Performers add campus flavor for Virginia Tech Music Day
Student and local musicians share their music with the community during Virginia Tech Music Day. Organized by Virginia Tech students, this third annual event will feature over 20 musicians performing in various outdoor locations throughout campus on Friday, April 13, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Organized by the Moss Arts Center Student Ambassadors, a student group that represents the center and helps promote its events to other students, the event is designed to celebrate the music-making of area performers and share their sounds with the university community.
With the motto “Ut Musica Faciam” (That I May Make Music), Virginia Tech Music Day began in 2016 under the leadership of student Emily Barritt, a current junior neuroscience and chemistry major, member of the Honors College, Moss Arts Center ambassador, and musician who plays bassoon with the New River Valley Symphony Orchestra.
Barritt developed the concept for Music Day with Virginia Tech chemistry professor Gordon Yee, who described a similar event he had attended at another university in his introductory chemistry class offered through the Honors College. Barritt took the lead and, with help from her fellow Moss Arts Center ambassadors, coordinated the first Virginia Tech Music Day two years ago. She spearheaded efforts to recruit student and community musicians, identify key outdoor spaces across campus for performances, and schedule performances in each of the areas throughout the day.
A different Moss Arts Center ambassador leads Music Day each year. This year, the event leader is Jamie Lindsay, a senior majoring in theater arts and public relations.
Below is a schedule including locations and times of some of the Virginia Tech Music Day performances:
Keith Rosenborough, acoustic guitar and voice, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Kappa Kappa Psi, pep band, 3-3:30 p.m.
Lavery Hall Plaza
Dr. Moon, acoustic guitar and voice, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Kat Mills, acoustic guitar and voice, 12-1 p.m.
Scott Gong, acoustic guitar and voice, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Newman Library Plaza
Emory Meyers, acoustic performer, 4-5:30 p.m.
Matthew Chan, John Crawford, and Ginger Cope, string musicians, 6-6:30 p.m.
Owens Dining Center, Hokie Grill & Co. entrance
Laurel Romoser, acoustic guitar and voice, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sagacious Mountainwalker, psychedelic blues, 5-6:30 p.m.
Squires Student Center, main entrance
Chance Messer, harp, 1-2 p.m.
Tonic Barbershop Quartet, 6-7 p.m.
War Memorial Hall Plaza
Jared Stout, acoustic guitar and voice, 4-4:30 p.m.
Zachary McDonald, solo bass guitar, 5-5:45 p.m.
Rodrigo Sarlo, Latin jazz, guitar/vocals, 6-7 p.m.
West End Market
Mason Lavinder, acoustic and voice, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Banana Split, indie rock band, 5:30-6 p.m.
Moss Arts Center, near the Alumni Mall entrance
Panda Bag, rock and blues band, 1-2 p.m.
Abhinuv Pitale, keyboard, 2:30-3 p.m.
The Sundogs, folk and psychedelic rock, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Chinquapin Hunters, regional and folk band, 5-6 p.m.
DJ King Kumo, 6:30-7 p.m.
Please note that the performance schedule is subject to change.
Virginia Tech Music Day is presented in conjunction with the Virginia Tech’s XL-Student Experiential Learning Conference.