Erik Broess recipient of Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Graduate Student!

Presented annually to graduate students in the arts and sciences in recognition of their contributions to undergraduate teaching. In general, the Dean's Award seeks to recognize teaching that is intellectually rigorous, exceptionally coherent, and that has considerable impact upon students.

Professor Mary Channen Caldwell receives a Dean's award for Distinguished Teaching by an Assistant Professor.

 This award is given to assistant professors who show unusual promise as teachers/scholars.  Congratulations to Dr. Caldwell and all the 2021 Teaching Award recipients!!  

Mary Channen Caldwell awarded 2021 NEH Summer Stipend

Mary Channen Caldwell, Assistant Professor of Music, was awarded an NEH Summer Stipend to support research on her book project on musical hagiography and the medieval cult of St. Nicholas in western Europe (ca. 1100–1500).  For more details, see News release and list of awardees.  

Ania Vu, Gr'22 Discusses "What It's Like to Be a Composer During a Pandemic" in the Pennsylvania Gazette

Molly Petrilla from The Pennsylvania Gazette met with Ania Vu, Fourth Year Graduate Student in Composition to discuss her experience working over the last year, the various obstacles she faced while maintaining an active schedule and thoughts on how the pandemic is impacting contemporary music.  

Dr. Keisuke Yamada’s (Ph.D. '20 Ethnomusicology) research featured in Research at Penn 2021, Vol. 19

Keisuke Yamada’s research on the formation of modern Japanese perceptions of Blackness has been featured in Research at Penn 2021, Vol. 19 (on p. 35). Dr. Yamada received his Ph.d. in Spring 2020.  Dr.

ON VIEW: New Work of Tyshawn Sorey by LA Opera

Tyshawn Sorey's most recent song “Death” by the Los Angeles Opera premiered on Friday, February 19, 2021 and will continue to stream on LAO’s YouTube and Facebook pages. The filmmaker Nadia Hallgren also collaborated on this work with Sorey as part of LAO’s “Digital Shorts” series. It is in three acts, and performed by mezzo soprano Amanda Lynn Bottoms and pianist Howard Watkins. Free for anyone who wants to view.  

Tyshawn Sorey receives award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the 18 recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $225,000. The winners were selected by a committee of Academy members: Chen Yi (chair), Robert Beaser, Martin Bresnick, Stephen Hartke, George Lewis, Shulamit Ran, and Julia Wolfe. The awards will be presented virtually at the Academy's Ceremonial on May 19, 2021. Candidates for music awards are nominated by the 300 members of the Academy.

2021 Penn Grad Talks Announces the Selection of Jacquelyn Jordan!

Congratulations to Jacquelyn Jordan on the selection of her presentation in this year’s Penn Grad Talks, From Queen Latifah to Queen Bee: The Evolution of the Feminist Emcee
. Jordan is currently in the Professional Master’s Program in Liberal Arts in addition to her role as Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Music.  

Juan Castrillón Featured in Several International Film Festivals this Season!

Juan Castrillón, Sixth Year Graduate Student in Ethnomusicology has several films which are very successful! Look below to see when and where you can view his work!

Illuminate Women's Music digital concert with Ania Vu, Pianist

Fourth Year Graduate Student in Composition, Ania Vu will perform in the Digital Concert series presented by Illuminate Women's Music, a project to promote the work of emerging women composers and performers.