Sounds of the City: Penn Square Music

Bringing music to Lancaster!

Founder and Artistic Director Scott Drackley—a music educator and performer—watched his son participate in several Young Artist programs around the country. He quickly realized that serving singers at the start of their careers with a place to perform and hone their craft will position our community as a regional destination for professional arts training.

With his love of opera, Scott also had the desire to enhance the vibrant Lancaster City arts scene by creating Penn Square Music Festival and strengthening and empowering the existing OperaLancaster. In addition, as a music educator, he is committed to providing a nurturing environment for young musicians. Thus, Penn Square Music Conservatory was founded. Scott’s mission is to entertain and enrich the lives, minds, and hearts of every individual in our community by giving them access to great composers and writers who have proven to be among humanity’s most significant thinkers.

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Penn Square Music is a three-fold organization that embraces all aspects of performance and music education as an essential part of a healthy society. The Festival, the Conservatory, and OperaLancaster provide education and entertainment to the Lancaster community and beyond.

Penn Square Music Festival is a platform for young, talented, professional singers at the beginning of their career. The Festival presents standard works as well as operas from  the contemporary repertoire.

Opera Lancaster is a platform for talented local singers to explore their craft and have an opportunity to perform opera, musical theatre, and art song. A staple of the Lancaster community, performances are smaller scaled and intimate.

Penn Square Music Conservatory is a place where people of ALL ages can study instruments from piano, voice, brass, strings, woodwinds, guitar, ukulele, and music technology. Scholarships are available for talented students in need. Come Learn, Create, and Play!

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