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 Zoom screen shot of Mark and Maggie O'Connor giving virtual master class to VT violin student.

We have accomplished so much at the Moss Arts Center since we opened our doors in 2013, and we know this important work is going to continue to strengthen and prosper thanks to the generous support of our donors.

You are the reason we can bring life-transforming opportunities to students of all ages.

Your support allows us to offer master classes, workshops, and special performances to elementary, middle, high school, and college-aged students. These experiences show them how the arts can be a unifying force that bridges cultural, religious, ethnic, and economic differences.

Even during our distanced circumstances, we connected students and artists virtually for special engagement opportunities.

 

Virginia Tech musician learns from icon Mark O’Connor

 Zoom screen shot of Mark and Maggie O'Connor giving virtual master class to VT violin student.

Julia Villegas, a Virginia Tech junior majoring in music education, participated in a virtual master class with Grammy-winning music icon Mark O’Connor and his performing partner and wife, fellow Grammy winner Maggie O’Connor. Villegas and another Virginia Tech student musician performed on Zoom for the O’Connors, who provided real-time feedback and advice.

One of the most celebrated fiddle players in the world, O’Connor has released 45 feature album releases to date; won three Grammys and seven Country Music Association Awards; appeared on 450 albums; and collaborated with the likes of Johnny Cash, Wynton Marsalis, John Williams, Dolly Parton, and Yo-Yo Ma.

“If someone would have told 12-year-old me that I would someday play a fiddle tune for Mark O’Connor, I would not have believed it. This was a surreal experience, and I will cherish it the rest of my life,” she said of her master class experience.

With your help, the Moss Arts Center can continue to provide meaningful arts experiences for students like Julia—the kinds of experiences they will carry with them throughout their lives.

 

Student Arts Spotlight

The center found a way to celebrate the creativity and diversity of perspective of Virginia Tech students during the pandemic with its Student Arts Spotlight. Originally presented as an online exhibition featuring the work of the university’s undergraduate and graduate students, the program expanded to include a selection of works that could be viewed in person.

Presented by the Moss Arts Center Student Ambassadors, the exhibition included more than 60 works of art created by over 50 Virginia Tech students. From collages, sketches, photography, and paintings to digital works, sculpture, and textiles, the exhibition explored a range of work created by students from various academic disciplines.