Arts News

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 ...
Practice, practice, practice. The classic punchline about the best way to get to Carnegie Hall will prove true for 165 Virginia Tech students on April 11, when they perform at the storied concert venue. The students — and several of their professors — will have earned their berths on stage ...

The Art of Teaching

Elizabeth Coleman
Elizabeth Coleman, a visionary educator and former president of Bennington College, will present a talk entitled “Teaching: A Noble Art,” on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech. The event, hosted by the Academy of Teaching Excellence in Virginia Tech’s Center for Instru...
More than 200 performers will come together from across the university for one of Virginia Tech’s biggest music events, Exposition IV: An Appalachian Spring, on March 19 at 4 p.m. in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre. All seven colleges across campus are represented by the diverse group of talented...
School of Performing Arts rendition of the play Waiting for Godot
Performing arts professor Cara Rawlings has used clown techniques to coach an actor in what iconic role? Was it Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Mute in The Fantasticks, or Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream? None of the above — it was the HokieBird in Lane Stadium. That detail is on...

One-Man Band

Mike Butera sits next to Instrument 1, the first Artiphon product
Mike Butera was always the guy in the band toting multiple instruments: the beat-up banjoes, the ukulele rescued from a dusty shop, the cello that overwhelmed the stage. The classically trained violinist, who played in an Americana-roots band, couldn’t help himself. He was always tinkering with mus...