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 Members of the New Virginians perform on stage in this color image from 1981. The group wears an assortment of costumes and sings into microphones in pairs, one arm raised above their heads. Behind them is a large light-up New Virginians sign.

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2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the New Virginians, and we’ll celebrate with a special event at the Moss Arts Center.

50th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, June 11
1-6 PM
Good news! Due to popular demand, registration for this event has been extended.

Event Schedule

10:30 AM: Informal Gathering with Coffee and Breakfast Goodies
Cube, Moss Arts Center
Stop by to drop off instruments and memoribilia and gather with friends olf and new. (Afterwards, feel free to explore campus or grab lunch downtown—there are a lot of great restaurants to enjoy!)

1-1:30 PM: On-Site Check-in for Workshop
Grand Lobby, Moss Arts Center

1:30-4 PM: Workshop Rehearsal
Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, Moss Arts Center

4 PM: Workshop Performance
Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, Moss Arts Center
Theatre doors open at 4:00 p.m.; estimated performance start time is 4:15 p.m.

We welcome your family and friends to attend the culminating workshop performance. All are welcome to attend this fun performance, so come early before the reception.

4:30-6 PM: Reception
Grand Lobby, Moss Arts Center
Join your fellow New Virginians, family, and friends for a fun reception with drinks and hors d/oeuvres.

8 PM: Evening Social
Catherine Breske is planning an informal gathering at her Blacksburg home. Plan to bring your own beverages. Directions will be available in person on June 11.

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History of the New Virginians

The New Virginians are an integral part of Virginia Tech’s musical history. Founded in 1972 as a student organization by the group’s first director, Stan Kingma, and later led by director John Howell, the New Virginians were the musical ambassadors of Virginia Tech, touring a musical variety show across Virginia and surrounding states.

The New Virginians featured 24 singers and dancers, a 12-piece showband led by Paul Breske, a technical staff, and a public relations staff. During its 21 active years, the New Virginians produced 18 albums; performed two annual on-campus events, the Homeshow each spring and a holiday benefit concert; and in the late 1970s, embarked on a summer tour across the United States that culminated in an appearance on the Dinah Shore Show.

The New Virginians – Moss Arts Center Connection

In 2018 New Virginians alumni and Moss Arts Center leadership formed a task force to work together to chronicle and celebrate the history of the group and plan opportunities to engage New Virginians alumni in events and the future of the arts at Virginia Tech. This relationship continues to grow, with a gathering in 2019 for a performance, reception, and tailgate, and the organization of a virtual performance in 2021. For 2022 the Moss Arts Center will host a special 50th Anniversary Celebration with a workshop and reception during Virginia Tech’s Reunion Weekend in June. 

Watch the New Virginians' virtual performance below.

Photo Credits
Images 1-14: Bob Arnold
Images 15-19: David Bunch
Images 20-48: Stan Kingma