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.
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, 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.
Velia Ivanova is a PhD student in Historical Musicology with research interests focused on critical theory, aesthetics, and twentieth century music. She holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts in Musicology from the University of Ottawa, where her thesis "Twelve-Tone Identity: Adorno Reading Schoenberg through Kant" sought to compare Adorno's commentaries on Schoenberg and Kant and to relate this comparison to a critique of the transactional nature of the production and reception of ideas. In the past, her research has been supported by the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship.
Julia Hamilton spent the 2013-14 academic year on a Fulbright grant, studying for an MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Southampton. She wrote her dissertation on 'Pamela' operas on the 1760s London stage. Prior to this, she received a BA in Music and English from the College of the Holy Cross. Outside of studying, Julia enjoys singing, acting, and playing cello.