Dr. William Penn formerly on the music faculty of State University of New York at Buffalo, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Eastman School of Music, University of Georgia, University of Texas, University of Connecticut, University of South Carolina and The University of Arizona, is the Managing Director of Arizona University Recordings, LLC. Most recently Penn scored music for the play The Fitzgeralds, based on the lives of Scott and Zelda Fitzgeralds that starred Alec Baldwin at New York’s City Center.
William Penn (center) with Larry Adler (left) and George Martin (right) during a recording session at George Martin's AIR STUDIOS in London, England, ca. 1997
Penn has also written scores for the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Eliot Feld Ballet, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Catalina Chamber Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Arthur Young International, U.S. Marine Corps., U.S. Army, and the United States Information Agency, at concert halls such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Renwick Gallery, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Air and Space Museum, and the Japan World's Fair (score for 70mm film for the United States Pavilion at the Technology World's Fair in Tsukuba, Japan), as well as at various concert halls in this country and overseas.
Other credits include original music for Broadway, off-Broadway, feature film, television (HBO, Cinemax, and the three major networks), radio, Epic Film Productions, Cedarwood Film Productions, GSD&M, Texas Pacific Film/Video, Third Coast Video, MetroPost Video, NCAA, Liberian Government (Africa), and the State of Kentucky (orchestral score recorded in London, England).
Penn is the recipient of over thirty ASCAP music composition awards in both "serious" and "pop" categories, two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards, as well as various National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and ADDY awards. His biographical listings include Grove's Dictionary of American Music (article by David Cope), Contemporary American Composers (E. Ruth Anderson), and Introduction to Contemporary Music (Joseph Machlis).
Arlette Penn functions as the Office Manager of AUR. Being a member of Trio Candido she won the coveted Harmonica World Championship in Luxemburg. During her brilliant career she has been working with incomparable artists like Edith Piaf, Mireille Mathieu, Johnny Hallyday and Petula Clark.
Dany Joumaa Director of Internet Promotions and Technical Director.