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    Finding harmony as students and performers , video

    Assistant Professor in the School of Performing Arts, Mathias Elmer leads the Virginia Tech Philharmonic Orchestra. Students, Rian and Keenan, make up some of the many non-major performers. "There are probably hundreds of talented students who play an instrument and we have open doors, and would love to have even more musicians in our ensemble."

    Date: Feb 09, 2024
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    Open textbook project wins prestigious international award , article

    University Libraries' Open Education Initiative team received a first-of-its-kind "highly commended" designation for the open textbook project "Original Études for the Developing Conductor" at the 2023 Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers Annual Conference Awards.

    Date: Jan 25, 2024
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    Music expert expounds on Taylor Swift’s unmatched cultural impact , article

    Following a recording-breaking concert tour so huge that she brought mini economic booms wherever she went, pop star Taylor Swift’s cultural ascendancy reached another peak as Time Magazine pronounced her Person of the Year. Virginia Tech voice expert Ariana Wyatt discusses Swift’s legacy and cultural impact.

    Date: Dec 08, 2023
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    'Writing saved me': Alumna Vonda Paige makes a masterful pivot , article

    Paige moved from a career in journalism to become an award-winning executive producer/producer of documentary films. Her film "The Woodstock of House" chronicles the rise of Chicago house music and is finishing up a run of 17 film festivals this year.

    Date: Nov 29, 2023
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    Broadway stage not too big for Virginia Tech alumnus , article

    Bryson Baumgartel’s decision to pursue a degree in piano performance from Virginia Tech led to him being front and center on the world’s biggest stage. In early October, he made his Broadway conducting debut when he conducted the American musical “Merrily We Roll Along,” a show that tells the story of how three friends’ lives and friendship change over the course of 20 years.

    Date: Nov 20, 2023
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    Disciplines and cultures come together in Jazz Ensemble , video

    A shared love of jazz music brings a broad range of students together in Virginia Tech's Jazz Ensemble. While some of the students are music majors, others come from engineering, architecture, business information technology, and more. "The music itself is America's greatest cultural contribution to the world," said Associate Professor Jason Crafton. "It's a music that's kind of rooted in African rhythm and European harmony."

    Date: Nov 15, 2023
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    New Music + Technology Festival continues to showcase artists pushing performance boundaries , article

    The festival will run Sept. 25-27 in the Cube at the Moss Arts Center.

    Date: Sep 19, 2023
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    Collaboration on music textbook connects students to historically excluded composers , article

    For decades, music textbook publishers have relied on music available in the public domain for études — short compositions used to teach performing and conducting techniques. Music in public domain is mostly by the same batch of composers — such as Ludwig van Beethoven and Gustav Mahler. This new freely available textbook breaks that mold.

    Date: Aug 28, 2023
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    School of Performing Arts' fall season offers a variety of music, theatre, cinema , article

    The season begins Aug. 31 and includes performances by students, faculty members, and guest artists.

    Date: Aug 22, 2023
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    ‘No greater experience’: Alumnus performs his concerto with Boston Symphony Orchestra , article

    Jeff Midkiff '85 performed his mandolin concerto "From the Blue Ridge" with the orchestra on July 23. This opportunity was a crown jewel achievement in a lifetime dedicated to music, one Midkiff will never forget.

    Date: Jul 31, 2023
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    Pinar Acar receives NSF CAREER award to design the materials of the future , article

    Acar’s team specializes in creating digital profiles of materials. In this project, the team will be creating digital models set to music.

    Date: Jul 27, 2023
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    Music expert expounds on Tony Bennett’s monumental legacy , article

    Singer Tony Bennett, dead at age 96, left behind a mountain of musical achievements over a career that spanned eight decades. Singer and Virginia Tech voice expert Ariana Wyatt expounds on Bennett’s many contributions to music and society.

    Date: Jul 21, 2023
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    Summer Arts Festival offers free fun for all , article

    The festival, a partnership between the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech and the Town of Blacksburg, offers indoor and outdoor concerts, movies, visual arts, children’s activities, and other special events.

    Date: Jun 09, 2023
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    Orchestrating a symphony of connections in community music education , video

    The Virginia Tech String Project is a community enrichment program whose mission is to provide string music education for regional students and prepare future music teachers and educators. Their recent 15th anniversary concert at Moss Arts Center and performance of the National Anthem at a Salem Red Sox game are examples of several special events to celebrate Virginia Tech's dedication to leadership in string music education in the state.

    Date: Jun 08, 2023
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    Phi Beta Kappa recognizes excellence in creativity and research among faculty members, students , article

    Sophia Terazawa, Amanda Demmer, Stephanie Sheets, and Dwight Bigler claimed the 2023 prizes from the academic honor society for books of history and poetry, a scholarly essay, and a musical composition for choir and orchestra.

    Date: Jun 07, 2023
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    Liminal Spaces: A first-of-its-kind sonic journey through the spaces between , video

    Liminal Spaces is a fully immersive 15-minute sonically-rich, layered audio, spatial experience that was performed inside the Cube at Virginia Tech. A collaboration between Ben Knapp, executive director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and professor of computer science, and Eric Lyon, a music technologist and composer, and professor of composition and creative technologies in the School of Performing Arts, the piece used the one-of-a-kind capabilities of the Cube to completely immerse participants in sound, inviting audience members to experience music in an unprecedented way. Through the piece, audiences explored the time that exists between morning and night, between near and far, between calm and storm. It was a plunge into the time between what was and what comes next. Liminal Spaces is the first piece to make use of a layered immersive spatial audio system, consisting of two high-density loudspeaker arrays (HDLAs): a far-field 140-loudspeaker array (the Cube) and a nearfield 32-loudspeaker array (the Tesseract), coupled with bone conduction headphones. This configuration allowed Ben and Eric to deliver sounds in the range from highly intimate sounds delivered via bone vibrations, all the way to acoustic infinity with the far-field speaker array. A "starburst" array of eight loudspeakers distributed between the Tesseract and the walls of the Cube gave them the ability to explore the liminal spaces between the two main HDLAs. More info:

    Date: May 10, 2023
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    New Music + Technology Festival features handmade instruments, animated musical scores , article

    The festival begins at 6 p.m. each night and runs Monday through Wednesday, May 1-3. Monday’s performance will be held at the Creativity and Innovation District, and the events on Tuesday and Wednesday will be performed in the Cube at the Moss Arts Center.

    Date: Apr 27, 2023
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    25 Years of Soulstice A Cappella Alumni Toast Vlog , video

    Meet the Soulstice a cappella sisters as they vlog their 25th anniversary social!

    Date: Apr 11, 2023

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