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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...
  • WEST MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, Pa.- Forensic artist Jenny Kenyon, Penn State Arts and Design Research Incubator research associate, was the center of attention at a press conference held in December by the West Manchester Police Department in York County. Her...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • Mark L. Lusk, School of Music Professor, will hold his 63rd bi-annual trombone recital on Jan. 28 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall in Music Building 1. During the free event, Lusk will be joined by Nitzan Haroz, Principal Trombonist of the...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Distinguished Professor of Art Chris Staley recently spent two weeks as a visiting artist at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Below he reflects on his experience. After flying more than 10 hours from Newark, N.J...
  • 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 (...
Research/Creative Activity
  • 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”...
  • 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...
  • Vincent P. Benitez, associate professor of music theory, has been appointed as the Scholarship and Research Editor for the College Music Symposium: Journal of the College Music Society. The College Music Symposium is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • Libby Gopal ('02 B.S. Music Education) was recently selected as the recipient of the New Jersey Governor’s Educator of the Year Award for East Orange Campus High School (EOCHS) for her educational contributions at the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Alexa Sangbin Thomson, Professional Performance Certificate (PPC) recipient in 2016, has just won a coveted position as a community-embedded musician in the Houston Symphony. Alexa came to Penn State from New Zealand to study...

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