Doctoral graduates 2017

Congratulations to our May 2017 Ph.D. graduates (from left to right)  Marc LeMay (Composition), Melissa Dunphy (Composition), Ruthie Meadows (Ethnomusicology), Nina Ohman (Ethnomusicology), Lily Kass (Musicology), Suzanne Bratt (Musicology), Lee Veeraraghavan (Ethnomusicology).    Ph.D. Awards but not pictured are Andrew Davis (Ph.D. Composition), Finola Merivale (M.A. in Composition) and Kevin Laskey (M.A. in Composition).

Penn Wind Ensemble

Penn Prof. of Art History Andre Dombrowski speaks to the Penn Wind Ensemble about the visual art elements of their April 9, 2016 concert in Irvine Auditorium (photo credit:  Penn Art & Culture)

Penn Baroque Ensemble Spring 2017

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

World Music and Culture

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

Lerner Center - the Department of Music

Originally built in 1890, the Lerner Center was restored in 2010 and is now a LEED gold certified building.


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!

Practice Room Sign-up

Click here to schedule practice rooms with upright pianos in Fisher-Bennett Hall, 4th floor (Room 403, 405, and 414) and the Music Building practice rooms (Rooms 204-208). PennKey required for log-in.

If you are a member of one of our small ensembles (Penn Chamber, Penn Baroque Ensemble, Penn Recorder Ensemble, Jazz Combos) and would like to request one of the larger practice rooms in Fisher-Bennett Hall, please contact your director for information on how to reserve one of those rooms.