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Penny Brandt

Penny Brandt

  • She/They
  • Biography

    I’m Assistant Professor of Arts Administration at Wagner College on Staten Island and serve on advisory councils for the Institute for Composer Diversity and the Boulanger Initiative. Previously, I held the position of Managing Director at Golden Hornet (goldenhornet.org), an organization dedicated to reimagining classical music in Austin, Texas. I’ve taught at the University of Texas-at Austin, University of Connecticut, University of New Haven, and at Misericordia University. Also a keyboardist, I’ve been described as an “excellent music director” (_Talkin’ Broadway_) and have led dozens of musical theater productions in the United States and Canada. I’ve 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. I received my Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Connecticut, my B.A. summa cum laude from the University of New Haven, and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Harvard University Extension School. I also write music and am interested in all kinds of collaborations.

    Professional Experience

    • Regional
    • Concerts/Cabaret
    • Education

    Regions

    • NYC/Tri-State Area
    • Texas/Southwest

    Interested in touring?

    • No

    Maestra Expertise

    • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
    • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
    • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
    • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
    • Songwriter
    • Orchestrator
    • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
    • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
    • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
    • Rehearsal Pianist

    My Primary Instrument

    • Piano

    My Instruments

    • Flute
    • Piano
    • Synth - keyboards

    Additional Skills

    • Actor-Musician
    • Home Studio Whiz