The West Virginia University Feature Twirler auditions are comprised of two audition "rounds". The first audition is a video (DVD) submission, with a deadline of being RECEIVED by Wednesday, March 1st.
There is no required routine for this video or time limit. Each candidate should place on this video those routines and/or twirling material that they feel best represents their abilities. Videos taken at other performances (ie: competitions, field performances with marching bands, etc.) are allowed, however there must also be some video of the twirler TWIRLING SOLO (no team) AND CLOSE-UP (not at a long distance).
Videos will be judged, and from these results, finalists will be selected and invited to a second audition - which will be held at the WVU campus on the afternoon of Saturday, April 8th. The basis for selection and invitation to the second audition is that the candidate shows in their video the potential to twirl at the college level in a large stadium atmosphere.
Please send your video to the following address:
WVU Band Office
Feature Twirler Auditions
Suite 218 Creative Arts Center
P.O. Box 6111
Morgantown, WV 26506-6111
The candidate's contact information (e-mail, mailing address, & phone number) should also be included with the video submission.
When invited to the second audition, candidates will receive more detailed information about how to prepare. However, for the second audition, candidates will be asked to perform their solo routine and then a second routine (of their choice) in front of a panel of judges. There is no time limit placed on either of these routines. The audition will be held inside the WVU Shell Building – a large indoor space with a high ceiling and a hard-rubber gymnasium floor. Areas that are considered in judging include: showmanship, speed, difficulty, poise/balance, variety and "showiness" (that is, will the work "show" in a large football stadium?).
Twirlers who have previously twirled for the WVU Marching Band are required to audition each year. Thus, the twirling positions are open each year. Up to four twirlers may be selected to twirl with the WVU Band.
General questions about the auditions (ie: video submissions, deadlines, etc...) should be directed to the WVU Band office (304-293-3097). For "technical" questions (concerning routines, etc...) please contact Twirling Coordinator Dr. Paula Jo Meyer-Stout (email@example.com and 304-288-5053).Paula Jo Meyer-Stout, Ph.D.
WVU Marching Band