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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
  • It could have been Bob Klotz’s mother taking him to an Alice Cooper concert when he was 13 that inspired him to become a musician, but Klotz’s musical interest took shape even earlier on his grandparents’ front porch. “I have these...
Student Spotlight
  • For someone who never thought she would succeed at painting, Taylor Bielecki has proven herself wrong and won a national award in the process. Bielecki, a senior B.F.A. candidate in the Penn State School of Visual Arts, is one of...
  • Penn State School of Music students Fernanda Lastra, a second-year master’s student in conducting, and Tim Farrand, a senior music performance major, attended the International Conducting Workshop and Festival (ICWF) in...
  • “The diverse courses I took at Penn State helped me prepare for this upcoming experience,” said Miranda Holmes (’17 B.F.A. Visual Arts), who has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to study in Berlin during...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • Asher B. Durand: To Begin Again, a new exhibition on view September 5 through December 10 at the Palmer Museum of Art, focuses on the early career of this leading artist of the Hudson River School. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Durand’s first...
  • BIG Deal: Sizeable Paintings from the Permanent Collection, a new exhibition on view September 5 through December 17 at the Palmer Museum of Art, highlights monumental canvases from the permanent collection—many of which have not been on view in recent...
  • The Palmer Museum of Art will present a new exhibition, New Acquisitions: Minna Citron after Atelier 17, from September 5 through December 10. Minna Citron began her professional career as a member of the Fourteenth Street School, a loose confederation of...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • William J. Dewey, associate professor of art history, College of Arts and Architecture, and director of the African Studies Program, College of the Liberal Arts, is part of the curatorial team that received a $250,000 National...
Research/Creative Activity
  • Ecology + Design (E+D) will host its inaugural symposium on Wednesday, November 1 in the Jury Space of the Stuckeman Family Building on Penn State’s University Park campus, featuring talks by nine academic and industry leaders in ecology and design. The...
  • After a hiatus of showing work in a solo exhibition capacity, Bonnie Collura, associate professor of art, will be showing new work in three strategically placed solo exhibitions between September 2017 and January 2019. These projects aim to highlight...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • For landscape architect Kim Kauffman, field experiences serve as the “ultimate classroom.” That’s why he helped to underwrite “Ridge and Valley in the Field,” a one-credit landscape architecture...
  • Farima Fooladi, who received her M.F.A. in painting from the School of Visual Arts in 2015, has found herself back in the studio this year as a visiting artist and instructor, guiding students and learning to paint for herself....
  • Darwina L. Neal (’65 B.S. Landscape Architecture) is the recipient of a 2017 Penn State Alumni Fellow award, the most prestigious honor given by the Penn State Alumni Association. Neal is a longtime National Park Service (...

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