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James Primosch, Professor of Music, won an award and released two new albums

Award-winning composer and Professor of Music, James Primosch, released two new albums this spring. In the following Q&A, he talks about how he composes and the future of music performance in a COVID-19 world. Click here. >>   
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Professor of Music, Guthrie Ramsey featured in Penn Today

Very nice piece on Professor of Music, Guthrie Ramsey and his new album "A Spiritual Vibe: Vol. 1." The project was prompted by his cancer diagnosis, and influenced by the global pandemic and uprising against racial injustice while creating the album.   
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International Collaborative Video Piece Sponsored by the Penn Music Department

KOSKETUS (the sense of touch in Finnish language) is a piece done in collaboration between Vilja Haapala, a Finish icon painter and contemporary artist, and Juan Carlos Castrillón Vallejo, graduate student in Ethnomusicology. The piece was commissioned by an art collective, Koronankohottamat, based in Finland that has set collaborations among artists during the quarantine.
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Annenberg Center Interviews Natacha Diels, New Faculty Member Joining Penn Music This Fall

Annenberg Center continues their new blog series with an interview of Natacha Diels who is another new faculty member joining the University of Pennsylvania Department of Music this fall. Discover Diels' musical influences, current projects and more: https://annenbergcenter.org/blog/5-questions-with-natacha-diels  
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Annenberg Center Interviews Tyshawn Sorey, New Faculty Member Joining Penn Music This Fall

In their brand-new blog series, Annenberg Center asks five questions to discover more about artists, Penn faculty and others. They kick it off with Dr. Tyshawn Sorey, one of our two new faculty members joining the University of Pennsylvania Department of Music this fall.  Get to know Dr. Sorey: https://annenbergcenter.org/blog/5-questions-with-tyshawn-sorey  
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Bo kyung Blenda Im (Ph.d ’19 Ethnomusicology), named Interdisciplinary Fellow at Yale’s Institute of Scared Music

Bo kyung Blenda Im is a 2012 ISM/YDS graduate (M.A.R. in religion and music) who received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology in fall 2019 from the University of Pennsylvania. During the spring 2020 semester, she returned to YDS and the ISM as a lecturer in ethnomusicology. Her ethnographic project “Transpacific Modernity and the Challenge of Belonging: Negotiating Race, Music, and Faith in Seoul” centralizes Korean Christians’ engagements with black gospel and contemporary worship music.
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Young Women Composers (YWC) announces the curation of a free workshop series curated by Erin Busch, Phd graduate in composition

Young Women Composers (YWC) is proud to announce the curation of a dual-streamed, 100% free workshop series that will feature some of the most prominent and exciting voices in new music today. All sessions will take place on Zoom – please register for each workshop below in order to receive the link. The workshop series is curated by Erin Busch, Phd graduate in composition, as an extension of her work with the Young Women Composers Camp.
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Tyshawn Sorey & Natacha Diels Are Newly Appointed Penn Faculty, Joining This Fall 2020

The Department of Music is delighted to announce that Natacha Diels and Tyshawn Sorey will be joining our faculty this Fall.
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Release of New Book by Glenda Goodman, "Cultivated by Hand: Amateur Musicians in the Early American Republic"

Oxford University Press releases new book by Assistant Professor of Music, Glenda Goodman titled "Cultivated by Hand: Amateur Musicians in the Early American Republic." You may read more about it in this piece written by Goodman and published in OAH Magazine.  
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Album Release! New Music of Professor James Primosch and The Crossing

GRAMMY-winning choir The Crossing releases CARTHAGE, an album featuring six striking pieces by composer and Penn faculty member James Primosch.