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We offer undergraduates the opportunity to major or minor in music, affording students across the university access to first-rate faculty and providing performance opportunities in a wide range of ensembles. Our graduate programs in composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory have produced leading scholars and award-winning artists.

Upcoming Performances



Arcana New Music Ensemble: After Shiraz

Music in the Pavilion
Feb 3, 2023 at - | Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 3420 Walnut Street, 6th floor

Drawing inspiration from archival exhibition catalogs of the Shiraz Festival in the Penn Libraries collections, this concert features music by contemporary Iranian composers. Throughout its run from 1967 to 1977, the Shiraz Festival was host to an array of contemporary classical and avant garde composers from Europe and the United States. Among them were Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis, Olivier Messiaen, Bruno Maderna, John Cage, David Tudor, and Morton Feldman.



Trefoil: Music to Lighten the Heart

Music in the Pavilion
Mar 17, 2023 at - | Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 3420 Walnut Street, 6th floor

In this concert, Trefoil, “a hearty trio of medieval minstrels” (Philadelphia Inquirer) active since the start of the current millennium, will present songs from the Pennsylvania Chansonniere by Machaut and his contemporaries. With its trademark combination of voices and medieval plucked strings, Trefoil will bring these meta-texts alive in “otherworldly harmonies” (New York Times) with “subtlety, blend and nuance” (NPR) for the modern listener.



Penn Symphony Orchestra: Brahms & Mendelssohn

In Performance
Mar 18, 2023 at - | Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street

For this concert, Penn Symphony Orchestra will perform the works of Brahms, Tragic overture and Haydn variations along with Mendelssohn's Symphony no. 4 ("Italian").