Historical Musicology at Columbia University

HISTORICAL MUSICOLOGY LINKS

Graduate Studies in Historical Musicology

Historical Musicology Graduate Degree Requirements & Timetable

Courses in Historical Musicology

News and Events from Historical Musicology

Historical Musicology Faculty

Susan L. Boynton
Professor of Music
Chair, Department of Music
Area Chair, Historical Musicology

Walter M. Frisch
H. Harold Gumm/Harry and Albert Von Tilzer Professor of Music
Chair of Music Humanities
 
Giuseppe Gerbino
Associate Professor of Music
 
Ellie M. Hisama
Professor of Music

George E. Lewis
Edwin H. Case Professor of Music
Vice-Chair, Department of Music
Area Chair, Composition
    
Elaine R. Sisman
Anne Parsons Bender Professor of Music
Past President, American Musicological Society
 

AFFILIATED POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWS

Julia Doe
Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Music

PROGRAMS OFFERED

PhD

Online Resources
Music Humanities Online

 

News & Events in Historical Musicology

Barnard - Columbia Blues Symposium, Feb. 13-14 (Free, Registration Required)

Event Date: 
Fri, 02/13/2015 - 9:00am
Event Location: 
Event Oval, Diana Center, Barnard College (Enter at 117th/Broadway, accessible by 1 Train to 116th St.)

The Barnard College and Columbia University Blues Symposium will be a 2-day series of panel discussions and presentations engaging with the musical origins and cultural importance of the greatest American art form: the Blues. The Symposium has been organized by a group of Barnard and Columbia students. 

An incredible group of scholars, musicians, and writers will present on topics like the 12-bar blues, the collection of blues 78 rpm records, the 1969 Ann Arbor Blues Festival, and blues empress Bessie Smith. Panelists include Columbia's own Professor Farah Jasmine Griffin and Professor Bob O'Meally, Yale's Professor Daphne Brooks, as well as "Do Not Sell At Any Price" author and Pitchfork contributing writer Amanda Petrusich, and the Alan Lomax Archive's chief curator Nathan Salsburg.

For the full program, please click here. [6MB PDF file]

The event is free, but ticketed, and scheduled for February 13th and 14th of 2015, on the Event Oval of the DIana Center at Barnard's campus in Morningside Heights (117th and Broadway). To register and obtain tickets for specific programs and events please visit the following link (opens in new window). 

For further information, please write to:  bluessymposium@gmail.com

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

Spring 2015 Colloquia - Columbia University Department of Music

Click here for full-sized poster (.jpg)

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: http://ircpl.org/event/tomorrowisthequestion/

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)

Digital Projects in Music Research (Feb. 27, 2pm)

Event Date: 
Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:00pm
Event Location: 
523 Butler Library, Columbia University

Digital Projects in Music Research

Friday, February 27, 2-5 pm, 523 Butler Library

Presented by the Department of Music and the Columbia University Libraries

 

Bringing the Songs Home: Music Repatriation Projects at the Center for Ethnomusicology (Aaron Fox)

Aaron Fox will discuss the Center for Ethnomusicology's ongoing projects to repatriate recordings of traditional and indigenous music (most from the 1930s and 1940s) to their source communities, and to return control over the publication of these archives, which includes the development of digital interfaces with these recordings and associated materials, including photographs and transcriptions, being developed in collaboration with indigenous elders, performers, educators, activists, and scholars.  Discussion to include projects with Hopi, Inupiat, Tsimshian, and Navajo communities.

Solomiya Ivakhiv and Magdalena Baczewska Recital of French Music (March 5, 7pm)

Event Date: 
Thu, 03/05/2015 - 7:00pm
Event Location: 
The Italian Academy: 1161 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027

Solomiya Ivakhiv Master Class (March 5, 3pm)

Event Date: 
Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:00pm
Event Location: 
555 Lerner Hall, Columbia University
 
Music Performance Program
Magdalena Stern-Baczewska, Director
presents
Solomiya Ivakhiv Master Class
March 5th, 2015, 3-5 PM
555 Lerner Hall
The event is free and open to the public. 
 

Dr. Solomiya Ivakhiv has quickly earned a reputation for performing with "distinctive charm and subtle profundity" (Daily Freeman, New York) and "crystal clear and noble sound" (Culture and Life, Ukraine).  Known as chamber musician and soloist, she has appeared at prestigious music festivals such as Tanglewood, Verbier, and Embassy Series, Musique de Chambre a Giverny (France), Prussia Cove (England), the Banff Centre and Ottawa Chamber Fest (Canada) and performed with renowned artists Joseph Silverstein, Gary Graffman, Roberto Diaz, Steven Isserlis, Philip Setzer, and Gil Kalish. In the 2014-2015 concert season, Ms. Ivakhiv will appear at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in two separate concerts, the Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Concert Hall, and Charleston Symphony Orchestra's chamber music series.

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. 

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.
***************

Prof. Ellie Hisama Wins Curriculum Development Grant from IRWGS

The Department of Music congratulates Professor Ellie Hisama, who was awarded an inaugural curriculum development grant from Columbia's Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Funded by the Mellon Foundation and the Heyman Center, the grant supports development of a new course titled "Feminist Listening: Critical and Intersectional Approaches to Popular Music," which Prof. Hisama expects to offer in 2015 or 2016.