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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
  • Over the past 20 years, the Palmer Museum of Art has added 4,000 objects to its collection, undergone a renovation that resulted in a new 3,100-square-foot gallery, and expanded its outreach programming to include music performances and poetry readings. Those...
  • It’s Saturday morning on the University Park campus. The Penn State Blue Band marches from the O. Richard Bundy Blue Band Building to Beaver Stadium, and crowds line the streets, cheering as they pass. “We love the Blue Band!” For many a...
  • In 2008, Penn State School of Visual Arts faculty members John Bowman and Ann Shostrom founded First Street Green (FSG) with the goal of cleaning up the rat-infested vacant lot next to their New York City apartment and creating an “art park” for...
  • Live television. If you’re on the East Coast, you probably don't see the exact moment the stars are dancing or the American idols are singing, but you do watch a recording of their live performance. That concept of recorded live television is what...
Student Spotlight
  • Art Education Ph.D. candidate Natalia Pilato never met the late Meridith Sanz, a midwife who delivered more than 1,000 babies in the western Belize town of San Ignacio. But after conversations with community members indicated she...
  • Penn State Graphic Design student Ashley Turcheck had her dream become reality when she snagged a summer internship at Michael Kors in New York City. Turcheck, who will graduate in May 2017, has long been a fan of Michael Kors...
  • Aimless. That’s how Olivia Jones felt when she started at Penn State in fall 2012. Fast-forward four years later, and she’s interning at a recording studio in Nashville while singing and writing with local musicians,...
  • Penn State School of Visual Arts 2016 graduate Christine Fashion (B.F.A., focus on ceramics/sculpture) has received a prestigious Windgate Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (CCCD), a $15,000 award given...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • American Art in the Shadow of World War I, a new exhibition on view at the Palmer Museum of Art through August 7, 2016, presents a diverse array of works from the permanent collection, including patriotic posters and photographs that capture aspects of the...
  • The Prints of Jules Heller, a retrospective exhibition on view at the Palmer Museum of Art through August 14, 2016, was organized to mark the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts’ fiftieth year and celebrates six decades of Dr. Heller’s...
  • Stop by the Palmer Museum of Art on Sundays this summer and spend an afternoon in the galleries with a docent-guided tour. Tours begin at 2 p.m. in the Christoffers Lobby and last approximately 45 minutes. Each tour will be unique and led by a different...
  • The Palmer Museum of Art will present a new exhibition, "Still Moving: Photographs by Steve McCurry," from June 14 through Sept. 18. Internationally acclaimed photographer and 1974 Penn State graduate Steve McCurry is often on the move. Best known...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • Robin Thomas, associate professor of art history, spent his sabbatical conducting research in the archives at the Royal Palace of Caserta in Naples, Italy for his upcoming book about Bourbon palaces. “The book will explore...
  • The School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Marko Marcinko as Director of Jazz Studies, beginning fall 2016. During his years in the music industry, Marcinko has worked as a freelance musician playing...
Research/Creative Activity
  • Mary Ann Stankiewicz, Penn State professor of art education, has written Developing Visual Arts Education in the United States: Massachusetts Normal Art School and the Normalization of Creativity, published June 22 by academic publisher Palgrave Macmillan....
  • Body art. Yes, we’re talking about tattoos. For some, they are a mark of rebellion. For others, they are a declaration of love…a creative outlet…an extreme display of fandom. For Karly Etz, Ph.D. candidate in art history, they are the...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • According to Mia Dillon (’75 B.A. Theatre), theatre training is not just for aspiring actors. “Face-to-face communication, especially theatre training, would be great for everybody, because it teaches you to...
  • “I think landscape architecture really does shape the world…it’s visible everywhere,” shared Nina Bisbee (’81 B.S. Landscape Architecture). Bisbee is vice president for facilities planning at the...
  • Elisa Matthews ('00 M.M. Pedagogy and Performance) recently played the role of Lily Craven in Philadelphia's Arden Theatre production of The Secret Garden. The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, "...when...
  • Justin Fyala (’07 B.S. Voice) has been appointed executive director of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, D.C. For the past five years, he served as general manager of Windy City Performing Arts, the umbrella...
  • For David Burton (’73 Ph.D. Art Education), art education is, simply, all about art. “Art contributes so much to personal growth and character, to the fabric of society and culture…it is vitally important that...
  • When the curtain goes up at the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) on August 12, Dahn Hiuni (’96 M.F.A. Visual Arts, ’95 Ph.D. Art Education) will be ready. His play, Murmurs & Incantations, will...

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