Columbia Music Scholarship Conference 2014 (March 8, 2014)
Call for Abstracts on the theme: Music and Memory (ABSTRACT DEADLINE DEC. 15, 2013)
The Columbia Music Scholarship Conference invites graduate students and recent Ph.D. recipients to submit abstracts to be selected for presentation at our tenth annual meeting on March 8, 2014 at Columbia University in New York. The theme of the 2014 meeting will be Music and Memory.
Burgeoning interdisciplinary inquiry on memory is enabling scholars to develop new perspectives in a diverse array of fields ranging from history, anthropology, sociology, literary studies, art history, archeology, cultural studies, and media studies, to philosophy, political science, theology, education, psychology, and the cognitive sciences. This conference will add to this growing interdisciplinary conversation about memory in the sciences, arts, and humanities, stimulating a dialogue both on the role of memory in music studies and on the place of music in studies of memory. We are soliciting proposals for twenty-minute presentations from scholars active in all music disciplines as well as from scholars in related fields, aiming to maximize the theoretical and methodological breadth of the discussion.
NEW YORK, October 17, 2013 - Columbia University Libraries/Information Services' Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the collection of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953). The Serge Prokofiev Foundation has chosen the RBML as the repository for the archival material under its control from Prokofiev's 18 years in the West.
The Foundation was established in 1983 by Lina Prokofiev, the composer's widow, to enrich public awareness of Prokofiev's life and work and to encourage research. (The organization uses a variant spelling of the composer's first name). After her death in 1989 at age 91, and the death of her sons Sviatoslav and Oleg, the work of the Foundation has been carried on by their descendants.
The collection includes Prokofiev's private and business papers from 1919 through May 1936, after which he returned to the Soviet Union with his family. Correspondents include conductors such as Sir Henry Wood and Sergei Koussevitzky; soloists such as Joseph Szigeti and Pablo Casals; composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Maurice Ravel; and chess grandmaster Jose Capablanca.
The Music Department of Columbia University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Historical Musicology at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 1, 2014. Although the Department has instructional needs in opera, it is seeking the best possible candidate in any period or area of specialization. The responsibilities comprise undergraduate and graduate teaching, including participation in Columbia's Core Curriculum; research and publication; and departmental service.
All continuing appointments begin with a one-year contract, for which renewal is anticipated.
Doctorate must be in hand at the time of the appointment.
Review of applications begins November 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled
Russell O'Rourke entered the historical musicology PhD program in 2013. His interests include eighteenth-century European music, the history of music theory, and medieval literature. He earned a B.A. in Music and a Certificate in German from Princeton University, graduating in 2011. He is an active violist and composer.
Br. John joined the PhD in Historical Musicology at Columbia in 2013 with an interest in chant and liturgy, particularly of the Middle Ages. He completed his B.A. and B.M. in music from DePaul University and M.A. in medieval studies from Fordham University with a thesis entitled "Neumes of Genres and the Genres of Singers: The Earliest Irish Notation from the Drummond Missal."
Marilyn L. McCoy completed her doctorate at the University of Chicago with a dissertation entitled "Gustav Mahler's Path to the New Music: Musical Time and Modernism." She has served on the music faculties of Clark University, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston University, Brandeis University, MIT, and the University of New Hampshire. In addition to her appointment as endowed pre-concert lecturer for the MahlerFest in Boulder, Colorado, Dr. McCoy has spoken at Carnegie Hall, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Berkshire Choral Festival, and the 2002 Bard Music Festival "Mahler and His World." Though primarily a "Mahler scholar," she served as assistant archivist at the Arnold Schoenberg Institute in Los Angeles for the last three years of its existence (1995-98). She is presently at work on a translation of the correspondence between Alma Mahler and Arnold Schoenberg.
The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University Presents
A book talk by author Prof. Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr.
(Music and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania)
"The Amazing Bud Powell: His Tests and Triumphs"
The presentation "The Amazing Bud Powell: His Tests and Triumphs" will comprise a reading by Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. from his new book The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History and the Challenge of Bebop.
The reading will be followed by a discussion of jazz, Afro-modernism and mental health, topics linked to the life and career of Bud Powell. Joining him for the discussion will Professor Alondra Nelson, Columbia University and Kellie Jones, Columbia University.
Friday, September 27, 2013, 4pm
754 Schermerhorn Ext., IRWGS Seminar Room
Columbia University Morningside Campus
Free and open to the public
For more information about this event please contact IRAAS@columbia.edu or call 212-854-7080
Please join us as well for these upcoming CENTER FOR JAZZ STUDIES events
Amiri Baraka's Blues People at Fifty: A conversation with William Harris, Robert O'Meally and John Szwed
EALAC W3960/MUSI 83960
Music and Ritual in East Asian Traditions
New For Fall 2013:
Call Number: 83960
Instructor: Prof. Rachel Chung
522A Kent Hall
East Asian traditions have long emphasized MUSIC and RITES (as opposed to rights) as complementary foundations of governance and civil society. But if rites are widely recognized today as the basis of traditional East Asian social intercourse, under standing the centrality of the kind of music known as yue (?) has been more elusive. Yet this yue--as conceptual counterpart to rites, as practical science of the "mandate of Heaven," as civil political discourse, as guided expression of the human condition in nature, etc.-- represented the confluence of East Asian social, political, and intellectual idealism and realism. This course examines the changing discourse and practice of yue over the span of East Asian history, to ask what ultimately distinguishes yue--and therefore the East Asian utopian vision--from other musical/intellectual traditions of the world, and what relevance this might carry for East Asian leadership in the 21st century.
The American Musical
For Fall 2013:
Call Number: 21919
Instructor: Prof. Walter Frisch
622 Dodge Hall
Musical theater is one of America ?s most vital and important art forms. Several of its major creators studied at Columbia, including Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein II, John Kander, and Fred Ebb. This course will present a historical survey of American musical theater from its origins in late nineteenth-century; through the musicals of figures like Kern, Gershwin, and Rodgers & Hammerstein; through Sondheim and the "megamusical" of Lloyd Webber. Focus will be on selected shows,through which broader cultural and musical trends will be examined.
Reading ability of music and some theoretical knowledge is required.