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Featured Performances and Events
Steven Hankle with four UChoir students
Four University Choir Students Tour Kenya
In December 2017, Penn State professor Steven Hankle and four University Choir students traveled to Kenya to participate in the Avoice4Peace tour.  Representatives from three American choirs (Penn State, Florida State, and Texas Tech) and the Nairobi Chamber Chorus participated in the tour where they sang in different venues in and around Nairobi, Kenya. The purpose of the tour was to build bridges between the two countries through choral music. The American choir members also learned and...
CD cover for new Paul Reale CD released by faculty members
Faculty Members Release New CD
Congratulations to Penn State faculty members Kim Cook and Christopher Guzman on the release of their new CD titled "Chopin's Ghosts - Works for Cello and Piano" by Naxos American Classics. The CD is comprised of original music by composer Paul Reale. The CD, which includes the world premiere of Reale's 2017 composition Chopin's Ghost (Cello Sonata #2), is available for order on
Rachel Copeland
New Voice Teacher to Join Faculty
The Penn State School of Music is pleased to welcome lyric coloratura soprano Rachel Copeland as a new faculty member. She will begin her duties at Penn State in fall 2018. Rachel E. Copeland is currently on the faculty of East Carolina University School of Music where she is the coordinator of graduate studies and teaches voice and diction courses. She recently completed her doctorate at Indiana University, where she continues to study with Distinguished Professor of Music Timothy Noble and...
Student Spotlight
Noah Breneman playing the oboe
Congratulations to senior oboe performance major Noah Breneman who has been named a co-winner of the 2017-18 Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition. He will perform Eric Ewazen's complete Oboe Concerto No. 2 ("Hold Fast Your...
Faculty Spotlight
James Lyon

Congratulations to violin professor James Lyon who has received Penn State's 2017 George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award, named after Penn State’s seventh president, honors excellence in teaching at the...

Alumni Spotlight
Meredith Mecum

Congratulations to Meredith Mecum ('07 B.M.A.), who has been named the winner of the 2017-18 American Prize in Vocal Performance (professional division). The Prize recognizes and rewards the best performances by classically trained vocalists...