Glenda Goodman

Assistant Professor of Music
329, Music Building

Glenda Goodman is a historian of music who specializes in American music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Her avenues of inquiry include the material culture of music and book history, amateur music-making and gender, and soundscapes of colonialism. Dr. Goodman teaches courses on American music, women and music, popular music, and methods for the study of music history. Her graduate seminars address topics in eighteenth-century studies, such as music and revolution, the Atlantic world, material culture, and archive studies.

Mary Channen Caldwell

Assistant Professor of Music
327, Music Building

Mary Channen Caldwell’s research on repertoires of European vocal music ca. 1100-1600 engages with the complementary disciplines of historical musicology and medieval studies and is driven by interests in the cultural, ritual, textual, and material aspects of music and its production, reception, and transmission. Across her research and teaching, Caldwell employs methodologies that recognize the importance of notes on the page (incomplete as they are in pre-modern sources) while seeing these abstract reflections of music as part of complex systems of cultural meaning and history.

Mauro Calcagno

Associate Professor of Music
Undergraduate Chair in Music
Room 328 Music Building

As Undergraduate Chair, Prof. Calcagno directs the activities of the Music Department in support of undergraduate education, serving as the chief advocate for the educational needs of its undergraduate students, including current and prospective majors and minors, as well as non-majors from the College and from the other undergraduate schools at Penn.

Courses Taught: 

Music 030, A Thousand Years of Listening

Music 033, History of Opera

Music 130, Introduction to Western Music

Music 604 (Ital and CompLit 602), Historiographies and Methodologies: Performance Studies

Music 730,  Staging Baroque Opera Today

Jim Sykes

Associate Professor of Music
Graduate Chair in Music
Room 330, Music Building

Jim Sykes (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Associate Professor of Music and Chair of Graduate Studies. A drummer and anthropologist, he works broadly across music and sound studies, South and Southeast Asian Studies, and critical social theory.

Jeffrey Kallberg

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Music
Associate Dean for Arts and Letters, School of Arts and Sciences
Room 309, Music Building


Anna Weesner

Dr. Robert Weiss Professor of Music


Recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2008 ‘Academy Award’ from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Anna Weesner has received many other awards, including a 2006 Award for Excellence in the Arts by the Virginia Center and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts (2003).  She has been in residence at the MacDowell Colony, the Wellesley Composers Conference, the Seal Bay Festival, and at Fondation Royaumont in France.  Her music has been recorded on CRI and Albany Records.

Research Interests: 


New work for Network for New Music, voice and ensemble, Harbison project, pending, 2012-13.

New work for string quartet and percussion for the Lark Quartet and Yousif Sheronick, pending.


Selected Publications: 


The First Letter, for three singers, flute, clarinet, cello, percussion, commissioned and premiered by Orchestra 2001, Sept. 2009.

Lift High, Reckon—Fly Low, Come Close, for violin, cello, piano; commissioned by Open End, premiered in New York, May, 2009.

Flexible Parts, for viola and piano; commissioned by violist Melia Watras, to be be premiered (October 28, 2008) and subsequently recorded.

Third Quartet; commissioned by the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, premiered August 19, 2007, Newburyport, MA; Nurit Pacht, Neli Nikolaeva, violins, David Yang, viola, Caroline Stinson, cello.

Mother Tongues, for voice, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, was commissioned by Network for New Music; a setting of four haiku by Sonia Sanchez, premiered March, 2006, as part of The Poetry Project. 

The Nearness of Things, for solo violin, for Veronica Kadlubkiewicz; premiered June, 2005, Paris, France.

Forthcoming on Albany Records, Lift high, Reckon; five chamber works by Anna WeesnerPossible Stories, Caroline Stinson, cello, forthcoming on Albany Records.Flexible Parts, Melia Watras, viola, Kim Russ, piano, forthcoming.Distant Heart, for voice and piano, The Berg-Debussy Project, by Mary Nessinger and Jeanne Golan, Albany records.


Courses Taught: 

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Music 14: Freshman Seminar: Being Moved by Music in America 
  • Music 70: Music and Musicianship I
  • Music 71: Music and Musicianship II
  • Music 170: Music and Musicianship III
  • Music 171: Music and Musicianship IV
  • Music 273: Twentieth-Century Styles and Techniques
  • Music 99: Independent Study in Composition, for undergraduates

Graduate Courses:

  • Music 505: Chromatic Harmony, a graduate seminar
  • Music 525: Selected Forms: Graduate Seminar on Song
  • Music 998: Composition, graduate level
  • Music 526: Twentieth-Century Analysis, a graduate seminar
  • Music 700: Composition Seminar
  • Music 988: Dissertation Preparation: the Composition
  • Music 989: Dissertation Preparation: the essay

Jay Reise

Professor of Music
Room 304, Lerner Music Building

Jay Reise’s opera Rasputin was given its highly successful Russian premiere in Moscow by the Helikon Opera in 2008 and is now being performed by Helikon in repertory to sold out houses. The opera was performed in Paris and at the Saaremaa Festival in Estonia in 2012. Award-winning composer Reise (b.

Research Interests: 


New work for Network for New Music, voice and ensemble, Harbison project, pending, 2012-13.

New work for string quartet and percussion for the Lark Quartet and Yousif Sheronick, pending.



Selected Publications: 


Rasputin - opera in two acts (1988) (2 hrs.) Libretto by the composer. Revised 2008, Helikon Opera, Moscow 2008-11. Opéra de Massy, Paris 2010. Scheduled Saaremaa Festival, Estonia, July 2012. Commissioned by Beverly Sills and the New York City Opera 1988.

The River Within (Concerto for Violin and Orchestra) (26:00) Maria Bachmann, violin; Orchestra 2001, 2008 (Recorded Innova 745)

Six Pictures from The Devil in the Flesh for piano, (16:00) (2000) Marc-André Hamelin, piano (Recorded Albany TROY665)

The Selfish Giant  (Choreographic tone-poem in six scenes for orchestra) (26:00) Commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra (London) 1997, Djong Yu, conductor 

Symphony No. 3 (22:00) Long Island Philharmonic Orchestra 1983

Symphony No. 2 (25:00) Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, 1980; Philadelphia Orchestra 1984




The River Within: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (Innova 745)

*Jay Reise Chamber Music (Albany TROY 1004) 2008 

*The Devil in the Flesh and Other Pieces (Albany TROY665) 2004 

*Rhythmic Garlands and Other Pieces  (Centaur CRC 2598) 2003 

Concerto for Cello and 13 Instruments  (CRI 899) 2002

Chesapeake Rhythms CRI 760 (CD) (1997)



Guthrie Ramsey

Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music
Room 307, Lerner Music Building

Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. is a musicologist, pianist, composer and the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania.  A widely published author, he's the author of Race Music:  Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop, The Amazing Bud Powell:  Black Genius, Jazz History and the Challenge of Bebop and African American Music:  Grove Music Essentials (Kindle Edition).  He is currently completing two new books, a collection of mid-career essays titled Who Hears Here?

Jairo Moreno

Associate Professor
Room 308, Lerner Music Building


Selected Publications: 

Musical Representations, Subjects, and Objects: the Construction of Musical Thought in Zarlino, Descartes, Rameau, and Weber (Indiana University Press, 2004). 

 “Imperial Auralities: The U.S. and the Conscription of Listening.” In Audible Empire, eds. Ronald Radano and Tejumola Olaniyan. (Duke University Press, forthcoming 2013).

“Past Identity: Guillermo Klein, Miguel Zenón and the Future Jazz.” In Music and Youth Identifications in Latin America, ed. Pablo Vila (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2013).

"La letra errante (à propos de Rubén Blades—o Brecht en el trópico)." In Música y Literatura, ed. Gabriela Tineo (Callejón, Puerto Rico, forthcoming 2013).


“Rancière’s Equal Music,” co-authored with Gavin Steingo. Contemporary Music Review, ed. Martin Scherzinger (forthcoming, 2012)


“On the Ethics of the Unspeakable.” In Speaking of Music, eds. Keith Chapin and Andrew H. Clark, Fordham University Press (in press, 2012). 

“Corpus delicti. ‘Pedro Navaja’ como palabra y escucha.”In Relaciones caribeñas. Entrelazamientos de dos siglos. Relations caribeénnes. Enchevêtrements de deux siècles. Frankfurt u.a.: Peter Lang Verlang (2011): 195-212.

 “On Diversity,” co-authored with Amy Cimini.  GAMUT, 2/1 (2009): 111-196.

 “Bauzá–Gillespie–Latin/Jazz: Difference, Modernity, and the Black Caribbean.” The South Atlantic Quarterly 103:1 (2004): 81-99 (ed. Frank Lentricchia).  Winner of the Irving Lowens Award for Best Article, Society for American Music (2005). Reprinted in The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States, eds. Miriam Jiménez Roman and Juan Flores (Duke University Press, 2010); Spanish trans. as “Bauzá-Gillespie-música latina/Jazz: diferencia, modernidad y el Caribe Negro.” A contratiempo: revista de música en la cultura (16), 2011, trans. Mónica Cuellar Gempeler. At,


James Primosch

Professor of Music
Room 305, Lerner Music Building

When honoring him with its Goddard Lieberson Fellowship, the American Academy of Arts and Letters noted that "A rare economy of means and a strain of religious mysticism distinguish the music of James Primosch...

Research Interests: 

consortium commission for 12 American pianists
work for flute and piano, commissioned by Philadelphia Chamber Music Society


Selected Publications: 

Luminism (Albany Symphony commission) 2010
Songs for Adam (Chicago Symphony commission) 2009
From a Book of Hours (Chicago Symphony commission) 2001
Forms of Light (Big Ten wind ensembles commission) 2005
Holy the Firm (Barlow Foundation commission) 1999
Sacra Conversazione (Fromm Foundation commission) 1994
String Quartet #2 (after Zurbaran) (Cleveland Museum of Art commission) 1991

All works published by Theodore Presser Co.

Recent Recordings

Times Like These
Albany Rrcords
Jean Kopperud, clarinet; Stephen Gosling, piano
released August, 2010

Bridge Records
Lambert Orkis, piano and synthesizer.
released 2003

Dream Journal
Albany Records
Network for New Music
released 2002

Quartet #2, Fantasy-Variations, Piano Quintet, Icons
New World Records
Cavani Quartet, Leonardo Trio, Jean Kopperud, Aleck Karis, James Primosch
released 1998

Courses Taught: 

Undergraduate Courses

Music Theory I (MUSC070)

Music Theory II (MUSC071)

Music Theory III (MUSC170)

Graduate Courses

Musicianship (MUSC508)

Electronic Music (MUSC530)

Analysis of Twentieth Century Music I (MUSC515)

Analysis of Twentieth Century Music II (MUSC516)

Seminar in Composition (MUSC700)

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