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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
  • State College youth in the Roots of Life performing arts ensemble joined with members of the Foxdale Village chorus for a unique intergenerational performance on Saturday, May 11. Titled “Imagine: Songs of Hope and Peace,” the performance featured...
  • The College of Arts and Architecture Office of Digital Learning has officially announced its course offerings for the upcoming summer semesters. Students have the opportunity to choose from a diverse course catalog of art, music, design and related subjects...
  • William J. Doan, professor of theatre in the College of Arts and Architecture and artist-in-residence in the College of Nursing, has been named Penn State Laureate for the 2019–20 academic year. As laureate, he will explore the intersections of art,...
  • 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...
  • The College of Arts and Architecture welcomed approximately 200 new graduates into the alumni ranks at its commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4, at Eisenhower Auditorium. Dean Barbara Korner, who is retiring on June 30, 2019, gave the commencement address...
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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Approximately 200 College of Arts and Architecture undergraduates received their degrees on May 4, 2019, led by College Marshal Ilyse Aber, who earned her bachelor of music education degree with a cumulative 4.0 GPA. Aber is the...
  • When graphic design students in Rodney Allen Trice’s Time and Sequence course were assigned a group project to work with a client — a friend of Trice’s and fellow artist — to develop music videos for her...
  • Penn State School of Music graduate student Jiwon Ha, a pianist from South Korea, recently won third prize at the Seventh New York International Artists Competition, which included participants from the United States, Australia,...
  • 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...
  • The work of current and former Penn State architecture students who have taken part in the study abroad program at the Pantheon Institute in Rome went on display March 28 at the Italian embassy in Washington, D.C. The...
  • Fourth-year Penn State landscape architecture students who spent the spring semester studying abroad in Bonn, Germany, were tasked with a unique group project: Collaborate with students studying at Nürtingen University to connect...
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...
  • The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State opened its second exhibition for the season, "Amazing Stories: Recent Acquisitions," on Jan. 12. The show features a diverse range of contemporary works recently acquired by the museum, and runs through May 26...
  • Penn State Centre Stage will launch its return to professional summer theatre with "One Night on Broadway," a special benefit event, Monday, May 20, at the Penn State Downtown Theatre. The evening will include wine, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • 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,...
  • A few hours made all the difference when it came to how the Open Innovation Challenge (OIC) at the 2019 Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology was won. If Rodney Allen Trice, professor of practice in graphic design...
  • Aaron Knochel, assistant professor of art education in the Penn State School of Visual Arts, is the 2019 recipient of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Eastern Region Higher Education Art Educator Award.  Knochel...
  • The Big Ten Academic Alliance's Academic Leadership Program will include six new Fellows from Penn State in 2019-20, including Mallika Bose, interim associate dean for research, creative activity and graduate studies and...
Research/Creative Activity
  • Daniel Zolli, assistant professor of art history, and Art History alumna Kelema Moses have been named as recipients of the 2019-2020 Getty Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art, awarded to encourage...
  • Faculty from across the College Arts and Architecture have begun work this semester on the latest round of projects supported by the College’s long-standing Faculty Research Grant program. In this round of funding (which runs from January 2019 to June...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • The 3rd annual Fore the Blue Band Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, June 22, at the Penn State Golf Courses. Fore the Blue Band raises funds for the Penn State Marching Blue Band’s Legacy Fund.   The Blue Band...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Award-winning potter and political activist Roberto Lugo began his art career on the streets, and now he’s taking his work to the streets of Rome. Lugo, a 2014 M.F.A. alumnus of the Penn State School of Visual Arts, is a...

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