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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
  • Rick Lombardo, award-winning stage director, artistic director, and adapter, has been appointed director of the Penn State School of Theatre, effective July 1, 2018. He is currently the chair of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at...
  • B. Stephen Carpenter II, professor of art education and African American studies, has been appointed interim director of the Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) for a two-year term, effective August 1, 2018, following the retirement of Graeme Sullivan,...
  • A new course being offered this fall is combining art, science and history to create a novel classroom experience. Sustainable Studio (ART 297) returns students to the roots of the dye industry by learning about both ancient and modern production methods, and...
  • The Office of Digital Learning in the College of Arts and Architecture is pleased to announce its summer course offerings. During the two summer semesters, students can discover or reconnect with their passions for art, music, design, and many other related...
  • The Judy Chicago Art Education Award has been awarded to Melissa Leaym-Fernandez of Flint Community Schools in Flint, Michigan, for her submission titled “The Power of Our Mothers.” The award was presented to Leaym-Fernandez, who will...
  • When Randy Ploog, the recently retired Coordinator of International Programs for the College of Arts and Architecture, developed AA100: Introduction to International Arts as the foundation course for the International Arts minor, he did not anticipate that it...
  • Bicycling is deeply engrained in the Danish culture and to better understand the nuances of Copenhagen’s cycling infrastructure, a group of landscape architecture and kinesiology students is travelling to Denmark’s capital city. Copenhagen offers...
Student Spotlight
  • The Penn State student team won first place in the Suburban Single-Family Housing Contest of the U.S. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition on April 22. One of 40 teams representing 34 institutions and five...
  • Zoe Roane-Hopkins doesn’t like lawns. At least not the conventional suburban lawn. “People put tons of fertilizer on them, excessive amounts of water, and they’re just this dense mat of monoculture that doesn...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State is pleased to announce its schedule of exhibitions for 2018. Dominated by three major contemporary shows, the lineup also highlights the work of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American painters and printmakers, Pop...
  • The College of Arts and Architecture will represent Penn State in various artistic ways at the 8th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art (ICCCIA) in Scranton, PA, May 28–June 2. Cristin Millett, professor of art at Penn State School of...
  • The Arboretum at Penn State invites the campus and community to the public opening of a summer art exhibition—"Gravity Schmavity: Repurposed Plastic Sculpture by Aurora Robson"—on Saturday, June 2, 2018. The exhibit will be on view...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • Travis DeCastro, School of Theatre associate director for production and head of the stage management program, has been named a United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Fellow. DeCastro became a member of the...
  • Helen O'Leary, professor of art in the Penn State School of Visual Arts, has been named a winner of the 2018-2019 Rome Prize in the visual arts category by the American Academy in Rome. The prestigious Rome Prize has been...
  • Helen O'Leary, professor of art in the Penn State School of Visual Arts, has been selected to provide two works for the 2018 Hennessy Art Fund Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) Collection. “Refusal,” created in...
  • An idea on a white board three years ago has transformed from a project that no one had the time to pursue into an innovative way of streamlining the development of an online course. Headless Authoring Experience (HAX), the Open...
Research/Creative Activity
  • When Art History doctoral candidate Janet Purdy left a lucrative career as a designer in Chicago to attend graduate school and pursue a career researching African art, she knew that she was taking a chance. What she had not anticipated was that while packing...
  • Maggie Davis doesn’t look like a detective. She doesn’t wear a trenchcoat, a fedora or carry a magnifying glass. But she’s solving a mystery that dates back to the early years of the United States and the birth of the American artistic...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • For Kodilinye Igwe, returning to Penn State to donate two of his wood sculptures to the University was like “coming home.” A native of Nigeria who received his Ph.D. in Art Education from Penn State in 1988, he...
  • Each year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevates esteemed members to the organization’s “college of fellows” and this year’s class includes three Architecture alumni. Andrew Cupples ('75...
  • Craig Zabel, associate professor and former department head of Art History for nineteen years, is celebrating a proud moment as a graduate advisor. Four of his advisees (former and current) have been invited to participate at the...
  • School of Music alumnus and Schreyer Scholar Bill Ferguson (’99 B.M. Music) has fond memories of his mother playing piano—giving lessons, accompanying choirs, and performing with local groups. When he and his wife,...

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