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Mainstage Theatre Auditions

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang and directed by Greg Justice.  Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike  was presented on September 21- 26 @ 7:30 pm; September 27 @ 2:00 pm; October 5 -8 @ 7:30 pm; October 10 @ 7:30 pm; October 11 @ 2:00 pm, 2015.  This production was presented in Theatre 101.

The Trojan Women, a free adaptation of Euripides' play, directed by Bob McGrath.  The Trojan Women will be presented on November 10-13 at 7:30 pm and November 15 @ 2:00 pm.  This production will be presented in the Squires Haymarket Theatre.

Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti and directed by David Johnson. Auditions will be held Monday November 16,  7:00-10:30 pm, Tuesday November 17, 7:00-10:30 pm.  Location will be in Theatre 101 in Room T201.  Please sign up for a 10 minute slot on the callboard in Henderson Hall (195 Alumni Hall)!
Please prepare a modern/contemporary comedic monologue - 1 minute long.  Have a short lazzo (piece of comic business) that demonstrates your adeptness at physical comedy.  For the women interested in the dialect roles--be able to do your monologue in a French, Italian, or German accent--or have a separate piece of dialogue that demonstrates your dialect capabilities.  For more information please contact David JohnsonBoeing Boeing will be presented on February 23-26, 2016 at 7:30 pm; February 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm; and February 29-March 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm.  This production will be presented in the Squires Studio Theatre.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - The music and lyrics are by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman. This production will be directed by Susanna Rinehart with musical direction by Richard Masters.

Auditions will be held during the afternoon and evenings of October 26th and 28th, with call-backs on October 29th. Information about signing up for a particular audition date and time will be posted later, but we wanted you to have the information you need now to begin preparing.

The auditions will be in two rounds: the general audition, followed by callbacks.  For your audition, you will prepare and perform a song and a monologue of your choice.  In the call-back, we will teach you a brief musical selection and give you “sides”/scenes from the script to perform. If you have questions, please email Dr. Richard Masters regarding the music portion or Susanna Rinehart regarding the acting portion. Click here for more audition information.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will be presented on April 28-30, 2016 at 7:30 pm and May 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm.  The production will be presented in the Moss Arts Center.

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!  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 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 BeveridgeKatie 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.

Welcome to the first step toward the Fall 2015 installment of the 24-Hour Theatre Project at Virginia Tech! We are excited to take a new step forward in our history, and are looking forward to seeing you write, act, direct, manage, and do things never done before. This year’s project will take place on October 30 and 31 in Theatre 101. Opening ceremonies for this year’s project are set to start at 7:30 pm on October 30 in T101, with performance showings set for 7:30 pm October 31 in T101.

“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! However, that’s not the end of how special the project really is. This is a wonderful opportunity to stretch your limits and try something new! Always wanted to act? Perhaps the playwriting bug bit you, and you haven’t had a chance to share your work yet? Now is your chance to do so in a supportive, fun, and stimulating place. We also encourage you to tell 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.

I’m sure at this point you’re ready to go. Writing, acting, directing, and stage managing can really put some pep in your step.  To get started, simply fill out the General Interest Form or the Writer Interest Form  and return it  to Katie Conner by 5:00 pm on October 10! 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.

You will hear back by 5:00 pm on October 20 as to who will be involved (and in what capacity) in this year’s project. 

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 Team:  Katie Conner, Dylan Daniel, Jamie Lindsay, and Katie Nguyen

Undergraduate Directing Workshop

Undergraduate Directing Project - Dec. 6-8 

MFA Directing Projects

1st Year MFA Directing Project

Oh, The Humanity and Other Good Intentions by Will Eno and directed by Thomas Murray.  General auditions will be Wednesday, September 2 from 6:30 pm-10:00 pm in the Liberal Arts Building (formerly the Performing Arts Bldg.), Room 204.  Please sign up for an audition slot on the Henderson Hall Call Board on the 2nd floor.  Those invited to callback auditions will read scenes from the script on Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 6:30 pm-10:00 pm.  For further information, please contact either Thomas Murray (director) or Jamie Lindsay (stage manager).

2nd Year MFA Directing Project

Melancholy Play: a contemporary farce written by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Kristin Rose Kelly.  Auditions will be held Wednesday, September 2, 2015 from 6:00 pm- 10:00 pm in the Liberal Arts Building (formerly Performing Arts Bldg.), Room 104.  Rehearsals will be September 8-October 20, 2015.  Performances will be October 21-23, 2015 in Theatre 101, Virginia Tech Campus.  Sign up for audition slot at the Henderson Call Board on the 2nd floor or email Kristen Rose Kelly (director) or Katie Nguyen (stage manager).

3rd year MFA Directing Project

Setnet --An original play with movement and song that explores the lives of commercial fishermen in the remote Alaskan wilderness.  Written and directed by Naphtali Fields.  Auditions are Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1 from 7-10 pm  in T201 in Theatre 101.  Callbacks are Wednesday, December 2 at 7:00 pm in T201.  Auditions will be done in hour-long slots.  Sign up for an audition slot on the Henderson call board. Please prepare a one-minute monologue of your choice, and a short (30 second) song to be sung a capella. We will read sides during the audition, work on some group movement, and sing together. Setnet will be presented on April 7-9, 2016 at 7:30 pm in Theatre 101.  For more information please contact Naphtali Fields.


Finding Traction directed by Jaime Jacobsen and co-directed by Charles Dye.  (57 minutes in length)

Finding Traction presents the inspirational story of ultra-runner Nikki Kimball and her quest to become the fastest person in history to run America's oldest hiking trail, the 273-mile Long Trail.  The documentary follows her journey from the Rocky Mountains to Vermont's Green Mountains, and offers a new perspective on the endurance of the human body and spirit.  This film will be presented on Saturday, September 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the historic Lyric Theatre. Admission is free for this event.

Web Series Project

Theatre & Cinema major, Julia Lauer, is creating a web series as an independent study project.  This project will be in a mockumentary style and have ten episodes, each running an average of 2-7 minutes.  Each episode should take about a day to shoot, so the commitment would be a minimum of five days of filming.  There are three main characters--two male and one female.  There are also smaller roles that will appear periodically.  Also will be looking for crew members (experience not necessary). For further information, please email Julia Lauer.

Dance Auditions

Salt Marsh Suite is an installation and performance created by Ann Kilkelly and Carol Burch Brown, first performed in the CUBE at the Moss Art Center in April of 2014. The exhibition uses layered projections and dances based on imagery collected directly from and in a threatened estuary in North Carolina. The piece will be at the Taubman Museum in Roanoke from October to early January, and a variety of venues in the next 2 years. The visual installation will be up continuously during these months, and performances will take place several times in that period.

The dances are structured around 5 elements: Water, Mud, Crabs, Birds, and Grasses, and the movement sequences move in and around the many projections and interact with the imagery and sounds collected in the marsh, composed and arranged by Tohm Judson.

They are hoping to cast 4-5 male or female dancers who would like to join several of the original cast to perform with us in the events beginning October 16 through January 1. Rehearsals will be 2-3 times per week, and we will arrange these when we know schedules. The piece can include a variety of movement styles and abilities in: contemporary and modern dance, improvisation, ballet, contact improvisation, some martial arts, gymnastics, percussive dance, and people who just move well in this environment. Choreographers Ann Kilkelly and Rachel Rugh will stage and choreograph and incorporate phrases developed with the dancers.

There will be several initial chances to audition. The first will be Friday, September 4, 2015,  from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm at the Center of Dance (460 Turner Street, NW, Blacksburg). Please sign up at the Henderson Hall Callboard (2nd floor, Henderson Hall, Campus).

 Please contact Ann Kilkelly for additional information or call 540-998-7772.

Music Ensemble Auditions

Bands:   All students, regardless of major, are welcome to participate in the bands and orchestras at Virginia Tech. Wind auditions for the New River Valley Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble will take place on January 16 and 17, 2016. Percussion auditions will take place on December 7, 2015.  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 SWE will also be eligible to audition for Symphony Band.

Audition Letter and Sign-up Information
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 - Flute
Audition Packet - Oboe
Audition Packet - Clarinet
Audition Packet - Bassoon
Audition Packet - Saxophone
Audition Packet - Horn
Audition Packet - Trumpet
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 Symphonic 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.

ChoirsThe 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 ( 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

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. For  music admission and scholarship audition dates and details please go to our Music Admissions page.

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