Melissa Faircloth

Graduate Students Offer Diversity Spotlights

Five graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences recently participated in a Diversity Spotlight event, in which the Virginia Tech Graduate School’s 2017 Diversity...
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 at Carnegie Hall Photo Gallery

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 V...

School of Performing Arts Presents David Mamet’s ‘Glengarry Glen Ross‘

Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Glengarry Glen Ross” by David Mamet will close out the 2016–17 Mainstage Theatre season for the Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts. The play opens April 18, with 10 ...
Powwow

Students Organize the University’s First 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...

Virginia Tech Musicians to Perform at Carnegie Hall

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 concer...
Elizabeth Coleman

The Art of Teaching

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 T...

Fourth Annual Music Exposition Celebrates Spring

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 Elle...
Tashauna Blankenship, a graduate student in psychology in the Virginia Tech College of Science, practices improvisational techniques in a class on communicating science.

The Art of Communicating Science Effectively

Steven Poelzing wheeled a metal stand bearing two bags of intravenous solution onto the stage and began to describe his research. He could easily have slipped into the language of his discipline wi...
Carol Jantsch

World-Class Tubist Carol Jantsch Showcased in Performances

Carol Jantsch, principal tuba of The Philadelphia Orchestra, will perform a recital at Virginia Tech on Feb. 25 in the Squires Recital Salon and with the Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble on Feb. 26 at the ...

In Memoriam: Paul ‘Tony’ Distler, Legendary Voice of the Marching Virginians

Paul “Tony” Distler — director of the School of the Arts emeritus at Virginia Tech and former Voice of the Marching Virginians — died Dec. 28, 2016. He was 79. “Tony — and all the students, faculty...
Laptop Orchestra

How to Conduct an Orchestra Without Musical Instruments

What if a conductor didn’t have to rely on musicians playing bassoons and violas and timpani? What if the conductor’s very motions—the finger taps and arm flourishes—were what created the symphonic so...
OPERAcraft dress rehearsal

How to Take Minecraft to Operatic Heights

Opera, as a highly complex artform, can teach skills in many areas beyond vocal virtuosity and musical composition: storytelling, character development, scene construction, choreography, stagecraft. S...
Kelly Ryner

The Art of Immersive Theatre

A 16th-century Chinese kingdom ruled by a mischievous monkey. An Inca-cursed, fire-breathing temple harboring a legendary treasure. The hidden chambers of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. T...

Creativity and Innovation District

Virginia Tech has formed a Creativity and Innovation District — an area along the eastern edge of campus where it intersects with downtown Blacksburg — to champion the complexities of innovation, from...

School of Performing Arts presents ‘Clybourne Park’

Playwright Bruce Norris’ award-winning  comedic drama “Clybourne Park” opens the Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts’ 2016–2017 Mainstage Theatre series on September 27. The show will run fo...
Cast members include (from left to right): Woody Chapman, Caroline Silas, Logan Beveridge, Kenzy Forman, Matthew Babineau, Kirstin Wolf.

Spring Musical Spells Out Ups and Downs of Adolescence

The School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech will conclude its 2015-16 Mainstage Theatre season with “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Performances are April 28–30 at 7:30 p.m. and May 1...
William Shakespeare portrait

All’s Well that Ends Well

Think Shakespeare has no swag? He invented the word. Such hipster memes, witty tweets, and even the translation of “Hamlet” into Klingon — a “Star Trek”­–inspired language — all pay homage ...

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