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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
  • Marching onto the Beaver Stadium field and being greeted by a raucous ‘White Out’ crowd eagerly awaiting the Blue Band’s pre-game performance is a sight that very few can say they’ve experienced, until now. The Penn State Blue Band has...
  • For one week in October, entrepreneurial-minded students in the College of Arts and Architecture had an opportunity to have their art business ideas workshopped by Steven Wasser, the former owner and CEO of Powell Flutes and well-respected art philanthropist...
Student Spotlight
  • Alana Iturralde came to Penn State from Puerto Rico, and now she’s headed across the pond for a prestigious Gasworks residency in London, England. She received her M.F.A. in sculpture during the University’s summer...
  • The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded two Penn State College of Arts and Architecture graduate students with fellowships for 2019-20. The recipients, Epiphany Loux and Indira Bailey, will pursue academic...
  • When David Bass, a senior majoring in Human Development and Family Studies, registered for an online art therapy course in January, he had no idea just how much his life was going to change. Days later, his mother, for whom he...
  • Penn State School of Theatre sophomore Sydney Smith was one of six winners of the inaugural Pat MacKay Diversity in Design Scholarship awarded by Live Design International.  A well-rounded artist, Smith is pursuing a theatre...
  • College is a time for students to spread their wings, try new things and challenge themselves both inside and outside the classroom. But it’s also a stressful time when many students—especially first-year students...
  • The College of Arts and Architecture finally has a representative in the University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA). Sophomore Alexander Wu is the new voice for students within the college. As a member of UPUA’s...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • The Penn State School of Music was represented by eight scholars at this year’s Symposium on Music Teacher Education held last week in Greensboro, North Carolina. The symposium is offered annually by The National...
  • Christine Gorby, associate professor of architecture, has been named as a winner of an American Academy in Rome Fellowship in Architecture for 2019-2020. The prestigious fellowships have been awarded annually by the academy for...
Research/Creative Activity
  • Amara Solari, associate professor of art history, has received a significant grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of the research project “Maya Christian Murals of Yucatán: Indigenous Catholicism in Early Modern New Spain....
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • When Deb and Stan Latta came to Penn State in the 1970s, their interests didn’t exactly match. But like all the best Penn State love stories, the two forged a connection that transcended their cultural differences and led...
  • For nearly 60 years, Bill Jaffe (’60 B.A. Journ) has been philanthropically engaged with the university he deeply loves, and as fundraising efforts for the new University Art Museum kicked off, he saw an opportunity to...
  • The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State has received nearly 200 works of art as part of the estate of Barbara R. Palmer, longtime benefactor, beloved friend, and champion of the museum, who passed away in January 2019. The bequest...
  • Kim Kauffman (’81 B.S. LArch) has made a significant financial contribution to the College of Arts and Architecture to establish the Kauffman Family Scholarship Fund in the Department of Landscape Architecture. Available to...
  • Recent Penn State Graphic Design graduate Colleen Wade landed her dream job at Burton Snowboards in Burlington, Vermont.  Wade, an alumna of the Graphic Design program in the College of Arts and Architecture, now works as a...

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