Ania Vu, Fourth Year Graduate Student in Composition is Fourth-Prize Winner of the Megalopolis Sax Orchestra Call for Scores

Meet the fourth-prize winner of the Megalopolis Sax Orchestra Call for Scores, Ania Vu!

Newly Appointed Penn Faculty, Tyshawn Sorey Joins King Britt in Artist-to-Artist Talk With American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter

American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter is pleased to present an online artist talk between composer and DJ King Britt and composer and multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey.  The two artists will discuss their creative process, reflect on their artistic influences, and share recent work.  Bios and information can be found here. 

Explore the Newly Digitized Diaries and Letters of Marian Anderson

Courtesy of the Smithsonian Magazine, the Penn Libraries shares the Marian Anderson collection with the world!  The University of Pennsylvania's collection consists of more than 2,500 items of one of the most celebrated contralto singers of the twentieth century.  To read more and access the online collection, CLICK HERE.   

James Diaz Receives 2020 National Sawdust New Works Commission

Congratulations to James Diaz, Third Year Graduate Student in Composition! He is the recipient of the 2020 National Sawdust New Works Commission, which will be premiered by either JACK Quartet or members of the National Sawdust Ensemble.   

The Daedalus Quartet Discuss Their 2017 Performance of George Crumb's "Black Angels" at the Penn Museum

The Daedalus Quartet, Penn's internationally renowned string-quartet-in-residence, will be featured on "Made at Avaloch" on Avaloch Farm Music Institute's YouTube channel on Friday, August 28 at 8pm EDT.  They are sharing a film of their 2017 performance of George Crumb's "Black Angels" at the Penn Museum, and discussing their experience putting the piece together. Tune in below!      

Alumnus Joshua Hey awarded commission from the Barlow Endowment to write a piece for the Daedalus Quartet

Congratulations to Penn Alumnus, Joshua Hey! He was awarded a 2020 commission from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition to write a piece for the Daedalus Quartet.  

Text Message

For composer James Primosch, it’s all about the words.  The Pennsylvania Gazette features Composer and Professor of Music, James Primosch.  Click here for the full piece.  

‘Quartet Caroling’ at the Newburyport Music Festival curated by David Yang

Director of Penn Chamber, David Yang is also the Artistic Director of Newburyport Chamber Music Festival for 2020. In response to COVID-19 restrictions, Yang organized what he calls 'Quartet Caroling,' which involved traveling quartets that played in a few neighborhoods in Massachusetts. Read the full article here.

2020-2021 Penn Music Ensemble Auditions & Private Lessons

Details on how to sign up for Penn Music Ensemble Auditions and Private Lessons are now available online! CLICK >>    

Department Statement On Racial Justice

2020 has, thus far, witnessed a combination of events that have demanded of each of us a response. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others at the hands of police; the continued pattern of police violence in response to protests demanding reform; the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted (again) serious and devastating inequalities of race and class; and the deeply troubling national response to all of this by the current administration have left many of us profoundly saddened and outraged.