The College of Arts and Architecture

Annie Liu

Annie Liu

Reuben and Gladys Golumbic Scholarship - Performance Achievement

Creative Achievement Award - Music

Annie Liu is a junior in the Schreyer Honors College pursuing a bachelor of musical arts in bassoon performance and a bachelor of science in general science. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Annie grew up in State College, studying bassoon with Professor Daryl Durran since 2013. She is a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the premier ensembles of the School of Music, and the Pentavalent Wind Quintet. Through a school-wide audition, Annie was selected to perform a solo with percussionist Gage Kroljic in the 2018 Mosaic concert, which showcases the school’s outstanding soloists and ensembles. She was a finalist in the Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, receiving an honorable mention in January 2020. Every semester of study, Annie has earned Jury Honors, a distinction awarded for excellence in final performance exams. She received the inaugural Sue Haug School of Music Leadership Award in 2019. In the 2020 School of Music Scholarship Competition, she was again a winner of the Haug Leadership Award and she also won the Presser Scholarship and a College of Arts and Architecture Creative Achievement Award. This semester Annie has worked as lab manager of the Pitch Exploration Lab, a music cognition research lab. Beyond her music activities, Annie serves as the engagement director of Science Lion Pride and volunteers at Discovery Space of Central PA. She interned with the German Academic Exchange Service RISE Germany program doing biology research at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. Annie intends to pursue a master’s degree in bassoon performance.

The Creative Achievement Awards are presented to recognize students who exemplify the objectives of the college with respect to enhancement of the arts. Students are selected by the faculty in their academic areas for their creative work, academic excellence, and service contributions. Each student receives the creative achievement medal designed by John Cook, professor emeritus in the School of Visual Arts.

One of the most significant awards in the college, the Golumbic Scholarship recognizes students whose records have demonstrated their potential for significant contribution to the arts and humanities. It was established in 1978 by Penn State chemistry alumnus Ed Eckl in memory of his adoptive parents and to honor his mother’s artistic aspirations. 

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