Prof. George Lewis Wins Music in American Culture Award from AMS

A Power Stronger Than Itself -- George Lewis

We congratulate George Lewis, the Edwin Case Professor of American Music, whose 2008 book A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (Univ. of Chicago Press) has been awarded the "Music in American Culture" prize for "outstanding scholarship in the music of the United States" by the American Musicological Society, at the AMS 2009 annual meeting in Philadelphia.

A Power Stronger Than Itself was also recently awarded The American Book Award by the Before Columbus Foundation.


Center for Ethnomusicology Announces Hopi Music Repatriation Project

Hopi Tribal FlagThe Center for Ethnomusicology

holds copies of, and rights to, the Laura Boulton Collection of Traditional Music, consisting of field recordings of folk and traditional musics made around the world by collector Laura Boulton, from the 1930s through the 1960s.  In 1933 and again in 1940, Boulton recorded a total of 129 Hopi songs, ranging from secular to spiritual genres.  (The 1933 recordings were made at the Chicago Century of Progress Exposition; the 1940 recordings at Hopi.)

Hopi Tribal FlagThe Center for Ethnomusicology

Alaska Repatriation Project Featured on Polar Field Services Website

 Tagiugmiut Dancers, Barrow, June 2008 (photo A. Fox)

The Center for Ethnomusicology's NSF-funded project to repatriate Laura Boulton's 1946 Alaskan Iñupiat recordings, led by Prof. Aaron Fox and Postdoctoral Fellow Chie Sakakibara,  has recently been featured in an article on the Polar Field Services' Notes blog. Read the article here.

Aaron and Chie will be in Alaska from Nov. 20-29.

Sonia Seeman: Metaphoricity, Iconicity and Mimesis in Turkish Roma (Gypsy) Music

Sonia Seeman talk

The Center for Ethnomusicology is pleased to present a public colloquium featuring  Sonia Seeman (Assistant Professor, Department of Music, University of Texas at Austin), entitled:

Metaphoricity, Iconicity and Mimesis: Towards a Musical Semantics of Social Identity in Turkish Roman (“Gypsy”) Music

The colloquium will be held from 4-6PM on Tuesday, November 6, 2009, in 701C Dodge.  It is free and open to the public. For more information, please click here.

Graduate Students Meeting

Friday, October 30, 11am to noon, 622 Dodge

Meeting of Music Department Graduate Students, with faculty, to discuss the Arts & Sciences Academic Review of the Department taking place this year. The Academic Review takes place once every ten years (the last was in 1999) and involves a departmental self-study, visits by external reviewers, and a final assessment by the Academic Review Committee of Arts & Sciences. The graduate program is an important component of this review, and input from graduate students in all areas is essential. Please come to this meeting to share ideas, thoughts, concerns. Refreshments will be served.

Walter Frisch, DGS Music

Japanese Music of the Edo Period

Music for shamisen, koto, and shakuhachi with Yoko Hiraoka and Ralph Sauelson.  A free one-hour lecture-demonstration that is open to the public.

For more information please contact the Institute for Medieval Japanese Studies at (212)854-7403 or

Music as Anamorphic Spot: The Radio Broadcast in *Tengoku to Jigoku* -- Giorgio Biancorosso

Department of Music is cosponsoring with EALAC and the Donald Keene Center a lecture by Giorgio Biancorosso, University of Hong Kong:

Music as Anamorphic Spot: The Radio Broadcast in *Tengoku to Jigoku* ("High and Low," dir. A. Kurosawa, 1963)
October 8th (Thursday) 6:00-7:30pm
Room 403 Kent Hall

Lecturer bio:

Aaron Fox -- Personal FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)



Personal FAQs ("Frequently Asked Questions") for Aaron Fox




Presumably, you came here from my listing on the "Contact" page or from my profile in the "Faculty" section, or else I sent you a link to this page in reply to an e-mail you sent me recently.  If so, and if you have to look up my contact information, there's a good chance it's because you have to ask me something I am regularly asked.

Truthfully, I just can't answer all the cold-call email inquiries I get personally and still get anything else done. And rather than seem rude by just not replying in cases where I don't have an answer for you, or the answer needs to be a straight "no," or I just can't take the time to engage with a complicated inquiry because I'm having a bad email day, I decided to post, here, some common questions and their answers. In some cases, I tell you how to make your communication with me more efficient and more likely to merit a helpful response, so do take a minute to scan below before you hit "send."

I know this is an impersonal policy, and I regret that, but I'm sure you, too, are experiencing some form of email information overload and can relate.  Thanks for understanding! The questions are in no particular order except I put the ones dealing with prospective applicants to the grad program first because it's that time of the year.

I do try to answer as many inquiries as I can, and sometimes I don't get to something I should have gotten to.  If your question isn't answered below, or if the answer below is some version of "ok, get in touch with me by email," and you have sent me an email and not gotten a response, hit me up again.  I don't mind, I appreciate it.  We live in a miraculously connected world.  But lately it sometimes seems overconnected, or maybe that's just me getting old. 

Sturm, Naomi

Naomi Sturm
Alumna, Ethnomusicology
Contact Information
Email Address:

Naomi Sturm received an MA in Ethnomusicology from Columbia in 2010. 

Professional Development workshop: Applying for Fellowships

Music Department, Professional Development Workshop

Friday, 9 October, 2:30-4 pm: Applying for Fellowships (Workshop leaders: Profs. Susan Boynton & Ellie Hisama)

This workshop will provide information about available fellowships and external grants for graduate students in music (in composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, and theory), and suggestions for preparing your application including the project statement, research sample, and CV.


Please contact Ellie Hisama, coordinator of the Fall 2009 workshops, if you have any questions: