Magdalena Stern-Baczewska and Joshua Bell Perform at Museum of Jewish Heritage


Magdalena Stern-Baczewska recently performed with violinist Joshua Bell at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.  Mr. Bell played Stradivarius ex-Huberman, a violin that used to belong to Polish-Jewish violinist Bronis?aw Huberman, the founder of what is known today as Israel Philharmonic.

The fascinating story of the violin is captured in the documentary film "The Return of the Violin" by Roy Mandel, which you can watch here.

Carmel Raz Appointed to the Society of Fellows

The Department of Music warmly welcomes Carmel Raz, who has been appointed a postdoctoral fellow at the Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Lecturer in Music begining July 1, 2015. Raz received her Ph.D. in music theory from Yale in May 2015. She holds a Diplom in violin from the Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin, and a M.A. in composition from the University of Chicago.  Her primary research interests focus on the music and neuroscience of the early Romantic period, in particular the influence of models of embodied cognition on musical works, instrument design, and aesthetics. Additional interests include Scottish Enlightenment music theory, the interaction between experimental music and phonetics in the early twentieth century, and music in the Middle East. She has received fellowships from the Whiting Foundation and the Baden-Wurttemberg Stiftung, as well as the Mellon Graduate Achievement Award.

2015: An Incredible Year for the Department of Music!

Columbia University Music Department graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, and faculty had an incredible year in 2015! Below is a partial listing of some of the highlights of the year. 

 

Congratulations to everyone!

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GRADUATE STUDENTS AND ALUMNI APPOINTED TO ACADEMIC POSITIONS AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

 

Nili Belkind (PhD, Ethnomusicology, 2014)  was appointed to a two-year Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities-Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Eric Chasalow (Composition DMA alumnus) is Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis University

 

Alessandra Ciucci (GS alumna and former Mellon postdoctoral fellow in Music) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Columbia.

 

Congratulations to our 2015 Graduates!

The Department of Music warmly congratulates our Class of 2015 Graduates! We wish you all every success on the road ahead!

UNDERGRADUATES

COLUMBIA COLLEGE
Music Majors:
Ziyad Abdelfattah
Stephan Adamow
Amy Garvey
Samuel Karlinski
Yeana Lee (Departmental Honors)
Robert Lyman
Miles Oliva
Joseph Quintas
Andrew Rodriguez
Mitchell Veith (Departmental Honors)

Music Concentrators: 
Kevin Chen
Devon Mehring
Sonall Mehta
Emma Riley

SCHOOL OF GENERAL STUDIES (Music Majors)
Audrey Amsellem (Departmental Honors)
Benjamin Loya
Josephine Tang

BARNARD COLLEGE (Music Majors)
Courtney Craig (Ethnomusicology)
Katherine Huet
Sophie Lewis (Ethnomusicology)
Isabella Livorni 
Rachel Susser 
Zeynep Toraman
Cecile Urmenyhazi (Ethnomusicology)

GRADUATE STUDENTS (GSAS)
PHD 
Shannon Garland
Melissa Gonzalez
David Gutkin
Jonathan "Toby" King
Ashley Nail
Martha Newland
Alexander Rothe

DMA in Composition
Sophia "Zosha" di Castri
Geoffrey Holbrook
Yoshiaki Onishi

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Congratulations to Dr. Alexander Rothe!

The Department of Music congratulates Alexander Rothe, who defended his dissertation in Historical Musicology on May 6, 2015. Dr. Rothe works on opera staging in postwar Germany. His dissertation ("Staging the Past: Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle in Divided Germany during the 1970s and 1980s") was advised by Prof. Walter Frisch, and examines how Wagner stagings both reflected and contributed to broader historical debates during this time period, especially debates about the Nazi past. It also investigates how these stagings served to articulate conceptions of national and cultural identity in both German states. Alex has received grants from Fulbright and DAAD.

David Gutkin Joins the Columbia Society of Fellows

David Gutkin (Historical Musicology) is one of the three new postdoctoral fellows joining the Columbia Society of Fellows in 2015.  He recently defended his dissertation, "American Opera and the Crisis of History," which explores antinomies of historical representation and national memory attending the resurgence of opera in the United States since the 1970s.  

Vilde Aaslid and Matthew Goodheart Appointed as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows

The Department has appointed Vilde Aaslid and Matthew Goodheart as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows for 2015-17. 
 
Vilde Aaslid is an interdisciplinary music scholar with interests in text and improvisation. She completed her PhD in Critical and Comparative Studies in Music at the University of Virginia in 2014, supported by a Jefferson Scholars Foundation fellowship. Her current book project examines the cultural and aesthetic interrelation of improvised music and poetry, building on her dissertation on jazz poetry intersection. Her work on Charles Mingus recently appeared in the Journal of the Society for American Music. She is also an active performer of the Norwegian hardanger fiddle and practitioner of traditional Norwegian singing and dancing.
 
Matthew Goodheart is a composer, improviser, and sound artist who completed a Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 2013. Following an early career as a free-jazz pianist, he has developed a wide body of work that explores the relationships between performer, instrument, and listener. His diverse creations range from large-scale microtonal compositions to open improvisations to immersive sound installations - all unified by the analytic techniques and performative methodologies that bring forth the unique and subtle acoustic properties of individual musical instruments. Goodheart's approach results in a "generative foundation" for exploring issues of perception, technology, cultural ritual, and the psycho-physical impact of acoustic phenomena. He has won numerous awards and honors, including the 2014 Berlin Prize, and a 2013-14 Fulbright Grant to the Czech Republic where he worked with the historic quartertone pianos designed by Alois Haba.

PhD Alumnus Aaron Johnson Appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh


Dr. Aaron Johnson (Ph.D., Historical Musicology, 2014) will be joining the Department of Music at the University of Pittsburgh in fall 2015 as Assistant Professor of Music in Jazz Studies. In 2014-15 he was Visiting Assistant Professor at Bates College. 

After a career as an electrical engineer with Telcordia and a jazz performer (low brass) in New York, Johnson returned to academia and completed a degree in musicology with a dissertation entitled "Jazz and Radio in the United States: Mediation, Genre, and Patronage" (Columbia University, 2014). He was the reviews editor for Current Musicology, has presented papers in the United States and the United Kingdom, and has published an article in Musical Quarterly on Duke Ellington's radio broadcasts. While at Columbia he won the Meyerson Award for excellence in teaching Music Humanities.

Magdalena Stern-Baczewska SF Symphony Solo Debut

 

Magdalena Stern-Baczewska made her San Francisco Symphony solo debut on April 25, 2015, stepping in last-minute for a sold-out performance of Tan Dun's Banquet Concerto at the Davies Symphony Hall, with maestro Damian Ioro conducting.

Congratulations!

"Concert Spirituals and the Black Soprano" Event Draws Hundreds!

 

The "Concert Spirituals and the Black Soprano" recital and panel discussion on April 22, 2015 attracted hundreds to St. Paul's Chapel!

Performers and participants included: