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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...
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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...
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Clarinetist Named Winner of Graduate Exhibition
Congratulations to clarinetist Katherine Kessler who was named the winner of the 2018 Penn State Graduate Exhibition (Performance Option). Katherine performed “Hommage à Manuel de Falla” by Béla Kovács at the competition held March 23 at Eisenhower Auditorium....
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Four University Choir Students Tour Kenya
In December 2017, Penn State professor Steven Hankle and four University Choir students traveled to Kenya to participate in the Avoice4Peace tour.  Representatives from three American choirs (Penn State, Florida State, and Texas Tech) and the Nairobi Chamber Chorus...
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Faculty Members Release New CD
Congratulations to Penn State faculty members Kim Cook and Christopher Guzman on the release of their new CD titled "Chopin's Ghosts - Works for Cello and Piano" by Naxos American Classics. The CD is comprised of original music by composer Paul Reale. The CD,...
Rachel Copeland
New Voice Teacher to Join Faculty
The Penn State School of Music is pleased to welcome lyric coloratura soprano Rachel Copeland as a new faculty member. She will begin her duties at Penn State in fall 2018. Rachel E. Copeland is currently on the faculty of East Carolina University School of Music where she...
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School of Music Professor Featured on Big Ten Network
Professor Mark Ballora's research on the sonification of hurricanes, in conjunction with the work of meteorology professor Jenny Evans, is now featured on the Big Ten Network's website. Click here to view the article.
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Glee Club Performs in NYC
The Penn State Glee Club "raised the song" at Lincoln Center in New York City on January 13, 2018. The Glee Club was invited to perform by the University Glee Club of New York City (formed 1894) to share a concert in Alice Tully Hall.  Each ensemble...
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In Memoriam: Ray Fortunato
Ray T. Fortunato (’52 M.M.), long-time supporter of the Penn State Glee Club and composer of "Hail, Oh Hail", passed peacefully on December 31, 2017, one month short of his 95th birthday. Ray was raised in Bethlehem, PA and graduated from Liberty...
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School of Music Student Performs at Fiesta Bowl
Junior voice major Sean Toso sang the National Anthem at the Fiesta Bowl on December 30, 2017, prior to the football game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the University of Washington Huskies. He was joined by University of Washington soprano Krissy Terwilliger, a...