Student Performances, Events, & Auditions

Most student performances are free.  The Irish Dance Festival, Theater, & A Cappella often include an admission charge.  Tickets are often available in advance. Unless otherwise noted, all performances are in the St. Mary’s Hall Chapel or Auditorium.  St. Mary's is located at County Line and Spring Mill Roads (Rt 320).

2015-2016 Academic Year

August 2015

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Early-Arrival Band & Choir Camp Begins

  • Noon-3:30pm:  Arrival/Move-In for Early-Arrival Band & Choir Camp.   Check-in at St. Mary's Hall Lobby.  
  • 4pmMeeting with new Band students and parents in St. Mary's Band Room; Meeting with new Choir (Voices & Singers) students and parents in St. Mary's Chapel
  • 4:30pm:  Light dinner provided for students and families.
  • 5:30pm:  First rehearsal sessions followed by group meetings
16-19   Early-Arrival Band & Choir Camp
20  

Meeting for Incoming Students registered for Performing Arts Camp and those interested in Performing Arts opportunities at Villanova.  

  • 8:30am:  Coffee & Donuts available prior to welcome meeting - St. Mary's Lobby.  A chance for new students to meet informally with current group members and receive a welcome packet.
  • 9-9:45am:  Meeting with Incoming Students and Parents, St. Mary's Chapel
  • 9:45am:  Parents are encouraged to participate in Information Sessions elsewhere on campus while students participate in group activities in St. Mary's Hall.   Students will be released at approximately 11am.
24  

First Day of Classes

First rehearsal for:

  • Voices (Female Choir, Auditorium, 5-6:30pm)
  • Singers (Male Choir, Chapel, 5-6:30pm)
  • Band (Band Room, 6-8pm)
  • Orchestra (Chapel, 8pm-10pm)
  • Dance Groups   (Dance Studio, times TBA)
25   First rehearsal for Gospel Choir (Chapel, 5:30-7:30pm)
26  

Activities Fair - Pavilion, 6-9pm

First rehearsal for Jazz Band, 6pm, Jazz Band Room, St. Mary's Hall.

27   Villanova Student Theatre general body meeting.  Please attend if you are interested in joining VST!   8pm, St. Mary's Room 14
28-30  

Performing Arts Camp Begins!

Performing Arts Camp begins in the late afternoon on Friday 8/30 running through Sunday, 8/30!

29   Improv Night hosted by VST & VSMT, 8pm, St. Mary's Auditorium/Theater  (all are welcome to attend)
30   Last day of Peforming Arts Camp.   Join us for an All-PAC Picnic at the West BBQ Pits.

September 2015

8-9   Nova Nassa Auditions
Auditions for Villanova’s Indian/Bollywood/Hip-Hop Group, Nova Nassa.  7-10pm two consecutive evenings in Dougherty East or West Lounge.  Check our bulletin board between St. Mary’s 14 & 16 for details.
11        The Villanova Singers participate in the Bryn Mawr Fire Company's Annual 9/11 Commemoration.   6:30pm, Bryn Mawr Fire House.
11-13   A Capella Auditions - Audition for one of our seven A Cappella Groups.  Preliminary auditions are Friday & Saturday evening, then all day Sunday.   (Saturday auditions will not conflict with Day of Service activities.)  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.
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.
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, time tba.  Gospel Choir sings the National Anthem.  Dance Team, Wildcat 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 Performing Arts High School Orchestras.    Thursday 9/24, 7:30pm, Church of St. John The Evangelist, 21 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia.
26   The Band plays for the home Football game vs. Penn, time TBA.  Dance Team, Wildcat Dancers, and Twirlers perform during the game.  The Voices lead the National Anthem.
Dates TBA - These events should all take place in September.   Check back in August for exact dates.
   

Fall Musical Auditions – Seussical
Auditions for the Villanova Student Musical Theatre show Seussical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty will be held in St. Mary’s Hall Theater/Auditorium.  Auditions are open to all students. 

Wildcat Dancer Tryouts.   Usually held one evening Butler Annex.

Villanova Singers camping trip.  Usually held one Saturday early in the semester.

Ablaze Auditions  Auditions for Villanova’s Hip-Hop Group, Ablaze.  Usually held on a Sat/Sun 10-12 each day, location to be announced.

VST first show Auditions.   Audition for VST's fall show, to be announced as soon as rights are secured.  A show by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh is planned.  Sign-up sheet will be on the VST board in Dougherty hall.   Sides are available on that board or on the VST board in St. Mary's.

A Cappella BBQ.   Join us for free food, fun, & an informational session prior to A Cappella Auditions.   All seven a cappella groups host.   South BBQ pits @ dinner time!

October 2015

10-18       The Band embarks on its yearly Fall Break Performance & Service Tour
10   Dance Team, Wildcat Dancers, and Twirlers perform during the home Football game vs. URI.   The Graduates lead the National Anthem.
22-31   Seussical
The Villanova Student Musical Theatre Presents Seussical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.  St. Mary's Auditorium, 10/22-24 & 10/29-31 (Thurs-Sat each week) 8pm, additional matinee at 2pm on 10/31
28   Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert.   Join the Villanova Jazz Band in our musical offering to this worldwide event.  Connelly Cinema, 7pm.     To learn more about Daniel Pearl World Music Days, visit:  http://www.danielpearlmusicdays.org
31   The Band plays for the home Football game vs. Maine, time TBA.  Dance Team, Wildcat Dancers, and Twirlers perform during the game.  The Singers lead the National Anthem.
October Dates TBA - These events should all take place in October.   Check back at the start of the semester for exact dates.
   

ACappellaSPOlooza!  Join our 7 A Cappella Groups in the Villanova Room usually held on a Saturday night at 7pm.    All proceeds are donated to the Villanova Special Olympics.

Dance Team fall Dance Clinic for school aged children.   

Intercollegiate Irish Dance Competition
Villanova’s 3rd annual hosting of the Intercollegiate Irish Dance Competition.  Jake Nevin Fieldhouse.   This event could be in October or November.  To register as a group, for tickets, or more information, visit:  http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/studentlife/music/irishfestival.html  

November 2015

5-7      Wildcat Dancers Dance Showcase.   St. Mary's Theater, evenings.
6-8  

Villanova hosts the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival.  

  • The Band Plays at several SpO events
  • Many of our groups host events in 'O-Town' throughout the day on Saturday
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Homecoming
Look for many of our Music Activities Groups performing on Sheehan Beach throughout the day!

The Band plays for the Homecoming Football game vs. Richmond, time TBA.  Vocal Group Alumni are invited to lead the National Anthem.  Dance Team, Wildcat Dancers, and Twirlers perform during the game.

The Band plays for the Blue & White Scrimmage.   30 minutes after the Football Game ends.

17-21   Villanova Student Theatre Fall Show  A play by Martin McDonagh is anticipated.  St. Mary's Theater, 11/17-21 (Tues-Sat) 8pm, additional matinee at 2pm on 11/21
November Dates TBA - These events should all take place in November.   Check back at the start of the semester for exact dates.
    Intercollegiate Irish Dance Competition
Villanova’s 3rd annual hosting of the Intercollegiate Irish Dance Competition.  Jake Nevin Fieldhouse.   This event could be in October or November.  To register as a group, for tickets, or more information, visit:  http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/studentlife/music/irishfestival.html  

December 2015

4   Jazz Band Christmas Concert - Connelly Cinema, 7pm.
5       Villanova Voices & Singers Christmas Concert with Haveners & Spires - St. Mary's Chapel, 2pm
5-6   Dance Ensemble Fall Showcase
Dance Ensemble presents its Fall Showcase, St. Mary’s Theater, 5pm Saturday, 2pm Sunday.
11   Voices deliver Exam Week Survival Kits on Main Campus.
December Dates TBA - These events should all take place in December.   Check back at the start of the semester for exact dates.
    End of semester concerts for Gospel Choir, Band, A Cappella Groups, & Orchestra

January 2016

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First Day of Classes

First rehearsal for:

  • Voices (Female Choir, Auditorium, 5-6:30pm)
  • Singers (Male Choir, Chapel, 5-6:30pm)
  • Band (Band Room, 6-8pm)
  • Orchestra (Chapel, 8pm-10pm)
  • Dance Groups   (Dance Studio, times TBA)
22-23   VST - Our yearly performances of One Acts.  Each evening at 8pm.

February 2015

9-12      Singing Valentines sales in Connelly Lobby, 10-4 each day.  The Singers will deliver singing Valenties all day on 2/12 - order yours today!
12   Villanova Singers perform Singing Valenties Live On-Campus!    Order a valentine today by visiting the Music Activities Store!!   Note: Delivery day is Friday, the last class day before Valentines Day.   New this year are personalized Video Valentines, delivered to inboxes on Sunday, Valentine's Day itself.
16-20
  Villanova Student Theatre presents It Runs in the Family by Ray Cooney.  St. Mary's Auditorium, 2/16-20  (Tues-Sat) 8pm, additional matinee at 2pm on 2/20.   Tickets will be on sale in Connelly each day from 9:30-4 and will be available online.

March 2016

15-19        Villanova Student Musical Theatre 2nd Show.  A musical by Kander & Ebb is anticipated.  St. Mary's Theater/Auditorium, 3/15-19 (Tues-Sat) 8pm, additional matinee at 2pm on 3/19.
19-20   The Villanova Jazz Festival (St. Mary's Hall, Dates Tentative)  
March Events TBA - These events should all take place in March.   Check back at the start of the semester for exact dates.
    Villanova Student Musical Theater holds a Spring Break Book Camp for actors in thier spring production.
    Irish Dance Showcase
The Villanova Irish Dance Team will hold its annual St. Patrick's Day Showcase.  Come out for a night of Irish music and dance in celebration of St. Patrick and Irish culture.  The show is free - hope to see you there. 
    A Cappella Palooza, Jake Nevin Fieldhouse
    Villanova Singers Legacy Weekend - could take place in either March or April

April 2016

2   Wazobia presents its Spring Showcase, St. Mary’s Auditorium, 7pm (time tentative)
9  

Villanova Singers & Voices Spring Concert with Haveners & Spires - St. Mary's Chapel, 2pm

9-10   Ablaze presents its Spring Showcase, St. Mary’s Auditorium, 7pm Saturday, 2pm Sunday
16   The Band plays for Candidates Day
16-17  

Dance Ensemble Spring Showcase
Dance Ensemble presents its Spring Showcase, St. Mary’s Auditorium, 5pm Saturday, 2pm Sunday.

21-23   Villanova Student Musical Theater presents its 3rd Show (voted on by the membership during the Fall Semester)  St. Mary's Theater, 8pm each evening, with an additional 2pm Matinee on Saturday.  
23   Jazz Band Spring Concert - Connelly Cinema, 7pm.
28  

Villanova Student Musical Theater Cabaret, St. Mary's Auditorium, 8pm.

29   Voices deliver Exam Week Survival Kits on Main Campus.
April Dates TBA - These events should all take place in April.   Check back at the start of the semester for exact dates.
        

Villanova Singers Legacy Weekend - could take place in either March or April

Voices Senior Brunch

End of semester concerts for Gospel Choir, Band, A Cappella Groups, & Orchestra

May 2016

13        Members of the Band play for Commencement, 4pm, Villanova Stadium.   Seniors of the Voices, Singers, Gospel Choir, A Cappella, & Theatre Groups sing the National Anthem and Alma Mater.
14   Baccalaureate, 4pm

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.

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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 - Dance Rehearsals all 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 - A Capella schedules to be determined after fall auditions

  • Haveners
  • Nothing but Treble
  • 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
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