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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
  • The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State is pleased to announce that a major work by American sculptor George Rickey is now catching the eye of visitors to the University Park campus. Breaking Column III, a monumental stainless-steel...
  • Just minutes before entering her audition on the snare drum, Susan Nowlin, now Susan Nowlin Batutis, braided her long hair and pulled it to the top of her head to show then director, James Dunlop that she could wear the iconic Blue Band top hat and look...
  • The Penn State programs in landscape architecture and architecture within the Stuckeman School again rank as two of the best in the nation, according to the latest Design Intelligence rankings. The undergraduate program in landscape architecture (B....
Student Spotlight
  • Congratulations to senior Celeste Belknap, who has been awarded the 2018 Marjorie Jane Brewster Memorial Scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships given by the Penn State School of Music. Created in memory of Marjorie...
  • Anjelyque Easley, a fourth-year landscape architecture student from Philadelphia, was named the recipient of the prestigious Student Member of the Year Award at the 46th Annual National Organization of Minority Architects (...
  • For eight months, a seven-person team of undergraduate students, including Graphic Design sophomore Christina Warren, worked to develop technology that could help students find a more efficient academic path to graduation- and in...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • Following a two-week residency which offered visitors to the Borland Project Space a behind-the scenes look at the process of theatrical and musical preparation, the winners of Sing Out!, a performance-based competition created by the Schools of Music...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • Distinguished Professor of Music Maureen Carr was presented with the Ruth A. Solie Award at the 2018 meeting of the American Musicological Society in San Antonio, Texas, for a book titled The Rite of Spring at 100 (...
  • As an award-winning visual artist, cultural activist, and professor of art in the School of Visual Arts at Penn State, Lonnie Graham focuses on a message geared toward social activism, inclusivity and selflessness...
  • Phil Choo, professor and coordinator of the M.F.A. in graphic design in the Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History at Oklahoma State University, has been appointed the head of the Penn State Graphic Design program,...
  • Faculty from four universities joined forces with jazz musicians in Santiago de Cuba in September for the Cuban premiere of a new work for big band, "Cuban Pictures at an Exhibition," inspired by Modest Mussorgsky...
  • Mallika Bose, associate professor of landscape architecture, has been appointed College of Arts and Architecture interim associate dean for research, creative activity and graduate studies, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Bose came to...
Research/Creative Activity
  • There is a scrapyard in Accra, Ghana, known as Agbogbloshie, where e-waste goes to die – at least, that is the way it has been misrepresented and misunderstood by those on the outside. Penn State faculty members DK Osseo-Asare and Yasmine Abbas...
  • 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, was part of the curatorial team for “Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths”...
  • Pitch Exploration Lab, a space created for undergraduate or graduate students from any major to explore music, brain and psychology topics with a focus on pitch processing and psycho-motor activity, will begin meeting in January and is now accepting...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • Michael Chapman, Theatre Design and Technology alumnus and longtime theatre, television and film costume supervisor, has made a financial commitment to the School of Theatre to endow the Montez H. King Memorial Graduate...
  • Scott Sheehan (‘12 M.M.E.) and Craig Snyder (‘91 B.S. Mu. Ed.) have been named as finalists for the 2019 Grammy Music Educator Award. Each year, the Recording Academy and the Grammy Museum partner to select the...
  • As an art curator in New York, Penn State School of Visual Arts alumna Heather Bhandari aims to promote underrepresented artists by using a healthy mix of resources she has gathered during her nearly two-decade career. After...
  • Eric Christian is one of the many Penn State alumni who shows current students that hard work and commitment pay off.  Christian won a Creative Arts Emmy in September 2018 for his role as one of the lighting directors for...
  • Penn State College of Arts and Architecture alumnus William Snyder III, a local artist and part-time instructor at the University, encourages the community to live by his motto “let art happen,” which is revealed...

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