Fall 2014 Department of Music Newsletter Published!

The Department of Music is pleased to announce the publication of its Fall 2014 official Newsletter!

Please click here to open the Newsletter in PDF format. 

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!

Current Musicology
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 current-musicology@columbia.edu 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.

MPP Associate Ugonna Okegwo: Upcoming Performances

There are plenty of opportunities to hear and see Ugonna Okegwo in action this Fall!  The MPP Associate in jazz bass will be performing at a variety of venues across the city. 

October 7-12
The Village Vanguard
with "Tom Harrell QNT"

October 14-19
The Village Vanguard
with "Tom Harrell TRIP"

October 24-26
Smoke Jazz Club
with "Eddie Harris at 80; The Seamus Blake QT"

October 31
Somethin' Jazz Club
with "The Walt Weiskopf QT"

For more about Ugonna Okegwo's work and life see his website.

Featured MPP Music Associate: Vince Cherico

MPP Drum Instructor Vince Cherico performs on the new Planet Arts CD, Mists: Charles Ives For Jazz Orchestra, arranged by Jack Cooper.  This recording honors the work of Charles Ives by updating and adapting it to the big band jazz tradition.  

Vince Cherico performs as one member of a 17-piece jazz orchestra on Cooper's orchestrations of eight works by Ives. Vince writes that this was a "challenging experience" but one that produced "amazing music" by "a stellar band of New York musicians."

More information and praise of the project and the CD can be found at the project's Indiegogo site.  The site features videos , including an informational video about the project with a comparison of a traditional Ives arrangement of "The Cage" to Cooper's arrangement for the CD.  More information can also be found at the project's Facbook page, and on the Planet Arts website.


Featured MPP Associate: Mike Truesdell

MPP Associate Mike Truesdell recently had "a dream come true" in having the opportunity to record and perform with the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, for the new CD, "OverTime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer."   He recorded percussion for three songs Brookmeyer wrote for the Orchestra: Big Time, XYZ, and Sad Song. For more about that album, including song previews, go to the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra site.

In addition to this exciting work, Mike Truesdell has several upcoming performances.  On October 2, 8pm at Columbia's own Miller Theatre, he will be performing a piece on Chou Wen-Chung’s Composer Portrait with the New York New Music Ensemble.

On November 14, 10pm at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall, he will be playing with the Gil Evans Centenniel Project---led by Mike's brother, Ryan Truesdell.  The program will feature new and unheard classics of the monumental Gil Evans.

And on November 20, 1 pm at the Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN, he will perform at the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention with the Rutgers University Percussion Ensemble.  They will be performing Cornielius Cardew’s Treatise, a mammoth graphic score with no performance instructions.

For more information about Mike Truesdell's work see his website.

Position Announcement: Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

The Department of Music at Columbia University seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor with a specialization in ethnomusicology. The responsibilities of the position include research and publication, graduate and undergraduate teaching, contributing to the programming and development of the Center for Ethnomusicology, and participating in departmental service. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to teach in Columbia's Core Curriculum. We seek a colleague whose work will complement our current strengths.  

For further information and instructions on applying, please see Columbia's online Recruitment System for Academic Personnel (RAPS) website:


Application review begins Oct. 20, 2014.  The position is open until filled. 

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Andy Milne & Dapp Theory CD Release

Music Associate Andy Milne has released a new CD with Dapp Theory.  "Forward in All Directions" was released on 09/09/14 and is available worldwide. Produced by Grammy winner Jimmy Haslip and featuring guest performances from Ben Monder, Jean Baylor and Gretchen Parlato, the CD is the band's third release and chronicles its 15-year journey. The CD is already receiving positive response in the press:

"... spectacularly whelming on a first hearing - and then different spotlights illuminate the detail over time in an abundant journey of discovery."  -- AP Reviews

"Striking album... There's a very pleasing mix of toughness and lyricism in this recording, brought together by producer Jimmy Haslip. The writing brings beauty, emotion and narrative to more cerebral M-Base patterns in a very satisfying way." -- London Jazz

The group features Andy Milne on piano/keyboards, Aaron Kruziki on saxophone/clarinet, Chris Tordini on bass, John Moon with poetry, and Kenny Grohowski on drums.

For more information about Andy Milne's work and upcoming shows see his website.

MPP: 2014-15 Auditions for Lessons & Ensembles Announced

The Music Performance Program is pleased to announce the 2014-15 Audition Schedule for all Columbia undergraduate students. See below for information on auditioning and signing up for lessons, ensembles, and prizes.  

Jazz-Lesson and Ensembles

Directed by Professor Chris Washburne, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program offers both undergraduate and graduate students jazz performance opportunities and private lessons.

The Jazz Performance Program Ensembles include the CU Big Band led by Don Sickler, Brazilian music with Adriano Santos, Ole Mathisen's Free Jazz ensemble, jazz vocal ensembles taught by Christine Correa, and intermediate to advanced-level combos led by various instructors. All ensembles perform at an intermediate level or higher and require some past jazz experience.

Auditions for the Jazz Performance Program are held in the Fall semester only. Be sure to sign up for a time slot ahead of time at 618 Dodge Hall. You must participate in a jazz ensemble in order to be considered for private lessons.  Do not register until you have received confirmation of placement.


Instrumental-Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 from 11:00AM - 9:00 PM

Vocal-Friday, September 5th  2014 from 11:00AM - 2:00 PM 

Audition Requirements:


Prepare two jazz standards (a rhythm section will be provided to accompany auditions). Only one selection may be requested. You will also be asked to demonstrate your sight reading abilities.


1.  Please prepare two selections to show interpretative abilities (improvisation optional).   You may be requested to sing only a brief excerpt of one selection, so plan accordion

Field Methods & Techniques in Ethnomusicology for Undergrads (MUSI G4401, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Field Methods and Techniques in Ethnomusicology
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI G4401
Aaron Fox (Fall 2014)

Fall 2014 
Music G4401
Section 001 Call Number: 62038 Points: 3
Day/Time: T 4:10pm-6:00pm
Location: To be announced

Instructor: Prof. Aaron A. Fox (bio)

The goals of this course are practice-oriented. The end result will be short fieldwork-based project of approxiamtely 20 pages in length. In order to complete the paper, students will conduct fieldwork, read and synthesize relevant literatures, and think carefully about the questions in which they are interested and methods of addressing them through ethnographic inquiry.

This course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in the junior or senior year only.  Permission of the instructor is required. Class size is limited to 12 students, with priority given to Barnard College Ethnomusicology majors and other Music major/concentrators.  Please contact Prof. Fox as soon as possible if you intend to register for this course.