Fall 2014 Music Department Newsletter Published!

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Play_Algorithm at the Computer Music Center (Jan. 30, 7pm)

Event Date: 
Fri, 01/30/2015 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Event Location: 
Computer Music Center 320G Prentis Hall (3rd floor project space) 632 West 125th St
Admission Charge: 
Free and Open to the Public

Date: Friday, 30th January 2015
Time: 7:30pm - 9.00pm
Location: Computer Music Center
320G Prentis Hall (3rd floor project space)
632 West 125th St
Price: Free/Public

    "Culturally diverse individual participants' reaction to sound in an acousmatic space" is the central theme in our integrated audio-visual installation "Play_algorithm." The project utilizes a wall-to-ceiling projection programmed by Alice Emily Baird and a live percussion and electronic composition by Chatori Shimizu. The space encourages audience participation in which their reactions to the sound directly reflect the real-time visual display.


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    New and Featured Courses in Music for Spring 2015

    Spring 2014 New and Featured Courses in Music.  Click each poster for a full-sized version. 


    Position Announcement: Two-Year Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships

    Two-Year Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships-Lecturerships in Music at Columbia University


    The Department of Music at Columbia University invites applications for Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships. Appointment will be at the rank of Mellon Teaching Fellow/Lecturer, for a period of two years to begin July 1, 2015.  A PhD, DMA or the equivalent is required. The degree must have been received between 1 January 2011 and 1 July 2015. Fellows will be expected to do research, participate in the academic life of the Department of Music, and teach one course per semester in each of the two years (three in Columbia's Core Curriculum and one in the candidate's area of specialization).


    Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. For more information and to apply, please visit:  


    Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

    Prof. Susan Boynton Awarded Grant from Provost for Hybrid Learning

    Susan Boynton (Department Chair) was awarded a grant from the Provost for the redesign of her spring 2015 graduate seminar (Music G8102, Seminar in Historical Musicology: the Middle Ages) to include an extensive digital humanities component. The seminar, held in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, will focus on the analysis and presentation of medieval liturgical manuscripts in the web environment, with a focus on manuscripts from Columbia and Barnard collections. The seminar will dedicate extensive time to study of the physical manuscripts, aided by Consuelo Dutschke (Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, RBML) and Alexis Hagadorn (Conservator and Head of the Conservation Program, Columbia University Libraries) as well as the Mellon Conservator for Special Collections, Vasare Rastonis. Read Boynton's description of her plans for the course here.

    In addition to the funding for expenses such as digital photography of medieval manuscripts and recording of sound examples, the seminar will receive support from the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) in the form of content development, instructional design, media production, systems integration, assessment and project management. 

    Read more about the Provost's Hybrid Learning grants on the Provost's website and in the Columbia Spectator. See the Digital Scriptorium for descriptions and images of manuscripts in the collections of Columbia, Barnard, and Union Theological Seminary's Burke Library.

    In Memoriam: Professor Joel Newman, 1918-2014

    The members of the Department of Music express our collective sorrow at the passing of our colleague, Emeritus Professor Joel Newman, and offers our sincere condolences to his family, students, colleagues, and friends. 

    Below is Prof. Newman's obituary as it appeared in The New York Times on December 21, 2014.

    Joel Newman, Ph.D. died in his home in Provincetown, Massachusetts on December 17, 2014. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1918, he was 96. Dr. Newman played an important role in the early music revival in New York City. His 1962 doctoral thesis on the early Italian composer, Salamone Rossi, remains the definitive work on him. In the 1950's, Dr Newman became the musicologist for the New York Pro Musica and joined the music department at Columbia University. 

    Dr. Newman taught at Columbia for more than 30 years and after retirement continued teaching as Professor Emeritus. Newman studied recorder with Bernard Krainis and played in the first American Recorder Society ensemble under Erich Katz. He was proficient on early instruments, piano, organ and harpsichord. He received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Record Society in 2007 for his work as a musicologist, music editor and musician. After retirement, Joel Newman settled in Provincetown, Massachusetts, ran his own sheet music business and was co- owner of the Provincetown Bookshop. He is predeceased by Elloyd Hanson, his husband and partner of 46 years, and by his brother, Morris Newman. Joel is survived by his twin sisters, Phoebe Sheres and Dorothy Swayze, and a host of fond nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Joel will be greatly missed and remembered for his pithy sense of humor, his erudition and his charm.

    Prof. Emeritus Joel Newman with Profs. Walter Frisch and Marilyn McCoy

    Professor Emeritus Joel Newman with Professors Walter Frisch and Marilyn McCoy, August, 2011, Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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    Prof. George Lewis Interviewed in "I Care If You Listen" Magazine

    Prof. George Lewis is featured in an interview in Issue 10 of I Care If You Listen magazine, entitled "The Past is Prologue," and written by Arlene and Larry Dunn. 

    Prof. Brad Garton: "The Books Of Music, Dreams, & Memories" (2/18)

    Event Date: 
    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 7:00pm
    Event Location: 
    The Italian Academy 1161 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027 (Just south of 118th Street)
    Event Contact: 
    (212) 854-2306 or itacademy@columbia.edu
    Admission Charge: 
    Free and Open to the Public

    Brad Garton: "The Books Of Music, Dreams, And Memories" (multi-media performance)

    Wednesday February 18th, 2015, 7PM, at The Italian Academy (1161 Amsterdam Ave.)

    Learn more!

    Prof. Brad Garton, Director of the Columbia University Computer Music Center, has assisted in the establishment and development of a number of computer music studios throughout the world, and is an active contributor to the greater community of computer musicians/researchers, formerly serving on the Board of Directors of the International Computer Music Association as editor (with Robert Rowe) of the ICMA newsletter and as artistic director/co-organizer of several high-profile festivals and conferences of new computer music.

    His current work includes focused research on the modeling and enhancement of acoustic spaces as well as the modeling of human musical performance on various virtual "instruments." He is also the primary developer (with Dave Topper) of RTcmix, a real-time music synthesis/signal-processing language.

    Alumna Prof. Adriana Helbig (U. Pittsburgh) Publishes "Hip Hop Ukraine."

    Prof. Adriana Helbig

    Prof. Adriana N. Helbig

    The Department of Music congratulates Adriana N. Helbig, Associate Professor of Music at The University of Pittsburgh, and a 2005 alumna of the Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD program, on the publication of her book Hip Hop Ukraine: Music, Race, and African Migration (2014, Indiana University Press). 

    Book Description: In Hip Hop Ukraine, Prof. Helbig enters a world of urban music and dance competitions, hip hop parties, and recording studio culture to explore unique sites of interracial encounters among African students, African immigrants, and local populations in eastern Ukraine. Adriana N. Helbig combines ethnographic research with music, media, and policy analysis to examine how localized forms of hip hop create social and political spaces where an interracial youth culture can speak to issues of human rights and racial equality. She maps the complex trajectories of musical influence--African, Soviet, American--to show how hip hop has become a site of social protest in post-socialist society and a vehicle for social change."

    Biography: Prof. Adriana Helbig is Associate Professor of Music and an affiliated faculty member in Cultural Studies, Women's Studies, Global Studies, and the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches courses on global hip-hop, world music, music, gender, and sexuality, music and technology, and cultural policy. She is also founder and director of the Carpathian Music Ensemble, a student performance group that specializes in the music of Eastern Europe, including Jewish klezmer and Gypsy music. Her research has been funded through grants and research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Councils for International Education, IREX, and Fulbright. She has held a research fellowship at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC and was an inaugural research fellow at the Humanities Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Her articles on Romani (Gypsy) music, postsocialist cultural policy, music and piracy, music, race, and migration, and global hip-hop have appeared in edited collections and journals such as The Yearbook for Traditional Music, Current Musicology, and Popular Music. She is the coauthor, with Oksana Buranbaeva and Vanja Mladineo, of The Culture and Customs of Ukraine (Greenwood Press, 2009). 

    Prof. Helbig completed her Columbia PhD in Ethnomusicology in 2005, with a dissertation entitled Play for Me, Old Gypsy": Music as Political Resource in the Romani Rights Movement in Ukraine, advised by Prof. Ana Maria Ochoa. 

    Prof. Helbig's Personal Website

    Prof. Helbig's Faculty Page at the University of Pittsburgh.

    Order Hip Hop Ukraine on Amazon.com

    Other ordering options available through The University of Indiana Press.


    DMA alumna Kate Soper Featured in a NYT ArtsBeat Video

    Kate Soper (DMA 2011) was recently featured in a New York Times ArtsBeat article, which includes a video of her performing "Go Away," from her 2011 "Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say," with flutist Erin Lesser.  ArtsBeat calls Soper's work "virtuosic" and "limit-stretching."

    You can see the full article and watch the video here

    Read more about Kate Soper's work on her website.

    DMA Student Nina Young Named a "Trailblazing Artist" by WQXR

    Congratulations to Columbia DMA student Nina Young who was named as one of "10 Imagination-Grabbing Trailblazing Artists of 2014" by WQXR's Q2 Music. 

    The article includes an audio clip of Nina's "Vestigia Flammae" from a performance by Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and Brad Balliett writes:  "Nina's music is constantly surprising, but at the same time, seems predestined. Every event seems so well-placed and inevitable that one is left with the feeling that the piece could have gone only the way she has it mapped out. Echoes of Stravinsky and something spectral give way to an intensely personal voice cut through with an ear for color and balance that is almost unmatched among composers that are not Marcos Balter, Alex Mincek or Helmut Lachenmann. Listen and enjoy."

    You can see the full article here

    Learn more about Nina's work on her website.

    Fall 2014 Department of Music Newsletter Published!

    The Department of Music is pleased to announce the publication of its Fall 2014 official Newsletter!

    Please click here to open the Newsletter in PDF format. 

    The Department also asks our friends and alumni to consider making a financial gift  in support of the Department's many initiatives and programs this holiday season.  Your generous gift will support many student needs directly, including graduate student conference and research travel, visiting speakers and performers, and needed improvements to classrooms and practice rooms. 

    2015 will be an exciting year for the Department as we celebrate 50-year anniversaries for both the journal Current Musicology (in spring 2015) and the Center for Ethnomusicology (in fall 2015), in this the Department's 119th year.  

    Please see the Newsletter for some of the outstanding upcoming events for the spring semester. 

    Finally, we wish all our friends, affiliates, students, and colleagues a very happy, warm, and music-filled holiday season and extend our best wishes for the new year!


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