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School of Music welcomes Baljinder Sekhon as Assistant Professor of Composition

The School of Music is pleased to welcome Baljinder Sekhon as assistant professor of composition effective fall 2019. Dr. Sekhon is coming to Penn State from the University of South Florida, where he received a 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher award. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the Eastman School of Music, where he is a three-time recipient of the Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize, and a B.M. from the University of South Carolina. Additional honors include the Wayne Brewster Barlow Prize, New Music USA’s Composer Assistance Grant, Audio Inversions, Percussive Arts Society Composition Competition, Brian M. Israel Prize, Boehmler Foundation Commission, Met Life Creative Connections Grant, Belle Gitelman Prize, Barbara B. Smith Prize, and multiple awards from ASCAP, including the Morton Gould Young Composer Award (2006). He was named the MTNA/FSMTA Commissioned Composer of 2012. His numerous appearances as a percussionist include those at the L.A. Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series in Walt Disney Hall, Festival Spazio Musica in Cagliari, Italy, and at the Bang On a Can Marathon in New York City. For more information, please visit