Shows and Opportunities
School of Performing Arts Auditions are Open to All Virginia Tech Students
Please visit our events listings for upcoming audition opportunitites. (On right, click 'All Future' under VIEW LIST, then check 'Auditions/Get Involved' under FILTER LIST BY.)
Friday play readings
Faculty directors choose plays titles (could be in relationship your courses, plays/genres students need exposure to, future season titles, etc) and announce a play on the Monday of the week, posting a sign-up sheet for undergraduates.
No auditions or pre-assigned roles. Depending on attendance, roles will be shared/assigned as per the faculty director. M.F.A. stage managers will work in advance with faculty directors (script copies, announcement, etc), set up the space, read stage directions, call breaks, etc.
Readings will be at 5 p.m. in Henderson Hall, room 204/205. Number of reads, discussion, etc is entirely at the discretion of the director for each week.
SPRING 2018 faculty directors
1/26 Daniel Tobin
2/2 Nicole Dietze
2/9 Nicole Dietze
2/23 Cara Rawlings
3/16 Bob Leonard
3/23 David Johnson
3/30 Amanda Nelson
4/6 Natasha Staley
Bands: All students, regardless of major, are welcome to participate in the bands and orchestras at Virginia Tech.
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 and are open to all students regardless of major. All students that wish to participate in a jazz ensemble MUST audition. Auditions include prepared excerpts, sight reading, instruments specific skills (comping, walking bass lines, etc.), and improvisation (optional). Auditions are announced via e-mail, social media, and this website (facebook.com/vtjazz; twitter.com/vt_jazz). For additional questions, contact Jason Crafton.
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 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.
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.