Anthony T. Leach – Penn State’s Second Laureate

For the month of February, The Underground will shine a light on prominent figures in the black community.


Renown for being associate professor of music and music education in the College of Arts and Architecture, Anthony T. Leach was the university’s second Penn State laureate.

Important aspects of his duties ranged from a variety of tasks, such as being the effort behind enhancing the cultural experience of Penn State to raising awareness of the arts.

Impressively, he’s not only a music educator, but a pianist, as well as a tenor vocalist. Well known for being the founder and conductor of the Essence of Joy choir, Leach is representative of Penn State’s best for his hard work in not only academia, but the field of music.

With membership in the International Federation of Choral Musicians, Chorus America, American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, and Gospel Music Workshop of America, Leach’s record of involvement speaks for itself.

As a Penn State graduate, he embodies the university’s mission to become part of a citizenry that seeks to become self evident in all that they do.

Photo Credit: Penn State Altoona

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