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Mark Ballora
Remembering Professor Mark Ballora
Updated: Saturday, July, 20, 2019 Mark Ballora, a devoted and dynamic professor of Music Technology in the Penn State School of Music, affiliate faculty in the School of Theatre, and newly appointed director of the Arts & Design Research Incubator, unexpectedly passed on Thursday, July 18, 2019. He was 57 years old. Ballora was a leader in the field of sonification. His projects translated a wide variety of datasets into immersive soundscapes for research and educational purposes, including...
Concert Choir 2019
International tours a highlight for Penn State choir members
This summer, 32 members of the Concert Choir, along with School of Music faculty members Christopher Kiver, choir director, and Jennifer Trost, soloist, spent 10 days in Germany, performing music by composers associated with the towns they visited. Those towns included Gotha, Eisenach, Römhild, Görlitz, Bautzen, Berlin and Leipzig, where Johann Sebastian Bach lived and worked. According to Concert Choir member Lindsay Dudis, a sophomore voice major, it was exciting to see what inspired the...
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2019 Student Commencement Marshals
Congratulations to Ilyse Aber who was named student marshal for the College of Arts and Architecture's 2019 commencement ceremony on May 4th. From Warrington, PA, Ilyse Aber has completed a Bachelor of Music Education degree as a member of the Clarinet Studio and student of Anthony J. Costa. Ilyse graduated with a cumulative 4.0 GPA and was active in numerous Penn State ensembles, including the Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Fall Athletic Band,...
Student Spotlight
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Junior Sadie Spivey (BM voice; BFA acting) will be appearing as a young artist during the 2018 season of Ohio Light Opera in Wooster, OH. Known as ‘America’s premier lyric theatre festival,’ the resident professional company of...

Faculty Spotlight
Sue Haug

Sue Haug, Professor of Music, was granted Honorary Membership in the National Association of Schools of Music in November 2018 at the association's annual meeting in Washington, DC. In presenting the award on behalf of the NASM Board of...

Alumni Spotlight
Chris Ballentine

Christopher Ballentine ('15 BME) has been selected as the 2018 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association's "Outstanding Young Music Educator."  The award was created to recognize a PMEA member, who has been teaching for...