Elizabeth Braden joins Music Department staff as Choir Director

The Penn Music Department is excited to announce the addition of Elizabeth Braden to its staff as the director of the University Choir. She will begin her duties in the Fall 2019 semester.

In addition to her new role at Penn, Ms. Braden will continue her work as the Chorus Master at Opera Philadelphia, a position she has held since 2004. She has also served as the Director of Music at the Wallingford Presbyterian Church and an Assistant Conductor with the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia.

Welcome to Penn, Liz!


Director’s Bio


Elizabeth Braden is joining the faculty of Penn for the 2019-2020 season as the conductor of the newly formed Penn Chorale.  Ms. Braden is also the Chorus Master at Opera Philadelphia, where she has prepared the chorus for over 40 productions ranging from traditional favorites like La Bohéme, Carmen, and The Magic Flute to new works and world premieres such as Kevin Putz’ Silent Night, Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, and Missy Mazolli’s Breaking the Waves.  Recently she conducted the world premiere of David Hertzberg’s opera The Wake World to rave reviews as part of Opera Philadelphia’s Inaugural Festival, O17.  She also conducts a concert featuring the Opera Philadelphia Chorus each year as part of the Kimmel Center’s Organ Day on Verizon Hall Stage.  


Previously, Ms. Braden served as Director of Music at Wallingford Presbyterian, where she conducted concerts of Chichester Psalms, the Duruflé Requiem, and an annual Messiah Sing as well as commissioning and premiering new choral anthems by several local composers.  Ms. Braden has also prepared choruses for the Pennsylvania Ballet (Carmina Burana, Messiah, Midsummer Night’s Dream), and for the Curtis Institute of Music (Cunning Little Vixen, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Doctor Atomic, Sweeney Todd).  


Ms. Braden received a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University with a concentration in piano and voice, and a M.M. in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College.  She resides in Collingswood, NJ with her wife and their son.