Adam Arango ('09) received his undergraduate degree in trombone performance from Penn State where he studied with Mark L. Lusk. He is currently assistant director of advancement for the Manhattan School of Music, where he raises money for student scholarships, facility upgrades, and special projects. After graduation from Penn State, Adam worked for 4 years with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra as Director of Education and Development, and for three summers as orchestra manager and capital campaign assistant for the Aspen Music Festival and School. Looking for additional training in arts management, he went back to school for graduate work in business and arts administration (M.B.A. & M.A.) from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and Lindner College of Business. Adam currently lives in Manhattan and has interests in the performing and visual arts, travel, and food from around the world.
Susannah S. Cooper (’74), a Somerset, Pennsylvania native, earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Penn State, an M. Eq. from the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a master’s degree in education technology. Sue has extensive classroom music teaching experience in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Massachusetts. While teaching, she trained music students from Carnegie Mellon University, formulated music curricula for special needs children, and was a contributor to Westborough School District’s recognition as a national “Top 25” public music school program. She was music director for numerous musical productions and founder of two extracurricular study groups. Currently retired, she is an active member of Penn State’s Alumni Student Teacher Network and volunteers for several Penn State booster groups.
Michael Ketner ('93) received his undergraduate degree in music education. He is currently the Director of Performance for the Music Department at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his administrative duties at Penn, Dr. Ketner teaches a course in arts entrepreneurship there and is the President of Departure Consulting, a firm dedicated to helping organizations and individuals in the arts hone their skills in entrepreneurship and innovation. After graduating from Penn State, he received a master's degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music, both in trombone performance. Dr. Ketner recently completed the Certificate in Nonprofit Administration from the Fels Institute of Government at Penn. He has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and Syracuse Symphony Orchestras, and has served on the faculties of Mansfield University and Prairie View A&M University. He currently lives in Jamison, Pennsylania with his wife, Kristin Bearn Ketner, and their two daughters, Sophie and Zoe.
Carol Nelson Poblete ('08 B.S.) is president of the School of Music APG. She currently teaches elementary general music in the Montgomery County Public Schools. An active flautist, she performs with the Maryland Band Directors Band and teaches privately in the Washington, D.C. area. Additionally, she volunteers with the Alumni Blue Band Association, and with Penn State Admissions.
Molly Weaver ('80) is a professor at West Virginia University and serves as coordinator of the music education area. She joined the WVU faculty in 1993 following a successful career as a music educator and arts administrator in the Beachwood, Ohio City Schools. Molly earned her undergraduate degree in music education from Penn State, and her master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan. She is active as an adjudicator, author, consultant, and researcher, and has made more than 200 invited or refereed presentations throughout the United States and abroad.