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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to audition?

Most music groups are not auditioned.   You may join the Band, Orchestra, or Drum Line; Men's Choir (Singers) or Women's Choir (Voices); and Dance Ensemble, Irish Dance Team, Ballet, Twirlers, or Tap without an audition.   Sign up for a group here:  Sign Up!

Sometimes within groups there will be auditions for solos or smaller ensembles within a group.

Groups that do audition students are:  

  • Choral:  All A Cappella Groups; Chamber Ensemble
  • Dance Groups:  Dance Company, Ablaze, Nova Nassa, Superlative, Wazobia
  • Band Auxiliary:  Dance Team, Kickline
  • Instrumental:  Jazz Band
  • Theatre:  Our Theatre Group (VST) and Musical Theatre Group (VSMT) audition for roles before each show is cast.   All are welcome to join the clubs and have a hand in choosing shows, producing, directing, and doing tech just by being a non-auditioned member.

All groups that hold auditions will have them at the start of the academic year.  Some will hold auditions at the start of the Spring Semester if there are openings for new members.  

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Is there a music major or minor?

Villanova does not have a music major or minor.  General topics in the arts are taught across the University (mostly in Honors, A&S, and in the Theatre Department).  Music Activities Groups are open for all students.  (Instrumental Groups and Large Vocal Ensembles don't even require an audition!)

You can see some of Villanova's Arts offerings here:  Courses in Music & The Arts

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Does the Office of Music Activities offer coursework?

No.  We are a non-academic Performing Arts program, and as such, we do not have a means of offering courses for credit.  We offer club based performing arts opportunities in Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Theatre for non-majors, and Dance, for students from all academic areas throughout the University.   Some Academic Departments do offer courses in the Arts from time-to-time.   Check the Academic Offerings under Arts & Sciences (particularly the Department of Theatre and the Honors Program).

You can see some of Villanova's Arts offerings here:  Courses in Music & The Arts

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Is Band Camp or Performing Arts Camp mandatory in order to be a member of any of our Groups?

No, but we strongly recommend that you attend for a concentrated immersion experience at the start of each school year - before academic pursuits necessarily take precedence.

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How do I have my group's performances added to the calendar?

Please submit all concert info to christine.nass@villanova.edu.

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Who should the local press contact for more details regarding an upcoming Music Activities sponsored performance or event?

The Jazz Festival Hotline number is 610-519-6062. If you need further information please call our general number, 610-519-7214.

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Contact Us

Office of Music Activities / Student Performing Arts
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Ave
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: (610) 519-7214
Fax: (610) 519-7596
E-mail:  Visit our staff page.

A Cappella Palooza 2021 - click for the ticket website
Dance Palooza 2021 - click for more information

Rehearsals - 2021

Join one of our performing groups! Fill out the Signup Form!

Music Activities / Student Performing Arts has returned to in-person rehearsals in the Spring Semester.   We are limiting the numbers of students who attend each session, but we can include you! Fill out our group interest form to join or contact the directors in each area.

Instrumental - Contact elizabeth.sokolowski@villanova.edu

Rehearsal locations include the St. Mary's Chapel & Band Room

  • Band - M/Tu 7-8:30; F 3-4:30
  • Jazz Band - W 7:30-9pm
  • Chamber Strings - M/W, 6-7:30pm

Choral - Contact christine.nass@villanova.edu

Location:  Music Activities / Student Performing Arts Tent, St. Mary's Theatre, Band Room, & Dance Studio 

  • Villanova Voices - MW 5:30-7:00; Fri 2-3:30pm
  • Villanova Singers - Th 5:30-7 & Sun 12:45-2:15
  • A Cappella - 8 groups by audition, next round of auditions will be early fall semester

Dance - Contact george.pinchock@villanova.edu

Rehearsals take place in the Music Activities / Student Performing Arts Tent, St. Mary's Chapel, & Jake Nevin Fieldhouse.

  • Dance Company - M 8:45-10:15pm; Sun 7-8:30pm
  • Dance Ensemble - Tu 5-6:30pm
  • 'Nova Nassa - W 7:30-9pm; Sun 8-9:30pm
  • Ablaze - Th 5-6:30pm; Sun 4-5:30pm
  • Irish Dance - M 5-6:30pm; W 5:30-7pm
  • Nova Noise (tap) - Thurs 6:45-8:15pm; Sun 6-7:30pm
  • Wazobia - Sun 6-7:30pm; Wed  6:30-8pm
  • Superlative - Tu/Th 9-10:30pm
  • Dance Team - Tu/Th 6-7:30pm
  • Twirlers - Th 8:30-10pm; Sui 10:15-11:45am

Villanova Music Downloads

* vualmamater.pdf
VU Alma Mater Sheet Music
* alma_mater_band.mp3
VU Alma Mater Played by VU Band
* vufightsong.pdf
VU Fight Song Sheet Music
* alma_mater_singers.mp3
VU Alma Mater Sung by VU Singers
* fight_song.mp3
VU Fight Song Performed by VU Band
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