Lucie Vágnerová chosen for the 2015 Meyerson Award for Excellence in Core Teaching and the GSAS Teaching Scholars Program

Lucie Vagnerova (Historical Musicology) has been chosen to receive a 2015 Meyerson Award for Excellence in Core Teaching. This award, which carries a stipend, is given annually in Art Humanities, Music Humanities, and Literature Humanities to an outstanding graduate student preceptor in each course. 

George Lewis Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences!

George Lewis, Case Professor of American Music, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among the members are some of the world's most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders: see the complete list of 2015 Fellows here and the press release here.

Jewish Music Forum Event: Professor Walter Frisch in Conversation with Dr. Jonathan Karp on Harold Arlen (4/26)


"That Old Jewish Magic? Harold Arlen and American Popular Song"

Conversation with Dr. Walter Frisch and Dr. Jonathan Karp
Sunday, April 26, 3:00 P.M.

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street New York, NY

Admission is Free. Please RSVP to info -at-

Columbia music scholar Walter Frisch and Jewish historian Jonathan Karp discuss the life and legacy of Harold Arlen (1905-1986). Born Hyman Arluck, the son of a cantor from Buffalo, New York, Arlen composed some of the most beloved and admired songs of the twentieth century, including "Blues in the Night," "Over the Rainbow," "Come Rain or Come Shine," and "That Old Black Magic."  The conversation will situate Arlen's work within the broader phenomenon of popular songwriting by American Jewish composers.

Alumni Ryan Dohoney and Ryan Skinner Awarded ACLS Fellowships

Two of our alumni, Ryan Dohoney (PhD, Musicology 2009) and Ryan Skinner (PhD Ethnomusicology 2009), were recently awarded ACLS Fellowships.

Ryan Dohoney will be a part of the ACLS Fellowship Program 2015 with a project titled "Abstraction as Ecumenism in Late Modernity: Morton Feldman and the Rothko Chapel."  You can read more about this project and the fellowship here.

Alumni Anthony Cheung and Nico Muhly cited in NY Times article on Pierre Boulez

Two Alumni, Anthony Cheung (DMA) and Nico Muhly (Columbia BA), were recently cited in a New York Times article, "Musicians Discuss the Influence of Pierre Boulez" by Zachary Woolfe, written in honor of Boulez's 90th birthday.

On Boulez as a composer, Muhly notes: "His own music has a great amount of surface beauty... That decadence. The Frenchness to it. You can feel the butter swirling in that pan. And when he conducts it, he teases out these luxurious textures."

On Boulez as a "perpetual reviser," Cheung observes: "The quality and care of his work, the craft with which he writes, is something that everyone who cares about composition respects."

Current Musicology turns 50: A New Website and Conference! (CDRS Blog)

Cross-posted from the blog of the The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS)



Current Musicology turns 50: A New Website and Conference

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) is pleased to have partnered with Current Musicology, a leading journal for scholarly research on music, to launch their new website at

Dr. Juliet Forshaw Appointed Assistant Professor at SUNY Oswego

The Department of Music warmly congratulates Dr. Juliet Forshaw (PhD, Historical Musicology, 2014) who has accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of Music (tenure track) at State University of New York, Oswego!

Juliet Forshaw is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music History at State University of New York, Oswego. She earned her Ph.D. in Historical Musicology at Columbia University and her B.A. in Music with a Certificate in Vocal Performance at Princeton. Her research interests include Russian music, nineteenth- and twentieth-century opera, vocality, and heavy metal. Her dissertation, "Dangerous Tenors, Heroic Basses, and Non-Ingenues: Singers and the Envoicing of Social Values in Russian Opera, 1836-1905," situates opera against the backdrop of social and political change in the Russian Empire and examines the influence of star singers on the development of this repertoire.

Longobardi, Ruth S.

Ruth S. Longobardi
Adjunct Assistant Professor, GSAS, PhD, Historical Musicology, 2004
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Ruth Longobardi received her bachelor's, M.A., and PhD in historical musicology from Columbia University.  Before returning to Columbia, Ruth was an Assistant Professor of Music and Critical Studies at the University of Richmond. Currently she works on cultural and critical approaches to contemporary American opera. Her most recent article, "Re-Producing Klinghoffer: Opera and Arab Identity Before and After 9/11,"  proposes that the representations of Palestinian hijackers in three different productions of John Adams's opera The Death of Klinghoffer show the opera reinventing itself before and after 9/11, when Arab identity hovers ambiguously in the U.S. Imaginary. Her publications appear in the Journal of the Society for American Music, NewMusicBox, The Journal of Musicology, twentieth-century music, and Current Musicology. She is the 2004 recipient of the Philip Brett Award. 

Newman, Joel, 1918-2014

Joel Newman, 1918-2014
Professor Emeritus

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.