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Young Ambassadors is produced by the School of Music
in the College of Fine Arts and Communications at
Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Young Ambassadors

Songwriters from every corner of the globe have created breath-taking melodies to accompany those moments in life when love touches us in unexpected ways. The Young Ambassadors’ new production, Heartsongs - Melodies of Love, highlights some of the world’s all-time favorite love songs in a vibrant musical journey through the rollercoaster of life. With show tunes from award-winning Broadway musicals such as How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Cinderella, Singing In the Rain, and Thoroughly Modern Millie and featuring international hits by the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Adele and Michael Jackson, Heartsongs celebrates life’s unforgettable seasons of love.

Live musicians onstage create a high-energy performance of traditional favorites combined with original melodies written for this season’s new show. Tap along with dance routines from the 1920s, experience the syncopated rhythms of the Caribbean islands, and enjoy The Young Ambassadors’ next generation of contemporary sounds and choreography when you see Heartsongs, BYU’s fast-paced musical revue. Wearing colorful costumes and filling the stage with a kaleidoscope of dance and musical styles, the Young Ambassadors’ concerts provide a glimpse of their unique vision of international understanding, born of decades of goodwill tours around the world.

The 20 experienced performers, 10-member band, and nine student technicians who make up the Young Ambassadors are experts in the performing arts who were selected after a rigorous audition process. Productions like Heartsongs serve as a training ground for many cast members who are pursuing professional careers on Broadway and with other prestigious performing companies.

Living up to their name, the Young Ambassadors have acted as emissaries of both Brigham Young University and the United States on international tours which have taken them to 67 countries in the past four decades. The group has been a pioneer in taking music and dance from BYU to China, India, Egypt, Vietnam, Morocco, Tunisia, Nepal, Russia, and Southern Africa.

Now approaching their 45th year, the BYU Young Ambassadors have literally circled the earth. Beginning with their premier performance at Expo ‘70 in Osaka, Japan, they have performed in 66 countries, appearing before millions of appreciative audience members, often including royalty and government leaders from many nations. Don’t miss this heartwarming concert from Brigham Young University when it tours in your community. The Young Ambassadors ensemble is produced by the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University.

Randall Boothe, director.

"The production was a sheer delight from the moment it opened with the band and then to be bowled over by the energy, the costumes, the dancing, and vibrant colour and the most beautiful chorus work and the soloists who were of the highest standard and who could most definitely be on the Broadway stage"
         --Micheal Simmons, Port Elisabeth, South Africa

A note from the Director


The world-traveled Young Ambassadors are celebrating their 45th season starting this fall. It has been my pleasure to direct this performance company for 35 years. All of us are looking forward to an exciting year of opportunities as we audition for another outstanding company.

Now approaching their 45th year, the BYU Young Ambassadors have literally circled the earth. Beginning with their premier performance at Expo ‘70 in Osaka, Japan, they have performed in 66 countries, appearing before millions of appreciative audience members, often including royalty and government leaders from many nations. Recent tours in Southeast Asia and Africa were hailed enormously successful by arts critics and presenters.

Live and televised performances in major concert halls and impromptu appearances in hospitals, orphanages, town squares, and government palaces are scheduled each year. We look forward to meeting you in person. Good luck in the auditions!

Randall Boothe, Artistic Director, Young Ambassadors


     


Auditioning

Live Auditions


An audition appointment can be made starting March 1 by contacting the Richards Building Music Office at (801) 422-2563.

Live auditions will be held April 7-10, 2014. Callbacks will be on April 11, 2014.

Bring a current headshot and performance résumé to the audition. Plan to arrive 10 minutes early to complete an audition information card.

All applicants should come ready to sing a ballad and an up-tempo selection. Each song should be about 16 bars in length. An accompanist will be provided.

Please have your sheet music cut to the proper length and clearly marked.

After your vocal audition, you will be taught several dance sequences from the Young Ambassador show. Please bring appropriate dance attire.

Video Auditions


For those who cannot attend the live preliminary audition, you may send an email youngambassadors.byu@gmail.com with the following information listed below:

•A headshot

•Performance résumé

•Your current email address and phone number

•A short video. Please make the video, upload it to YouTube, and set the view setting as unlisted (this will allow the video to be viewed by only those with the link), and include the link to it in the email. The video should contain 16 bars of a ballad, 16 bars of an up-tempo selection, and about one minute of dance. Any genre of dance is acceptable, but jazz, ballet, musical theatre, contemporary, and tap are preferred.

Submissions must be received by Friday, April 4, 2014 to be considered. Please prepare and send it in as early as possible. Based on your taped audition, you may be asked to attend final call backs.

For questions regarding auditions, please email youngambassadors.byu@gmail.com or contact the Richards Building Music Office at (801) 422-2563.

Final Callbacks


Final Callbacks will be held the afternoon and evening of Friday, April 11. Everyone invited to final callbacks should be prepared to perform 32 bars of your best musical theater selection. You will be asked to sight-sing, sing in quartets, as well as learn additional movement combinations. Please wear formal attire and bring clothes and shoes to dance in. If possible, please bring tennis shoes, character shoes, and tap shoes.

A list of those selected for the 2013–2014 company will be posted within one week of the final callbacks.

Showband Auditions


The Young Ambassadors perform with a 10-piece show band comprised of 2 keyboards, drums, electric bass, guitar, 2 trumpets, trombone, and woodwind specialist. Our musicians must read printed notes as well as chord symbols; drummers must read rhythm charts accurately. The band players are chosen for their musical skills and also their desire to fit in with the overall values of the Young Ambassador organization, which include representing the University and the Church on a high, service-oriented level.

Auditions will be held Thursday, April 17 by appointment only. For more information or appointments, contact Raul Benitez at (801) 663-4808 or raul_benitez@hotmail.com .

Tech Crew Auditions


Interviews for the technical support staff are held in August of each year. Positions include sound engineers, master electrician, stage hands, stage manager, wardrobe manager, prop master, and follow-spot operators.

Appointments may be made with John Shurtleff, Technical Director, by contacting the RB Music Office at (801) 422-2563 after July 1, 2014. Applications for technical staff are available in the RB Music Office, 1128 RB.