Congratulations to senior percussionist Kyle McKay, who has been named as one of the recipients of a 2017 Award for Creative Achievement. Presented by the College of Arts and Architecture, these awards recognize students who exemplify the objectives of the college with respect to enhancement of the arts. Consideration is given to students (preferably final year) who have proven themselves over an extended period of time.
The son of Sarah and Daniel McKay, Kyle is a music education major from Drexel Hill, PA. A percussion student of Dan C. Armstrong, Kyle was one of the winners of the 2015-16 Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition. He received the 2016 Atherton Memorial Music Award and was also selected as the performance achievement winner of the 2016 College of Arts and Architecture's Reuben and Gladys Golumbic Scholarship Award.
As a Penn State student, Kyle participated in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and Mallet Ensemble. After graduation, he plans to pursue a master’s degree in percussion performance before obtaining a teaching job in an elementary school. He also hopes to maintain an active performance career.