The admissions process for our PhD and DMA programs for 2014 entrance has now closed. All programs other than Ethnomusicology will again be accepting applications for 2015 matriculation in October, 2014. If you plan to apply in the upcoming cycle, what follows will still be of great interest to you, however, and will apply in substantial measure in the forthcoming cycle.
Announcement: The Ethnomusicology PhD Program IS NOT accepting applications for 2015 admission. We will accept Ethnomusicology PhD program applications next in Fall 2015 for 2016 admission.
Are you considering applying for our PhD program in Musicology (Historical Musicology, Music Theory, or Ethnomusicology) or our DMA program in Composition?
If you are looking for information on the "Sound Arts" MFA Program, please start here.
Prospective PhD/DMA applicants should begin by visiting the "Admissions" section of the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) website. This is the portal for online applications and contains key information regarding requirements and deadlines for applicants.
Whitney Slaten is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at Columbia University. His forthcoming dissertation examines the relationships between technological and social examples of fidelity within the context of professional live sound reinforcement engineering. This research contributes to scholarship about music, technology, liveness, and labor studies. Slaten has worked as a live sound reinforcement and recording engineer in New York City and has taught courses about sound engineering. Whitney has worked in the New York City jazz and world music scene as a saxophonist, performing with artists including Babatunde Olatunji and Clark Terry, as well as ensembles under his own direction.
Maria Sonevytsky earned the PhD in Ethnomusicology from Columbia in 2011.
Dr. Sonevytsky has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Music at Bard College, beginning in 2014. Prior to taking up the position at Bard, Dr. Sonevysky will be a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto for 2013-14.
Dr. Sonevytsky is currently a Mihaychuk Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. She received her BA degree in Music from Barnard College, and her PhD in Music (Ethnomusicology) from Columbia University. Her dissertation was entitled "Wild Music: Ideologies of Exoticism in Two Ukrainian Borderlands." The dissertation develops comparative musical-ethnographic studies of two distinct Ukrainian borderland groups, the Hutsuls of the Carpathian Mountains, and the Crimean Tatars, and examines the role of discourses of "wildness" and exoticism in Ukrainian music, culture, and politics.
In 2011, Dr. Sonevystky presented "The Chornobyl Songs Projects: Living Culture from a Lost World" that sought to broaden public awareness about the cultural impact of nuclear disaster by reviving ritual song repertoires from rural communities around Chornobyl that were dispersed after 1986. The project culminated with multi-media performances in four cities, and will result in a recording from Smithsonian Folkways in 2013. Sonevytsky is also an accomplished accordionist, as well as a vocalist and pianist. She performs with a composers' collective in New York City called Anti-Social Music.
Lauren Ninoshvili earned the PhD in ethnomusicology in 2010. Her doctoral dissertation, advised by Prof. Fox, is entitled "Singing Between the Words: The Poetics of Georgian Polyphony." From 2010-12, she was an adjunct professor of music at Barnard College. From 2012-2014, she is an ACLS New Faculty (Postdoctoral) Fellow in Music at New York University.
Anna Stirr completed the PhD in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University in 2009. She was a post-doctoral fellow in Music at Oxford University (UK), 2009-11. In January 2012, she began a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor of Asian Performing Arts at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa.
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Farzaneh Hemmasi is a 2010 PhD Alumna of Columbia's Ethnomusicology program. She was fellow at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Humanities Forum) from 2010-11, directed Columbia's new Middle Eastern music ensemble from 2011-12, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at The University of Toronto.
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