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.
Penn Alum, Maria Ryan Wins the Society for American Music's Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award
Maria Ryan won the Society for American Music's Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award for her 2021 dissertation, "Hearing Power, Sounding Freedom: Black Practices of Listening, Ear-Training, and Music-making in the British Colonial Caribb
Dr. Jasmine Henry Quoted in CNN Article About Diversity Issues at Mainstream Award Shows
Assistant Professor in Music, Dr. Jasmine Henry (she/her) was recently quoted in a CNN article about diversity issues at mainstream award shows.
Mary Channen Caldwell Promoted to Associate Professor with tenure
The Department of Music is thrilled to announce that Mary Channen Caldwell has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.
Susanna Payne-Passmore is a Finalist for the 2023 Penn Grad Talks
Susanna Payne-Passmore (they/them), Third Year Graduate Student in Composition, is a finalist in the Humanities division for the 2023 Penn Grad Talks!
James Díaz Curates Playlist Featuring Penn Music Composers for I CARE IF YOU LISTEN
James Díaz, Fifth Year Graduate Student in Composition, curated a music playlist for I CARE IF YOU LISTEN, an award-winning multimedia hub for living music creators powered by American Composer
Free Jazz Performance and Conversation for University Students
On Tuesday, February 7, South African saxophonist, McCoy Mrubata and American guitarist, Gary Wittner come together for a jazz performance and co
Mary Channen Caldwell Featured in Penn Today as Organizer of Beowulf Roundtable with Penn Professors and Benjamin Bagby
Written down around the year 1000, Beowulf is one of the most important epic poems in history.
Mauro Calcagno Speaks With Penn Today About Experimental Italian Theater Coming To Annenberg Center
Mauro Calcagno, Associate Professor of Music with a secondary appointment in Italian Studies, is interviewed by Penn Today regarding the show of an It
Tyshawn Sorey Among Composers Selected for Koussevitzky Foundation Prize
The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to seven composers.
UPenn Library Acquires Archives of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Academy of Music
The University of Pennsylvania Libraries will facilitate research and access to nearly 175 years of Philadelphia's rich musical history provided by The Phila