Allison Hutchison, a Virginia Tech doctoral student in the Department of English, plays a name game with other graduate students during a workshop to prepare for the Oct. 27 Nutshell Games.

Nutshell Games to Offer Research Appetizers

The Nutshell Games will be held on Oct. 27 at 4:30 p.m. at the Moss Arts Center in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Science Festival.
Angels in America graphic with crying eyes

‘Angels in America’ Holds Relevant Message for Today

Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches” opens in Squires Studio Theatre on Nov. 7 and will run through Nov. 14 for a total of seven performances.
Members of the Chamber Singers pose with their choir director, Dwight Bigler, at the Moss Arts Center.

Virginia Tech Chamber Singers to Perform at Statewide Conference

Virginia Tech Chamber Singers, the most selective choral group on campus, was chosen as the only collegiate choir to sing at the statewide Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) Conference th...
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.

‘Badstar’ Offers an Immersive, Experimental, and Visually Rich Concert

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 collabo...
Dwight Bigler (foreground), director of choral activities, and the Virginia Tech Chamber Singers are jumping at the chance to perform in Spain.

JUMP Campaign Aims to Send a Harmony of Voices to Spain

The Virginia Tech Chamber Singers have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help fund a musical tour of Spain’s most sacred venues.
Allen Vizzutti playing the trumpet

Third Annual Trumpet Festival Showcases Range of Talent

The third annual Virginia Tech Trumpet Festival will fill the Squires Student Center with the music of talented guest artists and faculty and student trumpeters throughout the weekend of Sept. 28–30. ...
Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II are the subject of the play “Decision Height.”

School of Performing Arts’ Mainstage Season Takes Flight with ‘Decision Height’

The Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts’ production of “Decision Height” will take off on Sept. 25 for the first of eight performances. Patricia Raun, professor of performance and voice, will ...
Patricia Lavender

Patricia Lavender Honored with Emerita Status

Patricia Lavender, associate professor of theatre arts in the School of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of associate pr...
A Virginia Tech student plays the violin during a master class with cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

School of Performing Arts Season Showcases Artistic Talent

The 2018–19 season of the Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts will showcase music, theatre, and cinema performances by students, faculty members, and guest artists. The season will run fro...
David McKee expresses his signature enthusiasm at the grand opening of the new practice facility for The Marching Virginians.

The Leader of the Band

In 1986, a slight underestimation was made about graduate assistant Dave McKee’s future at Virginia Tech. “They said, ‘Take the band and run it for a year,’” said McKee, in March. “And I said, ‘Sur...
The Heartland Marimba Quartet is one of the ensembles performing during the Heartland Marimba Festival.

Heartland Marimba Festival Comes to Blacksburg

The Heartland Marimba Festival is coming to Blacksburg July 11-15 with three free concerts for the public. Performers include high school, college, and professional percussionists from across the coun...
Polly Middleton stands in Lane Stadium, home to both Hokie football and The Marching Virginians.

Polly Middleton Named Director of The Marching Virginians

After years of experience with marching bands, Polly Middleton is well-versed in homecomings. And now she’ll have a homecoming of her own as she rejoins The Marching Virginians. For five years, Mid...
Eric Lyon

Eric Lyon Receives Guggenheim Fellowship to Explore the Edges of Spatial Orchestration

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 si...
Ivica Ico Bukvic, seated, gathers with members of an earlier iteration of the Linux Laptop Orchestra.

New Creative Technologies in Music Degree Option Reimagines Instruments and Soundmaking

Zip. Whoosh. Zip. Zip. These are the sounds of a needle moving in a vinyl record’s groove while someone moves a turntable back and forth. With a closer listen, the sounds transform into a melodic, rhy...
Maria Jernigan, Undergraduate Student of the Year, inside one of her favorite rooms in Hillcrest Hall where she has lived during her four years at Virginia Tech. She says she loves the history of the space and the fact you can still see the marks in the hardwood floor from the heeled shoes of early, all-female residents.

Maria Jernigan Named Undergraduate Student of the Year

Maria Jernigan, a triple major from Virginia Beach, Virginia, thinks about how virtual reality could enhance high school learning. She absently taps an old-fashioned fountain pen against her not...
Billie Lepczyk

Billie Lepczyk Receives the Alumni Award for Excellence in Research

Billie Lepczyk, a professor in the School of Performing Arts, has received the university’s 2018 Alumni Award for Research Excellence. Established by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the...
A choral performance at the Moss Arts Center by the School of Performing Arts

School of Performing Arts Presents Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’

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 ...
Rendering of the first act of “The Importance of Being Earnest”

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ Is Witty and Stylish

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 s...
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 ...

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