Congratulations to Penn State music education faculty members Linda Thornton and Robert D. Gardner for being named as joint recipients of the University's 2015 "Community Engagement and Scholarship Award." Established in 2008, this award recognizes an outstanding Penn State engaged scholarship project or initiative. The recipient is submitted as Penn State’s nominee for the Northeast region W.K. Kellogg Foundation Outreach Scholarship Award, sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). Five regional winners advance to compete for the national C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award in September.
Thornton and Gardner received the award for their work on the "Partners in Music" program, which creates the opportunity for young instrumentalists and prospective music teachers to make music together. Over six Wednesdays in the fall semester, fifth-grade students from State College Area School District and Our Lady of Victory School rehearse on Penn State's campus, conducted by senior music education majors. Begun as a pilot program in 2006, the program has grown to include three ensembles (two bands and one string orchestra) consisting of approximately 150 young instrumentalists each year. The rehearsals culminate in a concert at State College Area High School.
For a more detailed description of the award and the "Partners in Music" program, click here.