Essence of Joy focus of Huddle with the Faculty lecture

September 25, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Anthony Leach, professor of music and music education, will present "Essence of Joy: We Are the Dream, Part Two" on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Nittany Lion Inn as part of the ongoing Huddle with the Faculty lecture series.

Huddle with the Faculty is a free event that occurs every home football Saturday. Free breakfast refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m. and the presentation starts at 9 a.m. in the Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom. Free parking is available in the Nittany Parking Deck.

Leach will discuss moments of reflection and celebration that framed the Essence of Joy choir's journey through the 2013-14 academic year, including a spring break tour to the southern United States. The program refers to the vision Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shared with America during the Civil Rights Era and will feature sacred and secular music from the African and African-American choral idioms.

Leach organized Essence of Joy in 1991 and also serves as artistic director of the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers and Essence 2, Ltd.

Choirs under Leach's musical direction have performed for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference, Easter Division of the Music Educators Conference, Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and national conventions for ACDA and the National Association for Music Education.

For more information, visit or call 800-548-LION (5466) and press 0. Huddle with the Faculty is presented by the Penn State Alumni Association and sponsored by The Village at Penn State with support from The Nittany Lion Inn and Penn State Press.

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Last Updated September 25, 2014