Composition at Columbia University

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Composition Faculty

Assistant Professor of Music
 
Joseph Dubiel
Professor of Music
 
Professor of Music
Director, Computer Music Center
 
Georg Friedrich Haas
MacDowell Professor of Music

Alfred W. Lerdahl
Fritz Reiner Professor of Musical Composition
Director, Fritz Reiner Center
 
George E. Lewis
Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music
Chair of the Composition Area Committee, 2014-15
 
Emeritus Composition Faculty
 
Francis Goelet Professor of Composition

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PROGRAMS OFFERED

MA, DMA, undergraduate courses, MFA in Sound Arts, through the School of the Arts and the Computer Music Center

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News & Events in Composition

Prof. Georg Friedrich Haas' "dark dreams" Receives Carnegie Hall Premiere

Composition Professor Georg Friedrich Haas had a new work, dark dreams, premiered at Carnegie Hall on Monday, October 6th, 2014.  Sir Simon Rattle conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker.
 
In a review of the performance for The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini lauds the piece as "fascinating...pushing against the edge of intensity but never going over it."  The Carnegie Hall program notes describe Haas' techniques in dark dreams as: "firmly in the spectral tradition, but ... [pushed] much further, building a sound world ... that exploits the eclecticism of the 21st century. There is harmonic queasiness everywhere, including microtones--notes between the notes that have an uncanny ability to evoke the subconscious. But the piece also features aggressive consonance: repeating thirds and diatonic climaxes that crash, then vanish, resolving nothing but leaving haunted aftershocks."
 
For more informaiton about Professor Haas' work, see his Music department bio.
 
The video below is a 2014 performance of dark dreams by the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle. 

Prof. Brad Garton Publishes "MemoryBook" Interactive Application

Congratulations to Prof. Brad Garton on the public release of  "MemoryBook."  MemoryBook is an interactive text/music/graphics application for iPads and Android tablets (Kindle Fire HD/HDX readers in particular). 

Prof Garton describes the "MemoryBook" as a "recollection of memories, but memories enhanced b music and graphics. Past stories act as a springboard for random speculations about life, memory, existence, all that fun stuff. The music and graphics are algorithmically-generated within the app. They are synchronized with the text at any point (and no matter what reading speed). Essentially it is a 'book with a soundtrack'."

To learn more about MemoryBook and to download the Apple App Store and Amazon App Store versions: 

http://music.columbia.edu/~brad/MemoryBook/

for links to the Apple App store and the Amazon App store to download it.

A "stand-alone" Macintosh application is also available.  A Windows version coming soon.

Zosha Di Castri Appointed Assistant Professor of Composition!

The Department of Music warmly welcomes and congratulates Zosha Di Castri, who has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Music (Composition).  Prof. Di Castri, who will soon complete her DMA in the Department, will begin her appointment on July 1, 2014

Ms. Di Castri is a Canadian composer/pianist living in New York. Her work (which has been performed in Canada, the US, and Europe) extends beyond purely concert music, including projects with electronics, installations, and collaborations with video and dance. Her latest work, Serafiniana, for solo amplified violin, amplified harp, orchestra, and electronics was premiered in Toronto by Esprit Orchestra in May. Other recent orchestral compositions have been programmed by the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra among others. Zosha has made appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the L.A. Philharmonic in their chamber music series and has worked with many local groups including Talea Ensemble, Wet Ink, Ekmeles, and Ensemble Pamplemousse. She was the recipient of the Jules Leger Prize for New Chamber Music for her work Cortege in 2012, and participated in Ircam's Manifeste Festival, writing an interactive electronic work for Thomas Hauert's dance company ZOO. Upcoming projects include an evening-length collaborative interdisciplinary work with David Adamcyk and ICE, and a piece for the Cecilia String Quartet. Zosha is presently completing her doctorate and will begin a tenure-track appointment in the summer of 2014.

Learn more about Prof. Di Castri's work on her Columbia Composers bio page!

Read an article (with audio samples) about Prof. Di Castri in musicworks magazine.

Music Majors Olivia Harris & Solomon Hoffman Perform & Arrange the National Anthem for Commencement!

On May 22, 2014, for the Columbia University Commencement Ceremony, graduating Columbia College Music Major Olivia Harris, along with fellow students Taylor Harvey and Brittany Carroll-Watts, brilliantly performed a striking arrangement of "The Star Spangled Banner," arranged by Columbia graduating Music Major Solomon Hoffman. 

 

Enjoy the performance! 

 

Dr. Ashley Fure Appointed Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Music!

The Department of Music is delighted to welcome Dr. Ashley Fure as an incoming Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Music for 2014-16. 

Dr. Fure is an American composer interested in chaotic matter and music's ability to convey movement. She works in both acoustic and electroacoustic media and collaborates frequently with artists from other disciplines.  A 2013-14 Fulbright Fellow in France, Fure is currently creating a 65 minute electroacoustic ballet with choreographer Yuval Pick commissioned by IRCAM for the 2014 Manifeste Festival in Paris. She earned a Phd in Music Composition from Harvard University, where she studied with Chaya Czernowin, and further degrees from IRCAM (Cursus 1 and 2), Oberlin Conservatory (B.Mus), and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Notable honors include a 2013 Impuls International Composition Prize, a 2012 Darmstadt Stipendienpreis, a 2012 Staubach Honorarium, a 2011 Jezek Prize, and a 2010 10-month residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude.  

Visit Ashely Fure's website here!

Graduating Seniors Olivia Munson, Josh Owens, & Alexander Porter Win Departmental Honors!

The Department of Music is pleased to announce that Departmental Honors for 2014 are awarded to the following graduating senior music majors:

Alexander Porter (Columbia College) for his project (advised by Prof. Joseph Dubiel), "Of Diagrammatology in Music and Architecture," which included both an extended essay and two original creative works, a composition called "Diachronism" and a short play called "Broken Images."  All were woven together by Alex's stimulating, imaginative exploration of time, memory, and space across both musical and architectural dimensions. A complete PDF version of Alexander's thesis can be downloaded here.

Olivia Munson (Columbia College) for her essay (advised by Prof. Aaron Fox) "A Space for Musical Therapy: On Nationalism, Modernity, Music, and Medicine in the Transition from Ottoman Empire to Turkish Republic."  This essay looks at the use of music for medicinal or therapeutic purposes across broad historical span of Turkish history.  Olivia's essay represents an impressive combination of on-the-ground fieldwork and sophisticated theoretical-historical analysis.

Congratulations to all our graduates!

Photos: graduates, their families, and their professors at the Commencement reception in Dodge Hall on May 21, 2014.

The Department of Music Congratulates our 2014 Grads!

Columbia College: (CON = "concentrator"/  MAJ = "major")
Agard-Wilson, Chancellor CON
Assor, Isaac  MAJ
Bunch, Isaac  MAJ
Dugan, Anna MAJ
Frech, Robert  MAJ
Garinois, Alessandro  MAJ
Genova, Jerome  MAJ
Harris, Olivia MAJ
Hoffman, Solomon  MAJ
Horstman, Spencer CON
Koski, Gregory  CON
Lagunas, Rudy  MAJ
Kevin  MAJ
Lim, Youngmook CON
Matern, Lukas  MAJ
McCormick, Kyle  MAJ
Munson, Olivia  MAJ
Nez, Ferguson  MAJ
Porter, Alexander MAJ
Rinehart, Amalia  MAJ
Safavi Ardebili, Amir Hossein  MAJ
Sonett, Caroline  MAJ
Street, Lena  MAJ
Sturr, Jonathan  MAJ
Toy, Norman  MAJ
Worthington, Michelle CON 

Columbia School of General Studies:
Bosco, Christopher MAJ  
Cercone, James  MAJ
Owens, Joshua  MAJ
Starcher, Sarah Jane  MAJ

Columbia College Special Major in Ethnomusicology:
Veena Kumar

Barnard Music Majors Graduates:
Kristina Dorsett  (Ethnomusicology)
Catherine Mullen  (Ethnomusicology)
Debra Rosenbaum (Ethnomusicology)
Hana Rosenbaum (Ethnomusicology)
Julia Sayles 

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences  PhD/DMA:
Belkind, Nili (PhD)
Bryan, Courtney (DMA)
Di Castri, Zosha (DMA)
Eggert, Andrew (PhD)
Forshaw, Juliet (PhD)
Heidemann, Katherine (PhD)
Johnson, Aaron (PhD)
King, Jonathan (PhD)
Kisiedu, Harald (PhD)
Morrison, Matthew (PhD)
Nail, Ashley (DMA)
Newland, Marti (PhD)
Schmeder, Maximillian (PhD)
Tallgren, Johan (DMA)

Congratulations to our 2014 Doctoral Graduates!

Photos: Smiles at the GSAS doctoral convocation on Sunday, May 18, 2014 and at the department's luncheon on Wednesday, May 21 after Commencement.

We congratulate our new doctoral alumni!

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences  PhD/DMA:

Dr. Courtney Lara Bryan Awarded Princeton Postdoc!

The Department of Music warmly congratulates DMA alumna Dr. Courtney Lara Bryan, who has been awarded a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. Ms. Bryan recently defended her dissertation, which was advised by Prof. George Lewis. 

DMA Alumnus Carl Christian Bettendorf Awarded Commission by the Ralph Kaminsky Fund

The Ralph Kaminsky Fund for New Music announced that it will award $15,000 to composer and conductor Carl Christian Bettendorf, who will write a new work for the Mivos Quartet.

Bettendorf, born in Germany and now based in New York, received his doctorate (DMA) from Columbia University, where he studied with composer Tristan Murail.

The Mivos Quartet, formed in 2008, is one of the country's most adventurous new music groups, and is dedicated to working closely with composers to expand the string quartet repertoire.

The Fund is pleased to announce the winning commission during the week of what would have been Ralph Kaminsky's 88th birthday, on March 26, 2014. After his retirement from a career in the academic world, Kaminsky (1926-2012) dedicated the last twenty years of his life to his passion for contemporary classical music.