Music Ensemble Auditions
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.
Note: Jazz Lab Band will have auditions for Spring 2020. Jazz Ensemble and Combos will keep the same personnel from Fall 2019 and will not be re-auditioning. 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 2019 audition here. The Fall 2019 Jazz Ensemble audition packet may be found here. For additional questions, contact Jason Crafton. Jazz Lab Band Auditions for Spring 2020 will be held Jan. 20 from 6-8 pm in Squires 162. Sign up for an audition here. The Spring 2020 Jazz Lab Band audition packet may be found here. For more information, contact Kyle Hutchins.
Virginia Tech Philharmonic Orchestra (VTPhil) Strings Auditions Fall 2020
The auditions for strings will be held online via zoom on Saturday, August 22 from 9 AM to 3 PM. You will find the excerpts (P. I. Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48) and all information on the SOPA website.
In addition to the Tchaikovsky excerpts, you will be asked to play one or two scales in major and minor as well as arpeggios. If you have any further questions, please send an email to Dr. Elmer, the Director of Orchestral Activities (email@example.com).
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.
Students with interest in exploring repertoire for like instruments may participate in the following ensembles: Low Brass Ensemble and Horn Choir
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 7:30 p.m. in room 243 during the fall semester and 8 p.m. in room 243 during the spring semester. For more information, please contact Wallace Easter.
Auditions are held during the second week of the semester. For information on what to prepare for the audition, please contact Alan Weinstein.
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.
The Symphony Band, under the direction of Polly Middleton and 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 Chad Reep, 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.