Chris Thomas

JUMP Campaign Launched for the Virginia Tech Trumpet Festival

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 studen...
Shakespeare’s Garden

Photos: ‘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 ...
Cast members Catherine McMullan (left) and Mary Pat Gilliam, both theatre arts majors, record sonnets for “Shakespeare’s Garden.”

The Immersive Theatrical Installation of ‘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 a...
A member of the Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble practices before a concert.

‘Cinescapes’ Concert to Highlight Music from Film

NOTE OF CANCELLATION: Exposition V: Cinescapes, scheduled for Sunday, March 25, at the Moss Arts Center, has been canceled and will not be rescheduled. If you have already purchased tickets for this ...
Patricia Lavender

Patricia Lavender Recognized for Faculty Service

Patricia Lavender, an associate professor in the School of Performing Arts, has earned membership into the Virginia Tech Academy of Faculty Service. With this appointment, she will join a community...
Brian Malow

Science Comedian Makes People Laugh — and Think

Brian Malow believes that he can make anyone laugh. But laughter isn’t necessarily his end goal. The self-proclaimed science comedian wants to make people think. “There are ways of looking at the w...
Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble

Carnegie Hall Accolades Help Send Wind Ensemble to Perform at National Conference

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 ...
Fun Home Rehearsal

‘Fun Home’ Offers a Tragicomic Musical Experience

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...
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.

The Art of Connecting with Audiences

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 t...
The Cube at the Moss Arts Center

Turning Big Data into Sound

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 ...
Legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma works with Charlotte Cannon, a Virginia Tech sophomore from Blacksburg, during a special master class.

Virginia Tech Students Perform for Yo-Yo Ma

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...
Two performers of the Salt Marsh Suite dance on stage at the ACCelerate Festival.

ACCelerate Festival Showcased Innovation on a National Stage

An estimated 36,000 people passed through the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., for ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival, a three-d...
Jonathan Caldwell and the Wind Ensemble

Wind Ensemble Blows Past Its Initial Crowdfunding Goal

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 ...
Nosferatu Poster

Contemporary Theatre Artist Ping Chong Re-Creates His ‘Nosferatu’

Virginia Tech students have the opportunity to work with internationally recognized theatre artist and innovator Ping Chong as he directs his work “Nosferatu: A Vampire Tale For Our Times,” as part of...
Stephen Prince sitting in a movie theater

New Book Explores the Cinema of Kobayashi Masaki

Stephen Prince, a professor of cinema studies in the Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts, has published an exploration of the life and cinematic works of a legendary Japanese filmmaker. “A Drea...
Kent Holliday

Kent Holliday Honored with Emeritus Status

Kent Holliday, professor of music in the Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The emeritus tit...
Mailin von Pietrowski (left) and Tobias Wittek talk over an assignment in their Communicating Science course.

Communicating Science Course Serves as Cornerstone of German Fulbright Summer Institute

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 th...
Paul Steger

Paul Steger Named Director of School of Performing Arts

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. ...
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.

The Future of Sound Begins in the Cube

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 su...
Claire Petrie and William Owen

Scholarship Celebrates the Natural Leadership of The Marching Virginians

As an engineering student with a demanding course load, Claire Petrie, of Glen Allen, Virginia, may sometimes have been too preoccupied to start band rehearsal with a smile. “But by the end,”...

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