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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
  • The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State invites everyone to stop by the museum on Sundays this semester to spend an afternoon in the galleries with a docent-guided tour. Tours begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Christoffers Lobby and will last approximately...
  • In November 2015, art education doctoral candidate Natalia Pilato celebrated the culmination of a year-long project when “A Painted Conversation,” a community mural in Cayo District, Belize, was officially unveiled. The mural, totaling...
  • The Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI) will explore the nervous system’s role in performance and human behavior in a series of events throughout the spring 2016 semester, starting with a conversation with leading stress researcher Dr....
Student Spotlight
  • Fifth-year B.L.A. student Katie Nguyen recently was awarded first prize (along with Alex Prujean and Michael Cook) at the Australasian Student Competition, “This Public Space.” Nguyen, who is studying abroad at...
  • Penn State Graphic Design students Emily Burns, Sabrina Hecht and Nyomi Warren recently received awards in AIGA Blue Ridge’s annual Flux Student Design Competition, a nationwide competition that recognizes outstanding...
  • “This is my second act and I’m going to make the most of it.” So declared Blythe Walker, a graduate student in the Penn State School of Music’s voice pedagogy program. Walker’s second act comes...
  • Talented. Driven. Dedicated. Kind. These are some of the words that come to mind when describing Penn State School of Visual Arts senior B.F.A. student Natalie Leonard. From a young age, Leonard dreamed of working at a...
  • Penn State Musical Theatre student Maria Wirries has been named a finalist in the 2016 National YoungArts Foundation competition, a prestigious program whose previous honorees include Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, Josh Groban...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • The Palmer Museum of Art will present a new exhibition, Consciously Surreal: Photography, the Uncanny, and the Body, from January 12 through May 8, 2016. Championed as a medium capable of yielding unmediated copies of nature, photography is often believed to...
  • The Penn State School of Music is proud to introduce the Spotlight Concert Series, five performances throughout the school year featuring its outstanding faculty performers collaborating in varied and intriguing combinations of instruments and repertoires....
  • Plastic—the good, the bad and the ugly—will be the focus of a series of events presented by the Borland Project Space (BPS) in conjunction with the Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI), Jan. 25–Feb. 11. The series is highlighted by...
  • Imagine you have purchased tickets for a comedy performance about saving the world. Sounds intriguing, right? You settle into your seat in the theatre and the next thing you know, YOU are on stage. The play’s creator and star reveals that YOU, in fact,...
  • Top Secret Agent Karen is on a mission to save the world, and she needs your help. Join her on her quest during Mission: Implausible!, an interactive comedy performance taking place Feb. 11–13 at 8 p.m. in the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center. Created...
  • The Palmer Museum of Art will present a new exhibition, From Dada to Dalí: Surrealist Works on Paper, from January 12 through May 8, 2016. The Dada movement arose in reaction to the senseless destruction of World War I. First practiced, and named, in 1916 by...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • Several College of Arts and Architecture faculty members and graduate students have contributed to the recently released “Routledge International Handbook of Intercultural Arts Research,” for which Kimberly Powell,...
Research/Creative Activity
  • The Shelf Life of Facts, a site-specific solo exhibition by School of Visual Arts faculty member Helen O'Leary, is on display at the Metropolitan Art Center's (MAC) Upper Gallery, Belfast, Ireland, through April 24. "O’Leary’s...
  • Vernelle A.A. Noel, a member of the first cohort of Penn State doctoral candidates in architecture, has spent the past few months sharing her passion for making in esteemed venues. From presenting at Siggraph 2015 in Los Angeles in August to delivering a...
  • Centuries-old foundry techniques include melting metal into a liquid form, pouring the metal into sand and ceramic shell molds, removing the casting after the metal has solidified, and finishing the metal with patinas. In the Penn State School of Visual Arts...
  • “The Story of Naomi—The Book of Ruth,” coauthored by William J. Doan, professor of theatre at Penn State, and Terry Giles, professor of theology at Gannon University, has been published by Wipf and Stock Publishers. They previously...
  • When Penn State arts educator Kimberly Powell talks about a “stroll down memory lane,” she means a real walk in a real place, and it’s the walk itself that prompts the memories. “I’m interested in the ways in which walking can be...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • In spring 2002, then-Penn State School of Visual Arts graduate student Jenny Rogers brought together synchronized swimming, cowboy chaps, dancing and a heavy dose of Americana in a site-specific installation at the former...
  • Congratulations to James Villani ('84 B.S., B.M.), whose recorded work with the Manassas Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has won the 2015 American Prize in Orchestral Performance by a Community Orchestra. The award honors the MSO...
  • Penn State Architecture alumnus Travis Soberg (’94 B.Arch) is reaching new career heights through his work on some of the tallest buildings in the world, including structures in Nanning and Tianjin, China, that tower more...
  • The images of refugees tear at our hearts—tiny babies dressed in rags, bone-thin mothers whose sunken cheeks reveal their hunger, once-burly men, now shadows of their former selves, with tears streaming down their faces....
  • The LA Times says Blake Stadnik “stars with ease” as Billy Lawlor in the current national tour of 42nd Street. This exceptional young actor is making a real impression in the theatrical community. In...
  • According to Musical Theatre alumnus Alan Wiggins, currently appearing in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway, you shouldn't worry about making people like you in an audition. "Let that go. Trust that you...
  • Since a young age, Penn State alumna Cynthia Henderson has wanted to save the world. While growing up in Mobile, Ala., her career goals included becoming a scientist, an astronaut, maybe even the president of the United States....
  • Catherine Jolivette ('03 Ph.D. Art History) has been honored by the Historians of British Art for the book British Art in the Nuclear Age (Ashgate, 2014), for which she served as editor. Winners were chosen in three...
  • According to Kimberly Schenck (’79 B.F.A. Visual Arts), drawing should be an integral part of everyone’s lives. She believes it’s a way to problem-solve and interpret the world. So when Schenck visited the Penn...

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