Arts News

Gregory Justice, who teaches acting at the Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts, often trains business executives, teachers, and professional speakers to use acting techniques to command audience attention. Here he demonstrates warmup exercises, which aid in easing tension to the voice and throat.
People tend to dread public speaking even more than they fear dying, according to a study finding that inspired comedian Jerry Seinfeld to quip, “This means, to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” Virginia Tech community memb...

Turning Big Data into Sound

The Cube at the Moss Arts Center
A unique collaboration between a music professor and an engineering professor at Virginia Tech will result in the creation of a new platform for data analysis that will make it possible to understand the significance of data by turning it into sound. Marking the first time a research project led ...
Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma works with Charlotte Cannon, a Virginia Tech sophomore from Blacksburg, during a special master class.
The Moss Arts Center hosted a special master class with legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma and students from Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts on November 6 in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located in the Moss Arts Center’s Street and Davis Performance Hall. Ma worked with Charlotte Cannon...
Jonathan Caldwell and the Wind Ensemble
The moment the Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble tooted its own horn, the crowd went wild — with funding. For the first time, the Wind Ensemble had been invited to perform at a national conference. When director Jonathan Caldwell announced the launch of a 45-day crowdfunding campaign during the ensembl...
Mailin von Pietrowski (left) and Tobias Wittek talk over an assignment in their Communicating Science course.
Can theatre exercises help with communication? Patricia Raun, a theatre professor in the School of Performing Arts, says they can. “I have taught acting at Virginia Tech to people outside of the theatre for decades,” said Raun, who is also the director of the Center for Communicating Science, whi...
Paul Steger
Paul Steger — an actor, a theatre director, a fight choreographer with Broadway credits, and an arts administrator — has been named director of the Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts. Most recently a professor in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebra...
Home to one of the largest multichannel audio systems in the world, the Cube supports a wide range of audio approaches, from data sonification to spatial sound composition.
It is difficult to imagine the movie Jaws without its famous theme song. With just two alternating notes repeating over and over, becoming faster and faster as it progresses, the piece communicates suspense and impending danger. According to Jaws director Steven Spielberg, composer John Williams ...
Dwight Bigler (far left) takes a celebratory stance in front of Carnegie Hall with, from left, Rebecca Pettit, Hayden Keefer, and Lauren Farrar, all members of the Chamber Singers.
Hokies took the stage at Carnegie Hall on April 11, when 165 Virginia Tech students and several of their School of Performing Arts professors performed at the iconic concert venue. Members of the Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble and the Virginia Tech Combined Choirs — the Chamber Singers, Tech Men, an...
Powwow
A small yet dedicated group of individuals — including several College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences students — organized the university’s first powwow, which took place on April 1 on the Graduate Life Center lawn. The intertribal powwow opened with a prayer offered by renowned schol...
Lucinda Roy, Alumni Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at Virginia Tech, will give a multimedia reading from Fabric, her new collection of poems, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Cube in the Moss Arts Center. The reading will feature artwork from the book, including the cover artwork, which Roy ...