2015: An Incredible Year for the Department of Music!

Columbia University Music Department graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, and faculty had an incredible year in 2015! Below is a partial listing of some of the highlights of the year. 

 

Congratulations to everyone!

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GRADUATE STUDENTS AND ALUMNI APPOINTED TO ACADEMIC POSITIONS AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

 

Nili Belkind (PhD, Ethnomusicology, 2014)  was appointed to a two-year Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities-Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Eric Chasalow (Composition DMA alumnus) is Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis University

 

Alessandra Ciucci (GS alumna and former Mellon postdoctoral fellow in Music) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Columbia.

 

Congratulations to our 2015 Graduates!

The Department of Music warmly congratulates our Class of 2015 Graduates! We wish you all every success on the road ahead!

UNDERGRADUATES

COLUMBIA COLLEGE
Music Majors:
Ziyad Abdelfattah
Stephen Adamow
Amy Garvey
Samuel Karlinski
Yeana Lee (Departmental Honors)
Robert Lyman
Miles Oliva
Joseph Quintas
Andrew Rodriguez
Mitchell Veith (Departmental Honors)

Music Concentrators: 
Kevin Chen
Devon Mehring
Sonall Mehta
Emma Riley

SCHOOL OF GENERAL STUDIES (Music Majors)
Audrey Amsellem (Departmental Honors)
Benjamin Loya
Josephine Tang

BARNARD COLLEGE (Music Majors)
Courtney Craig (Ethnomusicology)
Katherine Huet
Sophie Lewis (Ethnomusicology)
Isabella Livorni 
Rachel Susser 
Zaynep Toraman
Cecile Urmenyhazi (Ethnomusicology)

GRADUATE STUDENTS (GSAS)
PHD 
Shannon Garland
Melissa Gonzalez
David Gutkin
Jonathan "Toby" King
Ashley Nail
Martha Newland
Alexander Rothe

DMA in Composition
Sophia "Zosha" di Castri
Geoffrey Holbrook
Yoshiaki Onishi

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Vilde Aaslid and Matthew Goodheart Appointed as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows

The Department has appointed Vilde Aaslid and Matthew Goodheart as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows for 2015-17. 
 
Vilde Aaslid is an interdisciplinary music scholar with interests in text and improvisation. She completed her PhD in Critical and Comparative Studies in Music at the University of Virginia in 2014, supported by a Jefferson Scholars Foundation fellowship. Her current book project examines the cultural and aesthetic interrelation of improvised music and poetry, building on her dissertation on jazz poetry intersection. Her work on Charles Mingus recently appeared in the Journal of the Society for American Music. She is also an active performer of the Norwegian hardanger fiddle and practitioner of traditional Norwegian singing and dancing.
 
Matthew Goodheart is a composer, improviser, and sound artist who completed a Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 2013. Following an early career as a free-jazz pianist, he has developed a wide body of work that explores the relationships between performer, instrument, and listener. His diverse creations range from large-scale microtonal compositions to open improvisations to immersive sound installations - all unified by the analytic techniques and performative methodologies that bring forth the unique and subtle acoustic properties of individual musical instruments. Goodheart's approach results in a "generative foundation" for exploring issues of perception, technology, cultural ritual, and the psycho-physical impact of acoustic phenomena. He has won numerous awards and honors, including the 2014 Berlin Prize, and a 2013-14 Fulbright Grant to the Czech Republic where he worked with the historic quartertone pianos designed by Alois Haba.

Nina Young Wins Rome Prize in Composition!

 

The Department of Music warmly congratulates Nina Young, DMA student in Composition, who has just been awarded the Frederic A. Juilliard/Walter Damrosch Rome Prize in Musical Composition!  

For a century the Rome Prize, awarded by the American Academy in Rome, has been one of the greatest honors in the world of composition.  The winners of these prizes represent "the leading edge of contemporary American scholarship and creativity" as Academy President Mark Robbins notes.

Magdalena Stern-Baczewska SF Symphony Solo Debut

 

Magdalena Stern-Baczewska made her San Francisco Symphony solo debut on April 25, 2015, stepping in last-minute for a sold-out performance of Tan Dun's Banquet Concerto at the Davies Symphony Hall, with maestro Damian Ioro conducting.

Congratulations!

George Lewis Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences!

George Lewis, Case Professor of American Music, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among the members are some of the world's most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders: see the complete list of 2015 Fellows here and the press release here.

DMA Alumna Wang Lu Appointed Assistant Professor at Brown University


The Department of Music warmly congratulates Wang Lu (DMA 2012) who has been appointed Assistant Professor in Composition and Theory at Brown University.

You can read more about Wang Lu's work and accomplishments on her website.

New Website Documents David Adamcyk & Zosha Di Castri's "Phonobellow" for ICE

 

Zosha Di Castri (Assistant Professor, Music) and David Adamcyk (visiting postdoctoral scholar at the Computer Music Center) have created a website to document their new work "Phonobellow" commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).

As the website describes the work: "Phonobellow, a huge bellows, spreads across the stage like an accordion or an old-fashioned camera. Through images, electronics, sculpture, lighting, and live music performed by ICE, Phonobellow captures how deeply two very different technologies--the high-speed camera and the phonograph--resonated with people in 1877, and and how they continue to reverberate to this day."

MUSIC FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR: Eliska Cilkova

Eliska Cilkova (Czech Republic), current Music Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Music, has won the "AHUV PRIZE" for Best Czech Composer under 30. The winning piece was under the supervision of Professor George Lewis, Eliska's adviser in the Fall '14:

http://www.janackuvmaj.cz/en/generace?id=art388#.VSf4Jma5ZmF

Congratulations!

 

 

 

MUSIC FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR: Eliska Cilkova

Eliska Cilkova (Czech Republic), current Music Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Music, 
has won the "AHUV PRIZE" for Best Czech Composer under 30. The winning piece was under
the supervision of professor George Lewis, Eliska's adviser in the Fall '14:

http://www.janackuvmaj.cz/en/generace?id=art388#.VSf4Jma5ZmF

Congratulations!

Also, please view an invitation to her upcoming event at the Czech Center on Friday 17 April.

All are welcome to attend!