Two-Year Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships-Lecturerships in Music at Columbia University
The Department of Music at Columbia University invites applications for Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships. Appointment will be at the rank of Mellon Teaching Fellow/Lecturer, for a period of two years to begin July 1, 2015. A PhD, DMA or the equivalent is required. The degree must have been received between 1 January 2011 and 1 July 2015. Fellows will be expected to do research, participate in the academic life of the Department of Music, and teach one course per semester in each of the two years (three in Columbia's Core Curriculum and one in the candidate's area of specialization).
Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. For more information and to apply, please visit:
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Susan Boynton (Department Chair) was awarded a grant from the Provost for the redesign of her spring 2015 graduate seminar (Music G8102, Seminar in Historical Musicology: the Middle Ages) to include an extensive digital humanities component. The seminar, held in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, will focus on the analysis and presentation of medieval liturgical manuscripts in the web environment, with a focus on manuscripts from Columbia and Barnard collections. The seminar will dedicate extensive time to study of the physical manuscripts, aided by Consuelo Dutschke (Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, RBML) and Alexis Hagadorn (Conservator and Head of the Conservation Program, Columbia University Libraries) as well as the Mellon Conservator for Special Collections, Vasare Rastonis. Read Boynton's description of her plans for the course here.
In addition to the funding for expenses such as digital photography of medieval manuscripts and recording of sound examples, the seminar will receive support from the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) in the form of content development, instructional design, media production, systems integration, assessment and project management.
The members of the Department of Music express our collective sorrow at the passing of our colleague, Emeritus Professor Joel Newman, and offers our sincere condolences to his family, students, colleagues, and friends.
Below is Prof. Newman's obituary as it appeared in The New York Times on December 21, 2014.
Joel Newman, Ph.D. died in his home in Provincetown, Massachusetts on December 17, 2014. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1918, he was 96. Dr. Newman played an important role in the early music revival in New York City. His 1962 doctoral thesis on the early Italian composer, Salamone Rossi, remains the definitive work on him. In the 1950's, Dr Newman became the musicologist for the New York Pro Musica and joined the music department at Columbia University.
Dr. Newman taught at Columbia for more than 30 years and after retirement continued teaching as Professor Emeritus. Newman studied recorder with Bernard Krainis and played in the first American Recorder Society ensemble under Erich Katz. He was proficient on early instruments, piano, organ and harpsichord. He received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Record Society in 2007 for his work as a musicologist, music editor and musician. After retirement, Joel Newman settled in Provincetown, Massachusetts, ran his own sheet music business and was co- owner of the Provincetown Bookshop. He is predeceased by Elloyd Hanson, his husband and partner of 46 years, and by his brother, Morris Newman. Joel is survived by his twin sisters, Phoebe Sheres and Dorothy Swayze, and a host of fond nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Joel will be greatly missed and remembered for his pithy sense of humor, his erudition and his charm.
The Department of Music is pleased to announce the publication of its Fall 2014 official Newsletter!
The Department also asks our friends and alumni to consider making a financial gift in support of the Department's many initiatives and programs this holiday season. Your generous gift will support many student needs directly, including graduate student conference and research travel, visiting speakers and performers, and needed improvements to classrooms and practice rooms.
2015 will be an exciting year for the Department as we celebrate 50-year anniversaries for both the journal Current Musicology (in spring 2015) and the Center for Ethnomusicology (in fall 2015), in this the Department's 119th year.
Please see the Newsletter for some of the outstanding upcoming events for the spring semester.
Finally, we wish all our friends, affiliates, students, and colleagues a very happy, warm, and music-filled holiday season and extend our best wishes for the new year!
Call for Papers: Current Musicology 50th Anniversary Conference, March 28-29, 2015 (Deadline for submissions is 1/15/15)
Call for Papers!
50th Anniversary Conference
March 28-29, 2015 at Columbia University
Deadline for All Abstract Submissions: January 15, 2015
Submissions are invited for a conference commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the journal Current Musicology. As a tribute to Current Musicology's multidisciplinary orientation, which combines perspectives from different areas of music scholarship, we welcome proposals for 20-minute paper presentations on any topic related to the areas of historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory and analysis, philosophy of music, popular music studies, music education, and related fields. Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in the journal's celebratory special issue.
To submit a proposal, please e-mail your name, institution, e-mail address, and an abstract of no more than 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2015, with the subject line "Conference Submission." The committee will select papers anonymously. All scholars who submit abstracts will be notified of the committee's decision by February 1, 2015.
The Department of Music congratulates Professor Ellie Hisama, who was awarded an inaugural curriculum development grant from Columbia's Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Funded by the Mellon Foundation and the Heyman Center, the grant supports development of a new course titled "Feminist Listening: Critical and Intersectional Approaches to Popular Music," which Prof. Hisama expects to offer in 2015 or 2016.
Prof. Ana María Ochoa Gautier Publishes "Aurality: Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Colombia"
In Aurality: Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Colombia, Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier explores how listening has been central to the production of notions of language, music, voice, and sound that determine the politics of life. Drawing primarily from nineteenth-century Colombian sources, Ochoa Gautier locates sounds produced by different living entities at the juncture of the human and nonhuman. Her "acoustically tuned" analysis of a wide array of texts reveals multiple debates on the nature of the aural. These discussions were central to a politics of the voice harnessed in the service of the production of different notions of personhood and belonging. In Ochoa Gautier's groundbreaking work, Latin America and the Caribbean emerge as a historical site where the politics of life and the politics of expression inextricably entangle the musical and the linguistic, knowledge and the sensorial.
Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier is Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University. She is the author of several books and many articles.
Qingfan Jiang came to the United States at the age of fifteen to study piano at Interlochen Arts Academy. She has earned her Bachelor's degree in Music Composition from Illinois Wesleyan University and her Master's in Musicology from Rice. She is currently a PhD student at Columbia. Her research focuses on the revival of early music in late nineteenth-century France.