2022 AMS/SEM/SMT Conference Features Seven Penn Music Scholars

American Musicological Society (AMS), Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), and Society for Music Theory (SMT) is holding their annual meetings jointly on 10-13 November 2022 in New Orleans. With upwards of 3000 attendees, it will be the largest scholarly music event in years and will feature hundreds of papers, workshops, roundtables, lectures and performances.

Osvaldo Golijov Visit Monday, November 7

Composer Osvaldo Golijov will be visiting the Lerner Center to talk about his work on Monday, November 7 at 11:00 AM in the third floor conference room. Golijov is a Penn alumni who studied under George Crumb, as well as Jay Reise and Richard Wernick, Professors Emeritus of Music, while pursuing his PhD in music composition. This talk is free and open to the public. Lerner Center 201 S. 34th Street, Room 312

Announcement of 2022-23 Wolf Humanities Center Research Fellows Includes Music Faculty and Students

Of the 2022–2023 Wolf Humanities Center Research Fellows, we're ECSTATIC to see the Music Department represented by Assistant Professor of Music, Mary Channen Caldwell; Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnomusicology, Larissa Johnson; and Undergraduate in Music, Pierre Peters. Learn more about each individual project: Mary Channen Caldwell, The Musical Politics of St. Nicholas: Sound, Power, and Hagiography from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century (link)

OMNIA Features Mary Channel Caldwell's New Book, "Devotional Refrains in Medieval Latin Song"

Mary Channen Caldwell, Assistant Professor of Music, brings together over 400 devotional Latin refrain songs from the Middle Ages in her new book, the first to explore the medieval refrain in song outside of vernacular contexts.

Tyshawn Sorey’s Work "Monochromatic Light (Afterlife)" Presented At The Park Avenue Armory

“[Tyshawn Sorey] was the composer of the year…an artist at the nexus of the music industry’s artistic and social concerns.” —The New York Times “Director Peter Sellars…has become a landmark in visionary programming.” —The Boston Globe

FETA Foundation "Meet the Artist" series features a chat with Natacha Diels, one of the FETA Prize in Sound Art 2019 judges

FETA Foundation presents "Meet the Artist" the series of online events dedicated to some of the most talented contemporary sound artists. On Friday, September 2, at 7-8 pm EST on Zoom, they will have Assistant Professor of Music, Natacha Diels, discussing her creations and the world of sound art. Join us and ask questions. Discover and engage! Get your ticket here:

James Diaz Receives Commission From Inaugural “Composing Inclusion” Partnership

James Diaz, Fifth Year Graduate Student in Composition, has been selected as one of the nine composers for Composing Inclusion, a new partnership between the New York Philharmonic, The Juilliard School’s Preparatory Division, and American Composers Forum, and made possible with a  Sphinx Venture Fund grant.

Announcing Auditions for All Music Departmental Ensembles for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

All UPenn students are invited and encouraged to continue their music making as a member of one of the Music Department’s many ensembles, which are open to all students regardless of major. Auditions for the Penn Music ensembles begin on Tuesday, August 30 and continue through Tuesday, September 7. Please read carefully through audition requirements as each ensemble has a different set of criteria and deadlines. To learn more and to sign-up for an audition, please visit:  

Professor Timothy Rommen's class, 'A Borderless Caribbean?: The Creole Geographies of Dominica’s Popular Music' featured in Penn Today

Professor Timothy Rommen's Pre-Freshman class, 'A Borderless Caribbean?: The Creole Geographies of Dominica’s Popular Music', was offered as part of the 2022 Center for Africana Studies Summer Institute for Pre-Freshmen. The Summer Institute is a one-week intensive study experience that exposes students to a variety campus resources, alongside intellectual and cultural themes in Africana Studies before their first year at Penn. To read the full article, please visit the link below.

American Musicological Society Appoints UPenn Music Faculty, Alums to 2022 Council

The AMS is has announced the results of its 2022 Board and Council election. Among the individuals elected are current Music Department Faculty Member Mary Channen Caldwell, and alums Lily Kass and Deirdre Loughridge. Candidates-elect formally begin service in late summer/fall 2022. Please visit The AMS website below to see the official announcement and read more about each council member.