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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
  • In his early years at Penn State, Craig Zabel spent many hours amidst wooden cataloging cabinets containing drawers full of photographic slides. With nimble fingers and unwavering focus, Zabel — an associate professor and head of Penn State’s...
  • Julia Walker arrived in Tanzania to study at Udzungwa Mountains National Park knowing she wanted to pursue a career in tourism, but she did not have a clear understanding of all that is possible in the field, such as working for an ecolodge or conducting...
  • Barbara Korner, dean of the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture, is the co-recipient of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2016 Ellen Stewart Award for Career Achievement in Academic Theatre, with Mark Heckler, president...
  • “Let’s throw them together and see what happens.” That statement may sound blasé, but it’s how photographer Steven Rubin and writer Julia Spicher Kasdorf felt when they embarked on a collaborative 400-level, special topics course in...
Student Spotlight
  • 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...
  • 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...
Performances and Exhibitions
  • Expanded Practice, a new exhibition on view at the Palmer Museum of Art, October 18 through December 11, invites us to rethink the human and social reach of creative art practices within diverse institutional settings at a time of uncertain cultural change....
  • The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State invites students, faculty, staff and the public to stop by the museum this semester to explore the current exhibitions on view and participate in these engaging gallery talks led by museum curators and other Penn State...
Faculty/Staff Spotlight
  • Odds are that many people have walked past the Woskob Family Gallery in the lobby of the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center on South Allen Street without realizing it. Haley Finnegan plans to change that. As program manager for...
  • Tim Baird, professor of landscape architecture and 2015–16 Stuckeman Professor in Interdisciplinary Design in the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, will return to the studio this fall with plenty...
  • While most professors are taking a break from teaching during the summer, Madis Pihlak, associate professor of art and architecture, is helping high school students learn to make their own video games. Pihlak is one of the...
  • Want to learn how to build your own 3D printer? In a two-week intensive workshop this summer at the Anderson Ranch Arts Centre in Colorado, Tom Lauerman guided a dozen workshop participants to do just that. Lauerman, an assistant...
  • The College of Arts and Architecture Staff Advisory Council, under the leadership of Nicole Cingolani during 2016–17, is planning a number of events and programs to encourage staff involvement and show the college’s...
Research/Creative Activity
  • The Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) presents “Incubate, Accelerate, Launch: How Arts and Design Fuel and Foment Research Collaboratives,” by Dr. Laurie Baefsky, executive director, Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru...
  • What do domestic work and the traditional gender roles of women have in common with the non-visible labor of honeybees? In a multimedia project in which women performed the work of honeybees, undergraduate Christina Dietz found that, in both subjects, the...
  • Ann Clements, associate professor and the graduate program chair for music education in Penn State's School of Music, is exploring how a virtual reality classroom featuring artificial intelligence (AI) "students" can be used as a...
  • Penn State Graphic Design faculty member Peter Lusch’s interest in civic engagement dates back to his childhood in the Michigan state capital of Lansing, where he observed political activities on the capital lawn. In order to encourage civic engagement...
  • Aaron Knochel, assistant professor of art education in the School of Visual Arts and Embedded Researcher at the Art & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) in the College of Arts and Architecture, begins his residency in the Borland Project Space on Tuesday,...
  • Professor Charles Youmans’s latest book, Mahler & Strauss: In Dialogue, is now available from Indiana University Press. Using a wealth of documentary material, the book reconstructs the 24-year relationship between Mahler and Strauss...
  • The Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) is pleased to continue its ADRI Dialogues series on Tuesday, September 27, 12-1 p.m. in 16 Borland Building with “A House of Cards: Building an Explanation of Consciousness,” Paula Droege,...
  • The Arts & Design Research Incubator (ADRI) has announced its new group of embedded researchers: Ann Clements (School of Music), Elish Clark Halpin (School of Theatre), Aaron Knochel (School of Visual Arts), Cristin Millett, (School of Visual Arts), and...
Alumni and Donor Spotlight
  • If a baseball player breaks his arm, he goes to an orthopedist. If a Broadway singer strains his voice, he goes to Joan Lader. A Penn State School of Theatre alumna, Lader is a leading voice therapist and teacher who has coached...
  • While the hours spent in studio are a big part of Penn State Landscape Architecture students’ education, they can’t truly prepare for the profession in the studio alone. That’s where field trips come in. From...
  • College of Arts and Architecture alumnus Benjamin Fehl is striving to give public art a home in the tiny town of Milesburg, just outside State College. Fehl settled in Milesburg 12 years ago, while attending Penn State, and is...
  • Just about anyone involved in a musical ensemble while in college can attest to the friendships formed and connections made while doing something they loved. Jean Winger Johnson’s experiences with the Penn State Chorus and...
  • Patrick Fabian (’87 B.F.A. Theatre), a native Pennsylvanian, has come a long way from playing one of Christopher Columbus’ ships in a second-grade play. Today he is one of the lead characters on the hit television...

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