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Auditions

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR


The Young Ambassadors, Brigham Young University’s elite song and dance ensemble, shares the magic of storytelling through contemporary music, dance, and theatre. Comprised of 20 student singers, dancers, actors, and stage technicians, the ensemble delivers a fast-paced showcase inspired by American Musical Theatre, Rock and Pop music. These talented performers offer a fresh view of America’s culture and ways of life.

It is my privilege and opportunity to direct this amazing ensemble of students. Together we collaborate on the vision and execution of our performances. We endeavor to have the Spirit present in our meetings, rehearsals, and performances. One of our most valued experiences is travelling off campus and engaging in workshops, devotionals and performances with a variety of peoples and communities around the world.

If you are interested in joining this group, know that we welcome all types of artists and personalities and encourage diversity in thought, attitude, practice and skill set. I welcome those individuals who are interested in learning, growing, and contributing to come and be part of our group.

-Nathan Balser

AUDITIONING
Live Auditions
Video Auditions
Final Callbacks
Tech Crew Auditions
Band Auditions


Auditions will be held March 29th- 31st. Auditions will be held in person at the Richards Building on BYU campus. You can sign up for an audition time using this link.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F45A4A628A2FB6-byuyoung

***if you cannot make one of these times work, please contact Cagen Tregeagle at cagen511@gmail.com

For the audition please prepare.

  • Singing Details: For submitting a singing audition choose two contrasting songs such as a ballad and an up-tempo selection. Each song should be about 16 bars in length. Please bring sheet music. (or approx 30-45 sec). NOTE: We care less about the selection of song and more about your voice. Choose something you LOVE to sing and then because it is a video audition, make sure you can be heard over the accompaniment whether that be track or live.
    If you choose to audition as a singer you do not have to submit a dance video, but if called back you will have to learn a dance combo then.
  • Dancing Details: There will be a live dance call from 4:30-6:30 p.m.on Thursday the 31st. You will be asked to learn a quick combination, and possible across the floor combinations during this time.

FAQs:

  • Does everyone in YAs have to sing? YES and NO. Beginning next year, although all members of the group will be expected to sing in ensemble pieces, there will be some tracks in the production that will not have a vocal solo. These tracks are intended for strong dancers.
  • Does everyone in YAs have to dance? YES and NO. Beginning next year, although all members of the group will be expected to move well in ensemble pieces, there will be some tracks in the production that will highlight their singing and acting skills.
  • Is it true you are looking for people who play instruments and have musical direction skills? YES. The YAs are looking for performers who have a variety of skill sets including a vocal captain with a high level of musicianship that plays the piano extremely well.
  • What should I wear? For the vocal audition please wear nice casual attire that exhibits your personality. For the dance audition please wear dance attire (comfortable but form fitting athletic wear) that fits the BYU Dept. of Dance dress guidelines which can be found at dance.byu.edu. Tennis shoes or jazz shoes are suggested.
  • NOTE: Once you have completed the application process, you will receive a confirmation email of your application.

For questions regarding auditions, please contact:Nathan Balser n_balser@byu.edu (801) 422-8022.


Video Instructions:
Please submit video auditions at: https://byudance.slideroom.com/#/login/program/65901

There is a small fee for submitting a video audition. It can be paid at the submission website.

  • 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). Then upload it into your SlideRoom account.
  • Please include all files in one video, not multiple. The video should contain 20-30 seconds of self introduction, 16 bars of a ballad, 16 bars of an up-tempo selection and/or 30 seconds of dance.

Submissions must be received by April 1st 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:Nathan Balser n_balser@byu.edu (801) 422-8022.

Final Callbacks will be held IN PERSON April 1, 2022.
Callbacks will be conducted in the evening of the 1st (5:00-10:00 p.m.) Please, if called back keep these times open.

Everyone invited to final callbacks may be asked to prepare certain material related to your skill sets. You may be asked to sing specific material as well as learn additional movement combinations.

An interview at an additional time and with the director may also be asked of you.

Interviews for the technical support staff are started by contacting Troy Streeter at your earliest convenience. Positions include:

  • Sound engineers
  • Master electrician
  • Stage hands
  • Stage manager
  • Wardrobe manager
  • Prop master
  • Follow-spot operators

Interviews may be made with Troy Streeter, Technical Director.

Contact Troy by email at Troy_streeter@byu.edu

Applications for technical staff are available in the RB Music Office, 1128 RB.

BAND Auditions will be held in person. Please pre-register for a specific date and time at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040f45a4a628a2fb6-byuyoung
All Instruments:

Auditions will be held in RB 1127. Please email s80hldwy@gmail.com with your name and instrument once you have signed up for a time slot.

Individual auditions will take about 15-20 minutes.

The week before the audition you will be sent 2 songs from the current YA show to prepare. You’ll receive sheet music and a click track to practice with, as well as a reference track.

The audition will include sight reading both standard notation and chord charts. Expect to play a variety of genres such as pop, rock, classical, funk, jazz, etc.

In addition to the above requirements, prepare for the following:

Piano: 

Prepare 2 contrasting pieces: 1 must be a popular contemporary song (pop, rock, Disney, musical theater, etc.)

1 song of choice (can be classical, contemporary, or anything in between)

Choose pieces that you are comfortable with and showcase your strengths! We may not have time to hear the pieces in their entirety.

Guitar:

Prepare 1 pop or rock song (may play along to a track) and 1 electric guitar solo (about 1 minute or less) Choose a solo that showcases your musicality and technique.

Improvisation

Bass:

1 prepared pop or rock piece (may play along to a track) Choose a song you are comfortable with that showcases your musicality and technique.

Improvisation

Demonstrate grooves in various styles: rock, pop ballad, swing, disco, funk, etc.

Drums:

1 prepared pop or rock piece (may play along to a track) Choose a song you are comfortable with that showcases your musicality and technique.

Demonstrate grooves in various styles: rock, pop ballad, swing, disco, funk, etc.

Please provide your own sticks.