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book jacket for Spivey publication
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...
bryan nichols
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...
School of Music with spring blossoming trees
Spring Scholarship Competition Winners Announced
The Penn State School of Music's annual Spring Scholarship Competition was held Monday, February 12, 2018. Nine students were awarded significant scholarships based on their performances. The Presser Scholarship was established to provide recognition for undergraduate students majoring in music. Consideration is given to full-time undergraduate students who have completed at least three years or its equivalent and have expressed and exhibited a personal dedication to a career in music. The...
Student Spotlight
Noah Breneman playing the oboe
Congratulations to senior oboe performance major Noah Breneman who has been named a co-winner of the 2017-18 Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition. He will perform Eric Ewazen's complete Oboe Concerto No. 2 ("Hold Fast Your...
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
Meredith Mecum

Congratulations to Meredith Mecum ('07 B.M.A.), who has been named the winner of the 2017-18 American Prize in Vocal Performance (professional division). The Prize recognizes and rewards the best performances by classically trained vocalists...