Penn State Laureate

2009-2010: Anthony Leach

  • Anthony Leach: Penn State faculty profiles in diversity and inclusion
    When Penn State’s Anthony Leach is not traveling the world with his choir, Essence of Joy, he’s right here in State College, Pennsylvania, nurturing his students’ talents. Leach, professor of music and music education at Penn State, is an award-winning educator and conductor whose talents have taken him far and wide, with several compositions under his belt. Despite all of this, his humble demeanor is evident in his work and the relationship he shares with his students.
  • Research Unplugged concludes this week with Essence of Joy
    Research Unplugged concludes its fall series of community conversations with Penn State faculty this week with a program on Thursday, Nov. 15, by Anthony Leach and members of the acclaimed Penn State School of Music choral group Essence of Joy.
  • Research Unplugged starts with talk on childrens attention disorders
    Research Unplugged, the speaker series that brings Penn State researchers into the community for lively public discussions, will kick off its fall season on Oct. 11 with a talk led by Lisa Gatzke-Kopp on "The ABCs of ADHD: Inside the Brains of Kids with Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorders."
  • Literary Landings: Come Celebrate Artistic Collaboration
    Linda Patterson Miller, the 2011-12 Penn State laureate and professor of English at Penn State Abington, is sharing her thoughts and observations of her laureate experience as she journeys across the Commonwealth aiming to engage people in the beauty of the humanities, specifically early 20th-century American literature and art. "Literary Landings" is a travelogue scheduled to appear periodically during the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters on Penn State Live and in Penn State Newswires. In her entry "Come Celebrate Artistic Collaboration" Miller enthusiastically invites the college community to the first-ever Penn State Laureate Jubilee on April 24.
  • Penn State Laureate Jubilee April 24 celebrates the arts, humanities
    Linda Patterson Miller, the 2011-2012 Penn State laureate, invites students, faculty, staff and community members to the Penn State Laureate Jubilee, a public event featuring past, present and future Penn State laureates in celebration of the University's commitment to the arts and humanities. The first-ever event takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the University Park campus. An opening reception with light refreshments begins at 3 p.m. in the center's Frizzell Room. The program follows at 4 p.m. in Worship Hall.
  • WPSUs Winterfest concert brings songs of the season to campus
    The holiday season will be in full swing on Saturday, Dec. 10 when the Penn State School of Music choral group Essence of Joy and community choral group Essence 2 take the stage for WPSU's "Winterfest '11: Our Gift in Song" at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. Guests must be seated by 7:15 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at online.
  • Leach reflects on choral career, year as 2009-10 Penn State laureate
    As he concludes his year as the 2009-10 Penn State laureate and passes the title officially to poet Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies; Anthony Leach, associate professor of music/music education in the College of Arts and Architecture, examines the past year and his greater musical history at Penn State, which began 24 years ago.
  • Laureate describes Essence of Joy and its Gift in Song
    As his year as 2009-2010 Penn State laureate winds down, Anthony Leach, associate professor of music/music education in the College of Arts and Architecture, shares the story of his Penn State choir Essence of Joy, how it came to be and what it and its singers have contributed to the choral community locally, regionally and around the world.
  • Penn State laureate poses the question: Who sings?
    In his latest article Anthony Leach, the 2009-10 Penn State laureate and associate professor of music/music education in the College of Arts and Architecture, examines the notion of singing by posing questions: who sings, why, when, what and how?
  • Laureate reflects on history of Penn States choral community
    Before Penn State football had a coach, choral singing was alive and well at our University. Anthony Leach, the 2009-10 Penn State laureate, takes a few moments to recall some of the significant contributions that choirs from Penn State have made over many decades as well as current service to the University Park campus and beyond.
  • Video: Penn State laureate discusses musics life-enhancing potential
    Anthony Leach, the 2009-2010 Penn State laureate and associate professor of music and music education, understands music's potential to influence and enhance the lives of others, and he sees firsthand the unifying power of music on both performers and audiences. In a short video he describes a bit of his musical philosophy by reflecting on the role music has played in his life since childhood.
  • Penn State laureate notes musics role in Black History Month
    Anthony Leach, the 2009-10 Penn State laureate, offers his musical perspective on Black History Month, as many organizations and communities across America join together to celebrate the works and accomplishments of blacks across generations, industries and sensibilities.
  • Penn State President to discuss the history of choral music
    Penn State President Graham Spanier and his guests, Tony Leach and Gilbert Lewis Bailey II, will discuss the evolution of choral music on the upcoming edition of "To The Best Of My Knowledge." The live call-in program will air at 8 p.m. on Jan. 19, on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM. It also airs on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).
  • Songs of Kings era: Aint Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round
    In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday, Anthony Leach, the 2009-10 Penn State laureate, offers his thoughts on the significance of songs of the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Heard on Campus: Anthony T. Leach at the Forum
    "Song did not pop into my mind when I learned of the earthquake (in Haiti). The first thing that popped into my mind was to simply pray, because they had nothing, and now they really have nothing. But as you listen to some of the newscasts, you hear people singing. And it's their song, right now, that needs to be sung." -- Anthony T. Leach, Penn State laureate and assistant professor of music and music education, on the earthquake that occurred in Haiti on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Leach and his choir, Essence of Joy, were featured at Penn State's Forum Speaker Series on Jan. 15. They presented "M. L. King Holiday -- a Choral Reflection," in remembrance of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. In addition to his work with Essence of Joy, Leach teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education. Leach holds a doctorate in music education, a master of music in conducting from Penn State and a bachelor's degree in music education from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa.
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