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Pulitzer Prize Finalist Composition Commissioned by Capitol Quartet
Carter Pann's saxophone quartet composition titled The Mechanics: Six From the Shop Floor was named as one of three finalists for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in music. The work was commissioned by the Capitol Quartet, which includes Penn State faculty member David Stambler, with financial assistance from The Margot Music Fund. The composition can be heard on the quartet's most recent recording, Balance, produced by Blue Griffin Recordings. The six-movement suite imagines the four...
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Spring Scholarship Competition Winners Announced
The Penn State School of Music's annual Spring Scholarship Competition was held February 9, 2016 in Esber Recital Hall. Seven students were awarded significant scholarships based on their performances, and one student received an award recognizing cumulative achievements and contributions to the school. The Atherton Memorial Music Award was created to honor Helen Atherton Govier. It provides recognition to undergraduate music students in their second, third, or fourth years who are making...
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School of Music Students Shine at Graduate Exhibition
Soprano CJ Greer was named the winner of the 2015-16 Penn State Graduate Exhibition's performance option, held March 18 in Esber Recital Hall. Her competition repertoire included “Depuis le Jour” (from Louise) by Gustave Charpentier  and “The Audience Song” by Ben Moore. Kathy Gattuso Cinatl served as collaborative pianist. CJ is a voice student of Jennifer Trost. CJ made her operatic debut with Penn State Opera Theatre in Spring 2015, singing the role...
Student Spotlight
Mara E. Culp

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Mara E. Culp who will join the music education faculty of Ithaca College in fall 2016 as a visiting assistant professor. She will teach courses related to elementary general music and coordinate music activities...

Faculty Spotlight
Timothy Deighton

Congratulations to Timothy Deighton who has been named the 2016 recipient of the American Viola Society's "Maurice W. Riley Award." Started in 1993, the award recognizes distinguished contributions to the viola in teaching,...

Alumni Spotlight
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Christopher Brown ('12 M.M.-trombone) will make his Carnegie Hall debut in May 2016 as a member of the Seminole Trombone Quartet. The recital will feature a world premiere of a quartet written by New York-based composer Sheila Silver, and we...