Echezonachukwu Nduka, PhD student in Ethnomusicology, integrates his musical and literary passions in an article from Lagos Metropolitan, describing how his poetry reflects the influence of music. Influenced by both Western classical pianists and African composers, Nduka emphasizes the impact of figures like Christian Onyeji on his work. The article begins with his piece, "We Wear Purple Robes." Read the Full Article Here
Penn Music is proud to share the recognition of Adara Jones, Undergraduate Coordinator, and Megan Webb, Academic & Financial Coordinator, in the 2023 Staff Recognition Awards. Adara Jones has received with a Silver award, and Megan Webb a Bronze award. These two staff members exemplify qualities that go beyond standard expectations for their respective roles. They truly make positive impacts to our department, showcasing exceptional leadership, fostering collaboration, and demonstrating a profound commitment to service.
Support PennMusic's Natacha Diels and Qiujiang Levi Lu as they each perform solo sets at the Rotunda on November 17th, presented by Bowerbird. This is a ticketed event (Pay What You Wish).
Professor of music Mary Channen Caldwell recently published an article in Speculum, a medieval history journal, about the emergence of new Latin songs known as nova cantica.
Recent graduate Ruthie Meadows, Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, just published her first book in the Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology series at the University of Chicago Press. Meadow's book is the first book-length ethnographic study on music and Ifá divination in Cuba and Nigeria. "Ruthie Meadows draws on extensive, multisited fieldwork in Cuba and Yorùbáland, Nigeria, to examine the controversial “Nigerian-style” ritual movement in Cuban Ifá divination."
PhD Candidate Winnie Lai was one of two recipients of the 21st Century Fellowship from the Society for Ethnomusicology. This fellowship is given to further excellence in ethnomusicological research through supporting two highly qualified Ph.D. students for dissertation fieldwork. More Information About the Scholarship: https://www.ethnomusicology.org/page/Prizes_21stCentury
Professor of Music Mary Caldwell's recent article, "Dancing in silence in premodern Europe," has been included in “Legacies of Medieval Dance,” a new special issue of the journal postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies. This issue is the most comprehensive collection of medieval dance scholarship to date.
Chase Castle, Benjamin Franklin Fellow and PhD Candidate in Music, has had his research article "Sonic Domination and the Politics of Race in Southern Antebellum Hymnody" published in Journal of the Society for American Music 17, no. 4.
"The fifth-year Ph.D. student in anthropology and ethnomusicology examines the aesthetics, sound, and valuation of instrument-making in the U.S. and Italy." Glazer delves into the changing dynamics of the craft, from family workshops to formal education, while also examining the sensory skills and perspectives of violin makers as they create intricate instruments.
Siel Agugliaro (PhD, Historical Musicology, 2021) is the winner of the twentieth edition of the International Award “Giuseppe Verdi” with the research project "Farewell, valley of tears": Giuseppe Verdi and Italian Immigration to the United States, 1861-1901 ("Addio valle di pianti": Giuseppe Verdi e l’immigrazione italiana negli Stati Uniti, 1861-1901). This prestigious award is supported by the National Institute of Verdi Studies (Istituto Nazionale di Studi Verdiani) and the Rotary Club in Parma to shed light on little-researched aspects of Giuseppe Verdi's work and provide rese