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

September 2015

1  

VSMT's Seussical Auditions - 6-9pm, St. Mary's Theater
Auditions for the Villanova Student Musical Theatre show Seussical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty will be held in St. Mary’s Hall Theater.  Auditions are open to all students.

Wildcat Dancer Tryouts, 6-9pm, Nevin Fieldhouse.

2  

Music & Instruments Club (MIC) - Open Mic Night - Cyber Lounge, Dougherty Hall, 7-9pm.

VSMT's Seussical Callbacks - 7-11pm, St. Mary's Theater

3-4   Wazobia Bake Sale, 12-4pm each day at the Oreo
4   VSMT General Body Meeting, 3pm, St. Mary's Theater
5-6   Ablaze Tryouts, 11-1 each day.   Location TBA.   All abilities and skill levels welcome!
8   VST's The Pillowman Auditions - 7-9pm, Garey 103
Auditions for the Villanova Student  Theatre fall show, the award-winning The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh, will be held in Garey 103.  Auditions are open to all students.  Materials are available on the VST Board in Dougherty.   Performance Dates are 11/17-21.
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!
17   A Cappella BBQ - Students interested in A Cappella are welcome to join all seven A Cappella groups for a barbecue & information sharing, 5:30-7:30pm, Donahue Hall outdoor BBQ area.
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 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.

The Band plays for the home Football game vs. Penn, 7pm.  Dance Team, Wildcat 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)
Dates TBA - These events should all take place in September.   Check back in August for exact dates.
   

Fall Musical Auditions – Seussical
Villanova Singers
camping trip.  Usually held one Saturday early in the semester.

VST The Pillowman Auditions.   Audition for VST's fall show, The Pillowman by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh.  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

2-3   Theatre Department A Wonderful Noise Auditions & Callbacks.   For more information, visit:  https://sites.google.com/site/villanovatheatreproductions/home
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, noon.   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
24  

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

The Villanova Pops present a concert as part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days.  St. Mary's Chapel, 1pm.

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

29   Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert.   Join the Villanova Jazz Band in our musical offering to this worldwide event.  Connelly Cinema, 7:30pm.     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, 7:30pm.  Dance Team, Wildcat Dancers, and Twirlers perform during the game.  The Singers lead the National Anthem.
October Dates TBA - The following event should take place in October.   Check back at the start of the semester for exact dates.
    Dance Team fall Dance Clinic for school aged children.   

November 2015

7      Wildcat Dancers Showcase.   St. Mary's Theater, 7pm.
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
14
 

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, 3:30pm.  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   Nova on Pointe ballet concert featuring excerpts from The Nutcracker.  Cinema, 7:30pm
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
30   Theatre Department Translations Auditions (Callbacks on 1/10/16).   For more information, visit:  https://sites.google.com/site/villanovatheatreproductions/home

December 2015

4  

Jazz Band Christmas Concert - Belle Aire Terrace, 7pm.

Supernovas & Vocal Minority end of semester concert, CEER 001, evening.

5      

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

Dance Ensemble Fall Showcase
Dance Ensemble presents its Fall Showcase, St. Mary’s Theater, 5pm

Minor Problem & Nothing But Treble end of semester concert, Driscoll 134, evening.

6  

The Villanova Pops Orchestra Christmas Concert.  St. Mary's Chapel, 1pm.

The Villanova Band Christmas Concert.  St. Mary's Chapel, 3pm.

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

Spires & Haveners end of semester concert, Driscoll 134, 6:30pm

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

January 2016

11     

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 2016

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

11-13   Villanova Voices Spring Tour to Toronto
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

April 2016

1-3   Villanova Singers Legacy Weekend - events will take place in Garey Hall, St. Mary's Hall, & The Villanova Conference Center.  Exact schedule, TBA.
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, 6pm.
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.
        

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

Earlier this year...

August 2015

15   Application deadline for prospective directors for VST's first show, The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh!   Download the Application.
16
    

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 (Gospel, Singers, & Voices) 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
17 & 19   Theatre Department Eurydice Auditions & Callbacks.   For more information, visit:  https://sites.google.com/site/villanovatheatreproductions/home
20  

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

  • 8:15am:  Coffee & Donuts available prior to welcome meeting - St. Mary's Lobby
  • 8:30am:  Meet your group officers - St. Mary's Lobby
  • 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.
21 & 23   Theatre Department Macbeth Auditions & Callbacks.   For more information, visit:  https://sites.google.com/site/villanovatheatreproductions/home
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   Dance Team Tryouts, 5pm-10pm, location TBA
28   VSMT Opening Meeting, 3pm, St. Mary's Theater
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   DVAC Opening Organizational Meeting, noon, St. Mary's Classroom

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

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
Pillowman Auditions
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
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