Shows and Opportunities
School of Performing Arts auditions are open to all.
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ALL THEATRE AUDITIONS ARE OPEN TO ALL
FOR THOSE LESS FAMILIAR WITH HENDERSON HALL – here are detailed directions to the callboard where you sign up:
The sign-up sheets for both shows will be posted on the call board on the 1st floor of Henderson Hall. Henderson Hall is located at 195 Alumni Mall on the VT campus.
If you enter through our front door at 195 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, 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, just past classroom 114 (the design lab classroom.)
"As You Like It"
Auditions on Feb. 8; callbacks Feb. 9 for this Mainstage Series event. By William Shakespeare; directed by Natasha Staley.
Rehearsal dates: March 18-Apr. 22. Performance dates are April 23-27; April 29-30.
What to prepare for auditions:
One 1-2 minute Shakespeare monologue. Your monologue choice may be comic, tragic or romantic, verse or prose. Feel free to choose a monologue of a character whose gender is different from your own if you feel the monologue plays to your strengths. (For example, if you are a woman and you want to do a Hamlet speech, go for it!) Please do not audition with a monologue from "As You Like It."
It is recommended you familiarize yourself with the play ahead of time. Hard copies of the script will be available for checkout from Natasha Staley’s office (305 Henderson Hall) starting on Tuesday, January 22. You can also find numerous editions of the script online.
Callbacks will consist of readings-- monologues and scenes-- from the show.
Contact Natasha Staley at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
"The Sap of LIfe" Music by David Shire, Lyrics & book by Richard Maltby Jr.
Auditions will be held Feb. 12, 7-9 p.m.
Performance date: April 12, Squires Recital Salon
Faculty members Amanda Nelson and Rick Masters will be the creative team on this project.
Brief description of the piece - "The Sap of Life" was the first professional musical written by the musical theatre duo of David Shire and Richard Maltby. Their revues "Closer than Ever" and "Starting Here, Starting Now" are classics of that genre; their individual careers have embraced film (David Shire wrote the scores for films such as "Zodiac," "The Taking of Pelham 123," and "Return to Oz"), and theatre (Maltby wrote the lyrics for "Miss Saigon," and directed the premieres a number of important musicals). "The Sap of Life" is a coming of age story that premiered Off-Broadway in 1961, with Kenneth Nelson (the originator of the lead in "The Fantasticks") singing the central male role. Though the score is tuneful and the book fun, it has not been performed since the 1960s.
A Theatre/Music collaboration and why we think it is a good idea - This is a chance for Virginia Tech to perform an early and forgotten work from an important team of creators; it would be more than just another performance of a standard work. With the blessing and presence of Maltby and Shire (they will be in residence for a portion of the rehearsal and performance process), it is a de facto re-premiere, something which will garner attention outside of our own regional area. This is a chance for students to work one-on-one with two musical theatre legends, who are still active composers/lyricists.
Selected scenes from the show will be workshopped March 25 through April 12 2019. The musical will be performed as part of the Blacksburg Summer Arts Festival musical theatre production.
The Maltby & Shire engagement/visit - Richard Maltby and David Shire have agreed to come to Virginia Tech for several days the week of April 8 2019. They will work with students both on excerpts from "The Sap of Life" and from their body of song literature. Shire will meet with composition students and potentially critique a student musical theatre piece, and Maltby will work with actors. There will be a public showing of selected songs and scenes on Friday, April 12 in the Squires Recital Salon. Maltby and Shire have agreed to include a Q&A session as part of that showcase.
Casting opportunities - 4 women/3 men (*note: based upon interest, there may be double-casting)
For more information, contact director Amanda Nelson email@example.com or music director Richard Masters firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Auditions will take place Aug. 19 and Aug. 22 in Squires 243. Sign up for an audition for the New River Valley Symphony Orchestra or the Wind Ensemble here.
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 for Tech Men and Women’s Chorus are held during the first week of classes each semester (fall and spring). Auditions for Chamber Singers are ONLY held on the first Monday-Wednesday of FALL semester (no open auditions in spring). Specific audition sign-up times will be posted on each conductor’s doors no later than the Thursday before each semester. To reserve your audition time, sign up on the audition schedule posted by each conductor’s door. For the audition, you will be asked to:
- Vocalize throughout your range on five-note scales.
- Listen to a brief (four-note) melody on the piano and be able to sing it back as accurately as possible.
- Sing My Country ‘Tis of Thee (find the music/words/piano accompaniment here) If this song is completely unfamiliar, you may sing the melody to Amazing Grace.
- Consideration for Chamber Singers requires a sight-reading test. Sight-reading is not always required for Tech Men or Women’s Chorus.
Chamber Singers - Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, 3:35 to 5:15 p.m.
Conducted by Dr. Dwight Bigler
- Chamber Singers is the most select choral ensemble on campus. Auditions for Chamber Singers only happen in fall semester. If you are interested in being considered for Chamber Singers, you must:
- Complete your audition on the first Monday–Wednesday of fall semester. The call-back list will be posted by noon on Wednesday. Call backs are held, by section, during the scheduled Chamber Singers rehearsal time Wednesday afternoon.
- Be able to commit to singing in Chamber Singers for the entire school year.
- The Virginia Tech Chamber Singers have performed at VMEA and ACDA conferences, the Washington National Cathedral, and Carnegie Hall.
- The Chamber Singers have toured internationally, performing throughout Ireland in 2015 and Italy in 2012. Our next tour is to Spain in May 2019.
- We have collaborated with the American Opera Theater and regularly perform with the New River Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Tech Men - Mondays & Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:55 p.m.
Conducted by Mr. Jeb Sturgill
- This brotherhood of singers is an audience favorite, performing music from the Renaissance to Barbershop and vocal jazz, spanning diverse international cultures.
- With a sound uniquely our own, we infuse concerts with richness of harmony, humor, and inspiring majesty.
- We frequently join the other VT choirs to perform major works for choir and orchestra.
Women's Chorus - Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:55 p.m.
Conducted by Dr. Hyesoo Yoo
- Our Women's Chorus is a dynamic organization specializing in the wonderfully diverse repertoire for women's voices.
- We frequently join the other VT choirs to perform major works for choir and orchestra.
Have you sung in a Virginia Tech Choir before?
- All singers must re-audition each Fall Semester. If you are in a choir during Fall Semester, you do not need to re-audition for Spring Semester.
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). Sign up for the Fall 2018 audition here. The fall 2018 jazz ensemble audition packet may be found here. 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.