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 ...
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 ...

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