Juan Castrillón films featured permanently on Society for Cultural Anthropology website

On October 14, the Visual and New Media Review of the Society for Cultural Anthropology will feature Rehavi (Timekeepers) and Kiraiñia (Long Flutes), two films produced by Juan Castrillón. The films will be hosted permanently at the Screening Room section of the SCA’s website for open access in their multilingual versions. 

Delia Casadei, Penn Alumna and Assistant Professor of Musicology of UC Berkeley Presents New Work at Penn on October 12

The Department of Music is thrilled to welcome back Penn Alumna Delia Casadei who is now an Assistant Professor of Musicology at UC Berkeley. She has published work on the intersection of voice, ideologies of language and intelligibility, and politics in twentieth century Italian music. Her latest essay, Vico Signifying Nothing, is out in the Spring 2021 Issue of Representations and concerns the relationship of sound and theories of history in Giambattista Vico’s writings.
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"Papillon and the Dancing Cranes" - Natacha Diels / Nadar Ensemble in Antwerp

Over the weekend on Saturday, September 25, Natacha Diels, Composer & Assistant Professor of Music at Penn and Nadar Ensemble presented a performance of EPIC proportions. "Papillon and the Dancing Cranes" by the American composer Natacha Diels is a repetitive and danceable composition. Her whole life, Diels has been fascinated by construction cranes. Despite their simple shape, they are gracious and form a decorative element in a city’s skyline. In Diels’ world, they are revealed as living characters. They execute a choreography in counterpoint to the music.

FETA presents Meet the Artist: Bryan Jacobs, the 2015 Feta Prize in Sound Art winner on Wednesday, September 29 at 7PM on Zoom

FETA Foundation is presenting another edition of “Meet the Artist” that highlights creations of the past FETA Prize in Sound Art winners, finalists and judges through monthly show and chat sweet sessions. On Wednesday, September 29, at 7 pm EST on Zoom,  they invite you to e-meet Bryan Jacobs, the 2015 FETA Prize in Sound Art Winner. Along with his winning work “Subwhistle," Bryan will present several other sound art projects. 

Dr. Lily Kass (Ph.d. Musicology 2017) appointed Scholar in Residence for Opera Philadelphia

This position helps to solidify Opera Philadelphia’s commitment to offer learning opportunities around the operatic works we produce. The Scholar in Residence’s work will focus on contextualizing Opera Philadelphia’s productions, providing an avenue for our audience to deepen their relationship with opera while gaining a greater appreciation for relevancy of opera to today’s world.  Read Opera Philadelphia's complete announcement here.

Natacha Diels Receives 2021 Barlow Competition Award to Write New Work for JACK Quartet

Congratulations to Natacha Diels, Assistant Professor of Music who is a General Commission Recipient of the Barlow Endowment, which will go towards writing new work for JACK Quartet. She is one of nine composers selected from a competitive group of 259 applications.  

Announcing Auditions for All Departmental Ensembles for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

All Penn 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. Some ensembles are even open to the entire Penn community, including graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Auditions for the Penn Music ensembles begin on Monday, August 30 and continue through Tuesday, September 7. 

Carol Muller and West Philadelphia H.S. Receive Faculty-Community Partnership Award

Penn Provost Wendell Pritchett and Netter Center Director Ira Harkavy have named Carol Muller, Professor of Music, and her partners at West Philadelphia High School as the recipients of the 2021 Provost/Netter Center Faculty-Community Partnership Award.  

Summer Sunset Series: A’Tiya Flow by Nalaverse & Drumming by Hyun Jin Cha

On Friday, July 30, 2021 at 6:00PM, enjoy a live drumming performance by Hyun Jin Cha at The Rail Park (1300 Noble St, Philadelphia, PA 19123), as part of their 2021 Summer Sunset Series.  

Mary Channen Caldwell Featured on Penn's "Big Ideas for Strange Times"

Featured on Penn's "Big Ideas for Strange Times," Assistant Professor of Music, Mary Channel Caldwell, answers the question: “How Did People Dance in Medieval Europe?” ABOUT Big Ideas for Strange Times was first introduced in 2020 to feed our need to engage with ideas that transcended the immediate crisis of the pandemic. The series is back and will continue to tackle life’s bigger questions with short lectures from Penn Arts & Sciences experts.