Columbia Welcomes Professor Georg Friedrich Haas!

Georg Friedrich Haas joined Columbia University's composition faculty as a full-time tenured professor in September, 2013. This appointment promises to sustain and enhance our composition program's reputation as one of the strongest, most progressive, and most international such programs in the United States.

Haas has emerged as one of the major European composers of his generation. His music synthesizes in a highly original way the Austrian tradition of grand orchestral statement with forward-looking interests in harmonic color and microtonal tuning that stem from both French spectralism and a strand of American experimentalism. The result is an exploratory, uncompromising music that is also sensuously attractive. His music appeals to unusually diverse constituencies, from avant-garde composers for its microtonal investigations to casual listeners for its spacious forms and euphonious harmony.

Sound Arts MFA and Computer Music Center Featured in Columbia Spectator

Columbia's Computer Music Center and the new School of the Arts MFA Program in Sound Arts are featured in an article in the Feb. 7, 2013 Columbia Spectator.  The article, by Derek Arthur, is entitled:  "Computer Music Center combines technology, music in experimental setting."

An accompanying video clip, featuring Prof. Brad Garton and Douglas Repetto, can be viewed below or on YouTube.


Announcing a New MFA Program in Sound Arts at Columbia!

New Program Announcement!


A new Interdepartmental MFA Program offered by the Columbia University School of the Arts in association with the Department of Music and the Computer Music Center.

Applications for Fall 2013 Now Being Accepted (Deadline Feb. 20, 2013)
Columbia University has been at the helm of sound-technology innovation for over fifty years with faculty specializing in composition, improvisation, sound installation, computer music, digital sound synthesis, acoustics, music cognition and software development.  Columbia's Computer Music Center in the Department of Music has a long history of creative excellence; its primary mission is to operate at the intersection of musical expression and technological development. The Center has state-of-the-art facilities for working in electro-acoustic music.  Faculty of the Center for Computer Music led the development of the new interdisciplinary area in Sound Arts that leads to the Master of Fine Arts degree awarded by the School of the Arts.

The Sound Arts area is currently accepting applications for Fall 2013. The program is highly selective. Each year only three to four students will be offered admission to the two-year program. Prospective students with a deep engagement with sound as medium, a familiarity with contemporary audio tools and techniques, and a demonstrated use of those tools in different contexts (sculptural or video installations, creation of performance interfaces, circuit-bending productions, innovative fusion of digital audio with digital graphics, imaginative use of network technologies) are encouraged to apply. While the Visual Arts Program in the School of the Arts currently accommodates students working in digital media, sculpture, installation, performance, film and video art, applicants who wish to base their research and studio practice primarily in the area of sonic or sound arts are to apply to the area of Sound Arts. 

Spring 2013 Featured Courses in Music

Featured courses in Music for Spring 2013!

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Spring 2013 Featured Courses in Music - Poster

Search Announcement: Assistant Professor (Music Theory)

The Department of Music at Columbia University seeks to hire an Assistant Professor with a specialization in Music Theory. The responsibilities of the position include undergraduate and graduate teaching, research and publication, and departmental service. We especially seek candidates whose research extends interdisciplinary connections between Music Theory and Historical Musicology, Ethnomusicology, or Composition. The doctorate must be awarded by July 1, 2013, the start of appointment.

All applications must be made through Columbia University's RAPS system.

Please click here to access the RAPS application system and a complete description of the position and the application requirements.

Review of applications begins December 1, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. 

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.



Search Announcement: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Columbia University Department of Music invites applications for two Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships for a period of two years, to begin July 1, 2013. Ph.D. or equivalent (e.g., DMA for composers) required. The degree must have been awarded between 1 January 2009 and 1 July 2013. Fellows will be expected to pursue research, participate in the academic life of the Department of Music, and teach one class per semester during each of the two years (three in Columbia's Core Curriculum and one in the candidate's area of specialization).

All applications must be made through Columbia University's RAPS system.

Please click here to access the RAPS application system and a complete description of the position and the application requirements.


Review of applications begins November 5, 2012, and will continue until both positions are filled. 

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Graduate Program Handbook (Official Policies of our MA/PhD and MA/DMA programs)

Dodge HallThe Handbook of Graduate Study in Music at Columbia University.

The "Handbook" is the official policy document of the Department of Music's MA/PhD and MA/DMA programs.  Current graduate students in the Department are expected to be familiar with its contents and to consult it for answers to many policy questions that arise on a regular basis. To browse the Handbook, please use the block of links on the right side of this page (and every other page in the Handbook), or use the same links below:

Center for Jazz Studies & Computer Music Center Win Mellon Foundation Grant for "J-Disc" Project

J-DISC: The Technology of Discovering Jazz

Digital technology and the Web are bringing treasures, both new and newly discovered, to music lovers every day. Using and enjoying these vast riches is a different story: the prospect overwhelms listeners and even stumps experts. Nowhere is this dilemma perhaps more exquisite than in jazz, which has a ninety-five year legacy of recordings and a persistent drive to innovate through recording technology.

The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, is leading an interdisciplinary team to find better ways to access, organize, and evaluate information about jazz on record and on the Web.

Jazz studies experts at the Center and specialists in information management and engineering at Columbia and other institutions are working together to build J-DISC, an Internet database application. The site went live in June of 2012 ( and will continue to grow in scope and functions during the next two years. J-DISC will provide rich information on jazz recordings with demographic and cultural information free of charge to the public. Yet, as it gathers more data, J-DISC will eventually offer a depth of knowledge on jazz not achieved by more familiar online resources such as iTunes, MusicBrainz, or Pandora. Researchers, educators, and students can mine this data for insights on improvisation, artists' careers, changes in jazz styles, the recording industry, and various other topics.

Prof. John Szwed, Director of the Center for Jazz Studies, believes that "because much of it is improvised, it's difficult to imagine telling the history of jazz without reference to what gets recorded. Yet a wealth of data about jazz recordings is in danger of being lost, due to changes in the industry and the shift away from print media. We need to transform discography to deal with a new world without discs."

Behzadi, Ashkan

Ashkan Behzadi
DMA Student in Composition
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Toscano, Roberto

Roberto Toscano
DMA Student in Composition
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