Dr. Penny Brandt (pronouns: she/they) is Assistant Professor and Director of the Arts Administration programat Wagner College. She also serves as a grant adjudicator for New Music, USA and on the Executive Advisory Council for the Institute for Composer Diversity. Previously, she held the position of Managing Director at Golden Hornet, an organization dedicated to reimagining classical music in Austin, Texas. She has taught in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas-at Austin and in the Department of Fine Arts at Misericordia University. Dr. Brandt has presented her research on activism in music by women composers at the AHRC Research Network “Representing ‘Classical Music’ in the Twenty-First Century” Symposium, at the national meeting of the Society for Music Theory, the Women XXI conference in Portugal, as a guest blogger for theWomen’s Philharmonic Advocacy, and in other academic settings.
Dr. Brandt served as the Artistic Director of the Women Composers Festival of Hartford from 2013–2018 and taught courses in music history and gender studies at the University of Connecticut while earning a Ph.D. in Music Theory & History with an outside concentration in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, culminating in her 2017 dissertation “A Marriage and its Music: the work of Elsa Olivieri Sangiacomo Respighi in fascist Italy.” Also an accomplished performer, she has been described as an “excellent music director” (Talkin’ Broadway) and has led dozens of musical theater productions in the United States and Canada. She has performed as a collaborative pianist around the world, including at the IKFEM: International Keyboard Festival & Masterclass in Valença, Portugal, the International Vocal Arts Workshop in Grožnjan, Croatia, the US Embassy in Quito, Ecuador, and at the Interlochen Summer Arts Academy in Michigan. Dr. Brandt received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Connecticut, her B.A. summa cum laude from the University of New Haven, and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Harvard University Extension School.
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