How is Latin American music heard, by whom, and why?
Watch the Video "Orpheus Uncovered" presents the story of Orpheus and Eurydice as narrated in music by composers who wrote operas based on this myth: Claudio Monteverdi, Stefano Landi, Luigi Rossi, Antonio Sartorio, and Christoph Willibald Gluck (with, respectively, librettists Alessandro Striggio Jr., Anonymous, Francesco Buti, Aurelio Aureli, and Ranieri de' Calzabigi).
Professor of Music Tyshawn Sorey was recently featured in a Penn Gazette article by Nate Chinen, highlighting his innovative approach to composition, dedication to nurturing young talent, and his ability to transcend musical boundaries making him a transformative force both in the world of contemporary music and within Penn's academic community.
Scott Ordway, who graduated May 2013 with a Ph.d. in Composition, presents his first solo photography exhibition titled “IMAGES FROM THE END OF RAIN: Contemporary Landscape Photography From California” in Frankfurt’s Kunstverein Familie Montez.
Twenty-nine University of Pennsylvania students, recent graduates, and alumni were recently offered Fulbright grants for the 2023-24 academic year, including Vincent Kelley, Third Year Graduate Student in Ethnomusicology. Vincent has been offered a Fulbright to pursue research on the international musical, political, and cultural interactions fostered by the Jazz Yatra festivals in post-independence Mumbai and Delhi in India. Visit the link below for a full list of Penn student Fulbright grant recipients!
Be Holding is an original performance created by poet Ross Gay, composer Tyshawn Sorey, new music ensemble Yarn/Wire, and director Brooke O’Harra. Produced by Girard College in Philadelphia, the performance premiered on May 31, 2023 with student performers inside a gym at Girard College. Inspired by Philadelphia 76ers basketball legend “Dr. J” and his iconic baseline scoop in the 1980 NBA Finals, Be Holding meditates on America’s history of racial violence in search of Black genius, justice, and joy.
The Department of Music congratulates Timothy Rommen as one of two recipients of the highest teaching honor in the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn. Established in 1983, The Ira H. Abrams Award recognizes pedagogy that is intellectually challenging and exceptionally coherent. The award honors faculty who embody high standards of integrity and fairness, have a strong commitment to learning, and are open to new ideas.
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 Caribbean."
Assistant Professor in Music, Dr. Jasmine Henry (she/her) was recently quoted in a CNN article about diversity issues at mainstream award shows. Using Beyoncé as an example, Dr.
The Department of Music is thrilled to announce that Mary Channen Caldwell has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. The department’s faculty, students, and staff all join in congratulating her on this milestone achievement.