Forum Speaker Series to feature Penn State Laureate Anthony T. Leach

January 07, 2010

The 2009-10 Penn State Forum Speaker Series continues on Friday, Jan. 15 with a presentation by Anthony T. Leach, Penn State Laureate and professor of music and music education, and the University's "Essence of Joy" choir titled "M. L. King Holiday -- a Choral Reflection." It will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the President's Hall at The Penn Stater conference center.

Leach, associate professor of music and music education at Penn State, is director of "Essence of Joy" and 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.

Leach taught music in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York City for 14 years. His choirs have performed at festivals throughout the United States and Canada, and in England, France, Scotland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Australia and South Africa. He has served as a guest-conductor for international choral events in Taiwan, the Philippines, Venezuela, France and Japan. He also served for 10 years as music consultant at the Maryland Summer Center For the Arts at Goucher College, Towson, Md.

For 23 years, Leach served as music director of the Capital Area Music Association in Harrisburg, Pa. He is a past national chair of the American Choral Directors Association Repertoire and Standards Committee on Multicultural and Ethnic Perspectives. Currently, he serves as minister of music and organist at New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and as chair of the ACDA Eastern Division Urban Coalition.

Co-sponsored by the Penn State Bookstore and the offices of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Senior Vice President for Finance and Business, the Penn State Forum Speaker Series is open to the general public. Tickets for the Penn State Forum are $15. To purchase tickets for any or all of these events, contact the ID+ Office, located at 103 HUB-Robeson Building, University Park, call (814) 865-7590, or visit online for more information.

To suggest future Penn State Forum speakers, contact Gail Hurley, chair of the forum committee, at, or coordinator Carol Griffin at

The following speakers are scheduled to appear as a part of this year's Forum Speaker Series. For the complete list of speakers and their bios, visit online.

Stephen L. Baker
Senior writer, BusinessWeek
“The Numerati: How Our Lives Will be Monitored, Measured and Managed in the Coming Age of Big Data”
Monday, Feb. 15, 2010
Ballroom, Nittany Lion Inn, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Justin Catanoso
“My Cousin the Saint: A Search for Faith, Family and Miracles”
Monday, March 15, 2010
Ballroom, Nittany Lion Inn, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lisa See
“The Secrets We Keep: Finding the Lost Voice of China, Women, and Our Families”
Monday, April 5, 2010
President’s Hall, Penn Stater, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo
Former president of Nigeria
"Corruption, The Greatest Single Bane of Our Society Today”
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Ballroom, Nittany Lion Inn, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Last Updated January 15, 2010