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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...
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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,...
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Music faculty to Cuba
Faculty from four universities joined forces with jazz musicians in Santiago de Cuba in September for the Cuban premiere of a new work for big band, Cuban Pictures at an Exhibition, inspired by Modest Mussorgsky’s famous Pictures at an Exhibition. Penn State was represented by faculty members Mark Lusk (trombone), David Stambler (saxophone), Velvet Brown (tuba), and Mark Marcinko (drums), graduate student Wade Judy (trombone), and alumni Alex Mann (...
Student Spotlight
Jin Zhang

Graduating with a single degree in four years is no easy feat. So imagine graduating with four. Jin Zhang did exactly that, earning four degrees in four and a half years, including a Bachelor Arts degree in music performance (cello). In addition...

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
Alexa Thomson

Alexa Sangbin Thomson, Professional Performance Certificate (PPC) recipient in 2016, has just won a coveted position as a community embedded musician in the Houston Symphony.  Alexa came to Penn State from New Zealand to study with Prof. Tim...