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Manny Houndo
Beyoncé’s shout-out was only the beginning for Penn State student
For first-year Penn State student Emmanuel “Manny” Houndo, it was a pivotal moment in his life when Beyoncé shared a YouTube video of him playing her song, “Drunk in Love,” on his violin. A social media shout-out from Beyoncé, Grammy winner and Super Bowl halftime headliner, is a big deal, particularly for a teenager in high school with a passion for music. “At that point, I was posting music videos online purely because it was fun. A week after I posted ‘...
5th grade trumpet players visit Penn State
New Student Engagement Opportunity for Music Education Students
Public school districts schedule periodic professional development during the school year for their faculties. While offering opportunities for faculty, the school students receive a day off. This schedule can sometimes wreak havoc with University music education students who are scheduled for field experiences on those days – chances to leave their Penn State classrooms to go into the schools and interact with actual music students. On Friday, Oct. 24 and Friday, Nov. 4, Penn State music...
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School of Music Students Teach Community Basics of Playing Instruments During Instrument Petting Zoo
No experience needed. This was the motto at the Center for the Performing Art’s event, the Instrument Petting Zoo, where students with any level of musical experience were able to attend to informally learn the basics of how to play certain wind and string instruments. The Woskob Family Gallery downtown hosted the event where Penn State School of Music students set up their instruments to teach inexperienced attendees how to play. In the gallery, student music ambassadors served as...
Student Spotlight
Hurlie Yang

Congratulations to senior Hurlie Yang, who has been awarded the 2016 Marjorie Jane Brewster Memorial Scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships awarded by the Penn State School of Music. Created in memory of Marjorie Jane Brewster by...

Faculty Spotlight
Paul Barsom
Paul Barsom’s composition Making Merry Hoohaw Over Misery for oboe and fixed audio will be featured in performance at the West Fork New Music Festival at Fairmont State University in West Virginia on...
Alumni Spotlight
Joe Skillen holding a tuba

Joseph Skillen ('93 M.M-tuba/euphonium) has been recognized as a recipient of the Lousiana State University (LSU) Distinguished Faculty Award. The award recognizes faculty campus-wide who show sustained records of accomplishment in research,...