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Virginia Tech Choirs

The Virginia Tech Choirs (Chamber Singers, Women’s Chorus, Tech Men) are open to all Virginia Tech students of any major and year. The VT Choirs sing the finest choral repertoire from all time periods and genres. In addition to their own concerts, the VT Choirs regularly combine with the Blacksburg Master Chorale and VT Philharmonic for performances of major works with orchestra.

Jazz Ensembles

Jazz Ensembles at Virginia Tech are open by audition to all students regardless of major.

  • Standards/Expectations:
    All students, regardless of major, wll be expected to:
    Attend and be on time to all scheduled rehearsals, sectional, and performances
  • Prepare their parts outside of rehearsal to the best of their ability
  • Approach all rehearsals with a positive attitude
  • Remain focused and engaged at all rehearsals

Sign up for the Fall 2022 audition here

Auditions are scheduled by instrument:
Rhythm Section, Monday, August 22 from 6-7:30pm, Squires 165
Trumpets, Monday, August 22 from 7:30-8pm, Squires 242-V
Saxophones, Tuesday, August 23 from 7:00-8:00pm, Squires 242-V
Trombones, Tuesday, August 23 from 8-8:30pm, Squires 242-V
For additional questions, or if the above times do not work for you, contact Jason Crafton.  

Find Audition requirements here.

Audition results will be posted in this google doc and on Facebook and Instagram by 11pm on Aug. 23; rehearsal will begin on Aug. 24.

Rehearsal times
Virginia Tech Jazz Ensemble
Jason Crafton, director
MWF 12:20-1:10p
Performances on Sept. 23 and Nov. 16, 2022

Jazz Lab Band
Kyle Hutchins, director
MWF 1:25-2:15p
Performances Sept. 23 and Nov. 16, 2022

Jazz Workshop
Cyrus Pace, director
Monday evenings

Virginia Tech Philharmonic Orchestra

Virginia Tech Philharmonic (VTPhil) String Auditions Spring 2021

Saturday, January 16, 2021 from 10:00am to 5:00pm

The excerpts:

 

If you have any further questions, please send an email to Dr. Elmer, the Director of Orchestral Activities (melmer@vt.edu). 

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

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.

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

Bands

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

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.