A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
The world-traveled Young Ambassadors are celebrating their 48th season starting Fall 2017. It has been my pleasure to direct this performance company for 36 years. All of us are looking forward to an exciting year of opportunities as we audition for another outstanding company.
The BYU Young Ambassadors have literally circled the earth. Beginning with their premier performance at Expo ‘70 in Osaka, Japan, they have performed in 67 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!
—Randy Boothe, director
An audition appointment can be made starting after March 1 by contacting the Richards Building Music Office at (801) 422-2563.
Live auditions will be held April 2 – 6, 2018. Callbacks will be in the afternoon on April 6, 2018.
– 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.
-Bring tennis shoes and character shoes (if possible) for the initial dance call.
For those who cannot attend the live preliminary audition, you may send an email email@example.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. Please include all files in one video, not multiple. 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 March 21 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 callbacks.
For questions regarding auditions, please contact us:
Richards Building Music Office
Final Callbacks will be held the afternoon and evening of Friday, April 6, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to about 7:00 p.m. Please make necessary preparations to be in attendance for the entirety of the callback.
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. Clothing should be in accordance with the BYU Honor Code. If possible, please bring tennis shoes, character shoes, and tap shoes.
The Young Ambassadors perform with a 10-piece show band comprised of:
- 2 keyboards
- electric bass
- 2 trumpets
- 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 April 13-14 from 3-6pm by appointment only.
For more information or appointments email David Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interviews for the technical support staff are held in August of each year.
- Sound engineers
- Master electrician
- Stage hands
- Stage manager
- Wardrobe manager
- Prop master
- Follow-spot operators
Appointments may be made with John Shurtleff, Technical Director.
Contact John by email at email@example.com after July 1.
Applications for technical staff are available in the RB Music Office, 1128 RB.
BYU Young Ambassadors 2017/2018 Company
Congratulations to the new BYU Young Ambassador Company! We thank all who auditioned.
As promised, appointments with Randy can be made to receive individualized feedback from your audition. Please call Preston Taylor to set up an appointment 801.309.3798. Randy will be available for appointments starting June 1.
Members of the new BYU Young Ambassador company need to send an email of acceptance to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, April 17. Please include your summer address and summer plans, as well as another signed Performer Contract (due to the mix-up at callbacks). Watch your email for information about costume measurements. Costume measurements will need to be completed by April 27.
We look forward to a great year!