The College of Arts and Architecture

Mission and History



Mission: Music at Penn’s Woods is dedicated to the superior performance of music, innovative programming, and cultivation of the highest quality of music education by providing diverse musical programs in a professional setting, which significantly contributes to the cultural reputation of The Pennsylvania State University and the central Pennsylvania region.

History: The School of Music started the Music at Penn’s Woods more than 20 years ago as a chamber music festival, and it rapidly developed into a full orchestral program attracting musicians from across the country. According to Sue Haug, Director of the School of Music, classical music lovers in the community urged the school to reestablish the festival. “This is a true community-university partnership, and we are grateful to all who have shown their support through their financial contributions, including Dotty and Paul Rigby, who are sponsoring the Festival Orchestra concerts, and to all our friends who have supported the festival through their contributions, volunteer support, and attendance at the concerts.”