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Music Technology

Students who are interested in concert recording and audio production will have the opportunity to gain experience through recording concerts, classes in audio technology, and critical listening sessions. Up to 10 students will be selected to participate as part of the music technology/concert recording team, based on a portfolio of work examples uploaded to an accessible storage space (such as Dropbox or Google drive, or equivalent).

Click on "How to Apply", found on the left side of this page, for portfolio requirements and application information.

The daily schedule for Music Technology students will include the following:

  • Classes in digital audio technology
  • Critical listening sessions of acknowledged high-quality recordings
  • Critical listening sessions of recordings made of HMI ensembles
  • Common Hour (featuring a different musical topic or opportunity each day, TBA)
  • Recording evening recitals
  • Students will have the opportunity to take a 30 or 45 minute lesson with HMI faculty


Curtis Craig

Recent sound design and composition work has been heard at the Detroit Public Theater, Classical Theater of Harlem, People’s Light and Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, Actors Theater of Louisville, Denver Center Theatre Company, Seattle Rep, Chautauqua Theater Company, the World Famous Apollo Theater, the Royal Family Performing Arts Center, New York Fringe, Watertower Theater, Dallas Theater Center, and Pennsylvania Centre Stage. In 2017, his sound design and composition from the Denver Center production of All The Way was awarded the Silver Medal in Sound Design at the World Stage Design exposition in Taipei, Taiwan. He previously exhibited his work at World Stage Design expo in Cardiff, Wales and he won the Gold Medal in Sound Design for Pentecost in 2009 in Seoul, South Korea. He is the head of both the undergraduate program in Theater Design & Technology and the Sound Design program at Penn State University. His work can be seen and heard at His work can also be heard with the Grammy nominated Voice of Change, Gasparo, Albany and CRI records.


Mark Ballora

Mark Ballora joined the Penn State faculty in 2000. He holds a joint appointment in the School of Music and the School of Theatre. Ballora teaches courses in music technology, history of electroacoustic music, musical acoustics, and software programming for musicians. He received degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles, New York University, and McGill University. He is the author of Digital Audio and Acoustics for the Creative Arts (Oxford University Press, 2016), and a number of "Square One" columns written for Electronic Musician magazine from 2004 to 2008. Early work includes sound designs and electroacoustic scores for modern dance, theatre, animated films, and radio dramas. His compositions have been played at international electroacoustic music festivals, and his piece for flute choir, Squid Sarabande, was a finalist in the 2012 National Flute Association's newly published music competition. He has also written articles describing uses of sonification (rendering scientific datasets with sound) in the areas of cardiology and computer network security. His sonifications of astronomical and physiological datasets have been used by percussionist/ethnomusicologist Mickey Hart as part of performances of the Mickey Hart Band, and on their albums Mysterium Tremendum (2012) and Superorganism (2013), the film Rhythms of the Universe (2013), which Hart conceived with cosmologist George Smoot, and Hart's performance Musica Universalis: The Greatest Story Ever Told, presented at the American Museum of Natural History (2018). In June 2017, he was co-recipient of two interdisciplinary seed grants awarded by The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) and the Gulf Research Program that will involve working with marine biologists to create sonifications of ocean-related data.