Penny has been teaching piano and music theory since 1967.
Penny resumed composing when she wrote “Mi Ha-ish,” a liturgical song for her youngest daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. She entered the song in an International Jewish Song festival in Montreal, where it took first prize in the liturgical competition. She later composed a cantata, “Da Lifney” for chamber orchestra and choir for the dedication of a new sanctuary at Congregation Shalom in Fox Point. The Bel Canto Chorus performed “Da Lifney” at its first concert of its 2016-2017. season.
Penny has also composed a trio for piano, violin and cello that was performed as part of UWM’s Piano Chamber Concert Series by the chair of the UWM piano department, the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the cellist for the Fine Arts Quartet). Penny’s other compositions include a scherzo for piano and cello written for one of her children’s wedding and a composition for chamber orchestra, choir, and soloist based on the 23rd Psalm.
Penny’s Symphony No. 1 in A was performed on July 6, 2019 by the Milwaukee Philharmonic, Matthew Makeever conductor, at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center in Brookfield, Wisconsin. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8dFDuUbIcI. Penny’s Symphony No. 2 in A was performed on July 1, 2021 by the Milwaukee Philharmonic at the Village Park in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. The entire concert can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAVpcRqgZiA; Penny’s Second Symphony begins at 31:53. Contact Penny at firstname.lastname@example.org or watch this website for more information.