Historical Musicology at Columbia University


Graduate Studies in Historical Musicology

Historical Musicology Graduate Degree Requirements & Timetable

Courses in Historical Musicology

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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


Julia Doe
Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Music



Online Resources
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News & Events in Historical Musicology

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)



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.

Workshop with Prof. Georgina Born: "Retheorizing the Social; Rethinking the Genre" (4/1, 4-7pm)

Event Date: 
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 4:00pm
Event Location: 
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology)

Prof. Georgina Born (University of Oxford)

"Retheorizing the Social; Rethinking the Genre"

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology)

Free and open to the public.


Film Screening: Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 (4/2, 8pm)

Event Date: 
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:00pm
Event Location: 
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology)

The Center for Ethnomusicology's 2015 Ethnographic Film Series invite you to a screening of:

Ancient Soundscapes Reborn: Japanese Gagaku/Hogaku Concert (Sunday 3/29, 4pm)

Event Date: 
Sun, 03/29/2015 - 4:00pm
Event Location: 
Miller Theatre, Columbia University (116th Street & Broadway)

Come Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of
Glories of the Japanese Music Heritage


Sacred Court Music (Gagaku)
Secular Art Music (Hogaku)

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 4:00PM
Miller Theatre, Columbia University
(116th Street & Broadway)

The concert is free and open to the public,
but please register online from our web site,

Full Program (pdf)

Current Musicology Conference March 28-29, 2015

Event Date: 
Sat, 03/28/2015 - 9:00am
Event Location: 
523 Butler Library
Current Musicology, a leading journal for scholarly research on music, is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with an open-themed conference on March 28-29, 2015 at Columbia University. The journal was founded in 1965 by graduate students at Columbia University as a semi-annual review. We publish articles and book reviews in the fields of historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory and analysis, and philosophy of music. 
The conference will take place from 9-5 on Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29, in rooms 522-523, Butler Library, Columbia University. The event is free and open to the public.
Georgina Born (University of Oxford) will give the keynote address on Saturday. On Sunday morning, a roundtable discussion entitled The Future of Music Studies will include Professors Kofi Agawu, Lydia Goehr, Lawrence Kramer, George Lewis, and Ingrid Monson.

Dr. Juliet Forshaw Appointed Assistant Professor at SUNY Oswego

The Department of Music warmly congratulates Dr. Juliet Forshaw (PhD, Historical Musicology, 2014) who has accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of Music (tenure track) at State University of New York, Oswego!

Juliet Forshaw is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music History at State University of New York, Oswego. She earned her Ph.D. in Historical Musicology at Columbia University and her B.A. in Music with a Certificate in Vocal Performance at Princeton. Her research interests include Russian music, nineteenth- and twentieth-century opera, vocality, and heavy metal. Her dissertation, "Dangerous Tenors, Heroic Basses, and Non-Ingenues: Singers and the Envoicing of Social Values in Russian Opera, 1836-1905," situates opera against the backdrop of social and political change in the Russian Empire and examines the influence of star singers on the development of this repertoire.

Film Screening: Wild Style: Early Hip-Hop In New York (3/12, 8PM, Free!)

Event Date: 
Thu, 03/12/2015 - 8:00pm
Event Location: 
701C Dodge Hall (Center for Ethnomusicology), CU Morningside Campus @ 116th St

The Center for Ethnomusicology Presents . . . 

WILD STYLE: Early Hip-Hop in New York

The inagaugural presentation in the Center's Ethnographic Film Series.

Thursday, March 12
701C Dodge Hall

(Center for Ethnomusicology, Columbia Morningside Campus, Broadway and 116th St.)


Refreshments to be served.

"Concert Spirituals and the Black Soprano": Recital and Panel Discussion (4/22, 7pm)

Event Date: 
Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:00pm
Event Location: 
Columbia University St. Paul's Chapel: 1160 Amsterdam Avenue - New York, NY




Event Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Concert at 7pm; Panel Discussion at 8pm

Location:  Columbia University St. Paul's Chapel: 1160 Amsterdam Avenue - New York, NY


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)