Professor George E. Lewis to receive honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of Edinburgh


The Department of Music warmly congratulates Professor George E. Lewis, Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music, who will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Edinburgh on June 27, 2015.

You can read more about Professor Lewis's work and accomplishments on his faculty bio, and see the full list of University of Edinburgh honorary graduates here.


DMA Alumnus Jeff Talman's Sound Installation at St. Paul's (3/31-4/13)

Music at St. Paul's presents a sound installation by Jeff Talman, When Soaring Sings, which will transform the space of St. Paul's Chapel into a resonant experience.

As the program information describes: "Birdsong, calls and choruses from over 100 species are sound source to Jeff Talman's new installation in collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Celebrating the cycles of regrowth, the work explores the sounds of bird species that return to nest in New York State in the spring."

On Tuesday, March 31st at 6:30pm, artist Jeff Talman will hold a special presentation of his work. The installation will span March 31st - April 13th following the schedule below:

*         Tuesday, March 31st         2-10PM with artist presentation at 6:30pm

DMA Alumna Courtney Bryan's "Sanctum" Premieres at Jazz at Lincoln Center

DMA Alumna Courtney Bryan's American Composers Orchestra commission, Sanctum, will have its world premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center in "Blues Symphony & Beyond" on April 9th!

As the Jazz event listing describes it: "The world premiere of Sanctum by Courtney Bryan, a New Orleans-based composer, pianist, organist, and band-leader, and alumna of ACO's Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, explores improvisation in Holiness-preaching traditions."

You can read recent interviews with Dr. Bryan about this premiere: ACO Sound Advice blog and All About Jazz magazine.

Current Musicology turns 50: A New Website and Conference! (CDRS Blog)

Cross-posted from the blog of the The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS)



Current Musicology turns 50: A New Website and Conference

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) is pleased to have partnered with Current Musicology, a leading journal for scholarly research on music, to launch their new website at

Three Columbians Receive American Academy of Arts and Letters Music Awards

Congratulations to the three Columbians recently named 2015 Music Award Winners by the American Academy of Arts and Letters:

Jason Eckardt (DMA 1998) will be awarded a Charles Ives Fellowships, of $15,000.  Harmony Ives, the widow of Charles Ives, bequeathed to the Academy the royalties of Charles Ives' music, which has enabled the Academy to give the Ives awards in composition since 1970.

Alex Mincek (DMA 2011) will receive the Benjamin H. Danks Award of $20,000 for an young composer of ensemble music. 

Prof. Georg Friedrich Haas Featured in Columbia News

Professor Georg Friedrich Haas was recently featured on the ColumbiaNews website in an article titled "Pitch Perfect: Columbia Music Department Embraces Microtonal Music of Georg Friedrich Haas."  The article gives hightlights of Haas' career trajectory, awards, and critical acclaim as "one of the major composers of his generation," and discusses his recent work and accomplishments--from the Carnegie Hall premier of his dark dreams last October, to a recent work for solo trumpet written in memory of Eric Garner.

Read the full article here.

DMA Alumna Courtney Bryan's Work in Performance at La Mama

DMA alumna Courtney Bryan's Prophetika: An Oratorio will be performed at La Mama from March 20th through April 5th.

As the La Mama website describes this exciting performance:

"Award-winning stage director Charlotte Brathwaite joins forces with eclectic composer/pianist Courtney Bryan and celebrated installation artist Abigail DeVille in a sonically stimulating, visually spectacular experience.

Prof. Peter Susser's "Five Ballads for Solo Cello" Reviewed in Strings Magazine

The April 2015 issue of Strings magazine features a review of Prof. Peter Susser's (also a Columbia DMA Alumnus) "Five Ballads for Solo Cello," recently recorded by cellist Eric Bartlett.

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101 Peter Susser - "Essence of Cello" Review

Brad Garton receives Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award!

The Department of Music congratulates Professor Brad Garton on receiving  the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award. Created in 2005 by Columbia Trustee Gerry Lenfest ('58 LAW) to honor exceptional faculty in the Arts and Sciences, the awards are given annually to recognize unusual merit across a range of activities including scholarship, University citizenship, and professional involvement, with primary emphasis on teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. Read more about the award here and the profile of Brad Garton here.

Columbia's Music Research Centers

Centers for Music Research and Performance at Columbia

Columbia is home to four Centers for Music research, three of which are directly affiliated with the Department of Music. (The Center for Jazz Studies is independent but includes several Music Department faculty members.)  Click on each Center's website link for detailed information. 

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