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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
  • Sue Haug, director of the School of Music since 2005, will step down from that role at the end of June, but remain on the School of Music faculty. David Frego, chair of the Department of Music at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will assume the...
  • Susan Russell, associate professor in the School of Theatre and 2014-15 Penn State laureate, was a speaker at the "All In at Penn State" kickoff event in October 2016. This is the final installment in a six-part series that is part of the University...
  • In recognition of the increasing scope of digital learning, the College of Arts and Architecture’s e-Learning Institute will be renamed the Office of Digital Learning, effective April 1. Gary Chinn, director of the e-Learning Institute, will become...
  • 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...
  • The FaceAge project is one of several initiatives to receive a grant in a new University-wide program launched by the Penn State Bookstore, managed by Barnes & Noble. The $45,000 grant for FaceAge will support touring of the video installation to state,...
  • David Frego, chair of the Department of Music at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has been appointed director of the Penn State School of Music, effective July 1, 2017. Sue Haug, director of the school since 2005, will step down from that role at...
  • Andrew Belser, professor of movement, voice, and acting and director of the Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) in the College of Arts and Architecture, has been named Penn State Laureate for 2017–18. As Laureate, he will tour the award-winning...
Student Spotlight
  • Proving that Penn State students can do it all – and do all of it well -  music performance minors Jacob Cordell and Sylvia Biscoveanu have been named the winners of Penn State’s most prestigious awards given in...
  • Congratulations to School of Music senior Walker Konkle, who has been named the recipient of Penn State’s John W. Oswald Award for Creative and Performing Arts. This University-wide award is given to graduating seniors...
  • 1. What year are you in the grad program—are you graduating this year?  I'm a first-year M.F.A. Acting student.  2. Where did you go to school for your undergrad?  Texas A&M University at Corpus...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • 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...
  • 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 Penn State course on the arts’ role in race relations will culminate with a public presentation of student projects, which range from paintings and poetry readings to a video screening, on Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m. in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium in...
  • The Woskob Family Gallery is pleased to announce A Letter Edged in Black 6: We’re Finally On Our Own (April 27 – June 17, 2017), a solo exhibition by Pete Schulte. In his ongoing A Letter Edged in Black series, Schulte organizes works on paper...
  • "I could no longer stop anything. Not the vehicle she had been driving, nor her slow, endless leave-taking as we watched her body fold in on itself. We were drifting,” describes Bill Doan, professor of theatre and ADRI Embedded Researcher, about...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • Penn State School of Visual Arts Professor Helen O’Leary is one of 35 artists exhibiting at the galleries of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, March 9–April 9, 2017, in New York City. The artists were chosen...
  • A month away from his New York opening and weeks from the Penn State preview of his play, Drifting, Bill Doan is ready to bring all of his separate interests to the stage. Doan, professor in the School of Theatre at Penn State...
Research/Creative Activity
  • When Andrew Belser, director of the Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) and professor in the School of Theatre, began studying body mindfulness, he quickly realized its implications on his research and on the ways in which consciousness affects how...
  • John Bowman, professor of art, will have an exhibition of recent paintings, Shake City, at the Garage Gallery at One Green Hill in the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens in Washington Depot, CT, March 25-April 16. There will be an opening reception on...
  • A team of Penn State researchers, including Mallika Bose, associate professor of landscape architecture, is helping the National Park Service measure and improve its impact on people’s health. According to Derrick Taff, assistant professor of...
  • In fall 2016, five architecture and landscape architecture students registered for a small independent study course with a big project—redesigning and updating the cobblestone forecourt at the entrance of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence in...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • 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...
  • Architecture alumnus Jared Edgar McKnight remembers tagging along with his grandmother, real estate agent Virginia Erb, to staging sessions or showings during summers spent in Hollidaysburg as a child. She would encourage his...

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