A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR

The world-traveled Young Ambassadors are celebrating their 49th season starting Fall 2018. It has been my pleasure to direct this performance company for 37 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, Africa and Brazil 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 April 2-5, 2019. Callbacks will be in the afternoon on April 5, 2019.

– 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.

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 2-5, 2019. Callbacks will be in the afternoon on April 5, 2019.

– 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 5, 2019 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 the following students who have been selected to serve as Young Ambassadors for 2018-2019.

Hanna Christensen
Hannah Dalley
Caleb Featherstone
Daniel Gallacher
Noah Hartwell
Andrew Jefferies
Heather Jefferies
Sophia Jensen
Rachel Peterson
Kelsey Phillips

Bronwyn Reed
Bryce Rosenberg
Amy Smith
Anna Tanner
Johnathan Tanner
Preston Taylor
Emily Taylor
Cagen Tregeagle
Channing Weir
McKenna Wright

Starting May 7, 2018, you may contact Preston Taylor (presto.tay18@gmail.com) to set an appointment for an audition follow-up meeting with the director, Randy Boothe.

Congratulations to the new Young Ambassador Company of 2018/2019, as well as to all who auditioned. We saw so much remarkable talent this year and eagerly anticipate the adventures ahead for this next year’s company.

For those who have been cast, please take some time as soon as conveniently possible to email Randy Boothe (randall_boothe@byu.edu) and Preston Taylor (presto.tay18@gmail.com) stating:

  1. Your official acceptance of your casting
  2. Your summer plans (where you will be, how we can contact you, etc.)
  3. All preferred methods of communication (cell phone number, email address, Instagram/Facebook profile info, etc.)
  4. Sizes for:
    1. T-shirt (unisex)
    2. Tennis shoes

We also ask that you email our costumer, MaryLynn Schaerrer (mary_schaerrer@byu.edu), ASAP to set up a time in the next week to come in for a costume fitting. We would like to get everyone fitted before the last day of class (Wednesday, April 18th).

Thank you for your prompt responses, and welcome to the Young Ambassadors!

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