Penn State’s Pitch Perfect

Story/Video posted October 14, 2019 in Arts & Entertainment by Nick Mazone.


John Scheldrup started singing as an elementary school student in Minnesota. As an all-state choir member, he wanted to bring his talents as a tenor into his Penn State experience. After he switched from a music major to a supply chain management major, Scheldrup searched for a way to keep music in his life. That's where he found The Statesmen.

The all-male a cappella group has been featured on The Today Show and continues to perform "both classic Penn State songs as well as modern and popular pieces." But for Scheldrup, it's more than just a group, it's an outlet.

"I would say that music is a way to calm me down and a big stress relief," he said. "At the end a tough day you can have music to come back to."

Schledrup is now a senior and music is still at the center of his life, but music has given him more than he could've ever asked for. 

"I met some of my best friends through The Statesmen," he said. "It's something that I never really expected, but I'm happy it happened this way."

The Statesmen will perform again on March 30 as they take the stage in Eisenhower Chapel for one of their final performances of the year. 

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