Jennifer Higdon honored through Penn's 2019 Alumni Award of Merit Gala!

Award-winning composer, Jennifer Higdon (PH.D. in Composition '94), received the 2019 Creative Spirit Award for her life-long commitment to and excellence in the arts. She received her PhD and master’s degrees from Penn following a certificate from the Curtis Institute of Music and bachelor’s from Bowling Green State University. A Pulitzer Prize and two-time Grammy Award winner, Dr. Higdon is one of this country’s most frequently performed living composers. As the Milton L.

Ian MacMillen (Ph.D. 2012) publishes book

Playing It Dangerously:  Tambura Bands, Race, and Affective Block in Croatia and Its Intiamtes (Music/Culture). Wesleyan University Press.

Jim Sykes, Associate Professor in Music, wins 2019 Bruno Nettl Award

 from the Society of Ethnomusicology for his book The Musical Gift: Sonic Generosity in Post-War Sri Lanka  (2018, Oxford University Press). The award aims “to recognize an outstanding publication contributing to or dealing with the history of the field of ethnomusicology, broadly defined, or with the general character, problems, and methods of ethnomusicology.”

Ph.D. Candidates in Musicology Present at 2019 American Musicology Society Conference:

Charles Crichton Shrader: “‘The Labor of the Madman’:   Charlatanry at the Piano.”Bess Xintong Liu: “‘The Timpani Beats just Hit on My Heart!’ Music, Friendship, and Diplomacy in the 1973 Philadelphia Orchestra’s China Tour.”Tristan Paré-Morin (Ph.D. Musicology, CL19): “Reassessing Nostalgia(s): Postwar Memorialization and the Controversial Tombeau de Debussy.”                            

Juan Castrillon's (Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnomusicology) film REHAVI

(Timekeepers) is among the official selection of Cinemistica International Film Festival and will be screened in Granada, Spain. November 7th to 30th, 2019. 

Winnie W C Lai (Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnomusicology) presents paper at an International Sound Studies Workshop

Winnie's paper: "Sound Acts and Sonic Subversion: Interaction between Functional Urban Sounds and Populations" will be presented at Sound in Motion--International Workshop in the University of Bern, Switzerland, September 20-21, 2019. Link to the workshop:

Deirdre Loughridge, Musicology Ph.D. '11, Receives Institute for Advanced Study Membership

Deirdre Loughridge has been awarded a membership at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ for her book project Sounding Human. 

Choral Open House, Monday, August 26 at 4:00 PM

Attention all singers! Anyone interested in learning more about the vocal and choral opportunities in the Music Department is invited to a Choral Open House to meet our ensemble directors, find out what kinds of repertoire you will sing, and do a little reading. The open house will be on Monday, August 26th at 4:00pm in Rose Recital Hall in Fisher-Bennett Hall (4th floor). We hope to see you there!

2019-2020 Auditions for all Departmental Ensembles Announced

The Department of Music announces auditions for all departmental ensembles for the 2019-2020 academic year. We offer eleven ensembles led by active professionals.   They include the: