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Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State


Patricia Best and her husband Tom stand together in the desert.

It was a no-brainer for the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State to honor music enthusiasts and lifelong education advocates Patricia Best and Thomas Ray with the 2017 Distinguished Service

Thompson holds his hands in the air wearing his graduation cap and gown.

While a student at Penn State, Christian Thompson unknowingly began training for his current touring Broadway gig when School of Theatre Musical Director Beth Burrier taught him the vocal line for

Brad Wells smiles for the camera wearing glasses and a button-down shirt.

Brad Wells, choral director and music lecturer at Williams College in Massachusetts, has dedicated his academic and professional career to studying the voice.

A closeup photo of Bria Skonberg wearing a leather jacket, blouse, and long blonde hair over her shoulders.

A New York Times critic describes Bria Skonberg as “the shining hope of hot jazz, on the strength of a clarion trumpet style indebted to Louis Armstrong, a smooth purr of a singing voice i