Events from the 2007-2008 School Year

August

  • 450 Villanova Music Activities Students came back-to-school a week early to learn new choreography, new music, and get a jump start on fall performances of Fame and Noises Off at Music Camp during the week of August 18th.
  • Our 18th year of Villanova Summer Music was a great success - Music Activities hosted hundreds of local music teachers for summer coursework, helping them enrich their teaching and keep current with the latest techniques in music education.  Courses were offered at two new sites this summer, University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and Franklin Lakes Middle School in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

September

  • St. Thomas of Villanova 2007 Celebration - Day of Service
    Music Activities Groups went out into the community performing at locations throughout the region.  Two "teams" of performing groups each visited two locations during the day.  Members of the Villanova Band, Singers, Voices, Dance Team, Irish Dancers, Dance Ensemble, and Twirlers reached out to the residents of the St. Edmond's Home for Children in Rosemont, the Cardinal Kroll Center (for developmentally disabled men) in Springfield, Camilla Hall (a retirement community for the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) in Immaculata, PA, and Inglis House in Philadelphia. 
  • The Band played for the football game vs archrival Penn, 6pm, Villanova Stadium.  The Haveners sang the National Anthem.  The Twirlers performed at half-time.
  • The Band played for the football home-opener vs Maine.  The Twirlers performed at half-time.
  • Parents Weekend included two venues for our music activities students.  On Friday evening a few of our newer a cappella groups performed during LateNite at Villanova - Family Style! and on Sunday The Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Les Six, The Drumline, Irish Dancers, the Dance Company, Dance Team, Wildcat Dancers, Irish Dancers, Twirlers, The Gospel Choir, The Villanova Singers, Spires, The Villanova Voices, and Haveners all performed in the Music Activities Showcase at the Connelly Center.   Also during Parents' Weekend the Band played for the home football game vs. Maine.
  • Auditions were held for the Villanova Student Theatre, Dance Team, and many A Cappella Groups for the upcoming school year.
  • Villanova Student Musical Theatre (VSMT) held auditions over Labor Day Weekend for their fall musical, Fame!

October

  • The Band traveled to Puerto Rico for Fall Break and played several concerts around the island.
  • The Band played for the football Homecoming game vs. William & Mary, and a game against Hofstra, Villanova Stadium.   The Twirlers performed at half-time for both games.
  • The Villanova Voices Fall Tour to New York City.  The Voices sang a concert of a capella sacred works at The Church of Saint Paul the Apostle, Columbus Avenue at 60th Street.
  • The Haveners held an a capella workshop for girls from the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr.  They shared tips on arranging, taught the girls how to "beat-box", and taught them two of their songs.
  • The Villanova Singers and the Villanova Voices each spent an evening singing for the retired priests at Villanova's Monastery.
  • The Haveners and SuperNovas held a Mission Trip Benefit Concert .

November

  • The Band played for the Women's Basketball home opener vs. Fairfield at the Pavilion 7pm.  Members of the Villanova Voices sang the National Anthem and the Drum Line will perform at half-time.
  • The Band played for the final Men's Football home game vs. Delaware.  The Villanova Voices sang the National Anthem and the Twirlers performed at half-time.
  • The Dance Ensemble held its Fall Showcase in St. Mary's Auditorium.
  • The Band plays for the Men's Basketball game vs. Bucknell.  The Villanova Singers sang the National Anthem.
  • The Haveners spent their fall tour at St. Mary's College of Maryland and The University of Richmond.
  • The Band played for the Men's Basketball game vs. Stony Brook.  The SuperNovas will sang the National Anthem.
  • The Haveners sang in a benefit concert for Habitat for Humanity.
  • The Villanova Student Musical Theatre presented Fame.
  • Many of our Music Activities Groups performed during the Special Olympics.
  • The Band played for the Men's Basketball game vs. Bloomsburg at the Wachovia Center.  The Gospel Choir will sang the National Anthem and the Dance Team performed at half-time.

December

  • The Villanova Student Theatre held auditions for its Spring production, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
  • The Villanova Voices led a Christmas Carol sing-along at the Monastary.
  • The Villanova Voices and Villanova Singers sang for the Villanova Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
  • The Band played for the Women's Basketball game vs. Penn.  The Sirens sang the National Anthem. 
  • The Villanova Singers and Villanova Voices held their annual Christmas Concert in St. Mary's Chapel.  This concert included a capella performances by the Spires and Haveners.
  • The Band played for the Men's Basketball game vs. arch-rival Penn.  Vocal Minority sang the National Anthem.
  • The Villanova Student Theatre presented Noises Off.
  • The Band played for the Women's Basketball game vs. St. Joe's.  The Villanova Singers will sang the National Anthem.
  • Haveners and special guests Mixed Company from Swarthmore College presented an end-of-semester concert.
  • The Band played for the Men's Basketball game vs. LaSalle at the Wachovia Center, part of the Big East/SEC Invitational.
  • The Gospel Choir presented a Christmas Concert.
  • The Villanova Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra presented a joint Christmas Concert.
  • The Band played for the Men's Basketball game vs. Stony Brook.  The SuperNovas sang the National Anthem.
  • The Sirens and Spires presented a joint Winter Concert.

January

  • The Spires held auditions for a spring semester opening.
  • The Band played for the Women's basketball games vs. Syracuse and Pitt.  SuperNovas and The Sirens sang the National Anthem at those games and The Dance Team performed at half-time. 
  • The Band played for the Men's Basketball games vs. DePaul and Notre Dame.  The Voices and NBT sang the National Anthem at those games and The Dance Team performed at half-time. 
  • The Sirens had a meet and greet for potential new members.
  • Music Activities & Villanova University participated in its first Live Internet2 Broadcast of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Global Concert Series.   The concert was viewed live via multicast in the Connelly Center Cinema.  The Philadelphia Orchestra was conducted by Christoh Eschenbach, with soloists Jennifer Koh, Rinat Shaham, and Time for Three and presented two Higdon works and Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony.  More info on the program.
  • The Villanova Student Musical Theatre will held auditions for its spring show, Elton John's Aida Thank you to everyone who participated!

February

  • The Villanova Student Theatre presented six performances of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
  • The Band played for the Women's Basketball games vs. Providence and Cincinnati at the Pavilion.  The Spires & Vocal Minority sang the National Anthem at those games.
  • The Irish Dancers performed as part of the James Joyce Birthday Celebration at Flip and Bailey's in Garrett Hill.
  • The Band played for Men's Basketball games vs. Syracuse, UConn, & Marquette at the Wachovia Center and Seton Hall & West Virginia at the Pavilion. The Villanova Singers, Gospel Choir, Spires, Haveners, & SuperNovas each sang the National Anthem at a game and the Dance Team performed at half-time.

March

  • The Villanova Irish Dancers & McDade School of Irish Dance performed for St. Patrick's Day at the Belle Air Terrace in the Connelly Center.
  • The Band and the Dance Team travelled to the Big East Tournament in New York City.
  • The Villanova Singers had a spring tour to Montreal.  Concert locations included an Augustinian Church in in Troy, NY and a Nursing Home in Montreal.
  • The Dance Team performed during half time of the Men's Basketball game vs. USF at the Pavillion during Spring Break.
  • The Band and the Dance Team travelled to the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region in Tampa.
  • The Villanova Jazz Festival kicked off the festival weekend with a Villanova Jazz Band Performance with special guest artist, Brian Pastor.  The Jazz Festival continued with a Collegiate Big Band Festival featuring bands from Temple University, The Temple University Lab Band, The Naval Academy, and Johns Hopkins University.  A Jazz Workshop was held with the Denis DiBlasio Jazz Quintet.  An Evening Concert featured the winning college jazz ensemble with the Denis DiBlasio Jazz Quintet.   The final day was a High School Festival featuring Neshaminy High, Radnor, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, Mamaroneck High, and Saucon Valley High.
  • The Band travelled to the NCAA Sweet 16 in Detroit.
  • The Gospel Choir had its Spring Concert.

April

  • Nothing But Treble had its year end a capella concert.
  • The Jazz Band and Orchestra presented a joint end-of-year concert.
  • The Villanova Chamber Music Series presented The American Piano Trio who played works by Bernstein, Foote, & Brahms, Program Notes, The American Piano Trio Website, Performance Video - Shostakovich No.2
  • The Band held its spring concert.
  • Villanova Student Musical Theater presented a Cabaret - Musical Theatre through the Decades
  • The Dance Ensemble presented its Spring Showcase with special guests The Irish Dancers.
  • The Villanova Voices and Villanova Singers presented their spring concert featuring Fauré Requiem, with guest appearances by The Haveners and The Spires.
  • The Band played for the live MSNBC national broadcast of "The Hardball College Tour: Villanova" featuring Republican Presidential Candidate Senator John McCain. 
  • The Villanova Voices performed for Balloon Day.
  • The Villanova Singers held their second annual Legacy Event that included a weekend of concerts and alumni events. 
  • The Villanova Student Musical Theatre presented Elton John's Aïda.
  • International Dance night featured the Villanova Irish Dancers, the Ararat Armenian Dance Ensemble, and the Villanova Indian Student Association.
  • The Band gave a joint concert with Archbishop Carroll High School Band, at Archbishop Carroll.

May

  • The Band played for Commencement.
  • The Spires and Sirens had a joint End of Year Concert.

June & July

  • Music Activities held its 19th Annual Summer Music Studies Program for Music Educators.  Forty-one courses were offered this summer with 671 Music Educator attendees.  We at Villanova Music Activities and University of the Arts hope that amounts to 671 music classrooms throughout the region with newly energized teachers with many new creative ideas being brought to each school!
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