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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 College of Arts and Architecture and Teaching and Learning with Technology at Penn State (TLT) announce the creation of the Center for Arts and Design Pedagogy (C-PAD), a cross-disciplinary center whose goal is to advance arts and design pedagogies,...
  • Andrew Belser, director of the Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) and certified Feldenkrais Instructor, will teach a series of four “Awareness Through Movement” lessons on Thursdays, February 2, 9, 16, and 23, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m. in...
  • Human Rights/Human Rites, an exhibition by Serap Erincin, 2015-17 Institute for the Arts & Humanities (IAH) Postdoctoral Scholar, will be on display in the Borland Project Space (125 Borland), Tuesday, February 21 – Thursday, March 23. As part of a...
  • The Palmer Museum of Art and The Arboretum at Penn State have received a $30,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help support the creation and installation of outdoor sculptures at the Arboretum, June–October 2018. The...
Student Spotlight
  • For first-year Penn State student Emmanuel “Manny” Houndo, it was a pivotal moment in his life when Beyoncé shared a YouTube video of him playing her song, “Drunk in Love,” on his violin. A social media...
  • AIA Pennsylvania’s Architectural Excellence Design Awards has recognized Penn State M.Arch. student Shokofeh Darbari for proficiency in academics and design. The AIA awards announcement included Darbari as one of seven...
  • Congratulations to Olivia Dowd, a third-year music education major, for her recent selection to the Music Technology Leadership Academy (MTLA), held in association with TI:ME and the Ohio Music Education Association (...
  • Mina (Vina) Rahimian, a native of Iran, is a second-year Ph.D. candidate in the Design Computing Research Cluster in the Department of Architecture, graduate assistant for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, and founder/...
  • “Canon Fodder,” a School of Visual Arts exhibition curated by Aaron Ziolkowski, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History, grapples with the canon of art history and its impact on contemporary art and artists...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • Eva Watson-Schütze: Pictorialist Portraits, an exhibition of portraits by the photographer best known for her affiliation with the Photo Secession, the organization of elite Pictorial photographers founded by Alfred Stieglitz in 1902, will be...
  • A new Penn State exhibit will show how research at the University in the 1950s influenced a passive solar design technique widely used today. “Research Wrapped in Aesthetics: The Air Wall” will be on display in the Architecture and Landscape...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • What does Impressionist painting have to do with the practice of medicine? More than you might think, according to Nancy Locke, associate professor of art history. For the past two years, she has been a presenter in the course...
  • Congratulations to Kim Cook (School of Music) and Ken Tamminga (Department of Landscape Architecture), who have been named Distinguished Professors at Penn State. The title of distinguished professor...
  • “The thing that keeps me engaged with design and computation is that it can have an immediate influence on helping people. For me, that gets me up in the morning and makes me really excited,” said Felecia Davis,...
Research/Creative Activity
  • The Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) will host a series of Mindful Movement workshops led by ADRI Embedded Researcher Elisha Clark Halpin, associate professor and associate director for instruction, School of Theatre, on January 17, February 7, and...
  • The Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) announces its spring calendar of events, which includes dialogues, performances, and ongoing workshops, all free and open to the public. “We’re very excited about this semester because it is the most...
  • The Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) will kick off its monthly series, “Mechanisms of Mind,” in which speakers representing the arts, sciences, and humanities discuss the cross-disciplinary connections between body and mind, at 3:30 p.m...
  • On Tuesday, January 31, the Arts & Design Research Incubator “Dialogues” series resumes in the ADRI (16 Borland). The lunchtime (12 – 1 p.m.) dialogues explore the interdisciplinary space in arts research. Participants are encouraged to...
  • Evan Pugh Professor of Art History Anthony Cutler may already have a long and impressive curriculum vitae, but he continues to add new lines of acclaim. This fall, he accepted an invitation to present at the 34th World Congress of Art History in Beijing,...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • “When I sit at a potter’s wheel, I often think of my father’s bike tire spinning, and that metaphor has always had me reach for more.” That excerpt from Roberto Lugo’s website sums up his life and...
  • Congratulations to Mark Focht (’83 B.S. L.Arch.), PLA, FASLA, who has been named deputy commissioner/chief operating officer of New York City Parks. “Mark [is an] exemplary passionate public servant, and I am proud to...
  • Annie Burridge ('00 B.M. Voice) has been named general director of Austin Opera (TX), joining that organization after more than nine years with Opera Philadelphia. She began her new duties in Texas in November 2016. With...
  • After graduating from Penn State, School of Theatre alumna Mary Lou Belli moved to New York City, got her Equity card and an agent, and soon landed her first union job, touring in a theatre company that performed for school...

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