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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
  • Penn State Architecture alumna Patricia Kucker, who has spent the past 27 years in higher education administration, has been named the interim director of the Stuckeman School in the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture. The position is a two-year...
  • Where were you during the Apollo moon landing 50 years ago? For 60 former Penn State choir members, the answer is easy — they were performing an open-air concert in the Stadium of Apollo in Delphi, Greece. “When we left Athens the morning of July...
  • To showcase Penn State’s growing collection of art and provide space for a range of cultural activities and events, University leaders have proposed the construction of a new freestanding art museum on the University Park campus that would be located in...
Student Spotlight
  • Anna Graef, a junior pursuing a BFA in art with a focus in ceramics, has been named as a recipient of the 2019 Rodney A. Erickson Discovery Grant for her work with a traditional Japanese ceramic glaze technique. The grant program...
  • Being a student-athlete is a major commitment, and with that comes the responsibility of balancing athletics and academics. Within Penn State's College of Arts and Architecture, Danae Rivers, junior integrative arts major and...
  • During the spring semester, an interdisciplinary group of students embarked on a weekend educational trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida for a behind-the-scenes look at the iconic cultural destination. The result...
  • Penn State landscape architecture student Anjelyque Easley has been selected as the undergraduate 2019 Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) National Olmsted Scholar. She is the first Penn State student to receive the...
  • Just a few months after Katie Pack graduated from the Penn State School of Visual Arts’ BFA program with a focus in ceramics in December of 2018, her art career got a major jolt. Pack is one of five artists selected from a...
  • Scott-Lee Atchison, Ph.D. candidate in music education, was recently awarded the Howard F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award. The award recognizes graduate assistants for outstanding teaching performance...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • When the Phase 3 results of  NASA’s 3D-Printed Mars Habitat Challenge were revealed in Peoria, Illinois, in early May, Penn State fell just short of besting its friendly rival AI SpaceFactory. But in the process, the team engineered a breakthrough...
  • There was a time when former Nittany Lion and Cincinnati Bengal football star Mike Reid terrorized his opponents. From his position on the defensive line, Reid pawed at quarterbacks and dragged to the ground any ball carrier within arm’s reach. But in...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • Mark Ballora, a devoted and dynamic professor of Music Technology in the Penn State School of Music, affiliate faculty in the School of Theatre, and newly appointed director of the Arts & Design Research Incubator,...
  • Madhuri Desai, associate professor of art history and Asian studies, has been awarded the 2019 Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award by the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH). The prestigious award honors Desai’s book,...
  • James Kalsbeek, Penn State professor of architecture in the Stuckeman School, has joined forces with a Brooklyn-based film crew to create a film rooted in storytelling, loss and memory. The Molok, “an independent film and...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • Interview by Professor Emerita Micaela Amateau Amato Kirsten Grigor graduated with her B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting and minor in Art History in 2001. We worked together briefly, but I was always impressed by her enigmatic...
  • The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State has announced a transformational gift of 140 American works on paper, recently donated by Penn State alumnus John P. Driscoll. The expansive gift, one of the most important in the 47-year...
  • For Devan Shimoyama, 2011 graduate of the Penn State School of Visual Arts, 2019 is off to a memorable start. In March, Shimoyama closed his acclaimed solo show “Cry Baby” at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and...

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