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.
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.
Centers for Music Research and Performance at Columbia
Columbia is home to four Centers for Music research, three of which are directly affiliated with the Department of Music. (The Center for Jazz Studies is independent but includes several Music Department faculty members.) Click on each Center's website link for detailed information.
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- The Center for Ethnomusicology
- The Computer Music Center
- The Center for Jazz Studies
- Fritz Reiner Center (for information, contact Prof. Fred Lerdahl for information)
- Prospective Undergraduate Applicants (Columbia College, SEAS, Barnard College, or General Studies)
- Prospective Graduate Program Applicants (PhD and DMA)
- Prospective MFA Applicants in Sound Arts (NEW!)
- Prospective Visiting Scholars and Students
Spring 2015 Colloquia - Columbia University Department of Music
February 13: Joel Sachs (the Juilliard School)
"Weighing the Evidence: Problems for the Cowell Biographer."
622 Dodge, 2 pm
February 13: "Tomorrow is the Question: Afrofuturism, Sound, and Spirit": panel discussion: http://ircpl.org/event/tomorrowisthequestion/
Union Theological Seminary, James Memorial Chapel, 7-9 pm
Sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life Life; and co-sponsored by Columbia's Department of Music; Columbia University's Edwin H. Case Chair in American Music; the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race; and the Department of Africana Studies at Barnard.
February 20: Stefano Lorenzetti (Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America)
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 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 email@example.com 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.