Penny Brandt

Artistic Director Penny Brandt is a doctoral candidate in Music History & Theory at the University of Connecticut, where she teaches courses in music and gender studies while writing her dissertation “A Marriage and its Music: the work of Elsa Olivieri Sangiacomo Respighi in fascist Italy.” Brandt has presented her research at AMS-NE, at UConn’s Center for Learning in Retirement, and as part of the Athenaeum Arts Series at Western New England University. She also appears regularly as a guest speaker before concerts at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. Described as an “excellent music director” (Talkin’ Broadway), Brandt has led musical theater productions around the United States and Canada, including performances at Playhouse on Park, the University of New Haven, and Trinity College. She has also performed as a collaborative pianist at the International Vocal Arts Workshop in Grožnjan, Croatia, the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador, and at the Interlochen Summer Arts Academy in Michigan.