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The Penn State School of Music

The School of Music’s mission is to inspire and educate performers, composers, scholars, and teachers in an atmosphere that fosters excellence and serves the global and regional community.

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Across the College
  • Barbara Korner, dean of the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture, is the co-recipient of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2016 Ellen Stewart Award for Career Achievement in Academic Theatre, with Mark Heckler, president...
  • In his early years at Penn State, Craig Zabel spent many hours amidst wooden cataloging cabinets containing drawers full of photographic slides. With nimble fingers and unwavering focus, Zabel — an associate professor and head of Penn State’s...
Student Spotlight
  • Penn State Graphic Design student Ashley Turcheck had her dream become reality when she snagged a summer internship at Michael Kors in New York City. Turcheck, who will graduate in May 2017, has long been a fan of Michael Kors...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • The Palmer Museum of Art will present a new exhibition, "Still Moving: Photographs by Steve McCurry," from June 14 through Sept. 18. Internationally acclaimed photographer and 1974 Penn State graduate Steve McCurry is often on the move. Best known...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • Tim Baird, professor of landscape architecture and 2015–16 Stuckeman Professor in Interdisciplinary Design in the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, will return to the studio this fall with plenty...
  • Robin Thomas, associate professor of art history, spent his sabbatical conducting research in the archives at the Royal Palace of Caserta in Naples, Italy for his upcoming book about Bourbon palaces. “The book will explore...
  • Odds are that many people have walked past the Woskob Family Gallery in the lobby of the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center on South Allen Street without realizing it. Haley Finnegan plans to change that. As program manager for...
  • While most professors are taking a break from teaching during the summer, Madis Pihlak, associate professor of art and architecture, is helping high school students learn to make their own video games. Pihlak is one of the...
  • The School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Marko Marcinko as Director of Jazz Studies, beginning fall 2016. During his years in the music industry, Marcinko has worked as a freelance musician playing...
Research/Creative Activity
  • Mary Ann Stankiewicz, Penn State professor of art education, has written Developing Visual Arts Education in the United States: Massachusetts Normal Art School and the Normalization of Creativity, published June 22 by academic publisher Palgrave Macmillan....
  • Michele Dunleavy, associate professor of theatre and Borland Project Space resident, will give a lecture, “From Hot Metal to Cool Art: A History of the Carrie Furnace in Two Parts,” with Rivers of Steel Arts director of archives, Ron Baraff, and...
  • The Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) is pleased to begin its ADRI Dialogues series on Tuesday, August 30, 12-1 p.m. in 16 Borland Building with “Intersections Between Media Art, Video Games and Product Design: How to Transform an Art Project...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • When the curtain goes up at the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) on August 12, Dahn Hiuni (’96 M.F.A. Visual Arts, ’95 Ph.D. Art Education) will be ready. His play, Murmurs & Incantations, will...
  • Patrick Fabian (’87 B.F.A. Theatre), a native Pennsylvanian, has come a long way from playing one of Christopher Columbus’ ships in a second-grade play. Today he is one of the lead characters on the hit television...
  • According to Lloyd Sigal (’87 B.S. Architecture, ’88 B.Arch.), architects’ work is always changing—from year to year, he finds himself on a constant journey of self-education. When he entered the workforce...
  • In his first year as director of the Tampa Museum of Art, Michael Tomor (’83 B.A., ’90 M.A., ’93 Ph.D. Art History) has already implemented exciting programs to attract a wider audience to the institution,...
  • If a baseball player breaks his arm, he goes to an orthopedist. If a Broadway singer strains his voice, he goes to Joan Lader. A Penn State School of Theatre alumna, Lader is a leading voice therapist and teacher who has coached...
  • When Anthony Leach (’82 M.Music, ’96 Ph.D. Music Education), professor of music and music education at Penn State, came to the University as a graduate student, he was hungry—for experiences. “I was...

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