Office of Music Activities

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The Office of Music Activities promotes, maintains, and supervises the efforts of student performing groups on the Villanova campus. These groups include bands, choirs, a cappella, orchestra, dance groups, theater, musical theater and band auxiliary (half time dances & twirlers).

The Office of Music Activities provides Villanova students with unique opportunities to perform, travel, and share their talents and interests. Villanova musicians, dancers, and actors are from every school in the University. They form close friendships and develop high standards of performance, balanced by a spirit of fun and excitement.

Coming Up At Music Activities

August

28 VSMT Opening Meeting, 3pm, St. Mary's Theater
28-30 Performing Arts Camp - (dance, orchestra, jazz band, & theater) Our first weekend intensive, "Performing Arts Camp" is Friday, 8/28 (evening) through Sunday 8/30.  Full days & evenings of rehearsals and activities can be expected from Friday night until Sunday afternoon. There is no fee for Performing Arts Camp.
29 Improv Night hosted by VST & VSMT, 8pm, St. Mary's Auditorium/Theater  (all are welcome to attend)
30 DVAC Opening Organizational Meeting, noon, St. Mary's Classroom

September

1
  Wildcat Dancer Tryouts, 6-9pm, Nevin Fieldhouse.   For more information, visit the Wildcat Dancer Website.
3-4   Wazobia Bake Sale, 12-4pm each day at the Oreo.
5-6  

Ablaze Tryouts, 11-1 each day.   Location TBA.   All abilities and skill levels welcome!

8-10   Nova Nassa Auditions - Auditions for Villanova’s Indian/Bollywood/Hip-Hop Group, Nova Nassa.  7-11:30pm three consecutive evenings Location TBA.  Check our bulletin board between St. Mary’s 14 & 16 for details.  All abilities and skill levels welcome!
11  

The Villanova Singers participate in the Bryn Mawr Fire Company's Annual 9/11 Commemoration.   6:30pm, Bryn Mawr Fire House.

Rock the Oreo - Join many of our A Cappella Groups and others in this live performance event at the Oreo, evening.

12  

St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service
Music Activities groups participate in the Day of Service by performing at several locations in a Variety Show.  Last year, we performed at Camilla Hall at Immaculata University in the convent home, Brandywine Hall in West Chester, Old Pine Community Center’s Saturday for Seniors, Simpson House in Philadelphia, St. Edmond’s Home for Children, and Park House in Royersford.

Wazobia Tryouts, 5pm-7:30pm, location TBA.  All abilities and skill levels welcome!

13   Jazz Band Fundraiser - Gulliftey's, 11am-closing.   Print the invitiaton, present it to your server, and 20% of your check will be donated to the Villanova Jazz Band, incluing dine-in, takeout, catering, and all beverages!
18   Parents’ Weekend A Capella
A Capella groups perform for Parents’ Weekend.  7pm in the Villanova Room.
19   The Band plays for the Home Opener/Parents' Weekend Football game vs. Delaware, noon.  Gospel Choir sings the National Anthem.  Dance TeamWildcat Dancers, and Twirlers perform during the game.
20   Parents’ Weekend Showcase
Invite your parents to return to campus for our yearly Music Activities Showcase.  Groups performing traditionally include Band, Wildcat Dancers, Voices, Orchestra, Dance Ensemble, Twirlers, Irish Dance Team, Jazz Band, Singers, Dance Team, and VSMT, ‘Nova Nassa, and others.
24  

Villanova Voices & Villanova Singers perform the Oratorio The Wedding Feast of the Lamb by Cormac O'Duffy as part of the World Meeting of Families Event in Philadelphia.  Our choirs are joined by the Girard Academic Music Program and the String Theory Performing Arts High School Orchestras.    Thursday 9/24, 8pm, Church of St. John The Evangelist, 21 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia.  More information about the concert.

The Band plays for the home Football game vs. Penn, 7pm. Dance TeamWildcat Dancers, and Twirlers perform during the game. 

25-26   A Capella Auditions - Audition for one of our seven A Cappella Groups.  Auditions are Friday evening and all day Sunday.  Auditions are held in the ground-level classrooms of St. Mary's Hall.  SuperNovas, Sirens, Haveners, Spires, Vocal Minority, Nothing But Treble, and Minor Problem will all hear auditions.  Check the Newswire & A Cappella Board in St. Mary's for details & sign-ups a few days before.  (Note: this was originally scheduled for 9/11-13)

View performances and events for a complete list of performances for this Academic Year (upcoming & past).

Contact Us

Office of Music Activities
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Ave
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: (610) 519-5050
Fax: (610) 519-7596
E-mail:  Visit our staff page.

Featured Events

Performing Arts Camp
Welcome to our New Students!

Activities held 8/28-30

Wedding Feast of the Lamb
Villanova's Combined Choirs perform the World Premiere of the "Wedding Feast of the Lamb" as part of the World Meeting of Families Celebration. September 24th, 8pm, St. John the Evangelist Church, 13th & Market Sts., Philadelphia
Wildcat Dancer Tryouts
Seussical
VSMT presents Seussical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, October 22-24 & 29-31
irish dance fest
The 3rd Annual Villanova Intercollegiate Irish Dance Festival October 24th, Jake Nevin Field House
WorldMusicDays
Villanova participates in the worldwide event with two performances: Pops Orchestra, 10/24, 1pm, St. Mary's Chapel Jazz Band, 10/29, 7pm, Cinema

Rehearsals

Join one of our performing groups! Stop by a rehearsal!

Instrumental

  • Band - Mon & Tu 6-8pm.  St. Mary's Band Room.
  • Jazz Band - Wed 6-8pm, St. Mary's Jazz Room.
  • Orchestra - Mon 8-10pm, St. Mary's Chapel.  Strings only Thurs 6-8pm, St. Mary's Chapel.  

Choral

  • Gospel Choir - Tu & Th 5:30-7:30, St. Mary's Chapel (Tu) & Jazz Band Room (Th)
  • Villanova Voices - MW 5-6:30; St. Mary's Chapel.  
  • Villanova Singers - MW 5-6:30; St. Mary's Auditorium. 

Theatre

  • Villanova Student Musical Theatre - To get involved, join us at a General Meeting, dates will be posted here near the start of the Fall Semester.   Rehearsals for auditioned parts are held prior to productions.
  • Villanova Student Theatre - Rehearsals for auditioned parts are held prior to productions.

Dance - most Rehearsals take place in St. Mary's Dance Studio.   Following is LAST YEAR's schedule.   This will be updated at the start of Fall '15.

  • Dance Company/Ensemble - Sun, 1-5; Mon 6-8; Wed 6-8:30
  • 'Nova Nassa - Sun, 7-9; Mon 9:30-11; Wed 8:30-11
  • Ablaze - Sun, 5-7; Tues 5:30-7:30
  • Irish Dance Team - Mon, 8-9:30; Tues 7:30-9:30; Thurs 6-9
  • Wazobia - Tues 9:30-11; Thurs 9-11; Fri 7-9
  • Superlative - Sunday 9-11:30
  • Breakdance - Friday 3-5
  • Baila Latino - Friday 5-7; Sat 2-5
  • Tae Kwan Do - Sat 10-2
  • Marital Arts - Sat 5-6:30

A Capella - Remaining A Capella schedules to be determined after fall auditions

  • Haveners
  • Nothing but Treble - Tu 7:30-9:30; Sun 3-5; St. Mary's 14
  • Sirens
  • Supernovas
  • Minor Problem
  • Vocal Minority

Villanova Music Downloads

* vualmamater.pdf
VU Alma Mater Sheet Music
* alma_mater_band.mp3
VU Alma Mater Played by VU Band
* alma_mater_singers.mp3
VU Alma Mater Sung by VU Singers
* vufightsong.pdf
VU Fight Song Sheet Music
* fight_song.mp3
VU Fight Song Performed by VU Band