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Wishing "Fare Well" to Four Brass Area Graduate Students
Four graduate students from the brass area will graduate from Penn State on May 6, and all are moving on to continue their professional development at major institutions or orchestras. We wish them well in their new adventures! Chris O’Brien, a native of Benicia, CA, started playing the trumpet in fifth grade. Chris’ two younger siblings joined suit and, by the following year, all three O’Brien kids were playing trumpet in band together. Sharing music with his family...
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Voice Faculty Members to Publish Book
Voice faculty member Norman Spivey and faculty member emeritus Mary Saunders Barton have written a book, soon to be published by Plural Publishing, titled Cross-Training in the Voice Studio: A Balancing Act. The book will be available for purchase this spring, and is currently available for pre-order from The publisher's website describes Cross-Training in the Voice Studio: A Balancing Act as "an innovative resource for teachers and students of singing in today's...
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School of Music Welcomes Bryan Nichols to the Faculty
The Penn State School of Music is proud to welcome Dr. Bryan Nichols to the music education faculty, beginning fall 2018. Bryan E. Nichols is currently a teacher and conductor at the University of Akron, where he instructs undergraduate methods classes and supervises student teachers. He has a variety of teaching experience at all levels, including extensive experience as a middle school and high school choral director. He has been active with the local and state organizations of the National...
Student Spotlight
Miguel Campos playing the cello

Congratulations to second-year master's student Miguel Campos on the publication of his article, "Reflections After An Audition: A Call to Inject Compassion Back into Our Musical Life," in the February 2018 edition of American...

Faculty Spotlight
Sue Haug
Congratulations to Sue Haug, who is the recipient of the 2018 Penn State McKay Donkin Award. Established in 1969 in honor of the late McKay Donkin, who served as vice president and treasurer of the University from 1957 to 1968, the award is...
Alumni Spotlight
Chris Ballentine

Christopher Ballentine ('15 BME) has been selected as the 2018 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association's "Outstanding Young Music Educator."  The award was created to recognize a PMEA member, who has been teaching for...