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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
  • Within hours of getting keys, moving into a dorm room and saying goodbye to parents and family members, more than 3,500 first-year Penn State students will venture out of their rooms to an interactive experience that should set their emotions in high gear,...
  • 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...
Student Spotlight
  • 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...
  • The MorningStar Solar Home, a self-sustainable home designed and built by Penn State students and faculty, now features a mural created by Danielle Spewak, a senior in the Penn State School of Visual Arts. The home was created in...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • 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...
  • 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...
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...
  • Before paint stores and computer screens flooded the visual environment with a seemingly infinite variety of hues, color was a hard-earned thing. Pigments had to be harvested from animals, dug from mines thousands of miles away, or generated through obscure...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • Penn State alumnus and former Blue Band member Harry Burns and his wife, Patricia Wirth, have made a financial commitment to the University for the purpose of establishing the “Blue Band Diversity Fund,” which aims to...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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