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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
  • David Frego, chair of the Department of Music at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has been appointed director of the Penn State School of Music, effective July 1, 2017. Sue Haug, director of the school since 2005, will step down from that role at...
  • Rather than having a staff appreciation day this year, the College of Arts and Architecture celebrated its staff for the entire week, May 8–12. About eighty staff members took advantage of the week’s offerings, which included staff headshots, a...
  • Helen Maser, a senior graduating with bachelor of fine arts degrees in drawing & painting and sculpture and a minor in art history, will serve as the 2017 commencement speaker for the College of Arts and Architecture. The ceremony will take place at noon...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Susan Russell, associate professor in the School of Theatre and 2014-15 Penn State laureate, was a speaker at the "All In at Penn State" kickoff event in October 2016. This is the final installment in a six-part series that is part of the University...
Student Spotlight
  • Stephen Mainzer, who successfully defended his dissertation on March 1, will become the first doctoral student in the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture to graduate with a Ph.D. in Architecture. A member...
  • Penn State Architecture undergraduate In Pun was named a finalist in ModernfoldStyles, Inc.’s Office of the Future design competition, winning a $2,000 scholarship. ModernfoldStyles, based in Hackensack, N.J., sells and...
  • 1. What year are you in the grad program—are you graduating this year?  I'm a first-year M.F.A. Acting student.  2. Where did you go to school for your undergrad?  Texas A&M University at Corpus...
  • Congratulations to School of Music senior Walker Konkle, who has been named the recipient of Penn State’s John W. Oswald Award for Creative and Performing Arts. This University-wide award is given to graduating seniors...
  • Proving that Penn State students can do it all – and do all of it well -  music performance minors Jacob Cordell and Sylvia Biscoveanu have been named the winners of Penn State’s most prestigious awards given in...
  • Janet Purdy, doctoral candidate in art history, is one of three Penn State graduate students recognized with the 2017 Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Research Award to help fund their research pursuits. The award, now in...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • It is one thing to take a photograph. It is another to create a portrait. “Give Me Your Portrait,” an exhibition of Stephanie Swindle’s photography, curated by Nicole Cingolani, will be on view in the Borland Project Space, Monday, May 8...
  • The Woskob Family Gallery is pleased to announce A Letter Edged in Black 6: We’re Finally On Our Own (April 27 – June 17, 2017), a solo exhibition by Pete Schulte. In his ongoing A Letter Edged in Black series, Schulte organizes works on paper...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • Andrew Belser, professor of movement, voice, and acting and director of the Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) in the College of Arts and Architecture, has been named Penn State Laureate for 2017–18. As Laureate,...
Research/Creative Activity
  • In fall 2016, five architecture and landscape architecture students registered for a small independent study course with a big project—redesigning and updating the cobblestone forecourt at the entrance of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence in...
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...
  • Friends and colleagues of Sue Haug surprised her with the establishment of an endowment in her honor at a reception on May 4. Haug, director of Penn State's School of Music since 2005, has stepped down from that post but will...
  • 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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