Margulis, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Margulis

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis is Professor and Director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas.  She recently won the Wallace Berry Award from the Society for Music Theory for On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind (Oxford University Press, 2013). 

Her research approaches music from the perspective of cognitive science. She is interested in the interface between musical structure and engagement, especially in listeners without formal training, and especially as it occurs dynamically across the course of the listening experience. Her book On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind (Oxford University Press) received the 2014 Wallace Berry Award from the Society for Music Theory.

Her past work has appeared in diverse journals including Music Perception, Journal of Music Theory, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Music Theory Spectrum, Frontiers in Psychology, Computer Music Journal, Psychology of Music, Journal of New Music Research, Empirical Studies of the Arts, Review of General Psychology, Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, Human Brain Mapping, American Journal of Bioethics, and Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, as well as in the recently published Handbook of Music and Emotion. It has been featured in media outlets ranging from New Scientist Magazine to Readers Digest to the London Times, and on BBC and NPR. She blogs about music cognition at Psychology Today (Looking at Listening).

Ito, Miyuki

Miyuki Ito

Miyuki ITO, a native of Nagoya, Japan, received B.A. from Aichi University of the Arts (Japan), M.A. from the Manhattan School of Music (NY), and D.M.A. from Columbia University (NY), studying with Naoyuki Terai, Pierre Charvet and Tristan Murail.  She pursued research at IRCAM (Paris) with an artist grant from the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan.  Her works have been performed at festivals and venues across the globe, including Centre Acanthes (France), ISCM (Hong Kong), Resonances (IRCAM), ICMC (Miami), Spark Festival (Minnesota), SMC (Greece and Spain) and Re:New (Denmark).  She had received commissions from Harmonia Opera Company (NY), Columbia Sinfonietta (NY), Tokyo Opera City (Japan), Taketoyo Opening Concert Hall Committee (Japan), Music From Japan (NY), Attack Theater (Pittsburgh), Onix Ensamble (Mexico) and Aichi Arts Center (Japan).  Her recent awards include the Nagoya Cultural Promotion Agency Prize (Japan), Japan Symphony Foundation Prize and Concorso di Composizione Franco Evangelisti 1st Prize (Rome).  She has been a fellow at the Djerassi Artist Residency in California with an Oshita Fellowship and at CMMAS in Morelia (Mexico) with a support of Japan Foundation.  She currently teaches at the Nagoya University of Arts, Chiba Commerce University, and Aichi University of the Arts in Japan.  Ito is a co-founder and producer of the composer collectives NympheArt and JUMP (Japan-USA: Musical Perspectives).  She released The Sands of Time, focused on works with live electronics on ALCD80 in 2009.  Reminiscence d'un ancien esprit has been published on Edizioni Suvini Zerboni (Milan, Italy) in 2010.

Bio courtesy of her website.

DuBois, Roger Luke

Roger Luke DuBois

R. Luke DuBois is Co-Director and Associate Professor of Integrated Digital Media at NYU.

He had a survey exhibition, "R. Luke DuBois - Now," at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.    

You can find out more about his work at his website.

Bittencourt, Marcus

Marcus Bittencourt

Marcus Bittencourt is an American-Brazilian composer and pianist born in Garland-TX, USA. He studied music with composers such as Willy Correa de Oliveira, Fred Lerdahl, Joe Dubiel, Jonathan Kramer, and Tristan Murail, and Computer Music with Brad Garton and Thanassis Rikakis. As a composer, he is prolific both as an instrumental and an electroacoustic composer and his music has been played in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Brazil. His list of compositions includes works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, choir, solo instruments (specially the piano), operas, as well as several electroacoustic works. He has been performing widely as a pianist, conductor, and sound-projectionist, often taking those tasks simultaneously, as in the case of his piano concerti with live electronics. Among the awards he has received are the 2012 and 2010 FUNARTE Classical Composition Prizes given by the Brazilian Ministry of Culture, the first prize at the Projeto Nascente V (1996), a seven year scholarship at Columbia University for graduate studies, and a residency at the Centro Studi Ligure of the Bogliasco Foundation in Genoa, Italy. His academic credentials include a Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance from the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Master's and Doctoral degrees in Music Composition from Columbia University in the City of New York. He has taught Music at Columbia University, at Lehman College of CUNY, and the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He currently teaches Composition, Theory, and Computer Music at the Universidade Estadual de Maringa (State University of Parana at Maringa) in Brazil, where he created and also directs the Laboratorio de Pesquisa e Producao Sonora - LAPPSO (Laboratory for Research and Audio Production).

Birchfield, David

David Birchfield

Dr. David Birchfield is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer of SMALLab Learning.  He has led the SMALLab research and development effort since 2005.  In that role he has managed a multi-million dollar budget, working with government agencies, foundations, industry partners, schools, and museums.

Dr. Birchfield received his Doctorate in Music from Columbia University.  He has a background in digital media and performance. His research focuses on real-time interactivity and experiential media system design as applied to creative and educational spaces. This work includes K-12 learning, games, interface design and generative mechanisms for media.

Bio courtesy of the SMALLab website.

Kampela, Arthur

Arthur Kampela
Associate Faculty (Guitar)
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621 Dodge Hall (Music Department Office)

Arthur Kampela (DMA, Composition, 1998) won a  2014 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. 

For more information on Kampela's work see his website.


Commencement 2013: Congratulations to Our Music Grads!

Commencement 2013: The Department of Music Congratulates our Graduating Students!

Columbia College (Majors and Concentrators)

  • Andrew Dugue (Concentration)
  • David Halpern 
  • Emily Hamilton (Concentration)
  • Victoria Lewis - Cum Laude
  • Megan Maloney (Concentration)
  • Ilan Marans
  • Mark Micchelli - Cum Laude
  • Emily Ostertag - Cum Laude
  • Natalie Robehmed
  • Christopher Ruenes- Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Departmental Honors*
  • Rieko Shepherd
  • Ian Shirley - Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Jacob Snider
  • Gregory Somerville
  • Maria Sulimirski
  • Natalie Weiner

School of General Studies (Majors)

  • Sebastian Clegg
  • Iva Kupresak

Barnard College (Majors, except as noted)

  • Rebecca Gray  - Music & English (Writing), Departmental Honors
  • Martina Wiedenbaum - Ethnomusicology
  • Lucy Finkelstein-Fox - Ethnomusicology & Psychology, Departmental Honors
  • Rachel Bronstein - Music
  • Lisa Campbell - Music
  • Elissa Mendez-Renk - Music
  • Laura Pantley - Music
  • Emma Solomons - Music
  • Alexandra Vidal - Music
  • Xuela Zhang - Music

* Departmental Honors are awarded to Chris Ruenes for his composition "Rupt ures," written under the supervision of  Brad Garton.  Finalists for Departmental Honors were Emily Ostertag, Jacob Snider, and Rieko Shepherd.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


  • Cesar Colon-Montijo
  • Beatriz Goubert
  • Orit Hilewicz
  • Kevin Holt
  • Anne Adele Levitsky
  • Brooke Rosemary Lyssy
  • William Lowell Mason
  • Imani Danielle Mosley
  • Yoshiaki Onishi
  • Thomas Christopher Smith


  • Beau Bothwell
  • Sean Hallowell
  • Nicholas Higgins.

Haas, Georg Friedrich

Georg Friedrich Haas
Professor of Music (Composition)
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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.