Penn State Student Groups Spotlight: Students show off their talents

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- With more than 40,000 students, Penn State is a large school with lots to do. Finding one’s niche is important at a large school -- and there are more than 870 clubs and organizations, including more than 50 arts and entertainment groups, for students to choose from at University Park.

Arts organizations range from singing groups to theatre troupes to comedic acts and dance teams. Featured below are just a few examples of these organizations. The full list at University Park -- and at Penn State's other undergraduate campuses -- can be found at

Glee Club

Glee Club began in 1888 with nine students who called themselves the Penn State Glee Club and Banjo and Mandolin Society. Within a few years of the club’s inception, the Glee Club spring tour became one of Penn State’s first musical traditions, as stated on the group’s website.

According to Glee Club President Nate Hess, a senior from Williamsport, Pa., double majoring in political science and history, the Glee Club has been described as a fraternity without a house. “The sense of brotherhood gained through singing with the Glee Club is fantastic,” Hess said. “In addition to brotherhood, the members’ appreciation for singing in a choir is really amazing.”

The Glee Club spent spring break on tour in San Francisco, but the group is performing in State College soon. During Blue White Weekend, the Glee Club will hold its annual Spring Blue and White Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in Schwab Auditorium.

To learn more about the Glee Club or for details about joining the group, contact the director, Christopher Kiver, at or reach out to the Glee Club on Facebook and Twitter (@PSUGleeClub).

Savoir Faire

Savoir Faire was founded in 1996 and became the first all-female a cappella group on campus. Savoir Faire President Brittany Hee says she would encourage others to join because it provides an opportunity to share a love of music while making great friendships. Hee is a senior from Springfield, Pa. majoring in communication sciences and disorders.

This spring, Savoir Faire has its biggest performance of the semester, the Spring Concert. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. April 13in the Forum Building; the group will be singing popular songs including some by Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift.

According to Hee, Savoir Faire is a close-knit group of women. Vocalists interested in joining should contact Hee at For more information about Savoir Faire, visit or check out the group's Facebook page.


Tapestry is Penn State’s only tap dance company; however, the group does incorporate various styles of dance into its routines, according to President Lauren Kolarik, a senior majoring in accounting from State College, Pa. Kolarik loves that Tapestry provides a way for her to continue dancing in college.

Tapestry is involved in various events, as well as trips to big cities. This April, the group is traveling to the Big Apple to take dance classes at the world-renowned Steps on Broadway. Each year, Tapestry has its annual showcase during spring semester at Schwab Auditorium. This year’s show’s theme is “Don’t Worry, Be Tappy.”

Tapestry is also involved in THON and Homecoming. To find out more about Tapestry, contact Kolarik at or check out Tapestry on Facebook and Twitter @TapestryDanceCo.


Founded in 1897 by Fred Lewis Pattee and John H. Leete, Thespians is the oldest continually active student organization on Penn State’s campus. Neither founder had roots in theatre but saw the need for such a group on campus. Thespians President Sean Meadows, a senior from West Chester, Pa., double-majoring in IST and security and risk analysis, says that tradition continues today with most of Thespians' members not actively pursuing theatre degrees but still interested in performing live theatre.

This semester the Penn State Thespians is putting on "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" April 11-13 in Schwab Auditorium. Tickets can be bought at the HUB, Eisenhower Auditorium or online. In addition, the Thespians put on a children’s show each semester at Schlow Centre Region Library to help promote childhood literacy.

Meadows says people involved with the Penn State Thespians can choose to perform, direct or be involved with the technological side of the production. Those interested in joining the Penn State Thespians can contact Vice President Andrew Adamietz at or visit the group's website.

The aforementioned organizations are just a few of the hundreds of clubs and organizations active on Penn State’s University Park campus. For more information, visit


Last Updated April 09, 2013