There are numerous a cappella groups on the Columbia/Barnard campus that hold auditions for new members every fall. Auditions for most of the groups will take place on the first week of fall semester on the third floor of Hamilton Hall.
For more information about all student groups, visit the CU Student Activities website
The American Musical
For Fall 2013:
Call Number: 21919
Instructor: Prof. Walter Frisch
622 Dodge Hall
Musical theater is one of America ?s most vital and important art forms. Several of its major creators studied at Columbia, including Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein II, John Kander, and Fred Ebb. This course will present a historical survey of American musical theater from its origins in late nineteenth-century; through the musicals of figures like Kern, Gershwin, and Rodgers & Hammerstein; through Sondheim and the "megamusical" of Lloyd Webber. Focus will be on selected shows,through which broader cultural and musical trends will be examined.
Reading ability of music and some theoretical knowledge is required.
Silence (new course for Fall 2013!)
FALL 2013 info:
Call Number: 67902
814 Dodge Hall
In our daily lives, we hear concomitant fluxes and negotiations of frequencies, of noises, of aural spaces, some seemingly organized, others seemingly chaotic. How do we become attuned to processing the myriad of acoustic information that envelops us? What might it mean to "hear without listening," and what are the consequences? Throughout this course, we address these questions and others that arise by thinking through the relationship of silence and its "other." Often, silence is defined in the negative sense-by its assumed opposites such as sound, noise, music, and voice. Decentering the notion of silence as absence, our discussions will draw from interdisciplinary sources and thus be framed by theories of silence and the presence of silence as sensible, historical, philosophical, aesthetic, stylistic, political, and ethical. Theorizing silence in these ways, we will work to understand silence not as the binary opposite of audible expressions, but rather as regulations of them, at times being the impetus for their emergence(s).
Post-1965 Jazz (New Course for Fall 2013!)
Call Number: 23338
Prof. Kevin Fellezs
622 Dodge Hall
This course will focus on the developments in jazz after 1965, particularly engaged with its discursive formation as an art movement, a political position, and a cultural force. The course will not follow a chronological survey but will engage various critical issues that jazz has confronted since 1965. These questions focus on the definition and constitution of jazz; the music ?s relationship to popular culture broadly, particularly with popular music genres; and the nature of contemporary jazz.
JEWISH MUSIC IN NEW YORK
Call Number: 12110
814 Dodge Hall
Instructor: Prof. Mark L. Kligman (link to HUC bio page)
This course will look at musical life of Jews in three broad contexts: art music, popular music, and non-European traditions. This will include liturgical, para-liturgical, folk, pop, rock and the growing practices that synthesize styles and genres. From the mid 1600s until today Jews immigrated from Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia to America. The music of Jews in New York is diverse, dynamic and eclectic. During the semester we will visit various venues and meet composers and performers and investigate the ongoing dialogue of preserving tradition and innovating new ideas to express and encounter Jewishness in NY today.
The Columbia University Music Performance Program
- (Acting) Director: Prof. Giuseppe Gerbino (Chair, Department of Music)
- Program Coordinator: Beth Pratt
618 Dodge Hall (Music Performance Program Office)
212-854-1257, 212-854-8191 (FAX)
Faculty of the Music Performance Program
Or see the drop-down listings on the left side of this page.
We have a flourishing and exciting chamber music program at Columbia. Each semester, approximately 20 chamber groups are formed, ranging from duos to octets. Each group is coached by a distinguished MPP faculty member. At the end of each semester, all ensembles take part in a concert in either Philosophy Hall, or in the beautiful Teatro of Casa Italiana. You will also have the opportunity to compete for a chance to perform at our annual gala concerts in Yamaha Hall (Fall) and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (Spring).
Our chamber group configurations include:
Participation in all ensembles is for one hour per week (one credit), and there are 12 coaching sessions per semester. Once you are placed in a chamber group, you are required to stay within that group for the entire semester. If you feel there is a problem with your group, contact the MPP as soon as possible.
Two-Year Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships-Lecturerships in Music at Columbia University
The Columbia University Department of Music invites applications for Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships for a period of two years, to begin July 1, 2014. Appointment will be at the rank of Mellon Teaching Fellow/Lecturer. Ph.D. or equivalent required. The degree must have been received between 1 January 2010 and 1 July 2014. Fellows will be expected to do research, participate in the academic life of the Department of Music, and teach one class 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 on October 11, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information and to apply, please visit:
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
The Department of Music congratulates Prof. Kevin Fellezs, who is one of 8 faculty members recognized under the Provost's Grant Program for "Junior Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University." These awards, of up to $25,000 each, support new or ongoing research and scholarship, seed funding for innovative research for which external funding would be difficult to obtain, and curricular development projects.
Prof. Fellezs, who is jointly appointed in the Department of Music and in the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, and is affiliated with the Center for Jazz Studies, was awarded this grant for his project Sound Waves Across the Waters: The Polycultural Music of Japanese and American Smooth Jazz Artists.