign-up sheet will be on the callboard to your left under “Shakespeare’s Garden”, just past classroom 114 (the design lab classroom.)

NEED HELP?  Ask Debbie at the reception desk, or any one of the SOPA staff members whose offices you pass as you head down the hall to your left.

Questions? Please email stage manager, Jamie Lindsay at


Music Ensemble Auditions

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:

Chamber Singers and Tech Men: Dr. Dwight Bigler

Women's Chorus: Dr. Hyesoo Yoo

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 ( and and consist of the following list. For additional questions, contact Jason Crafton.

Prepared excerpts
Sight reading
Instruments specific skills (comping, walking bass lines, etc.)
Improvisation (optional)

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.

Brass Ensembles

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 Chad Reep, 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.

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