A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR

The world-traveled Young Ambassadors are celebrating their 50th season starting Fall 2019. It has been my pleasure to direct this performance company for 42 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 68 countries, appearing before millions of appreciative audience members, often including royalty and government leaders from many nations. Recent tours in Southeast Asia, South Africa, Brazil and China 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

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AUDITIONING

Live Auditions

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 March 30 – April 3, 2020. Callbacks will be in the afternoon on April 3, 2020.

– 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.

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. 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 22 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
youngambassadors.byu@gmail.com
(801) 422-2563.

Final Callbacks

Final Callbacks will be held the afternoon and evening of Friday, April 3, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to about 6:00 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.

Showband Auditions

The Young Ambassadors perform with a 10-piece show band comprised of:

  • 2 keyboards
  • drums
  • electric bass
  • guitar
  • 2 trumpets
  • trombone
  • woodwind specialist

For the 2018/19 school year, the band will be auditioning for:
Trumpet
Piano
Drum Set
Electric Bass

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 on Thursday, April 12 from 3-6pm  in 30 minute time slots.
Please contact David Allen at djallenor@comcast.net for appointments or if you need an alternate audition time.

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
  • Follow-spot operators

Appointments may be made with John Shurtleff, Technical Director.
Contact John by email at john_shurtleff@byu.edu after July 1.
Applications for technical staff are available in the RB Music Office, 1128 RB.

Congratulations to those cast in the 2019/2020 season of the Young Ambassadors!

Amy Smith
Clarisse Austin
Dhora Da Luz
Georgia Bowman
Hailey Hyde
Makenzie Belnap
Maren Bills
Rachel Peterson
Sara Fitzgerald
Summer Farnsworth

Alex Joyner
Cagen Tregeagle
Caleb Featherstone
Calen Tregeagle
Jimmy Henderson
Jordan Mazzocato
Luke Christensen
Luke Rands
Oakley Thacker
Roman Curiel

To those cast, please email a confirmation of your acceptance to youngambassadors.byu@gmail.com at your earliest convenience (preferably within the week). Be sure to CC randall_boothe@byu.edu and presto.tay18@gmail.com in your email. Along with your acceptance, please include the following information:

– Preferred contact information (cell phone, email, etc.)
– Your T-shirt, pant and sneaker sizes,
– Your plans for the summer, and
– A current headshot and bio.

We also encourage you to familiarize yourselves with the rough sketch of next year’s schedule detailed below.

We look forward to hearing back from you and look forward for the opportunity to work with you this coming year!

For those who would like to schedule and audition follow-up meeting with Randy Boothe, please email presto.tay18@gmail.com any time after June 10, 2019.

ROUGH SKETCH OF THE YA SCHEDULE FOR 2019-2020

FALL SEMESTER
September 3 – First Fall Semester Rehearsal (Tuesdays 2-5:50, Thursdays 2-5:50, Saturdays 9-5*)
September 12 – Retreat at Timp Lodge
October 1 – Performance Devotional-Marriott Center
October 3 – Performance PLC – Marriott Center
October 10 – Barbecue at Boothe Home
October 17-18 –  Homecoming Spectacular
November 4-9 – Tech Week
November 8 – Performance Preview at OHS
November 9 – Performance Preview at SHHS
November 16 –  Regional Performance #1
November 28 – Homeless Thanksgiving Dinner
December 12 – Christmas Dinner at Boothe Home

*Saturday rehearsals end after Tech Week. No Saturday rehearsals the rest of the year. Saturday performance is scheduled on November 16.

WINTER SEMESTER
January 7 – First Winter Semester Rehearsal (Tuesdays 3-5:50, Thursdays 3-5:50)
January 17–18 – Twin Falls, Idaho Show #2, Afton, Wyoming Show #3
February 10-16 – Mid-Semester Tour to Northern California
February 11 – Reno, NV #4
February 12 – Merced, CA #5
February 13 – Modesto, CA #6
February 14 – San Jose, CA #7
February 15 – Oakland, CA #8
February 29 – YA’s in Concert – de Jong (Saturday matinee and evening)
March Winterfest
March 26–29 50th Anniversary Reunion, Shows & Devotional – Marriott Center
April Randy Awards
April 27-May 18 – Japan Tour
Fukuoka, Japan
Hiroshima, Japan
Osaka, Japan
Nagoya, Japan
Tokyo, Japan
Kawasaki, Japan
Saporro, Japan
Sendai, Japan
Chiba, Japan

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