Evoking an ancient world

The medieval English epic poem “Beowulf” is brought to life in a musical performance by Benjamin Bagby and academic discussion through a partnership among the Penn Live Arts, the Libraries, and the School of Arts & Sciences. 

Louisa Shepard

Listen on repeat: Exploring medieval refrain songs

Music professor Mary Channen Caldwell brings together over 400 devotional Latin refrain songs from the Middle Ages in her new book, the first to explore the medieval refrain in song outside of vernacular contexts.


Singing, speech production, and the brain

This summer, rising second-years Audrey Keener and Nicholas Eiffert worked in the lab of Penn linguist Jianjing Kuang studying vowel articulation in song, running an in-person experiment and built a corpus of classical recordings by famous singers.

Michele W. Berger

In the News

Broadway World

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries acquires archives of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Academy of Music

Penn Libraries has acquired the archives of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Academy of Music, with remarks from President Liz Magill and Constantia Constantinou of Penn Libraries.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia Orchestra donates its entire archive to Penn

The Philadelphia Orchestra has donated almost its entire archive, as well as that of the Academy of Music, to Penn Libraries’ Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts, with quotes from the center’s director, Sean M. Quimby.


Broadway World

TAK Ensemble announces Fall 2022 season featuring a Tyshawn Sorey world premiere & more

TAK Ensemble’s 2022 fall season begins with their first of six appearances as Long-term Visiting Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, including a co-commission by Tyshawn Sorey of the School of Arts & Sciences.


Philadelphia Inquirer

5 performances to see at Rehearsing Philadelphia

Composer Tyshawn Sorey of the School of Arts & Sciences will collaborate with students from Drexel University and the Curtis Institute in a performance for Rehearsing Philadelphia, a city-wide arts show.



What was the earliest music?

Mary Channen Caldwell of the School of Arts & Sciences said there’s evidence of written music from as early as 1400 BC. “The western musical notation that is often, if misleadingly, considered ‘standard,’” she said, “is only one possible system for recording music, and can only reasonably be used to notate musical works that follow certain conventions of pitch, rhythm, harmony, etc.”


The New York Times

The composer Tyshawn Sorey enters a new phase

Tyshawn Sorey of the School of Arts & Sciences was profiled for his accomplishments as a musician, composer, and academic.