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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
  • 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,...
  • The College of Arts and Architecture and Teaching and Learning with Technology at Penn State (TLT) announce the creation of the Center for Arts and Design Pedagogy (C-PAD), a cross-disciplinary center whose goal is to advance arts and design pedagogies,...
  • 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 ADRI will host a story slam on the theme of “Lessons Learned” on Thursday, March 30, 7–9 p.m., in 16 Borland. Pamela Monk, senior lecturer in journalism in the College of Communications at Penn State, will facilitate the event. The story...
Student Spotlight
  • For first-year Penn State student Emmanuel “Manny” Houndo, it was a pivotal moment in his life when Beyoncé shared a YouTube video of him playing her song, “Drunk in Love,” on his violin. A social media...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • 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 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...
  • The College of Arts and Architecture will host God has no country, a one-person show by Dublin-based actor and playwright Donal Courtney, on Wednesday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., in the Pavilion Theatre. This performance, which is sponsored by the School of Theatre...
  • Michele Dunleavy, ADRI embedded researcher, associate professor of theatre, and choreographer of “Steel Valley Rhythms,” will perform a show on Thursday, April 6. The show will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the ADRI (16 Borland). “Steel Valley...
  • The 2016 – 17 Golumbic Exhibition will be on display in the Borland Project Space (125 Borland), Monday, March 27 – Thursday, March 30. The Reuben and Gladys Golumbic Scholarship Award is one of the most significant awards in the College...
  • Cloud Catalyst March 15 – April 19, 2017
 Opening Reception: March 16, 2017, 5 – 7 PM The Woskob Family Gallery is pleased to announce Cloud Catalyst, curated by current Master of Fine Arts candidate Penelope Van Grinsven. A two-person exhibition...
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...
  • Congratulations to Kim Cook (School of Music) and Ken Tamminga (Department of Landscape Architecture), who have been named Distinguished Professors at Penn State. The title of distinguished professor...
  • “The thing that keeps me engaged with design and computation is that it can have an immediate influence on helping people. For me, that gets me up in the morning and makes me really excited,” said Felecia Davis,...
Research/Creative Activity
  • 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...
  • The Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) announces its spring calendar of events, which includes dialogues, performances, and ongoing workshops, all free and open to the public. “We’re very excited about this semester because it is the most...
  • 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...
  • On Tuesday, January 31, the Arts & Design Research Incubator “Dialogues” series resumes in the ADRI (16 Borland). The lunchtime (12 – 1 p.m.) dialogues explore the interdisciplinary space in arts research. Participants are encouraged to...
  • 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...
  • The Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) will kick off its monthly series, “Mechanisms of Mind,” in which speakers representing the arts, sciences, and humanities discuss the cross-disciplinary connections between body and mind, at 3:30 p.m...
  • The Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) will host a series of IN-bodied Integration workshops led by ADRI Embedded Researcher Elisha Clark Halpin, associate professor and associate director for instruction, School of Theatre, on March 28, April 4, 11...
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...
  • “When I sit at a potter’s wheel, I often think of my father’s bike tire spinning, and that metaphor has always had me reach for more.” That excerpt from Roberto Lugo’s website sums up his life and...
  • While a student at Penn State, Christian Thompson unknowingly began training for his current touring Broadway gig when School of Theatre Musical Director Beth Burrier taught him the vocal line for Benjamin Coffin III from the...
  • 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...
  • After graduating from Penn State, School of Theatre alumna Mary Lou Belli moved to New York City, got her Equity card and an agent, and soon landed her first union job, touring in a theatre company that performed for school...

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