Department of Music
 

Performance Listing (January 2014)

Student Convocation - 2:00 pm, Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

Music students in the School of Performing Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema, perform an informal afternoon recital.  Free and open to the public.




Seventeenth Annual Virginia Tech Honor Band Weekend - 8:00 am, Friday, January 24, 2014 - Squires Room 243

The Seventeenth Annual Virginia Tech Honor Band is scheduled for January 24-26, 2014.  We are pleased to announce that the world-class Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre in the beautiful new Virginia Tech Center for the Arts will serve as our performance venue throughout the weekend culminating with the final concert at 1 pm on Sunday, January 26.  That concert is free and open to the public. The move to our state-of-the-art Center for the Arts will bring some exciting changes to enhance the overall student experience throughout the event.  400 students, all nominated by their band directors, will spend the weekend in rehearsals, clinics, and performances on the Virginia Tech campus.  Dr. Andrew Putnam, Director of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Dr. Polly Middleton, Assistant Director of Athletic Bands, and two guest clinicians, will conduct three high school bands and one middle school band. For 2014, our guest clinicians are composer and music educator Michael Oare, Director of Bands at Great Bridge Middle School in Chesapeake, and Doug Spruill, Director of Bands at Poquoson High School in Poquoson. Virginia Tech faculty members will present master classes and performances throughout the weekend for the students, directors, and parents in attendance. Nominations from school band directors will be accepted from October 1 through November 1, 2013.   

 

 

 




Student Ensembles Concert: Band-A-Rama - 7:30 pm, Friday, January 24, 2014 - Center for the Arts Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

A favorite for the whole family, Band-A-Rama features the Virginia Tech Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Marching Virginians in a musical extravaganza. Tickets are free of charge and open to the public.  




Seventeenth Annual Virginia Tech Honor Band Weekend - 8:00 am, Saturday, January 25, 2014 - Squires Room 243

The Seventeenth Annual Virginia Tech Honor Band is scheduled for January 24-26, 2014.  We are pleased to announce that the world-class Street and Davis Performance Hall in the beautiful new Virginia Tech Center for the Arts will serve as our performance venue throughout the weekend culminating with the final concert at 1 pm on Sunday, January 26.  That concert is free and open to the public. The move to our state-of-the-art Center for the Arts will bring some exciting changes to enhance the overall student experience throughout the event.  400 students, all nominated by their band directors, will spend the weekend in rehearsals, clinics, and performances on the Virginia Tech campus.  Dr. Andrew Putnam, Director of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Dr. Polly Middleton, Assistant Director of Athletic Bands, and two guest clinicians, will conduct three high school bands and one middle school band. For 2014, our guest clinicians are composer and music educator Michael Oare, Director of Bands at Great Bridge Middle School in Chesapeake, and Doug Spruill, Director of Bands at Poquoson High School in Poquoson. Virginia Tech faculty members will present master classes and performances throughout the weekend for the students, directors, and parents in attendance. Nominations from school band directors will be accepted from October 1 through November 1, 2013.   




Ensemble Recital: Virginia Tech Brass Choir - 7:30 pm, Saturday, January 25, 2014 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

Brass faculty and students of the School Of Performing Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema perform an evening recital.  This concert is free and open to the public.




Virginia Tech Honor Band Final Concert - 1:00 pm, Sunday, January 26, 2014 - Center for the Arts Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

The Seventeenth Annual Virginia Tech Honor Band is scheduled for January 24-26, 2014.  We are pleased to announce that the world-class Street and Davis Performance Hall in the beautiful new Virginia Tech Center for the Arts will serve as our performance venue throughout the weekend culminating with the final concert at 1 pm on Sunday, January 26.  That concert is free and open to the public. The move to our state-of-the-art Center for the Arts will bring some exciting changes to enhance the overall student experience throughout the event.  400 students, all nominated by their band directors, will spend the weekend in rehearsals, clinics, and performances on the Virginia Tech campus.  Dr. Andrew Putnam, Director of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Dr. Polly Middleton, Assistant Director of Athletic Bands, and two guest clinicians, will conduct three high school bands and one middle school band. For 2014, our guest clinicians are composer and music educator Michael Oare, Director of Bands at Great Bridge Middle School in Chesapeake, and Doug Spruill, Director of Bands at Poquoson High School in Poquoson. Virginia Tech faculty members will present master classes and performances throughout the weekend for the students, directors, and parents in attendance. Nominations from school band directors will be accepted from October 1 through November 1, 2013.   




Visiting Artist Series: Nicholas Ross, piano - 7:30 pm, Monday, January 27, 2014 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

The Visiting Artist Series of The School of Performing Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema presents Nicholas Ross, piano.   The program includes Hungarian Rhapsody no. 13 by Liszt, Voiles, Estampes and Le Vent dans la plaine by Debussy, Sonata in C Major, K. 545 by Mozart, and Piano Sonata No. 2 by Virginia Tech composer Kent Holliday.

Visiting Artist Series tickets are $15 General | $10 Seniors | $5 Students and Youth under 18 years old. Tickets are available at the Student Centers and Activities Office and at the performance hall door one hour prior to the performance on a seats-available basis. For more information contact the Student Centers and Activities Ticket Office at 540.231.5615 or go to www.tickets.vt.edu. All sales final and refunds cannot be issued.

Pianist Nick Ross is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Keyboard Studies at Otterbein University. In addition to teaching piano, Dr. Ross also gives instruction in music theory, aural skills, and teaches an interdisciplinary course, Music and Ideology. Nick Ross performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe in such venues as St. Martin’s-in-the-Field and St. John’s Smith Square, London, the Field Room in Dublin, and the Engelse Kerk in Amsterdam. He is the pianist of the James Piano Quartet, a chamber group that is based in Virginia, which has held residencies at Sweet Briar College and the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival. 

Ross earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and also holds degrees in piano performance from the Twente Conservatory (now called ArtEz) in Holland and Trinity College of Music in London, as well as a Masters degree in Applied Mathematics from Twente University. His primary piano professors were John Perry, John Bingham, and Benno Pierweijer. In addition, he worked with Christine Croshaw and David Newbold on collaborative piano, and with Graham Johnson as a participant in The Young Songmaker’s Almanacin 1995. 
Prior to his arrival at Otterbein, Ross was a professor at Sweet Briar College in Virginia where he was the music department chair from 2005 until 2012. He received the Faculty Fellowship award for his sabbatical year of 2008-2009. His students have been prizewinners in competitions such as the Lion’s Club Bland Competition, East Carolina University Young Artist’s Competition, and the Gustavo Romero Piano Competition. 
For more information and samples from his recordings please visit: www.nickrosspianist.com.




Student Convocation featuring Nicholas Ross, piano - 2:00 pm, Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - Squires Recital Salon [map]

Special convocation featuring Nicholas Ross, piano.  Free and open to the public.