Anthony T. Leach will receive the Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities on Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at Penn State Altoona.
Leach, professor of music/music education at University Park, is director and founder of the Essence of Joy choir. He is the immediate past conductor of the Penn State University Choir and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education. Leach holds a doctorate in music education and a master of music in conducting from Penn State, as well as a bachelor of science in music education from Lebanon Valley College. During the 2009-10 academic year, Leach served as the Penn State University Laureate.
Penn State Altoona initiated the Meling Award in 2006 to honor the memory of its longtime associate dean for Academic Affairs, who died in 2005. The award is intended to memorialize Meling's love of literature and language and his unwavering support as an administrator for the development of Penn State Altoona's faculty as scholars and artists. For the full story, click here.