The Department of Music warmly congratulates our Class of 2015 Graduates! We wish you all every success on the road ahead!
Photos coming soon!
Yeana Lee (Departmental Honors)
Mitchell Veith (Departmental Honors)
SCHOOL OF GENERAL STUDIES (Music Majors)
Audrey Amsellem (Departmental Honors)
BARNARD COLLEGE (Music Majors)
Courtney Craig (Ethnomusicology)
Sophie Lewis (Ethnomusicology)
Cecile Urmenyhazi (Ethnomusicology)
GRADUATE STUDENTS (GSAS)
Jonathan "Toby" King
DMA in Composition
Sophia "Zosha" di Castri
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!
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.
Natacha Diels (current DMA student) has been appointed Assistant Professor at the University of California at San Diego.
Luke Dubois (DMA composition, 2003) was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at NYU, where he directs the NYU/Poly media lab
Jason Eckardt (DMA, composition,1998), Associate Professor of composition at the Graduate Center and Brooklyn College, CUNY, was awarded the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His new CD, "Subject," will be released by the Tzadik label on 26 May (cover image attached). In 2015-16 he will be a Visiting Professor of composition at the Peabody Conservatory.
Andrew Eisenberg (PhD, Ethnomusicology, 2009) appointed Assistant Professor of Music (Tenure Track) at NYU/Abu Dhabi
Juliet Forshaw (PhD, Historical Musicology, 2014) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music (tenure track) at the State University of New York, Oswego.
David Gutkin (PhD Historical Musicology, 2015) has been appointed to the Columbia Society of Fellows
Kate Heidemann (PhD, Music Theory, 2014) has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Colby College for 2015-16.
Niko Higgins (PhD, Ethnomusicology, 2013) Appointed to a Guest Faculty position at Sarah Lawrence College (renewable one year position)
Velia Ivanova (current PhD student) has been appointed the Archival Assistant for the Serge Prokofiev Archive.
Aaron Johnson (PhD, Historical Musicology, 2014) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh.
Yoshi Onishi (DMA, Composition, 2015) has been appointed Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Japan.
Benjamin Piekut (PhD, Historical Musicology, 2008) was promoted to Associate Professor of Music with tenure at Cornell
Sam Pluta (DMA composition, 2012) will be teaching at Bennington College in the Fall
Lu Wang (DMA 2012) has been appointed Assistant Professor at Brown.
GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS, COMMISSIONS, AND AWARDS
Elliott Cairns' (Historical Musicology) "Rediscovering an American Master: The Ulysses Kay Papers" was recently featured as the cover article in the most recent issue of American Music Review. He has also been awarded a Mellon Humanities International Travel Award for the fall semester.
Cesar Colon-Montijo (Ethnomusicology) recently published the edited volume Cocinando suave: ensayos de salsa en Puerto Rico (Caracas: El Perro y la Rana, 2015). The volume was launched at the Venezuelan Book Fair on March 19, 2015, where the invited country was Puerto Rico. The volume contains essays by highly recognized salsa scholars such as Juan Flores, Chris Washburne, Frances Aparicio, Jairo Moreno, Angel Quintero-Rivera, Juan Otero-Garabis, Licia Fiol-Matta, and Juan Carlos Quintero-Herencia, among others, and is a landmark publication on the topic.
The Department of Music congratulates Alexander Rothe, who defended his dissertation in Historical Musicology on May 6, 2015. Dr. Rothe works on opera staging in postwar Germany. His dissertation ("Staging the Past: Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle in Divided Germany during the 1970s and 1980s") was advised by Prof. Walter Frisch, and examines how Wagner stagings both reflected and contributed to broader historical debates during this time period, especially debates about the Nazi past. It also investigates how these stagings served to articulate conceptions of national and cultural identity in both German states. Alex has received grants from Fulbright and DAAD.
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.