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Why Study Performing Arts Here?

In the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech, you will have uncommon experiences and be met with unexpected opportunities.  We love what we study and teach! Our students give their course work in theatre, music, and cinema the highest student perception of instruction scores on campus – with average overall scores of 5.7 out of 6. Our students regularly are involved in internships and apprenticeships with professional theatre companies, at significant music festivals, and with other non-classroom learning opportunities. Being a bit farther from urban centers means that we have the time to focus and to be very, very productive. We present over 150 public events each year – ranging from fully-mounted contemporary theatre productions to experimental interdisciplinary pieces, and from large symphonic concerts to documentary and narrative film. We host more than 30 nationally and internationally known guest artists in residencies every year. While we take joy in our work, we also take your education seriously.  All of our degrees are accredited by their disciplinary accrediting body (the National Association of Schools of Music or the National Association of Schools of Theatre).

We have a strong faculty filled with award-winning teachers. They have built a reputation among students for being approachable and engaging. We are proud to provide small class sizes to maximize student-teacher interaction. Our faculty work closely with our students to ignite a true passion for learning.

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We have a strong faculty filled with award-winning teachers. They have built a reputation among students for being approachable and engaging. We are proud to provide small class sizes to maximize student-teacher interaction. Our faculty work closely with our students to ignite a true passion for learning.

Internships provide students with real-world experience, making them more competitive in the job market after graduation.

Career
Internships provide students with real-world experience, making them more competitive in the job market after graduation.

In addition to scholarships offered by the university and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, we offer performing arts scholarships to our students.

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In addition to scholarships offered by the university and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, we offer performing arts scholarships to our students.

Ensembles are a key component of the curriculum and a great way to bring your music to Virginia Tech.

Chamber Singers
Ensembles are a key component of the curriculum and a great way to bring your music to Virginia Tech.

Studying abroad offers you an extraordinary learning experience. Our trips vary by year; you can also participate in university sponsored study abroad opportunities that complement your program of study.

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Studying abroad offers you an extraordinary learning experience. Our trips vary by year; you can also participate in university sponsored study abroad opportunities that complement your program of study.

We host a variety of events including film series at the Lyric, guest speakers, and socials. You can also get involved in many existing events and opportunities.

Women's Choir
We host a variety of events including film series at the Lyric, guest speakers, and socials. You can also get involved in many existing events and opportunities.