Historical Musicology at Columbia University

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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 of the Historical Musicology Area Committee, 2013-14

Walter M. Frisch
H. Harold Gumm/Harry and Albert Von Tilzer Professor of Music
Director of Undergraduate Studies
 
Giuseppe Gerbino
Associate Professor of Music
Chair, Department of Music
 
Ellie M. Hisama
Professor of Music
On leave, 2012-13

George E. Lewis
Edwin H. Case Professor of Music
Vice-Chair, Department of Music
    
Elaine R. Sisman
Anne Parsons Bender Professor of Music
Past President, American Musicological Society
Area Chair for Historical Musicology, 2013-14
 

AFFILIATED POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWS

Julia Doe
Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Music

Jessica Schwartz
Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Music

PROGRAMS OFFERED

MA, PhD

Online Resources
Music Humanities Online

More information on the Historical Musicology Area is coming soon.

 

News & Events in Historical Musicology

Dr. Julia Doe appointed Assistant Professor of Music

The Department of Music at Columbia University welcomes Dr. Julia Doe who has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Music.

Dr. Doe holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Yale University, where she also served as an affiliate of the Whitney Humanities Center. She is a scholar of eighteenth-century opera, with particular emphasis on the music, literature, and politics of the French Enlightenment. Her current book project examines the development of opera-comique in the final decades of the Old Regime, as it engaged with emerging discourses of national and cosmopolitan musical style. Portions of this work have appeared in The Opera Journal, and have been supported by grants and prizes from the Fulbright Program, the National Opera Association, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Dr. Doe is presently completing a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Columbia and will begin a tenure-track appointment in the summer of 2015.

NEW SUMMER COURSE for 2014: Critical Approaches to Music Technologies (MUSI S3142, Summer 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Critical Approaches to Music Technologies
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI S3142
Points/Credits: 
3
Instructor: 
Lucie Vagnerova

NEW SUMMER COURSE for 2014!

Course Title: Critical Approaches to Music Technologies
CU Directory Course Number:  MUSI S3142
Section: 001 Points/Credits:  3
Instructor:  Lucie Vagnerova (Summer Teaching Scholars Program, PhD Candidate in Historical Musicology)
Instructor Email: lv2252@columbia.edu
 

Course Description: Electronic and digital sound technologies have come to define many popular and avant-garde musical practices of the 20th and 21st centuries. How do technological histories factor into musical meaning? How do sound technologies shape musical discourse at large? Through guided listening and multidisciplinary readings, the course will trace the various ways sound-technological practices trouble classical musical concepts such as ownership, authorship, musical value, embodiment, performance, or virtuosity, and call for new constructs such as sound synthesis, liveness, mediation, or fair use. The course brings together the first music studios, World War II cryptography, synthesized voices, earbuds, Detroit Techno, karaoke, and Columbia's own Computer Music Center.

Open to all majors.

Dr. Beau Bothwell Appointed Assistant Professor of Music at Kalamazoo College!

The Department of Music congratulates Dr. Beau Bothwell, a recent alumnus of Columbia's PhD program in Musicology, who has accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of Music at Kalamazoo College, to begin in September 2014.  

Beau Bothwell is currently Music Humanities Core Lecturer at Columbia University and Adjunct Professor of Music History at the Juilliard School.  He completed his PhD in Musicology in 2013 at Columbia, with a dissertation entitled "Song, State, Sawa: Music and Political Radio between the US and Syria," advised by Prof. Ellie Hisama.  

Dr. Bothwell has presented his research at numerous national and international conferences, including gatherings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Middle East Studies Association, and the Society for American Music, and in invited lectures at Boston College, NYU's Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, and Harvard University. Dr. Bothwell recently contributed a chapter to the volume The Soundtrack of Conflict: The Role of Music in Radio Broadcasting in Wartime and in Conflict Situations, and is writing a book on popular music and transnational radio in Syria and Lebanon.

Prof. Susan Boynton to give plenary at the Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting

Professor Susan Boynton will give the opening plenary address at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America on April 10, 2014 at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The talk, entitled "Music as Text and Music as Image," and will address the dynamic relationship between sound and image in the Middle Ages, focusing on the indirect, often elusive links between art and music that inform the received meanings of visual culture.

Prof. Kevin Fellezs to give Woody Guthrie Distinguished Lecture at IASPM-US

Professor Kevin Fellezs will be giving the 2014 Woody Guthrie Distinguished Lecture at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, US Branch (IASPM-US) annual conference on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Fellezs's talk is titled "What Is This 'Black' In Japanese Popular Music? (Re)Imagining Race in a Transnational Polycultural Context," which focuses on his research of Black American musicians enjoying success in Japan in enka and J-Pop, two genres strongly associated with Japanese-ness, complicating conventional ideas linking identity, nationality, race, and genre.

Prof. Giuseppe Gerbino Interviewed in "Around The Quad" (Columbia College Today)

Professor Giuseppe Gerbino, Chairman of the Department of Music, was interviewed for the Fall 2013 issue of Columbia College Today in their "Around the Quad" feature.  

The interview, entitled "Five Minutes With Giuseppe Gerbino," is available here or can be downloaded as a PDF file here.

Columbia Libraries Acquire Prokofiev Archives

Read about Columbia Libraries' acquisition of the Sergei Prokofiev Archive in the New York Times

NEW YORK, October 17, 2013 - Columbia University Libraries/Information Services' Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the collection of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953).  The Serge Prokofiev Foundation has chosen the RBML as the repository for the archival material under its control from Prokofiev's 18 years in the West.

The Foundation was established in 1983 by Lina Prokofiev, the composer's widow, to enrich public awareness of Prokofiev's life and work and to encourage research. (The organization uses a variant spelling of the composer's first name).  After her death in 1989 at age 91, and the death of her sons Sviatoslav and Oleg, the work of the Foundation has been carried on by their descendants.

The collection includes Prokofiev's private and business papers from 1919 through May 1936, after which he returned to the Soviet Union with his family. Correspondents include conductors such as Sir Henry Wood and Sergei Koussevitzky; soloists such as Joseph Szigeti and Pablo Casals; composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Maurice Ravel; and chess grandmaster Jose Capablanca.

Prof. Kevin Fellezs Wins Provost's Diversity Grant!

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.  

Ryan Dohoney Appointed Assistant Professor at Northwestern University

The Department of Music congratulates Dr. Ryan Dohoney (PhD, Historical Musicology, 2009), who has been appointed as  Assistant Professor of Musicology at Northwestern University's  Bienen School of Music beginning Fall 2013. Prior to taking up his position at Northwestern, Dr. Dohoney served as Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Kansas (2012-2013), and faculty fellow in music at Colby College (2011-2013).

Dr. Dohoney received his BMus in music history and vocal performance from Rice University and and earned his PhD at Columbia with the dissertation The Anxiety of Art: Morton Feldman's Modernism, 1948-1972, sponsored by Prof. Lewis.  He is currently expanding his dissertation work into an historical ethnography of the premier of Feldman's Rothko Chapel titled The Illusion of Feeling: Morton Feldman and the Rothko Chapel.

Giuseppe Gerbino wins Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award

Congratulations to Giuseppe Gerbino, Associate Professor of Historical Musicology and Chair of the Department, on winning the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award. Established on a  donation from trustee Gerry Lenfest (Law '58), the Lenfest award recognizes faculty who demonstrate unusual merit in scholarship, university citizenship, and professional involvement. Professor Gerbino will receive an award of $25,000 per year for a three-year period.

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