Onur Yildirim's (b. 1985) music has been performed at festivals such as Impuls, June in Buffalo, the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) and Klasik Keyifler. Performers of his music include Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Interface, Callithumpian Consort and Hezarfen Ensemble.
Onur holds a master's degree in music composition from Istanbul Technical University, where he studied with Adam Roberts, Pieter Snapper, Kamran Ince and Reuben de Lautour, and a bachelor's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where his principal teachers were John Mallia and Malcolm Peyton. He has also participated in master classes and/or had private lessons with Tolga Tuzun, Julian Anderson, Pierluigi Billone, Chaya Czernowin, Beat Furrer, Tristan Murail and Rand Steiger, among others. This fall, he will begin his doctorate in music composition at Columbia University. In addition to his studies in music, Onur has twice participated in the Leiden University Summer School in Linguistics (The Netherlands) and attended classes in comparative linguistics--a discipline that has greatly influenced his music.
Composer William Dougherty has had his works performed and workshopped internationally by leading ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lorraine, the BBC Singers, the London Chorus, the Lontano Ensemble, and the Ligeti String Quartet. His music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and the Financial Times podcast 'FT Science.' Dougherty has received recognitions and awards from the BMI Student Composer Awards, the PRS for Music Society, Sound and Music, the King James Bible Trust, the American Composers Forum, the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, Le Conservatoire Americain de Fontainebleau, the Institute for European Studies (Vienna), and the UK Foreign Aid and Commonwealth Office.
William earned his B.M. degree in composition summa cum laude from Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance in 2010. As a Marshall Scholar, William earned his MMus in composition with distinction from the Royal College of Music, London in 2012 working with Mark-Anthony Turnage and Kenneth Hesketh. That same year, William pursued Erganzungsstudium (complementary studies) with Georg Friedrich Haas at the Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel in Switzerland. In the fall of 2014, William will continue his studies as a doctoral student at Columbia University.
Andrew Byrne, a Columbia Music Department DMA alumnus (1999), has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of Symphony Space, one of New York's pre-eminent performance venues. He begins September 15th, taking over the already planned 2014-2015 season. Previously, Dr. Byrne was Director of Festivals and Special Projects at Carnegie Hall to Andrew Byrne studied with Jonathan Kramer and Fred Lerdahl in the 1990s and received his DMA in composition in 1998 with Fred Lerdahl as sponsor.
Dr. Ashley 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.
Section 001 Call Number: 69864 Points: 3
Day/Time: TR 1:10pm-2:25pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: Jeffrey Milarsky (bio)
Analysis of instrumentation, with directional emphasis on usage, ranges, playing techniques, tone colors, characteristics, interactions and tendencies, all derived from the classic orchestral repertoire. Topics will include theoretical writings on the classical repertory as well as twentieth-century instrumentation and its advancement. Additional section will be provided with live orchestral demonstrations.
Prerequisite: Advanced music majors and extensive music background.
ETHNOMUSICOLOGICAL FIELD METHODS/TECHNIQUES (for undergraduates!)
Section 001 Call Number: 62038 Points: 3
Day/Time: T 4:10pm-6:00pm
Location: To be announced
Instructor: Prof. Aaron A. Fox (bio)
The goals of this course are practice-oriented. The end result will be short fieldwork-based project of approxiamtely 20 pages in length. In order to complete the paper, students will conduct fieldwork, read and synthesize relevant literatures, and think carefully about the questions in which they are interested and methods of addressing them through ethnographic inquiry.
This course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in the junior or senior year only. Permission of the instructor is required. Class size is limited to 12 students, with priority given to Barnard College Ethnomusicology majors and other Music major/concentrators. Please contact Prof. Fox as soon as possible if you intend to register for this course.
TECHNIQUES OF 20th CENTURY MUSIC
Section 001 Call Number: 12208 Points: 3
Day/Time: TR 4:10pm-5:25pm
Location: 814 Dodge Hall
Instructor: Sophia (Zosha) Di Castri (bio)
Course Description V3310:
This course focuses on the analysis of significant pieces from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries via the close study of new techniques used by composers and theorists. Through listening, analysis, discussion, and composition, we will engage with a diversity of approaches to post-tonal music from the Euro-American avant-gardes. Music studied will include solo, chamber, and large ensemble works, as well as experimental vocal music, music theatre, and electronic/mixed-music genres.
Week-to-week work required of you: listening, study, analysis of assigned pieces sometimes accompanied with short readings (come prepared to share your perspectives in class); several miniature compositional response exercises.
Plus two main assignments: a 20-minute oral presentation on a research/analysis topic of your choice; a final composition to be performed and presented in class
This course fulfills the requirement of a 3000-level advanced theory elective for the Major.
The prerequisite for this course is V3322y (Music Theory IV) or equivalent.
Fall 2014 Music V3239x
INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSITION I
Section 001 Call Number: 23074 Points: 3
Day/Time: MW 2:40pm-3:55pm
Location: To be announced
Enrollment: 23 students as of July 15, 2014
Instructor: Georg Friedrich Haas (bio)
Composition in shorter forms. Basic issues of musical structure and expression are explored in traditional and contemporary repertory.
The prerequisites for this course are V1002 Fundamentals of Western Music and the instructor's permission.
20TH CENTURY MUSIC
Call Number: 65591 Points: 3
Day/Time: MW 10:10am-11:25am
Location: To be announced
Instructor: George Lewis (bio)
A multicultural survey of composers, improvisers, sounds, practices and social issues in the music of "the long 20th century." Engages form, technique, genre, style, canon, media reception, constructions of gender and race, cultural nationalisms, and the impact of transnationalism and globalization. Reading knowledge of music is very helpful but not required.
An introduction to the potential of digital synthesis by means of the MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). The goals of the course, in addition to teaching proficiency in elementary and advanced MIDI techniques, are to challenge some of the assumptions about music built into the MIDI specifications and to foster a creative approach to using MIDI machines. (This course was previously called MIDI Music Production Techniques).
The prerequisite for this course is C1123 or F1123 Masterpieces of Western Music or BC 1001x or 1002y Introduction to Music, or equivalent.
Due to high demand, prospective students should attend the first meeting of the class, and be aware that placement will be determined by various factors including permission of the instructor.