Penn Music Graduate Students Dive Deep into Ethnomusicology

This semester, graduate students in Carol Muller’s Deep Listening: Ethnographic and Anthropological Approaches course interviewed community leaders, scholars, and musicians to engage in the field of ethnomusicology as a way of knowing sound/music making in the contemporary world. Readings and conversations discussed post-colonial engagement with indigenous knowledge systems, the non-human animal world, the natural environment, and sound recording technologies to explore the history of Black music in Philadelphia and all the way to Makhanda (Grahamstown), South Africa.

Winners of the 2024 Penn Music Composition Competition Announced

Each year, the Music Department invites Penn undergraduate and graduate students to submit original composition for the David Halstead Music Prize, Hilda K. Nitzsche Prize in Music, and Helen L. Weiss Music Prize. Entries are reviewed by Penn Music composition factually and winners are awarded $600 each. Congratulations to the winners:

Graduate Students Flannery Jamieson and Sarah Le Van Present Their Research at Global Medieval and Renaissance Studies Colloquium

First-Year Graduate Students Flannery Jamieson and Sarah Le Van presented their research regarding Women, Agency, and Desire.  The Global Medieval and Renaissance Studies (GMRS) Colloquium is an annual interdisciplinary event showcasing student research on various aspects of the medieval and early modern periods. In past years we have featured papers on a range of topics in Art History, Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, English, History, Music, and Russian and East European Studies.

Anna Weesner Receives Fromm Foundation Commission

Each year, the Fromm Music Foundation accepts applications for commissions of new music, and awards commissions to fourteen American composers. The Fromm Music Foundation commissions represent one of the ways that the foundation strives to support the creation of new musical works and bring contemporary concert music closer to the public.

PhD Candidate Vincent Kelley Performs and Receives Honors at an International Concert

Vincent Kelley performed at the India Habitat Centre, Stein Auditorium on Tuesday, January 9th, 2024 as a part of an International Indo-Jazz Concert. The concert featured Vincent performing on drums alongside special guest artist, saxophonist Dr. Damani Phillips, Professor of Jazz and African-American Studies at the University of Iowa. Vincent's tabla teacher, Dr. Rishitosh Kumar, organized the performance. Dr.

Eugene Lew's Impact in Experimental Music and Collaborative Ventures Highlighted in The Philadelphia Citizen

Director of Sound and Music Technology / Lecturer / Soundmaker Eugene Lew is highlighted within The Philadelphia Citizen for his vast skill set, teaching pedagogy, and collaborative approach. Despite his small personal digital footprint, Lew builds large creative communities with ease. Lew's teaching emphasizes creativity and exploration, encouraging students to find their own sound and voice in the world of music. 

Jairo Moreno Discusses Latin Music's Power In Recent OMNIA Article

Associate Professor of Music Jairo Moreno provides details about his recent publication, "Sounding Latin Music: Hearing the America's" in a recent article from Phillip Marion within Penn Arts and Sciences' Alumni magazine "Omnia." 
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Penn Flutes Spread Holiday Cheer in Penn Arts and Sciences "Omnia" Feature

Enjoy some clips of Penn Flutes as they play "Silent Night" from Penn Arts and Sciences alumni magazine "Omnia" to continue celebrating the holiday season. Performers included Steven Chen, C’24, Priya Deliwala, C’24, Shambhabi Gautam, ENG’27, Sowon Han, C’27, Alina Markutsya, W’27, Nick Sathi, C’24, Hayden Siesel, C’24, Megan Wu, C’26, and Ling Xu, ENG’24. Michele Kelly, the flutist with the ensemble Relâche, directed. (from Brooke Sietinsons and Sharon Wu)
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Mary Channen Caldwell featured in Penn Arts and Sciences Omnia Article

Read about Associate Professor of Music Mary Channen Caldwell's recent work in uncovering Saint Nicholas' connection to music through her recent conversation with Penn Arts and Sciences alumni magazine "Omnia." 

PhD Scholar Echezonachukwu Nduka Discusses What Influences His Work in Lagos Metropolitan Article

Echezonachukwu Nduka, PhD student in Ethnomusicology, integrates his musical and literary passions in an article from Lagos Metropolitan, describing how his poetry reflects the influence of music. Influenced by both Western classical pianists and African composers, Nduka emphasizes the impact of figures like Christian Onyeji on his work. The article begins with his piece, "We Wear Purple Robes." Read the Full Article Here.