Arts News

A choral performance at the Moss Arts Center by the School of Performing Arts
The New River Valley Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Tech Combined Choirs, Blacksburg Master Chorale, and Blacksburg Children’s Chorale will culminate the 2018 spring semester in a show of musical force with a fully orchestrated performance of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” presented by th...
Rendering of the first act of “The Importance of Being Earnest”
The School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech presents Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People” as the final Mainstage Theatre performance of the 2017–18 season. Performances run April 18–21 at the Moss Arts Center. This iconic farce follows two friend...
Chris Thomas
With a little love and maintenance, a trumpet can shine, and its sound — intensely bright and occasionally darker — also deepens with attention and care. Allen Bachelder gave to his trumpet students similar care to help them excel in Virginia Tech’s School for the Performing Arts. And because of...
Shakespeare’s Garden
The Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts presented a theatrical installation, “Shakespeare’s Garden: An Immersive Sound Stroll Through His Sonnets, Soliloquies, and Scenes,” on March 22–24. The installation used the spatial audio capabilities of the Cube, a high-tech performance space in the M...
Cast members Catherine McMullan (left) and Mary Pat Gilliam, both theatre arts majors, record sonnets for “Shakespeare’s Garden.”
The Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts will present a theatrical installation, “Shakespeare’s Garden: An Immersive Sound Stroll Through His Sonnets, Soliloquies, and Scenes,” on March 22–24 at the Moss Arts Center. The installation, which uses the spatial audio capabilities of the Cube, ...
Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble
Members of Virginia Tech’s Wind Ensemble will have the honor of performing at the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Southern Division Conference on February 23. “This prestigious conference is easily the most important performance we have ever given,” said Jonathan Caldwell, con...
Fun Home Rehearsal
The Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts will present the musical “Fun Home,” opening on February 20. The show — whose Broadway production won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical — will run through February 28 for eight performances in the Squires Studio Theatre. This tragic...
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...