Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State


A close photo of a young Latino woman playing the violin on a dark stage.

When Catalyst Quartet violinist Karla Donehew-Perez’s family left Puerto Rico for California, it was the first step in realizing her dream to become a classical musician.

Dworkin smiles, wearing glasses, and holding his violin.

Almost everyone knows a few bars of at least one piece of classical music.

Shirley Sacks recalls being reluctant to retire in State College.

“I thought that there was mostly a ‘Rah, rah’ Penn State football culture,” she says.