Todd Tarantino is a New York City based composer. He is is currently the Executive Director of MATA, the festival of music by young and emerging composers, and has taught music theory at the Manhattan School of Music. At Columbia University, he teaches music theory, history and aural skills. His principal composition teachers include John Luther Adams, Fred Lerdahl, Stephen Siegel and Jonathan Kramer.
Tarantino's music has been presented at concerts and festivals throughout America, Europe, Asia and Africa by musicians such as the New York New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Moderne Akadamie, Manhattan Sinfonietta, Second Instrumental Unit, and the OCNM Ensemble as well as soloists such as oboist Jacqueline Leclair, violinists David Fulmer, Miranda Cuckson and Hana Kotkova, clarinetist Carol McGonnel, saxophonists Eliot Gattegno and David Wegehaupt, pianists Barbara Lieurance and Kathleen Tagg, and flautist Emi Ferguson, among others
His personal and richly varied musical environments are characterized by bold surfaces, quarter-tone inflected harmonies and athletic lyricism. Much of his recent work draws on experiences living in the developing world, translating the sounds and energy of urban environments into his own unique musical language. Currently, he is developing Appeal for Identification, an evening-length series of compositions that together tell the story of Delhi's migrants through the sounds of the locations in which their corpses were found.
Visiting Professor of Composition Richard Carrick has received a commission from the Fromm Foundation.
Prof. Carrick will be writing his second string quartet for the young, dynamic MIVOS Quartet. He is thrilled to be honored by Fromm. The commission comes with a cash award and a 3 year deadline to write the new work. Carrick plans on writing his quartet next spring and summer.
Prof. Carrick's personal website:
More information about the commission can be found at
The members of The Department of Music at Columbia University express our collective sorrow and offer our condolences to the friends and family of George Edwards, Edward MacDowell Emeritus Professor of Music, who passed away on October 23, 2011. Prof. Edwards had a long and distinguished career at Columbia, in addition to his significant public career as a composer and critic.
George Edwards was born on May 11, 1943, in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He attended Oberlin College from 1961-65, where his principal teacher was Richard Hoffman. From 1965-68, he attended graduate school and earned the MFA at Princeton University, where he studied with Milton Babbitt, Edward T. Cone, and Earl Kim. He taught music theory and composition at the New England Conservatory in Boston from 1969-1976. He was a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome from 1973-75, and won the Rome Prize in Composition in 1975. In 1977 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Music at Columbia University in New York. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in both 1980 and 1986, and earned tenure at Columbia in 1987, heading the composition program here from 1987 to 1995. He also served on the Advisory Committee of the Alice M. Ditson Fund from 1988 to 2005, serving as the Committee's Secretary from 1995-1998. He served as Chair of the Department of Music at Columbia from 1996 to 1999. After his retirement in 2006, he was named Edward MacDowell Emeritus Professor of Music by Columbia's Board of Trustees.
Prof. Edwards is survived by his wife, Rachel Hadas, to whom he was married in 1978, and by his son, Jonathan Hadas Edwards, born in 1984. Please visit Rachel's website for her moving tribute to George by Rachel and Jonathan. .
Please click here to read an extended appreciation of George Edwards' music and life by his friend and colleague Fred Lerdahl, the Fritz Reiner Professor of Composition at Columbia.
The family has suggested that donations may be made in memory of Prof. George Edwards to either of the following organizations:
The Music & Arts Library will offer 3 info sessions in October on the resources of the
Digital Music Lab. They will provide an overview of the available software and hardware
in the Lab, and highlight some sample projects & applications. Software includes Finale,
Sibelius, Logic Pro, Audacity, Amadeus Pro, MacGamut, and the recent additions of
Max/MSP, Ableton Live, Audiosculpt, Open Music, SPEAR and Transcribe!.
Sessions will be offered on:
* Friday, 10/7, 1-2:30pm
* Wednesday, 10/12, 1-2:30 pm
* Friday, 10/21, 2-3:30 pm
Sessions are open to all full-time students, faculty, and staff. Registration is required, and is available at:
The Digital Music Lab home page is at:
Music & Arts Library
Columbia University, 701 Dodge Hall
Announcement: Two 2-Year Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships in Music
The Columbia University Department of Music invites applications for Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships for a period of two years, to begin July 1, 2012. Ph.D. or equivalent required; at the time of appointment candidates must be within four and one-half (4.5) years from the date of certification of the degree.
Candidates will be expected to sustain an active research and publication agenda and participate in the academic life of the Department of Music; teaching includes one class per semester in Columbia's Core Curriculum, and one class in the candidate's area of specialization during the second year of appointment. Review of applications begins November 10, 2011. For more information and to apply, please visit:
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Nina Young enterered the DMA program at Columbia University in music composition in 2011-12. Prior to coming to Columbia, Nina received a Master's in Music Composition from McGill University's Schulich School of Music studying under composer Sean Ferguson. While in Montreal Nina held a research assistantship in the Expanded Musical Practice group at CIRMMT and worked as a studio and teaching assistant at the McGill Digital Composition Studios. Nina completed her undergraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) receiving degrees in both ocean engineering and music. At MIT she held a research assistantship at the MIT Media Lab in Tod Machover's Hyperinstruments group. Her strengths in both music and the sciences has led to research and music compositions that concentrate on mixing instrumental and electronic music.