Shows and Opportunities
School of Performing Arts Auditions are Open to All Virginia Tech Students
Please visit our events listings for upcoming audition opportunitites.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang and directed by Greg Justice. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will be 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 will be 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 in early fall 2015. For more information please contact David Johnson. Boeing 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 early fall 2015. Casting for an ensemble of 9 to 16, plus Mr. Masters' phantasmo middle school band. For more information please contact Susanna Rinehart. 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 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.
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. 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.
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 during the afternoon of Friday, September 4 (tentatively scheduled for 3-4:45 pm at the Center of Dance). Stay tuned for specific times and dates within the next week. Please contact Ann Kilkelly for information or call 540-998-7772.
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, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Band will take place during the first week of classes from August 24 to August 28.
Audition requirements and times vary by instrument. Please use the links below to download a .PDF audition packet that contains detailed information 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 - Low Brass
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.
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 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 pag