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The Villanova Singers is Villanova's traditional chorus for men. This highly acclaimed and versatile men's chorus dates back to 1953 when Harold Gill Reuschlein, Dean of Villanova's Law School, established the group for the purpose of singing various types of music and enriching the cultural life of the University. Dean Reuschlein began a tradition of brotherhood in song that has grown to be one of the most active and successful organizations on campus. Dean Reuschlein was known to say that he was "as proud of the Villanova Singers as I am of what the Law School has become."
Since 1963, the Singers have logged almost 200,000 miles, stretching as far west as California, as far north as Canada, as far south as Brazil and as far east as Poland. Tours have included trips to Brazil, Italy, Austria, Germany, Spain and Puerto Rico.
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The Villanova Voices is the longest standing organization founded by women within Villanova University. Originally called the Villanova Women's Glee Club, the group was founded shortly after Villanova became coeducational in 1960 by twenty ambitious students from the University's College of Nursing. Over 50 Voices now join together from diverse fields of study, and share in their common love of music.
Becoming increasingly visible on- and off-campus, the Voices perform at several functions each year, including basketball games, Special Olympics, Relay for Life and local charity events. They also spread holiday cheer with the Augustinian brothers at the monastery and senior citizens at nursing homes. However, the annual winter and spring concerts with the Villanova Singers remain the highlight of each semester. Working together, the two groups have enjoyed the challenge of preparing many difficult pieces like Handel’s Messiah, Rutter’s Gloria, the Faure Requiem, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, and Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass.
In the summer of 2022, the Voices and Singers were honored to perform the Mozart Requiem at Carnegie Hall with Manhattan Concert Productions. The Voices also tour each year, alternating between international and domestic locations. Recent tour destinations have included Italy, Spain, Brazil, Costa Rica, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Washington, DC and Toronto.
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The Spires are a selective 14-man a cappella subgroup of the Villanova Singers. They sing a variety of popular music and have toured across the U.S.A. as well as such international destinations as Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Spain and Puerto Rico.
The Spires can often be found entertaining audiences on Villanova's campus and the Philadelphia area. The group was founded in the late 1950s mainly as a barbershop singing group. In the early sixties, members included folk/pop icon Jim Croce, music producer Tommy West, and Tim Hauser of the Manhattan Transfer, who helped steer the group toward folk music. The music kept evolving into what it is today and the group continues to produce great sounds and exciting shows.
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The Villanova Dance Company and Ensemble is a group of extremely dedicated dancers who perform at various events in and around the Villanova community. Company and Ensemble members attend classes on Monday and Wednesday nights and rehearsals on Sundays in St. Mary’s Hall.
Each semester, our groups perform their own creative choreography, numbers choreographed by advisors, and pieces choreographed by outside professional companies in a showcase for friends and family. Additionally, the Company performs at university events such as Special Olympics, St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service, and Family and Parents Weekend. As a team, the Dance Company supports the Villanova men and women's basketball programs by guest-performing for Villanova fans at designated games throughout the season.
Our organization is divided into two groups that work together: The Dance Ensemble and the Dance Company.
The Ensemble is a group of individuals who have a passion for dance but do not have as much time to commit to the Company. They do not need to audition and are only required to attend one of our two weekly classes and to be in our end-of-semester showcase.
The Company is a select group of dancers who perform at events on- and off-campus. They are required to audition at the beginning of the year, attend class twice a week, be present for Company rehearsals and other events. Additionally, Company members are allowed to choreograph pieces for showcases after being in Company for one semester.The Villanova Dance Company also offers an intensive dance camp for incoming freshmen each summer. This helps potential new members get to know our group leaders, members and dance style.
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Members attend weekly rehearsals in St. Mary’s Hall to perfect dances, work on drills, and keep up with competition sets. The group’s presence on campus continues to grow with many performances, including Family and Parent’s Weekend, Homecoming Weekend, and multiple basketball games.
In the fall of 2013, the team established its first Intercollegiate Irish Dance Festival, which invites colleges across the country and audiences of approximately 500 attendees to celebrate traditional Irish dance with a modern flare.
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ABOUTWe are Villanova's official tap ensemble on campus! Established in 2019, NOVANoise is a close-knit group of dancers excited to welcome students into the world of tap dancing, and anyone regardless of experience is encouraged to join. The tap ensemble typically practices 2 times a week, while focusing on technique/combos as well as rehearsing routines for upcoming performances. A traditional tap class will normally include a short warm-up, across the floor, and either a combo, improvisation, or additional technique development. In regards to events, NOVANoise has performed at several on-campus opportunities, including NOVAdance, Dance Palooza, Boo Palooza, and showcases hosted by other student ensembles. The members of NOVANoise also enjoy organizing social events outside of tap class, including dinners, trips to NYC, and other unique activities. We do a Big/Little bonding experience similar to Greek life which adds to the fun!
NOVANoise is an amazing dance experience filled with so many fun, talented tap dancers, and we would love for you to be a part of our group! If you have any questions or interest in NOVANoise, please feel free to contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ABOUTNOVA Step Nation was created to empower students of all shades and backgrounds through stepping. Stepping is a historic body percussion dance that stems from the roots of early West African music and dances. Stepping is a mixture of chanting, dancing, singing, and more. We strive to teach our student body about this rich cultural tradition and build community. We seek to inspire or rekindle the love of heritage with our movement. We are open to all genders. Our main goal is to make sure that each and every member will leave our meeting feeling as though they had a great time and enjoyed themselves.
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ABOUTThe Superlative is an all-styles, multicultural dance team that centers its core foundation around Hip-Hop in all of its various forms. “All-styles” is a term used to describe a dance group that incorporates multiple dance styles and cultures. Founded in 2014, The Superlative performs to teach audiences the beauty of dance through the blending of styles. Our team encourages people to accept cultures different from their own and utilize these differences to grow. Our group’s members have backgrounds in Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Bollywood, West African dance, Dancehall, and Jazz. The Superlative gives each person the opportunity to pursue their passion of dance, whether or not they had experience before joining. Beyond dancing, our team values the friendships we build through our shared passion.
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The Wazobia African Dance Company performs various dances of the African diaspora (African, step, modern, and hip-hop genres) and brings these traditions to the Villanova community. Student choreography is welcomed and encouraged. As the name Wazobia implies, the group promotes UNITY: it stems from a call of unity of three Nigerian Ethnic groups. That is, unity of its members, unity of members to the campus, and unity of self-expression and all genres of performance art. Members of Wazobia not only have a place to dance and create, but enter a supportive community for artistic exploration.
Students of all backgrounds are welcome to dance with Wazobia! No prior experience or familiarity with these genres is required.
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The Villanova Dance Team (VUDT) is one of the most active and recognizable
groups on campus and in the Villanova community. The team performs at
all home football and men's basketball games as well as other athletic
and campus events throughout the year. Additionally, VUDT is proud to
represent Villanova each January at the UDA College Nationals
Championship alongside our cheer team and mascot, Will D. Cat. The
Villanova Dance Team practices 3-4 times a week and maintains an average
GPA over 3.5 annually.
Our campus/community involvement includes:
- Performing pre-game, half-time, and sideline routines at Villanova football games
- Performing time-out routines and Wildcat Walks at Villanova men’s basketball games
- Performing at the Big East Conference Tournament and the NCAA Tournament
- Performing for VU events and community service (including Hoops Mania, St. Thomas Day of Service, Special Olympics Fall Festival, Candidates' Day, 1842 Day, NOVA Dance, Homecoming, and Parents’ Weekend)
- Attending UDA Summer College Dance Camp
- Competing at UDA College Nationals in Orlando, Florida
- Serving as ambassadors of Villanova by upholding, reflecting and projecting the values of the University
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The Twirlers perform year-round at home football games, local parades, community fairs, and other on-campus events such as Special Olympics and the Student Performing Arts showcase during Family and Parent Weekend. Thanks to a growing team, the Twirlers are excited about the future possibility of traveling to perform at twirling exhibitions and parades around the country.
The Twirlers are a primarily student-run group, with plenty of opportunities for leadership and input for all members. They are coached by Diane Gangi George, who is well-known in the twirling community and has worked with the Villanova Twirlers for over thirty years.
No twirling background is necessary to join! The Villanova Twirlers welcome members of all experience levels and are always looking for new teammates.
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The Villanova Band is open to all who have the desire to pursue music as an extracurricular activity at Villanova. We stress that our band is not a big time commitment, nor is it designed for music majors. Rather, it provides an opportunity to those who play because they enjoy doing so. Everyone involved is a member because they want to be one. Unlike high school, no one's parents are forcing him or her to stay in because, "it looks good for college," or because, "it's an easy A to boost your average." Villanova band members are true amateurs which comes from the Latin word meaning to love what you do. We accept all members regardless of musical ability.
The Villanova Band is one of the most active organizations on campus. We perform for various university functions throughout the year. We are most visible as a pep band at Villanova basketball games; however, we do a lot more. The Villanova Band operates as the University's pep band, scramble band, and concert band all in one. We have a great time during the year, probably better than any other organization on campus. It is an exciting and rewarding experience that continues even after you graduate. In addition, students can join the jazz band regardless of whether or not they are in any of the other bands.
Emphasizing the musical nature of the band, the concert band plays a wide range of music from all time periods. These include pieces from the Classical and Romantic eras, various marches, and modern wind ensemble pieces. We have three concert band performances each year: a Student Performing Arts Showcase performance during Family and Parent Weekend, a Winter Concert, and a Spring Concert. We also take a fall tour every year during our fall break where we perform at various places across the country promoting Villanova University.
The band is most visible when playing at basketball games. We play a wide variety of pep band music ranging from pop to dixieland. Traditionally, Villanova Band members have been among the most avid basketball fans at school. We provide entertainment and are an integral part of the rich tradition of Villanova basketball. We attend all home basketball games, and, thanks to the revival of the Big Five, some away games as well. We go to the Big East Tournament held in Madison Square Garden in New York every year, and, if we’re lucky enough, the illustrious NCAA Tournament. Trips to these tournaments are free of charge for band members.
During football games, the band acts both as a pep band in the stands and as a scramble band when we put on a halftime field show. For our halftime show, unlike a traditional marching band, we scramble onto the field and in between our pieces rather than marching. We also have the opportunity to play for tailgaters before the football game.
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Chamber Strings offers Villanova students the opportunity to explore a passion for music in a relaxed atmosphere while working on a repertoire of pieces that vary from contemporary to classical. We offer a traditional concert at the end of each semester, as well as performance opportunities on campus and in the local community, depending on our members' interests. Villanova Chamber Strings is great for any student who wants to pursue a passion for music as an extracurricular activity. This program welcomes musicians specializing in violin, viola, cello, and double bass, but we do include pieces with guitar, piano, harp, and other instruments as either accompaniment or featured soloist. Many of our members are involved with other extracurricular activities and even other performing groups, so Chamber Strings offers flexibility in attendance at rehearsals with the understanding of time commitments of academic and other related responsibilities.
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Villanova Jazz is made up of three ensembles: The Villanova Big Band, Combo, and our newest ensemble, the Lab Band. These three ensembles work in tandem to provide a myriad of performance opportunities for Villanova students interested in Jazz Music.
The Big Band plays a wide variety of music ranging from the swing era to bebop, Latin, modern funk and rock, as well as original commissions. The Big Band meets for two hours each week in St. Mary's Hall- providing a high-level experience within a reasonable time commitment. The Big Band is often invited to perform at venues in and around the Philadelphia region—a highlight of years past included an invitation to play for Jazz at Lincoln Center. The group has also toured to Niagara Falls, Fort Lauderdale, Myrtle Beach, Virginia Beach, Washington D.C., and Ocean City, Md.
The Combo is a select group that performs for events on and off-campus, specializing in jazz standards.
The Lab Band is a creative ensemble with a focus on jazz improvisation and composition. This is where Villanova students come to learn high-level jazz concepts, or those with more experience come to build and refine their skills. The ensemble is open to all, regardless of previous jazz experience.
Students are able to participate in more than one jazz ensemble in a semester. Villanova Jazz hosts two major concerts per year on campus, along with other performances on- and off-campus.
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Villanova theatre groups are affiliated with the Department of Theatre. We encourage you to visit their website for additional information.
As part of the Center for Worship and Spirituality and the Office for Mission and Ministry, the Villanova Pastoral Musicians serve a vital role in ministering to the campus community. We encourage you to visit their website for additional information.