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Voice Faculty Members Publish Book
Voice faculty member Norman Spivey and faculty member emeritus Mary Saunders Barton have written a book published by Plural Publishing titled Cross-Training in the Voice Studio: A Balancing Act. The book is available for purchase from as well as from the publisher's website. 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 evolving professional landscape....
Patti Begg
State College Teacher Named Outstanding Alumni Music Educator
Patti D. Begg has been named as the School of Music's Outstanding Alumni Music Educator for 2018. The award was presented at the recent Pennsylvania Music Educators Association conference. Patti has taught elementary music and directed choirs for 35 years. She attended Westminster Choir College for her undergraduate degree in music education, and completed her master’s degree in music education at Penn State in 1992. Patti has been teaching elementary music in the State College Area...
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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...
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
Jennifer Trost

Congratulations to voice faculty member Jennifer Trost who, along with accompanying graduate students, has been named as a finalist for the 2017-18 American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music/college division....

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...