Events from the 2008-2009 School Year

August

  • 365 Villanova Music Activities Students (including 116 Freshmen!) came back-to-school a week early to learn new choreography, new music, and get a jump start on fall performances of Bye Bye Birdie and The Dining Room at Music Camp during the week of August 18th.
  • Villanova Student Theatre held auditions for its production of A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room.
  • Many Music Activities Groups participated in the yearly Activities Forum.

September

  • The Band played for the home football game vs. Richmond.
  • Music Activities groups participated in St. Thomas of Villanova Day by performing at Retirement Communities, Veterans' Homes, and other deserving institutions in the area.
  • The Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Twirlers, Dance Ensemble, Wildcat Dancers, Gospel Choir, Singers, & Voices performed in the Music Activities Showcase for Parents' Weekend.
  • The Band played for the Villanova Football home opener.
  • The Villanova a capella groups kicked off Parent's Weekend with an all a capella performance at Bel Aire Terrace.
  • Music Activities Stage Crew (MASC) had an organizational meeting.   Its never too late to join MASC!  Contact Xavier Halloran for more information.
  • Wildcat Dancers held tryouts for the '08-'09 school year.  Wildcat Dancers perform jazz/hip hop/cheerleading type routines at football games, women's basketball games, and other campus events.
  • The Dance Ensemble had Auditions for pieces to be presented in the Fall Showcase.
  • The Dance Company held auditions for new members.
  • The A Cappella consortium held a One Day Audition Extravaganza.  Auditions for all groups (Haveners, Spires, Nothin' But Treble, Vocal Minority and Supernovas) were on the same day.
  • The Villanova Irish Dancers performed at the Scottish-Irish Festival and Highland Games in Green Lane. 
  • Dance & Vocal Auditions for Villanova Student Musical Theatre's fall production of Bye Bye Birdie were held.  Thanks to everyone who came out for the 3 day audition event!
  • An A Cappella BBQ meet and greet was held with members of all Villanova a cappella groups: Supernovas, Sirens, Vocal Minority, Haveners, Spires, and Nothin' But Treble
  • Dance Ensemble & Dance Company held an Info Night where incoming freshmen and upperclassmen could more about both Company and Ensemble.  Villanova Dance Company and Ensemble dance at on-campus and off-campus events and dance everything from Ballet to Hip-Hop.

October

  • The Dance Company performed for Homecoming in the quad.
  • The Band played for the Homecoming Football game vs. James Madison.
  • Haveners performed at the Brest Cancer Vigil.
  • Spires performed with the Haverford Outskirts in Driscoll Hall as a fundraiser for Mission Trips.
  • The Dance Company performed at Hoops Mania in the Pavilion.
  • The Villanova Singers and Haveners sang at the Breast Cancer Vigil at the Quad.
  • The Band spent Fall Break on tour in Orlando, FL.  They played at Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure and gave concerts in the Greater Orlando area at two schools, Holy Family Catholic School and St. Thomas Aquinas, and two nursing homes, The Palms Park Place and Good Samaritan.
  • Villanova Student Theatre presented The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney, Jr., directed by Steve Hatzai.  October 8, 9, & 10 @ 8pm in St. Mary's Auditorium.

November

  • The Band played for the new Philly Classic Series in men's basketball games vs. Towsen & LaSalle. 
  • The Dance Ensemble held its annual fall showcase on two consecutive days.  The showcase featured special guests, the Irish Dance Team and Nothing But Treble
  • The Irish Dance Team participated in Samosa's Diwali.
  • The Gospel Choir had its fall semester concert/worship service.
  • The Villanova Singers went on tour to Baltimore.  They sang evening mass at the Baltimore Basilica and gave a concert there.
  • The Villanova Student Theatre held a reception to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
  • The University Chamber Music group Les Six performed at the Mendel Dinner.
  • The Haveners visited The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, on Fall Tour.
  • The Band played for the Women's Basketball game vs. LaSalle.  The Singers sang the National Anthem.
  • The Band played for Men's Basketball games vs. Monmouth, Albany, Fordham, and Niagara.  The Voices, Vocal Minority, NBT, and the Sirens each had a turn at singing the National Anthem.
  • The Villanova Student Musical Theatre presented Bye Bye Birdie November 7, 8, 13, 14, 15.
  • NBT held auditions for remaining open spots in the group for the remainder of '08-'09.
  • The Band will played home Football games vs. New Hampshire and Towson.  The Villanova Voices sang the National Anthem
  • Haveners performed at the Interfaith Habitat for Humanity Concert.
  • Many Music Activities Groups will performed and hosted events during the Special Olympics, held yearly at Villanova.  The Irish Dance Team performed for the Opening Ceremony in the Pavilion and as part of O-Town.
  • Haveners performed at the official dinner for Special Olympics.
  • The Band played for the Villanova Basketball exhibition game vs. Northwood at the Wachovia Center.  Haveners sang the National Anthem.
  • Haveners had a jam session with Nonsequitur from Columbia University.
  • Haveners performed at RIT's Acapellaween.

December

  • Band Alumni played for Men's Basketball games vs. Temple and Navy.
  • The Band played for the Basketball game vs. Saint Joe's.
  • Les Six, members of The Band, The Villanova Singers, and the Villanova Voices performed for the Villanova University Alumni Event at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
  • Haveners and Spires had a joint end-of-semester concert.
  • The Supernovas gave a concert in Driscoll Hall with the Franklin and Marshall Chessmen.
  • The Orchestra and Jazz Band presented a joint Christmas Concert.
  • The Haveners sang the National Anthem for the Women's Basketball game vs. Lehigh.
  • The Band presented its annual Christmas Concert.
  • The Villanova Singers & Villanova Voices had their annual Christmas Concert.  The Haveners & Spires were featured guests.
  • The Band played for the men's Basketball game vs. arch-rival Penn at the Palestra.
  • The Band played for the Men's Basketball game vs. Houston Baptist.  The SuperNovas sang the National Anthem.
  • NBT held its end-of-semester concert in Driscoll Hall.

January

  • Haveners appeared at the A Cappella Invitational at Lehigh University.
  • SuperNovas held auditions for new members.
  • The Band played for the Men's Basketball game vs. Pitt at the Wachovia Center.  Gospel Choir sang the National Anthem.
  • Dance Company held auditions.
  • The Band played for the Women's Basketball Game vs. Providence at the Pavilion.  Voices sang the National Anthem.
  • Auditions were held for Spires.
  • Auditions were held for Nothing But Treble.
  • The Band played for the Basketball game vs. St. John's.
  • The Gospel Choir presented its Winter Concert.  The Gospel Choir ministers to community through song, prayer, and scripture. This concert also served as a fundraiser for the Gospel Choir's upcoming tour/service trip to Brazil.
  • The Dance Company performed at Nationals in Orlando, FL
  • The Alumni Band played for the Basketball game vs. Louisville at the Wachovia Center, televised on ESPN.

February

  • The Band played for the Basketball game vs. Georgetown at the Wachovia Center.   
  • The Band played for the Women's Basketball game vs. Louisville, Spires sang the National Anthem.
  • The Villanova Student Musical Theatre presented Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, directed by Justin Damm.
  • The Band played for the Men's Basketball game vs. Rutgers at the Pavilion.  Gospel Choir sang the National Anthem.   
  • The Villanova Student Theatre presented Dead Man Walking, directed by David Cregan, OSA.   The playwright, Tim Robbins, attended one of the performances.
  • The Band played for the Women's Basketball game vs. DePaul at the Pavilion, Supernovas sang the National Anthem.
  • The Band played for the Basketball game vs. Marquette at the Pavilion, Haveners sang the National Anthem.
  • The Band played for the Men's Basketball game vs. Syracuse at the Wachovia Center.   Singers sang the National Anthem!
  • The Band played for the Women's Basketball game vs. St. John's at the Pavilion, Vocal Minority sang the National Anthem, 7pm.  Vocal Minority will sing the National Anthem.
  • The Band played for the Men's Basketball game vs. Cincinnati at the Pavilion.
  • Haveners appeared at the A Cappella Invitational at Lehigh University.

March

  • The Band played for the Villanova Men's Basketball Game vs. Pitt in the NCAA Tournament Elite 8, in Boston.
  • ACAPPELLAPALOOZA - Every year all of the Villanova A Cappella groups get together for one end-of-season performance in the Villanova Room
  • The Band played for the Villanova Men's Basketball Game vs. Duke at the Sweet 16 in Boston.
  • The Jazz Band gave a concert at Bel Aire Terrace.
  • The Villanova Jazz Festival hosted seven University and five High School Jazz Bands for a weekend of performances in the Connelly Center and St. Mary's Chapel.  This year's guest artist was Allen Vizzutti.
  • The Band played for the Villanova Women's Basketball Game in Round 1 of the NCAA Tournament vs. Utah, College Park, MD.
  • The Band played for the Villanova Men's Basketball Game in Rounds 1 & 2 of the NCAA Tournament at the Wachovia Center.
  • The Irish Dance Team, the Haveners, and the Drumline participated in the St. Patrick's Day Showcase.
  • The Band played for Villanova at the Big East Tournament.  Madison Square Garden, NY.
  • The Band played for the Women's Big East Tournament in Hartford Connecticut.
  • The Band played for the Men's Basketball game vs. Providence.
  • The Gospel Choir, Villanova Singers, & Villanova Voices took a Spring Break Choral Tour to Brazil.
  • They gave an Evening Performance in Parati's Casa dal Cultura, and the choirs donated new risers to the performing arts center.  Gospel Choir and Spries also presented an impromptu concert in the town square as part of the city's festival of the 342nd anniversary of its founding.
  • The Villanova Voices gave an impromptu concert at the foot of the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janiero.
  • All three groups, as well as Spires and Haveners presented a School Concert at the American School of Rio de Janeiro followed by two Service Projects in a orphanage and a Kindergarten that service the favela communities in Rio.
  • All three groups attended the Daily Mass at Rio's Cathedral of St. Sebastian then gave a   Lunchtime Concert in the sanctuary.

April

  • The Villanova Student Musical Theatre presented an end of year Broadway Blockbusters Cabaret.
  • The Band presented its Spring Concert in St. Mary's Chapel.
  • The Villanova Voices will performed as part of the inauguration of the new Fisk pipe organ at First Presbyterian Church in Pitman, NJ.
  • The Organ Society presented a concert in St. Mary's Chapel.
  • The Villanova Singers & Villanova Voices presented their Spring Concert.  The concert included Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms for chorus & soloists.  Spires and Haveners also performed.
  • The Dance Ensemble presented its spring showcase in St. Mary's Auditorium
  • The Band played for the Villanova Men's Basketball Game vs. North Carolina in the NCAA Final Four in Detroit.
  • Gospel Choir held their Spring Concert/Worship in St. Mary's Chapel.
  • Villanova Summer Music Studies registration opened.

May

  • The Band played for Commencement.  Graduating members of the Villanova Voices and Villanova Singers led the graduating class and guests in the National Anthem and the Alma Mater.

June & July

  • Music Activities held its 20th Annual Summer Music Studies Program for Music Educators.  Thirty-five courses were offered with 626 Music Educator attendees.  That amounts to 626 music classrooms throughout the region with newly energized teachers reaching literally ten of thousands of music students with many new creative and innovative ideas in the music classroom!