Magdalena Stern-Baczewska recently performed with violinist Joshua Bell at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. Mr. Bell played Stradivarius ex-Huberman, a violin that used to belong to Polish-Jewish violinist Bronis?aw Huberman, the founder of what is known today as Israel Philharmonic.
The fascinating story of the violin is captured in the documentary film "The Return of the Violin" by Roy Mandel, which you can watch here.
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.
The Department of Music warmly congratulates our Class of 2015 Graduates! We wish you all every success on the road ahead!
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
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.