Fall 2013 New and Featured Courses in Music!

Please see the attached poster for a listing of our featured and new course offerings in Music for Fall 2013!  

Click image to download the poster as a PDF. 


Fall Auditions! Music Performance Program Lessons, Ensembles, and CU Orchestra

Attention all student performers!  It's that time of year again!  

If you are interested in taking music lessons for credit, joining an MPP classical or jazz ensemble, or joining the CU Orchestra in 2013-14, you MUST audition for placement.  Below is the schedule for these auditions. 

Fall 2013 Audition Schedule for the Columbia Music Performance Programs.

Tuesday, Sept. 3rd, 11am-2pm -- Dolan Prize Auditions (Dodge 112)

Tuesday, Sept. 3rd, 3-9pm  -- Winds (Dodge 112)

Tuesday, Sept. 3rd, 3-9pm -- Strings (Dodge 618)

Wednesday, Sept. 4th, 11am-9pm -- Instrumental Jazz 11am-9pm  (in Dodge 112)

Wednesday, Sept. 4th, 3-9pm -- Overflow-Winds and Strings 3-9pm (in  Dodge 112)

Thursday, Sept. 5th,  5:30-7:30pm (Dodge 618)

Thursday,: Sept. 5th,  6-9pm -- Vocal Ensemble with Sarah Wolfson and Peter Calleo (Dodge 620)

Friday, Sept. 6th, 11am-2pm -- Vocal Jazz with Christine Correa  (Dodge 112)

Friday, Sept. 6th, 2-5pm -- Classical Guitar (Dodge 620)

Sign up sheets are posted outside of 618 Dodge Hall



Thursday September 12th,13th and 14th from 12-8pm in Dodge 809

Sign up sheets outside of room 809 Dodge Hall.


Please contact Beth Pratt, Program Coordinator for MPP, with any questions at: bp2413@columbia.edu

Important Guidance for All 2013 Graduate Program Applicants (PhD/DMA)

Are you considering applying to one of Columbia University's PhD or DMA programs in Music (Historical Musicology, Music Theory, or Composition)* in 2014 (for matriculation in 2015)?

If so, please make sure you read the information at this link very carefully and before contacting anyone in the Department.

The deadline for applications to any of our doctoral programs is typically December 15.


IMPORTANT NOTICE for prospective ETHNOMUSICOLOGY applicants (2014):

* Please note that the Columbia University PhD program in Ethnomusicology is not accepting new applications this year (2014 for 2015 matriculation).  The Ethnomusicology program admits new students in two out of every three years.  Applications fo the Ethnomusicology program will next be accepted in Fall 2015 for 2016 matriculation. 

Commencement 2013: Congratulations to Our Music Grads!

Commencement 2013: The Department of Music Congratulates our Graduating Students!

Columbia College (Majors and Concentrators)

  • Andrew Dugue (Concentration)
  • David Halpern 
  • Emily Hamilton (Concentration)
  • Victoria Lewis - Cum Laude
  • Megan Maloney (Concentration)
  • Ilan Marans
  • Mark Micchelli - Cum Laude
  • Emily Ostertag - Cum Laude
  • Natalie Robehmed
  • Christopher Ruenes- Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Departmental Honors*
  • Rieko Shepherd
  • Ian Shirley - Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Jacob Snider
  • Gregory Somerville
  • Maria Sulimirski
  • Natalie Weiner

School of General Studies (Majors)

  • Sebastian Clegg
  • Iva Kupresak

Barnard College (Majors, except as noted)

  • Rebecca Gray  - Music & English (Writing), Departmental Honors
  • Martina Wiedenbaum - Ethnomusicology
  • Lucy Finkelstein-Fox - Ethnomusicology & Psychology, Departmental Honors
  • Rachel Bronstein - Music
  • Lisa Campbell - Music
  • Elissa Mendez-Renk - Music
  • Laura Pantley - Music
  • Emma Solomons - Music
  • Alexandra Vidal - Music
  • Xuela Zhang - Music

* Departmental Honors are awarded to Chris Ruenes for his composition "Rupt ures," written under the supervision of  Brad Garton.  Finalists for Departmental Honors were Emily Ostertag, Jacob Snider, and Rieko Shepherd.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


  • Cesar Colon-Montijo
  • Beatriz Goubert
  • Orit Hilewicz
  • Kevin Holt
  • Anne Adele Levitsky
  • Brooke Rosemary Lyssy
  • William Lowell Mason
  • Imani Danielle Mosley
  • Yoshiaki Onishi
  • Thomas Christopher Smith


  • Beau Bothwell
  • Sean Hallowell
  • Nicholas Higgins.

Jazz.Covers.Politics -- Album Art in an Age of Activism (Exhibition)

Jazz.Covers.Politics -- Album Art in an Age of Activism
On view from April 11–August 23, 2013
at The Nathan Cummings Foundation
475 10th Avenue, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Opening Reception
Thursday, April 11, 6:00pm–8:00pm
Live music and refreshments
RSVP by April 8 at exhibits@nathancummings.org

Jazz.Covers.Politics -- Album Art in an Age of Activism
On view from April 11–August 23, 2013
at The Nathan Cummings Foundation
475 10th Avenue, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Opening Reception
Thursday, April 11, 6:00pm–8:00pm
Live music and refreshments
RSVP by April 8 at exhibits@nathancummings.org

Center for Jazz Studies Spring Event Schedule

The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University is pleased to announce our Spring season of public programs. We hope you can join us for these stimulating events.

The Charles Tolliver Big Band: A Live Performance on Campus
Rhythm: Theo Hill, Devin Starks, E.J. Strickland
Saxophones: Marcus Strickland, Todd Bashore, Tim Green, Stephen Gladney, Patience Higgins
Trumpets: Cameron Johnson, Freddie Hendrix, Josh Evans, David Weiss
Trombones: Jason Jackson, James Burton, Stafford Hunter, Aaron Johnson

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 7:30 pm

301 Philosophy Hall, West 116th Street and Amsterdam Ave.
Columbia University Morningside Campus
Campus Map: http://www.columbia.edu/about_columbia/map/philosophy.html
Free and open to the public


Orson Welles Presents Louis Armstrong

A Talk by Professor John Szwed, Director of the Center for Jazz Studies and Professor or Music, Columbia University

Announcing a New MFA Program in Sound Arts at Columbia!

New Program Announcement!


A new Interdepartmental MFA Program offered by the Columbia University School of the Arts in association with the Department of Music and the Computer Music Center.

Applications for Fall 2013 Now Being Accepted (Deadline Feb. 20, 2013)
Columbia University has been at the helm of sound-technology innovation for over fifty years with faculty specializing in composition, improvisation, sound installation, computer music, digital sound synthesis, acoustics, music cognition and software development.  Columbia's Computer Music Center in the Department of Music has a long history of creative excellence; its primary mission is to operate at the intersection of musical expression and technological development. The Center has state-of-the-art facilities for working in electro-acoustic music.  Faculty of the Center for Computer Music led the development of the new interdisciplinary area in Sound Arts that leads to the Master of Fine Arts degree awarded by the School of the Arts.

The Sound Arts area is currently accepting applications for Fall 2013. The program is highly selective. Each year only three to four students will be offered admission to the two-year program. Prospective students with a deep engagement with sound as medium, a familiarity with contemporary audio tools and techniques, and a demonstrated use of those tools in different contexts (sculptural or video installations, creation of performance interfaces, circuit-bending productions, innovative fusion of digital audio with digital graphics, imaginative use of network technologies) are encouraged to apply. While the Visual Arts Program in the School of the Arts currently accommodates students working in digital media, sculpture, installation, performance, film and video art, applicants who wish to base their research and studio practice primarily in the area of sonic or sound arts are to apply to the area of Sound Arts. 

NEW COURSE: Popular Music and Protest Movements (AFASW4031/MUSI 8031)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Popular Music and Protest Movements
CU Directory Course Number: 
AFAS W4031
Prof. Kevin Fellezs (Spring 2013)

AFAS W4031/MUSI 84031

Popular Music and Protest Movements
Instructor: Prof. Kevin Fellezs (bio)
Call #: 61032, 3 pts, 

T 4:10pm-6:00pm 
758 Schermerhorn Extension

"Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music." Jimi Hendrix This course will examine the relationship between popular music and popular movements in various historical and social contexts with an emphasis on African American musicians and political issues. We will trace various legacies within popular music that fall under the rubric of "protest music" as well as to think about the ways in which popular music has assisted various commu- nities to speak truth to power. We will also consider the ways in which the impact of the music industry has either lessened or enhanced popular music ?s ability to articulate "protest" or "resistance."

Search Announcement: Assistant Professor (Music Theory)

The Department of Music at Columbia University seeks to hire an Assistant Professor with a specialization in Music Theory. The responsibilities of the position include undergraduate and graduate teaching, research and publication, and departmental service. We especially seek candidates whose research extends interdisciplinary connections between Music Theory and Historical Musicology, Ethnomusicology, or Composition. The doctorate must be awarded by July 1, 2013, the start of appointment.

All applications must be made through Columbia University's RAPS system.

Please click here to access the RAPS application system and a complete description of the position and the application requirements.

Review of applications begins December 1, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. 

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.