Magdalena Stern-Baczewska Performs at Reid Hall

MPP Director Magdalena Baczewska performed J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations in Reid Hall's Grande Salle at Columbia Global Centers Europe on June 29th, as part of a European concert tour.  The New York City performance of the Goldberg Variations will take place on 7/21/15 at 8 PM at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. The Variations will be performed on the harpsichord and the piano.

An article on the Columbia Global Centers website described her performance as "virtuoso" and noted that that "her sensitive and compelling interpretation of Bach's technically demanding masterpiece was received with great enthusiasm, marking the successful inauguration of what promises to be an exciting partnership between Reid Hall and the Music Department as they look forward to organizing similar concerts in the upcoming year."

Carmel Raz Appointed to the Society of Fellows

The Department of Music warmly welcomes Carmel Raz, who has been appointed a postdoctoral fellow at the Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Lecturer in Music begining July 1, 2015. Raz received her Ph.D. in music theory from Yale in May 2015. She holds a Diplom in violin from the Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin, and a M.A. in composition from the University of Chicago.  Her primary research interests focus on the music and neuroscience of the early Romantic period, in particular the influence of models of embodied cognition on musical works, instrument design, and aesthetics. Additional interests include Scottish Enlightenment music theory, the interaction between experimental music and phonetics in the early twentieth century, and music in the Middle East. She has received fellowships from the Whiting Foundation and the Baden-Wurttemberg Stiftung, as well as the Mellon Graduate Achievement Award.

2015: An Incredible Year for the Department of Music!

Columbia University Music Department graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, and faculty had an incredible year in 2015! Below is a partial listing of some of the highlights of the year. 

 

Congratulations to everyone!

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GRADUATE STUDENTS AND ALUMNI APPOINTED TO ACADEMIC POSITIONS AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

 

Nili Belkind (PhD, Ethnomusicology, 2014)  was appointed to a two-year Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities-Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Eric Chasalow (Composition DMA alumnus) is Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis University

 

Alessandra Ciucci (GS alumna and former Mellon postdoctoral fellow in Music) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Columbia.

 

Congratulations to our 2015 Graduates!

The Department of Music warmly congratulates our Class of 2015 Graduates! We wish you all every success on the road ahead!

UNDERGRADUATES

COLUMBIA COLLEGE
Music Majors:
Ziyad Abdelfattah
Stephan Adamow
Amy Garvey
Samuel Karlinski
Yeana Lee (Departmental Honors)
Robert Lyman
Miles Oliva
Joseph Quintas
Andrew Rodriguez
Mitchell Veith (Departmental Honors)

Music Concentrators: 
Kevin Chen
Devon Mehring
Sonall Mehta
Emma Riley

SCHOOL OF GENERAL STUDIES (Music Majors)
Audrey Amsellem (Departmental Honors)
Benjamin Loya
Josephine Tang

BARNARD COLLEGE (Music Majors)
Courtney Craig (Ethnomusicology)
Katherine Huet
Sophie Lewis (Ethnomusicology)
Isabella Livorni 
Rachel Susser 
Zeynep Toraman
Cecile Urmenyhazi (Ethnomusicology)

GRADUATE STUDENTS (GSAS)
PHD 
Shannon Garland
Melissa Gonzalez
David Gutkin
Jonathan "Toby" King
Ashley Nail
Martha Newland
Alexander Rothe

DMA in Composition
Sophia "Zosha" di Castri
Geoffrey Holbrook
Yoshiaki Onishi

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David Gutkin Joins the Columbia Society of Fellows

David Gutkin (Historical Musicology) is one of the three new postdoctoral fellows joining the Columbia Society of Fellows in 2015.  He recently defended his dissertation, "American Opera and the Crisis of History," which explores antinomies of historical representation and national memory attending the resurgence of opera in the United States since the 1970s.  

Magdalena Stern-Baczewska Teaches Piano Master Classes in Beijing

Magdalena Stern-Baczewska recently conducted Piano Master Classes at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, at the invitation of the Central Conservatory's Piano Department.

You can find more of her work and accomplishments on her website.

DMA Alumna Wang Lu Appointed Assistant Professor at Brown University


The Department of Music warmly congratulates Wang Lu (DMA 2012) who has been appointed Assistant Professor in Composition and Theory at Brown University.

You can read more about Wang Lu's work and accomplishments on her website.

Alumni Anthony Cheung and Nico Muhly cited in NY Times article on Pierre Boulez

Two Alumni, Anthony Cheung (DMA) and Nico Muhly (Columbia BA), were recently cited in a New York Times article, "Musicians Discuss the Influence of Pierre Boulez" by Zachary Woolfe, written in honor of Boulez's 90th birthday.

On Boulez as a composer, Muhly notes: "His own music has a great amount of surface beauty... That decadence. The Frenchness to it. You can feel the butter swirling in that pan. And when he conducts it, he teases out these luxurious textures."

On Boulez as a "perpetual reviser," Cheung observes: "The quality and care of his work, the craft with which he writes, is something that everyone who cares about composition respects."

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)

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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 currentmusicology.columbia.edu.