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2019 Student Commencement Marshals
Congratulations to Ilyse Aber who was named student marshal for the College of Arts and Architecture's 2019 commencement ceremony on May 4th. From Warrington, PA, Ilyse Aber has completed a BachelorĀ of Music Education degree as a member of the Clarinet Studio and student of Anthony J. Costa. Ilyse graduated with a cumulative 4.0 GPA and was active in numerous Penn State ensembles, including the Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Fall Athletic Band,...
School of Music welcomes Baljinder Sekhon as Assistant Professor of Composition
The School of Music is pleased to welcome Baljinder Sekhon as assistant professor of composition effective fall 2019. Dr. Sekhon is coming to Penn State from the University of South Florida, where he received a 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher award. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the Eastman School of Music, where he is a three-time recipient of the Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize, and a B.M. from the University of South Carolina. Additional honors include the Wayne Brewster Barlow Prize...
Maureen Carr
Maureen Carr wins Solie Award
Distinguished Professor of Music, Maureen Carr, was presented with the Ruth A. Solie Award at the 2018 meeting of the American Musicological Society in San Antonio, Texas, for a book entitled The Rite of Spring at 100 (Indiana University Press, 2017). The award citation read: "This book of essays applies multidisciplinary approaches to ongoing questions about a central work by Stravinsky. The contributors include an international group of authors drawn from dance and theater specialists,...
Student Spotlight
Ryan Czekaj holding a clarinet

Congratulations to junior music education major Ryan Czekaj, who has been named as a recipient of Penn State's Erickson Discovery Grant. These competitive grants are directed to student-initiated projects in the sciences, engineering, social...

Faculty Spotlight
James Lyon
Professor James Lyon was featured violin soloist for the first public concert of the Nairobi (Kenya) Philharmonic in a performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons given at All Saint's Cathedral on July 29, 2018. In addition...
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...