The College of Arts and Architecture

Faculty Spotlight

Mark Ballora

Congratulations to music technology professor Mark Ballora, who is the co-recipient of two $50,000 interdisciplinary seed grants awarded by the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) and the Gulf Research Program. These...

Vincent Benitez

Theory professor Vincent Benitez's research will be featured in the Penn State Alumni Association's City Lights program on June 8, 2017 at the Paley Center for Media in New York City. Benitez will speak on "The Beatles' ...

Anthony Leach

Congratulations to Professor Anthony Leach who has been awarded the 2017 Brazeal Wayne Dennard Award by Chorus America. This national annual award honors the life and achievements of educator, conductor, and arranger Brazeal Dennard b...

Velvet Brown
Congratulations to Professor Velvet Brown for being the recipient of the College of Arts and Architecture's 2017 Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Mary Saunders-Barton
Congratulations to Professor Mary Saunders-Barton for receiving the College of Arts and Architecture's 2017 Award for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring.
Mark Ballora

Mark Ballora gave a “lightning talk” at the Blue White Science Expo in April 2017. Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, seventeen researchers from a broad array of disciplines gave short talks explaining their...

James Lyon

Congratulations to violin professor James Lyon who has received Penn State's 2017 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award, named after Penn State’s seventh president, honors excellence in teaching at the...

christopher kiver

Congratulations to Christopher Kiver who has received Penn State's 2017 President's Award for Engagement with Students. The award is given to a faculty member who goes beyond his or her responsibilities to engage and encourage students in...

Mark Ballora

Professor of music technology Mark Ballora participated in a program in the DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) series at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. on March 16, 2017. His presentation was titled “Seeing with...

Kim Cook
Congratulations to cello professor Kim Cook who was awarded with the rank of Distinguished Professor in December 2016.
Darrin Thornton

Congratulations to music education faculty member Darrin Thornton for his election to the Steering Committee of the the MayDay Group. The MayDay Group is an international think-tank of music educators which aims to identify, critique, and change...

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...
Linda Thornton
Congratulations to music education professor Linda Thornton who has been named chair-elect for the National Association for Music Educations's Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE). After her two-year term as chair-elect is completed, she...
Timothy Deighton

Congratulations to Timothy Deighton who has been named the 2016 recipient of the American Viola Society's "Maurice W. Riley Award." Started in 1993, the award recognizes distinguished contributions to the viola in teaching,...

Kim Cook

Congratulations to Kim Cook who is a recipient of the University's 2016 Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement. The medal was awarded at a luncheon on April 21. Faculty Scholar Medals are given to honor the contributions of...

Marica Tacconi

Marica S. Tacconi, professor of musicology and associate director of the School of Music in the College of Arts and Architecture, has been awarded the 2016 President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration.

The award is given...

Anthony Leach
Congratulations to Anthony Leach, who has been named the winner of the 2016 Arts and Architecture Alumni Award. The Arts and Architecture Alumni Awards were established more than 30 years ago with the purpose of recognizing the career achievements...
Jennifer Trost

Congratulations to Jennifer Trost, who has been named as the recipient of the 2016 College of Arts and Architecture Award for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring. The award is the result of a nomination process including recommendations written...

Anthony J. Costa
Congratulations to Anthony J. Costa, who is the recipient of the 2016 College of Arts and Architecture Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching. The award is the result of a lengthy nomination process, including letters of recommendations from faculty...
Ann Clements

Congratulations to Dr. Clements, who has been selected as co-chair, with Brent Gault of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, of the 2017 Mountain Lake Colloquium for Teachers of General Music Methods. The Mountain Lake Colloquium...

James Lyon
Congratulations to James Lyon who has received the 2016 "Outstanding String Teacher Award" from the Pennsylvania/Delaware String Teachers Association (PADESTA). The recognition is in honor of his service to the string teaching profession....
Vincent Benitez

Congratulations to Vincent P. Benitez, whose essay entitled “Thoroughbass as Pedagogy in the Teaching of Improvisation in Undergraduate Music Theory Courses” was published in the recently released book titled Improvisation and...

Sue Haug
Congratulations to Dr. Sue Haug, who became the the president of the National Association of Schools of Music in November 2015.
Dan C. Armstrong

Professor Dan C. Armstrong recently appeared as an invited performer and guest conductor for a special "Celebrate Marimba" festival and concert held at Kutztown University.  The event marked the 80th anniversary of the 100-piece...

Mark Ferraguto

Mark Ferraguto will deliver the inaugural Work-in-Progress Lecture at this year’s meeting of the Haydn Society of North America, held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society, November 12-15  in...

Dan C. Armstrong
Dan C. Armstrong recently served as a guest conductor of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Rodion Shchedrin's "Carmen Suite for Percussion and Strings."  The work was performed by the symphony with the Penn State...
Kim Cook

Congratulations to Kim Cook who will be recording premieres of new works for solo cello, and cello and piano, by by Paul Reale for Naxos. She will be joined by piano faculty member Christopher Guzman for...

Vincent Benitez

Congratulations to Professor Vincent P. Benitez for receiving a subvention grant from the Society for Music Theory (SMT). The grant supports his research on Messiaen's birdsong notebooks at the Département de la Musique, Bibliothèque...

Anthony Leach
Congratulations to Professor Anthony T. Leach for receiving the "Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities." The award will be presented on Thursday, October 15, at the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts on the...
James Lyon

James Lyon will perform at the sixth biennial conference of the Mozart Society of America at Tufts University (MA) on September 12, 2015 in collaboration with Matthew Hall (fortepiano) and Elizabeth Lyon (cello).

The conference theme is...

Ann Clements

Associate professor Ann Clements will travel to England in September 2015 to present her research at the "Designs for eLearning Conference" hosted by the University of London.

Clements will be joined by Penn State colleagues...

Max Zorin
Congratulations to Professor Max Zorin who has been named "Emerging Artist" by Global Music Awards for his video ...
Congratulations to theory professor Vincent P. Benitez on the recent publication of his article about the organ music of Dieterich Buxtehude, "Buxtehude's Passacaglia Principle," in...
Naomi Seidman
Congratulations to flute professor Naomi Seidman who received the 2015 College of Arts and Architecture "Award for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring."
Richard Bundy
Congratulations to retiring professor O. Richard Bundy, who has been named as the commencement speaker for the College of Arts and Architecture's commencement ceremony on May 9 at 12:00 p.m. in Eisenhower Auditorium. In addition, Bundy was named...
Robert Gardner photo
Professor Gardner conducted the Sinfonia Orchestra at the Alabama Orchestra Association's annual all-state orchestra festival. The festival occurred on the campus of the University of Alabama February 12-15, 2015....
Ann Clements

Ann Clements is an invited presenter at the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association conference, held in San Antonio February 11-14. Clements will give four presentations at this large conference which typically draws over 26,000 attendees. The...

Vincent Benitez
Dr. Vincent Benitez will present an invited lecture titled "Messiaen and Improvisation" as part of the Eastman School of Music's "Eastman Theory Colloquium" on March 27, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.
Vincent Benitez

Congratulations to Vincent P. Benitez who has been asked to give the keynote address of the Spring 2015 meeting of the New York State/St. Lawrence Chapter of the American Musicological Society. Benitez will present "Messiaen and...

Mark Ferraguto

Congratulations to Mark Ferraguto on the December 2014 release of Music and Diplomacy from the Early Modern Era to the Present, a book he co-edited with collaborators Rebekah Ahrendt and Damien Mahiet. The...

Velvet Brown

Congratulations to tuba/euphonium professor Velvet Brown, who plays tuba in the Stiletto Brass Quintet. The quintet and its members have been named as a Buffet Group Artist Ensemble. The announcement and a profile on Professor Brown appears in...

Marica Tacconi

Congratulations to Marica Tacconi, whose essay about the illuminated choirbooks of Florence Cathedral (Il Duomo) was published in the new book Make a Joyful Noise: Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral (...

Anthony Leach
Congratulations to Anthony Leach for receiving the 2014 June Herr Educator of the Year award from his undergraduate alma mater, Lebanon Valley College (LVC). This annual award recognizes outstanding educational achievements of LVC's alumni....
James Lyon
Faculty violinist James Lyon and his daughter, Clara Lyon, were featured in the Centre Daily Times on September 28, 2014. The article highlighted James Lyon's concerto performance with the Nittany Valley Symphony on September 30, followed the...
Kim Cook

Kim Cook traveled to Porto Alegre, Brazil on October 2-10, 2014. During her visit, she gave a recital, presented a masterclass, and performed a Haydn concerto with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul...

Ted

Ted Christopher, Artistic Director of Opera Theatre, directed the Cincinnati Opera Outbound tour of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance in October 2014. The tour, which featured a reduced version of the beloved comic opera,...

Max Zorin
Max Zorin performed a recital in place of renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov on July 16, 2014 at the Chateau Haut Smith Lafitte in France. Vengerov canceled the day of the performance, and Zorin met with with famed Israeli pianist Itamar Golan for...
Norman Spivey

Congratulations to Norman Spivey, who became the president of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) on July 9, 2014.

Founded in 1944, NATS is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with...

Darrin Thornton

Dr. Darrin Thornton served as the instrumental adjudicator and clinician for the 76th Annual New Glasgow Music Festival in Nova Scotia, Canada. A collaboration between the Federation of Music Festivals of Nova Scotia and the Federation of...

Mark Ballora

Music Technology professor Mark Ballora participated in Penn State Polar Day on April 19, 2014. He and New Media graduate student Matt Kenney presented sonifications of Antarctic ice measurements. Using sound, they created renderings of ice...

Robert Gardner photo
Music Education professor Robert Gardner served as one of three adjudicators for the 2014 Florida Orchestra Association State Performance Assessment. The adjudication team evaluated 31 high school orchestras and were based in Tampa and Ft....
Taylor greer
Congratulations to Dr. Greer, whose essay, “As Forte Goes By,” was published in a festschrift issue of the online music theory journal Gamut 6/2: A Music-Theoretical Matrix: Essays in Honor of Allen Forte, Part V,...
Mary Saunders-Barton

Congratulations to Mary Saunders, whose voice pedagogy program "Bel Canto Can Belto" is featured in an article of the March 2014 "Classical Singer" magazine....

Maureen Carr
Congratulations to Distinguished Professor Maureen Carr for receiving an award from the Otto Kinkeldey Endowment of the American Musicological Society (AMS) in support of her forthcoming book from Oxford University Press titled After the Rite:...
Lynn Drafall

Congratulations to Lynn Drafall for being named the 2013 recipient of the American Choral Directors Association's Elaine Brown Award. It was presented to her by Penn State Professor Emeritus D. Douglas Miller during the organization's...

Richard Bundy

Congratulations to Dick Bundy on being named as a 2013 Penn State Alumni Fellow. He received the honor at a ceremony occurring October 16.

The Alumni Fellow program is administered by the Penn State Alumni Association in cooperation with...

Mark Ballora

Mark Ballora provided sonifications of scientific data that were used on "Superorganism," the latest album from Mickey Hart, ethnomusicologist and former Grateful Dead percussionist. He previously provided sonifications for Hart on his...

Richard Bundy

O. Richard Bundy was featured in the Centre Daily Times on Sunday, September 1 in an article titled "Steeped in Tradition:Director Bundy keeps Blue Band Marching to Cadence of Excellence."

For the complete article, click...

christopher kiver
Congratulations to Christopher Kiver on his appointment as the national Repertoire & Standards Chair for Men's Choirs by the American Choral Directors Association.
Marica Tacconi

Marica S. Tacconi, professor of musicology and assistant director for research and graduate studies in the School of Music, was honored with a 2013 Achieving Women Award from the Penn State Commission for Women.

The Achieving Women Award...

christopher kiver
Dr. Kiver recently returned from Shanghai, China where he presented four sessions for the 11th annual conference of the East Asia Region Council of Schools (EARCOS). The conference, focused on the arts, was attended by over 1,000 faculty members...
Naomi Seidman

Congratulations for being named the winner of the 2013 National Flute Association’s “Convention Performers Competition.”  Professor Seidman will perform in a concert of newly published music at the association’s...

dennis glocke
Dennis Glocke will conduct the All-State Wind Ensemble at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association conference, April 18-20, 2013 in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Langston J. Fitzgerald III

Congratulations to Dr. Fitzgerald for receiving the 2013 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award.

These annual awards publicly recognize specific teachers by spotlighting their extraordinary...

Mark L. Lusk

Congratulations to Professor Lusk for receiving the 2013 College of Arts and Architecture Award for Outstanding Teaching.

In addition to his work as the applied trombone instructor, Lusk conducts the Trombone Choir and serves the school as...

Eric McKee

Congratulations to Professor McKee for receiving the 2013 College of Arts and Architecture Award for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring.

McKee is an adviser for the school's liberal arts degree, a program that appeals to a diverse...

Mark Ballora

Mark Ballora has co-authored an article discussing sonification and using music to study the universe that is currently appearing in the Huffington Post. Ballora is an associate professor of music technology, teaching courses in music technology...

Ann Clements
Ann Clements has been asked to give the 2013 Invited Research Lecture at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association state conference in Erie, PA. She is the youngest researcher to have received this honor and is only the second Penn State faculty...
Lisa Bontrager
Professor Bontrager recently returned from a trip to Brazil where she and her colleagues in Millennium Brass taught and performed for the 31st Musica de Curitiba Festival, January 8...
Ted
Opera director Ted Christopher recently returned from Japan where he presented a series of master classes and a recital for the Musical Theatre Department of Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Tokyo. The title of his presentation was "The...
Stephen
Steve Hopkins has developed and published an online jazz music course through Connect for Education. He and his wife have been donating 20 percent of the royalties earned from the course to a School of Music scholarship fund.  A...
Robert Gardner photo
Dr. Gardner recently returned from Oklahoma where he served as guest conductor for the Oklahoma All-State Orchestra.
Norman Spivey

Congratulations to Professor Spivey on his election to the office of president-elect of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Linda Thornton
Congratulations to Professor Thornton on receiving the 2012 College of Arts and Architecture Award for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring.