Creativity and Innovation

The Cube in the Moss Arts Center provides the setting for “Badstar,” a melding of music, architecture, and immersive audio and video. The architecture, which resembles a stalactite cathedral unfurling from the ceiling of the Cube, is constructed of massive cut-paper hangings.
The Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts will present “Badstar,” a one-of-a-kind musical and visual experience, in the Cube at the Moss Arts Center on Oct. 11–13 at 7:30 p.m. The collaboration for the performance began in 2017, when violinist Charles Nichols, an assistant professor in ...
Eric Lyon
Imagine sitting in a darkened room, watching a group of musicians strike their marimbas. And although light illuminates the stationary performers, it seems as though their music is traveling up the sides of the walls and onto to the ceiling, only to crash down upon you. Your reflex is to duck. Hu...
Philologia Unveiling 2018
Philogia, a peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal published by the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, published its decade milestone issue.
The finalists gather in the lobby of the Moss Arts Center. Pictured in the front row are, from left, Shalini Rana, third-place winner; Katherine Louis, second-place winner; and Jillian Mouton, first-place winner. In the middle row, from left, are finalists Mara DePena, Jessica Mardian, Allison Lee Craft, and Nima Trivedi. In the back row are H. H. Hsueh; Alison Miller; AnnRea Fowler; Fintan Kelly; Donna and Dennis Treacy, supporters of the competition; Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of English; and Taylor Thackaberry.
One of the world’s oldest art forms was recently celebrated in one of the most technologically advanced performance spaces, when the ceremony honoring Steger Poetry Prize winners was, for the first time, held in the Cube at the Moss Arts Center. Now in its 13th year, Virginia Tech’s annual poetry...
Two performers of the Salt Marsh Suite dance on stage at the ACCelerate Festival.
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-day celebration of creative exploration and research. Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian spearheade...
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 ...
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...

Creativity Unbounded

Lynda Barry
“The original digital device is this,” cartoonist Lynda Barry said, holding up a hand and waggling her fingers. “Plus! It’s wireless and biofueled.” As part of the Virginia Tech Department of English Visiting Writer Series, Barry gave a presentation at the Moss Arts Center on, as she described it,...
Laptop Orchestra
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 sounds? That question drives my students’ and my own passion for discovery with our unusual ensemble,...