2019-2020 Auditions for all Departmental Ensembles

The Department of Music announces auditions for all departmental ensembles for the 2019-2020 academic year. We offer eleven ensembles led by active professionals. Find out more! 

PRISM Quartet

Members of the PRISM Quartet perform in Rose Recital Hall (March 2016)

Penn Baroque Ensemble Spring 2017

Students in the Penn Baroque Ensemble perform Bach; Rose Recital Hall, April 2017

Music Studies and Penn Libraries

Penn Music graduate student Glenn Holtzman with students at Penn’s Henry Charles Lea Library examining a Renaissance choir psalter

Xak Bjerken masterclass

Masterclass of Xak Bjerken, pianist, with Elaine Lee (C'19). Mr. Bjerken (Cornell University) played in a concert at Penn in 2016.


Welcome to the Department of Music at the University of Pennsylvania! We offer undergraduates the opportunity to major or minor in music, affording students across the university access to first-rate faculty and providing performance opportunities in a wide range of ensembles. Our graduate programs in composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, and music theory have produced leading scholars and award-winning artists. A defining feature of the department is the high degree of interaction between faculty, graduates, undergraduates, and performance directors and ensembles. The department also fosters fruitful relationships with the wider community, and is defined, too, by a strong sense of civic engagement at the local and global level. Located in the heart of Philadelphia, one of the nation’s most important cultural centers, the department’s newly renovated and expanded facilities create an ideal setting for our community to engage in the rich array of intellectual and artistic pursuits to which we are committed. We look forward to welcoming you!

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