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Mosaic for Earth

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World Premiere and Recording of "Mosaic for Earth"

The Virginia Tech Philharmonic, VT Chamber Singers, Tech Men, and VT Women's Chorus are excited to perform and record the world premiere of Dr. Dwight Bigler's Mosaic for Earth, on April 3, 2022, at Virginia Tech's Moss Arts CenterThis 75-minute new work for choir and orchestra weaves together music, environmental science, visual arts, and literature to celebrate the wonders of nature and explore humanity's impact on the environment. The Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts ensembles will be joined by the Blacksburg Master Chorale and Blacksburg Children's Chorale for this event, with special guest soprano soloist and Virginia Tech alumna, Danielle Talamantes. 

The 170 Virginia Tech student performers and 130 and community singers will fill the concert hall with music and a message that will be recorded and distributed worldwide by the Tonsehen recording label. Tonsehen will record, edit, mix, and master standard audio/video versions of the concert as well as in an immersive, 360º format. These recordings will be available on all of the major online music streaming platforms. 

We Need Your Help

Your support to help us raise $8,000 is critical to our successful partnership with Tonsehen. During their residency, they will mentor our VT music technology majors as they complete each step of the recording process:

  • Multichannel Audio Recording
  • Multicamera Video Recording
  • Edit, mix, master, print, and distribute the recordings internationally: limited print of CD/DVDs and extensive distribution on digital streaming services (iTunes, Amazon, Google, Spotify, HDTracks, etc.)

This campaign will help to fund approximately 1/3 of the recording cost. 

Showcase a VT Arts and Science Collaboration on an International Stage

The VT Choirs and Philharmonic highlight the well-rounded and extremely talented students at Virginia Tech. The ensembles include students from every College at Virginia Tech: Agriculture and Life Sciences, Architecture and Urban Studies, Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Natural Resources and Environment, and Science. Representing over 55 majors, these students are the flagship of Virginia Tech as they pursue excellence in carrying out Virginia Tech's motto, Ut prosim (That I May Serve).

Your support of this project will help us showcase Virginia Tech's talented students, faculty, alumni, and community, but will provide a foundation for future research projects and serve as a model for future performances of Mosaic for Earth. 

Bigler is collaborating with faculty in the VT's Myers-Lawson School of Construction and Environmental Sciences to present community outreach events leading up to the concert and recording. The Department of English will bring one of the authors of the text being sung in Mosaic to campus to engage students in creative conversations.

During the concert, digital images will be projected on large screens to enhance the performance and recording. Designed by VT's David Franusich, the projections will feature David's engaging visual content created here in the Blue Ridge Mountains and New York City artist Barbara Wolff's stunning illuminations, Psalm 104: You renew the face of the earth.

The Blacksburg Master Chorale is a key collaborator on this project. In addition to supporting the creation of the piece itself, they have committed significant funds towards this recording project and will be singing with the VT student musicians in the premiere.  

For more details about Mosaic for Earth, visit

VT School of Performing Arts

Blacksburg Master Chorale

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