Columbia Music Scholarship Conference 2014 (March 8, 2014)
Call for Abstracts on the theme: Music and Memory (ABSTRACT DEADLINE DEC. 15, 2013)
The Columbia Music Scholarship Conference invites graduate students and recent Ph.D. recipients to submit abstracts to be selected for presentation at our tenth annual meeting on March 8, 2014 at Columbia University in New York. The theme of the 2014 meeting will be Music and Memory.
Burgeoning interdisciplinary inquiry on memory is enabling scholars to develop new perspectives in a diverse array of fields ranging from history, anthropology, sociology, literary studies, art history, archeology, cultural studies, and media studies, to philosophy, political science, theology, education, psychology, and the cognitive sciences. This conference will add to this growing interdisciplinary conversation about memory in the sciences, arts, and humanities, stimulating a dialogue both on the role of memory in music studies and on the place of music in studies of memory. We are soliciting proposals for twenty-minute presentations from scholars active in all music disciplines as well as from scholars in related fields, aiming to maximize the theoretical and methodological breadth of the discussion.
The Ditson Conductor's Award is awarded for distinguished contributions to American music, and given annually by Columbia University. It was presented to Prof. Milarsky at Alice Tully Hall on November 15, during a concert by the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Prof. Milarsky. The $5,000 award, which was established in 1945, was presented by the pianist Gilbert Kalish, the head of the Ditson advisory committee.
Hear the CU Orchestra perform music of Debussy, Strauss, and Prokofiev, under the direction of Maestro Milarsky, on Sunday, December 1st (8PM, Roone Arledge Auditorium) and again on Sunday December 8, 2013 (8PM, Miller Theater). Both concerts are free and open to the public!
Matthew Hough (b. 1981) is a Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist. Raised in upstate New York, Hough moved to New York City in 1999. Once in NYC, Hough co-founded the groups Zs (2000), Galoshes (2002), Seductive Sprigs (2005), and Music=quals (2008). In 2012, Brooklyn label Original Abstractions released Remembered States, the first full-length album comprised solely of Hough's compositions.
Hough's recent works have been performed and/or presented by Wet Ink, Iktus Percussion, the Machine Project, soprano Rachel Payne, violinist Joshua Modney, Freeport Schools, Red Light New Music, Loadbang, Yarn/Wire, and others. Hough's current projects include solo works for organist Meghann Wilhoite and percussionist Ian Antonio, as well as a collection of ensemble pieces based on texts by Ian Gallagher.
Hough has received awards, grants and/or other recognition from New Music USA, Sally Mead Hands Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Minnesota Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, and Ithaca College. Hough holds a DMA from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied composition with Reiko Fueting and guitar with Jack Wilkins. In addition to his work at Columbia, Hough has taught at New York University, Manhattan School of Music, Wagner College, Nyack College, and SUNY Empire State College.
NEW YORK, October 17, 2013 - Columbia University Libraries/Information Services' Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the collection of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953). The Serge Prokofiev Foundation has chosen the RBML as the repository for the archival material under its control from Prokofiev's 18 years in the West.
The Foundation was established in 1983 by Lina Prokofiev, the composer's widow, to enrich public awareness of Prokofiev's life and work and to encourage research. (The organization uses a variant spelling of the composer's first name). After her death in 1989 at age 91, and the death of her sons Sviatoslav and Oleg, the work of the Foundation has been carried on by their descendants.
The collection includes Prokofiev's private and business papers from 1919 through May 1936, after which he returned to the Soviet Union with his family. Correspondents include conductors such as Sir Henry Wood and Sergei Koussevitzky; soloists such as Joseph Szigeti and Pablo Casals; composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Maurice Ravel; and chess grandmaster Jose Capablanca.
Position Announcement: Assistant Professor of Composition (Review of Applications Begins Dec. 1, 2013)
The Department of Music at Columbia University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Composition at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 1, 2014.
The appointee will be expected to carry out creative work; teach composition at undergraduate and graduate levels; teach in music theory or some other area of intellectual interest, as well as in the undergraduate Core Curriculum; and participate actively in the development of the Department's programs. We seek candidates who, through their composing, research, teaching, and service, can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Columbia.
An appropriate doctorate or its professional equivalent must be in hand at the time of the appointment. Significant achievement and potential as a composer is the most important qualification. We are open to a wide range of aesthetic and technical orientations. A candidate's potential for working closely with the Computer Music Center would be viewed as an advantage, as would any involvement that would expand the scope of compositional possibility at Columbia.
John Rot (b. 1989) is a composer, teacher, and pianist from Elgin, Illinois. His string quartet toward a terminating congruence. was the only undergraduate work selected for performance in the 2012 Midwest Graduate Music Consortium's annual conference at Northwestern University. He received honorable mention in the 2011 BMI International Student Composer Competition for his work when, their efforts combined for nine instruments. In 2010 he held an Artist Residency at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. He was the youngest composer to be selected as a national finalist in the 2009 ANALOG Arts Iron Composer competition. John received his Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory, where he received the Walter E. Aschaffenburg prize for outstanding music composition. He has studied composition with Reiko Futing, Lewis Nielson, and Josh Levine.
Yair Klartag was born in 1985 in Israel. He began studying Piano at the age of 12 and commenced his composition studies at the age of 15. He received his Bachelor's degree in Composition under the instruction of Ruben Seroussi at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel-Aviv University, graduating in 2010. He continued his composition studies, obtaining his Master's degree in 2012 at the Basel Musikhochschule with Georg Friedrich Haas and Erik Ona. At present he is a doctoral candidate in composition at Columbia University.
Attended Masterclasses with Chaya Czernowin, Brian Ferneyhough, Mark Andre, Beat Furrer, Rebecca Saunders, Pierluigi Billone, Steven Takasugi and Hector Parra.
His compositions have been performed by ensembles such as "Tokyo Sinfonietta" (Japan), Tongyeong Music Festival Orchestra (S. Korea), Ensemble Phoenix Basel (Switzerland), Ensemble Proton (Bern), Ensemble Zafraan (Berlin), "Meitar" ensmble (Israel) and PercaDu (Israel), as well as by soloists from Ensemble recherche and Ensemble Ictus and by the choirs "Escolania de Montserrat" (Spain), "Les Cris de Paris", "Shahar" choir and "Ha'Efroni" choir.
Stylianos Dimou is a Greek composer born in Thessaloniki in 1988. He began music studies at the Municipal Conservatory of Thessaloniki, degrees in Music Harmony (May 2005), Counterpoint (May 2008) and diploma in accordion (June 2010). He has pursued advanced studies in composition with Prof. Christos Samaras at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Music Studies (Greece, 2011, MM in Composition) and he has been nominated as a Fulbright Scholar continuing his Graduate Studies at the Eastman School of Music (USA, 2012, MA in composition). He is currently a D.M.A. candidate in composition at the Columbia University studying with Prof. Georg Friedrich Haas. Dimou has also attended Composition Workshops held in Europe and the USA studying close to Salvatore Sciarrino, Beat Furrer, Georges Aperghis, Brian Ferneyhough, Chaya Czernowin, Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Fabien Levy, Oscar Bianchi, Hans Abrahamsen, Sofia Goubaidoulina, Peter Eotvos, Luca Francesconi, Steven Stucky, Anders Hillborg and Augusta Read Thomas.
Striving to maintain the balance between visceral inspiration and intuition one of the fundamental principles of this work is the conception of structure as the potential byproduct of microscopic elaborations of the timbral and gestural dimensions of music. The technical aspects of it deal with fluidity and the sculpting of sound, means that aim to highlight a visceral and ductile gestuality. Blurred sonorities, harmonic fluidity and gestural formation are some of the ideas that he is elaborating on in his recent works.