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. 

Columbia's Music Research Centers

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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Spring 2015 Colloquia in the Department of Music (all events public!)

Spring 2015 Colloquia - Columbia University Department of Music

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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:

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)

Position Announcement: Two-Year Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships

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.

Prof. Susan Boynton Awarded Grant from Provost for Hybrid Learning

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. 

Prof. George Lewis Interviewed in "I Care If You Listen" Magazine

Prof. George Lewis is featured in an interview in Issue 10 of I Care If You Listen magazine, entitled "The Past is Prologue," and written by Arlene and Larry Dunn.