The College of Arts and Architecture

Classical Music Student Ambassador Application Deadline August 10

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The School of Music is seeking applications from rising junior and senior music majors, as well as all graduate students and Professional Performance Certificate students, to be named 2015-16 Classical Music Student Ambassador Leaders. The application process is open until August 10. Three ambassador leaders will be chosen.

The Classical Music Student Ambassador program is based on the principle of “students-engaging-students.” Its goal is to train student musicians to become strong arts advocates and future community-engaged leaders.

The program is part of the Classical Music Project of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State, is jointly sponsored by the School of Music, and supported in part through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Classical Music Project provides opportunities to engage students, faculty and the community with classical music artists through artist residencies, student engagement activities, curriculum connections, and a partnership with Penn State Altoona.

Ambassador Leaders are charged with bringing live classical music into the fabric of student life and the community through engagement. By coordinating activities such as dorm and house concerts, performances in non-traditional venues, and “informational performances” in both general education music classes and non-music classes, Ambassador Leaders will generate enthusiasm for classical music and draw attention to upcoming Center for the Performing Arts concerts and visiting artists.

The Call for Applications linked below includes complete information on the program. In summary:

  • Three Student Ambassador Leaders will be selected. They will be chosen for their musicianship, communication skills, leadership abilities, and commitment to music advocacy;
  • Ambassador Leaders will work an average of 5 hours per week for 13 weeks each semester during the 2015-16 academic year. They will each receive a stipend for their participation in the program, paid as wage-payroll at the rate of $15 per hour (ca. $1,950 for the academic year).


  • The Classical Music Student Ambassador Leader Program is open to junior and senior music majors, music graduate students, and students in the Professional Performer Certificate (PPC) program.
  • Students in any music track or degree program are eligible to apply, although Student Ambassador Leaders should be involved in the program as active performers. They are required to be in residence and engaged with the program for the duration of the 2015-16 academic year.
  • Student Ambassador Leaders are appointed for one academic year; Ambassador Leaders who will return to Penn State the following academic year might be considered for a second term.

Application Process

  • Carefully review the attached call for applications.
  • Discuss this opportunity with your Penn State faculty advisor or studio instructor; make sure s/he supports your application.
  • Complete the application form. Online applications are due no later than August 10, 2015.
  • Finalists will be invited to interview the week of August 24.
  • Three 2015-16 Student Ambassador Leaders will be named immediately following the interview process.

Please direct any questions regarding the application process to Robyn Dixon Costa, Classical Music Student Ambassador program coordinator (