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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
  • Passionate, dedicated, committed, enthusiastic, brilliant—those are just a few of the terms former students have used to describe Art History department head Craig Zabel and his teaching style. So it is really no surprise that he has been...
  • Kim Cook, professor of music, is the 2016 recipient of Penn State’s Faculty Scholar Medal in the Arts and Humanities, in recognition of her critically acclaimed recordings, international performing career, and successful efforts to grow the...
  • In 2008, Penn State School of Visual Arts faculty members John Bowman and Ann Shostrom founded First Street Green (FSG) with the goal of cleaning up the rat-infested vacant lot next to their New York City apartment and creating an “art park...
  • Live television. If you’re on the East Coast, you probably don't see the exact moment the stars are dancing or the American idols are singing, but you do watch a recording of their live performance. That concept of recorded live television...
  • Marica S. Tacconi, professor of musicology and associate director of the School of Music in the College of Arts and Architecture, has been awarded the 2016 President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration. The award is given to a full-...
Student Spotlight
  • Penn State School of Visual Arts 2016 graduate Christine Fashion (B.F.A., focus on ceramics/sculpture) has received a prestigious Windgate Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (CCCD), a $15,000 award given...
  • Art Education Ph.D. candidate Natalia Pilato never met the late Meridith Sanz, a midwife who delivered more than 1,000 babies in the western Belize town of San Ignacio. But after conversations with community members indicated she...
  • Brynne McBryde, Ph.D. candidate in art history, has received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award, one of the most prestigious awards available to Penn State graduate students, in addition to a Waddell-Biggart...
  • When the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture gathers for its spring commencement ceremony at noon on Saturday, May 7, one of the college’s bright young stars will instead be in New York City, preparing for a...
  • The College of Arts and Architecture recognized Alumni Society Scholarship and Golumbic Scholarship recipients at its annual spring awards ceremony on Friday, April 15. Alumni Society Scholarship The Alumni Society Scholarship...
  • Aimless. That’s how Olivia Jones felt when she started at Penn State in fall 2012. Fast-forward four years later, and she’s interning at a recording studio in Nashville while singing and writing with local musicians,...
  • Penn State architecture undergraduate student Heather Schneider has been recognized by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for her submission to the Langley Vale Wood, UK, visitor center design competition....
  • Veronica Hicks, Ph.D. candidate in Art Education, was one of ten graduate students to receive the 2016 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award during the inaugural Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • “Return to the Scene of the Crime,” an exhibition of new paintings by Robert Yarber, Distinguished Professor of Art, is on display in the Woskob Family Gallery, Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, though July 1, 2016. An artist talk and reception...
  • 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...
  • Stop by the Palmer Museum of Art on Sundays this summer and spend an afternoon in the galleries with a docent-guided tour. Tours begin at 2 p.m. in the Christoffers Lobby and last approximately 45 minutes. Each tour will be unique and led by a different...
  • American Art in the Shadow of World War I, a new exhibition on view at the Palmer Museum of Art through August 7, 2016, presents a diverse array of works from the permanent collection, including patriotic posters and photographs that capture aspects of the...
  • The Prints of Jules Heller, a retrospective exhibition on view at the Palmer Museum of Art through August 14, 2016, was organized to mark the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts’ fiftieth year and celebrates six decades of Dr. Heller’s...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • Water flows in rivers, lakes, streams—and underground. Ann Tarantino will reveal the previously unseen trajectory of water through soil and vegetation growth at a Brazilian nature preserve, thanks to a Fulbright grant that...
  • College of Arts and Architecture staff members Catherine Adams and Wanda Hockenberry and faculty members Tony Costa and Jennifer Trost were honored for outstanding service at the college’s annual spring awards ceremony on...
  • Brooklyn-based artist Brian Alfred, an assistant professor of art at Penn State, has taken his conversations with fellow artists to the airwaves with SOUND & VISION, a podcast of his discussions with artists and musicians...
  • Penn State School of Theatre faculty member Richard Robichaux fondly recalled summers spent in Louisiana with his “Paw-Paw” for his most recent role, a Cajun local named Pascal in the New Orleans-set “Devil in...
Research/Creative Activity
  • Body art. Yes, we’re talking about tattoos. For some, they are a mark of rebellion. For others, they are a declaration of love…a creative outlet…an extreme display of fandom. For Karly Etz, Ph.D. candidate in art history, they are the...
  • Brian Alfred, assistant professor of art and alumnus of the Penn State School of Visual Arts, has a solo exhibition, In Praise of Shadows, at Ameringer McEnery Yohe gallery in New York City through July 1, 2016. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • Alexa Beil, who graduated in May with a B.A. in Art History, has received an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Award from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which will allow her to spend the 2016–17 academic year teaching...
  • It’s hard to find someone today who has not heard of Broadway’s “Hamilton,” the white-hot hip hop musical that will be up for 16 Tony Awards on June 12. And the buzz is due in part to the efforts of two...
  • Penn State Architecture and Schreyer Honors College alumnus Jared Edgar McKnight ('11 B.Arch., B.A. International Studies), architectural designer at the integrated design firm of Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) in...
  • Louima Lilite ( '02 M.M. Voice Performance and Pedagogy) has received the 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award from Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU). The highest honor for OBU faculty members, this award is presented to a...
  • Today, spending a semester abroad is an integral part of Penn State architecture students’ education. In the early 1960s, their international studies were confined mainly to books and photos—until George Ehringer (...

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