Penn State’s “Classical Music Project,” increasing student involvement

Posted on: September 16, 2016

“The Classical Music Project is a collaborative effort to enhance students’ exposure and enjoyment to classical music” at Penn State University, reports Emma Kauffman in Thursday’s (9/15) Daily Collegian, the university’s newspaper. “Started by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2011, there has since been an increased amount of student involvement in classical music viewing. Laura Sullivan, the marketing and communications director of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State, said the number of students going to classical music events in 2011 only accounted for 26 percent of the entire audience. … The number of students attending classical events [now] accounts for over half the audience, Sullivan said. Events such as ‘Classical Coffeehouses’—where students can interact with diverse musicians in a Q&A style—are one of the things this project has put on, Sullivan said. ‘CPA has brought in artists that are down to earth and used to working with young people,’ Marica Tacconi, faculty liaison for the Classical Music Project, said…. Philip J. Burlingame, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, said … ‘Penn State wants every student to have at least one transformative experience with the arts.’ ”

Posted September 16, 2016