Andrew Byrne, a Columbia Music Department DMA alumnus (1999), has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of Symphony Space, one of New York's pre-eminent performance venues. He begins September 15th, taking over the already planned 2014-2015 season. Previously, Dr. Byrne was Director of Festivals and Special Projects at Carnegie Hall to Andrew Byrne studied with Jonathan Kramer and Fred Lerdahl in the 1990s and received his DMA in composition in 1998 with Fred Lerdahl as sponsor.
The Department of Music warmly welcomes Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska to our faculty. Dr. Stern-Baczewska has been appointed as a Lecturer in Music and as the new Director of the Columbia Music Performance Program.
Biography: Pianist and harpsichordist Magdalena Stern-Baczewska (pronounced BaCHEVska) joins the faculty of Columbia University as Director of the Music Performance Program. As an award-winning soloist and recording artist, she performs internationally. Her performances, hailed as "eloquent and technically flawless" (The Washington Post), have been broadcast on radio stations across America, including WQXR, NPR, Voice of America, and on European Radio and Television. This season's highlights include piano lecture-recitals on the music of Chopin's teachers, performances of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, harpsichord performances of Polish keyboard music from the time of Copernicus (1543) to Kosciuszko (1777), Bach's Triple Concerto BWV 1044 with the West Chester Baroque, concert of 17th-century Italian sonatas with the members of Dorian Baroque, among others.
Her CD "A Tribute to Glenn Gould" (2008) contains J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations and R. Strauss' Sonata op. 5, the first and last piano works ever recorded by Gould. The three subsequent albums, "Music for Dreams" were released in collaboration with BlueSleep(r), a medical team specialized in research and treatment of sleep disorders. She continues to create music for health and wellness as Artistic Director at BlueSleep Music.
Baczewska worked with the Columbia students in 2012, teaching Fundamentals of Western Music. She returns to Columbia having served on the faculty of the Mannes College New School for Music, John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, Manhattan School of Music's Pre-College Division, and the Concordia Conservatory. Every summer she joins the faculty of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival and the New York Piano Festival. Her guest teaching appearances also include remote master classes using Yamaha Disklavier and the Remote Lesson technology. She is a published music critic, having written for the New York Concert Review. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Polish Minister of Culture.
As an administrator, Magdalena brings her corporate experience to Columbia, having worked in the Artist Relations division of Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. (a subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation of America).
The Department of Music warmly welcomes and congratulates Zosha Di Castri, who has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Music (Composition). Prof. Di Castri, who will soon complete her DMA in the Department, will begin her appointment on July 1, 2014
Ms. Di Castri is a Canadian composer/pianist living in New York. Her work (which has been performed in Canada, the US, and Europe) extends beyond purely concert music, including projects with electronics, installations, and collaborations with video and dance. Her latest work, Serafiniana, for solo amplified violin, amplified harp, orchestra, and electronics was premiered in Toronto by Esprit Orchestra in May. Other recent orchestral compositions have been programmed by the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra among others. Zosha has made appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the L.A. Philharmonic in their chamber music series and has worked with many local groups including Talea Ensemble, Wet Ink, Ekmeles, and Ensemble Pamplemousse. She was the recipient of the Jules Leger Prize for New Chamber Music for her work Cortege in 2012, and participated in Ircam's Manifeste Festival, writing an interactive electronic work for Thomas Hauert's dance company ZOO. Upcoming projects include an evening-length collaborative interdisciplinary work with David Adamcyk and ICE, and a piece for the Cecilia String Quartet. Zosha is presently completing her doctorate and will begin a tenure-track appointment in the summer of 2014.
Learn more about Prof. Di Castri's work on her Columbia Composers bio page!
Read an article (with audio samples) about Prof. Di Castri in musicworks magazine.
The Department of Music is delighted to welcome Dr. Ashley Fure as an incoming Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Music for 2014-16.
Dr. Fure is an American composer interested in chaotic matter and music's ability to convey movement. She works in both acoustic and electroacoustic media and collaborates frequently with artists from other disciplines. A 2013-14 Fulbright Fellow in France, Fure is currently creating a 65 minute electroacoustic ballet with choreographer Yuval Pick commissioned by IRCAM for the 2014 Manifeste Festival in Paris. She earned a Phd in Music Composition from Harvard University, where she studied with Chaya Czernowin, and further degrees from IRCAM (Cursus 1 and 2), Oberlin Conservatory (B.Mus), and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Notable honors include a 2013 Impuls International Composition Prize, a 2012 Darmstadt Stipendienpreis, a 2012 Staubach Honorarium, a 2011 Jezek Prize, and a 2010 10-month residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude.
The Department of Music is delighted to welcome Dr. Bryan Parkhurst as an incoming Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow for 2014-16!
Dr. Parkhurst earned his PhD in philosophy and music theory from the University of Michigan, where he was supported by both a Regents Fellowship and a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. His dissertation, "Sound's Arguments: Philosophical Encounters with Music Theory," which was written under the supervision of Kendall Walton, Ramon Satyendra, and Kevin Korsyn, engages closely with the thought of such figures as Schenker, Lewin, Kant, Hegel, Hanslick, Schopenhauer, Dewey, and Wittgenstein. He is currently researching a book about Hegel and Hauptmann. Additionally, Bryan is interested in Marxist philosophy generally and Marxist aesthetics in particular, as well as in the grand question of whether and how it is possible for music to be philosophy (Marxist or otherwise). Bryan's recent publications appear in Music Theory Online, The Journal of Aesthetic Education, The Journal of Interdisciplinary Humanities, and elsewhere. He is a also a harpist and accordionist.
DMA Alumnus Timothy Polashek Publishes "The Word Rhythm Dictionary: A Resource for Writers, Rappers, Poets, and Lyricists"
Columbia DMA alumnus Timothy Polashek (Composition, D.M.A. 2002) has written a new book entitled The Word Rhythm Dictionary: A Resource for Writers, Rappers, Poets, and Lyricists. A result of Polashek's interdisciplinary research and creative projects in music theory, cognition, and composition, as well as computer science and linguistics, the book is new kind of dictionary--one that reflects the use of "rhythm rhymes" by rappers, poets, and songwriters of today. Dr. Polashek is professor music and director of music technology studies at Transylvania University.
Learn more about the book here:
The Department of Music is pleased to announce that Departmental Honors for 2014 are awarded to the following graduating senior music majors:
Alexander Porter (Columbia College) for his project (advised by Prof. Joseph Dubiel), "Of Diagrammatology in Music and Architecture," which included both an extended essay and two original creative works, a composition called "Diachronism" and a short play called "Broken Images." All were woven together by Alex's stimulating, imaginative exploration of time, memory, and space across both musical and architectural dimensions. A complete PDF version of Alexander's thesis can be downloaded here.
Olivia Munson (Columbia College) for her essay (advised by Prof. Aaron Fox) "A Space for Musical Therapy: On Nationalism, Modernity, Music, and Medicine in the Transition from Ottoman Empire to Turkish Republic." This essay looks at the use of music for medicinal or therapeutic purposes across broad historical span of Turkish history. Olivia's essay represents an impressive combination of on-the-ground fieldwork and sophisticated theoretical-historical analysis.
Photos: graduates, their families, and their professors at the Commencement reception in Dodge Hall on May 21, 2014.
The Department of Music Congratulates our 2014 Grads!
Columbia College: (CON = "concentrator"/ MAJ = "major")
Agard-Wilson, Chancellor CON
Assor, Isaac MAJ
Bunch, Isaac MAJ
Dugan, Anna MAJ
Frech, Robert MAJ
Garinois, Alessandro MAJ
Genova, Jerome MAJ
Harris, Olivia MAJ
Hoffman, Solomon MAJ
Horstman, Spencer CON
Koski, Gregory CON
Lagunas, Rudy MAJ
Lim, Youngmook CON
Matern, Lukas MAJ
McCormick, Kyle MAJ
Munson, Olivia MAJ
Nez, Ferguson MAJ
Porter, Alexander MAJ
Rinehart, Amalia MAJ
Safavi Ardebili, Amir Hossein MAJ
Sonett, Caroline MAJ
Street, Lena MAJ
Sturr, Jonathan MAJ
Toy, Norman MAJ
Worthington, Michelle CON
Columbia School of General Studies:
Bosco, Christopher MAJ
Cercone, James MAJ
Owens, Joshua MAJ
Starcher, Sarah Jane MAJ
Columbia College Special Major in Ethnomusicology:
Barnard Music Majors Graduates:
Kristina Dorsett (Ethnomusicology)
Catherine Mullen (Ethnomusicology)
Debra Rosenbaum (Ethnomusicology)
Hana Rosenbaum (Ethnomusicology)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences PhD/DMA:
Belkind, Nili (PhD)
Bryan, Courtney (DMA)
Di Castri, Zosha (DMA)
Eggert, Andrew (PhD)
Forshaw, Juliet (PhD)
Heidemann, Katherine (PhD)
Johnson, Aaron (PhD)
King, Jonathan (PhD)
Kisiedu, Harald (PhD)
Morrison, Matthew (PhD)
Nail, Ashley (DMA)
Newland, Marti (PhD)
Schmeder, Maximillian (PhD)
Tallgren, Johan (DMA)
Photos: Smiles at the GSAS doctoral convocation on Sunday, May 18, 2014 and at the department's luncheon on Wednesday, May 21 after Commencement.
We congratulate our new doctoral alumni!
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences PhD/DMA:
The Department congratulates Dr. Juliet Forshaw (PhD, Historical Musicology, 2014), who has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY Oswego for 2014-15. Juliet recently defended her dissertation, "Dangerous Basses, Heroic Tenors, and Non-Ingenues: Singers and the Envoicing of Social Values in Russian Opera, 1836-1905."
The Department of Music warmly congratulates Jonathan "Toby" King (PhD, Ethnomusicology, 2014), who has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music at The University of North Carolina at Asheville! Mr. King's dissertation is entitled "Implications of Contemporary Bluegrass Music Performance at and around a New York City Jam Session," and it is sponsored by Prof. Aaron Fox. Dr. King defended his dissertation on June 2, 2014.
The Department of Music congratulates Music Theory PhD alumna Dr. Kate Heidemann. Dr. Heidemann has been appointed Faculty Fellow in Music at Colby College for the 2014/15 academic year.
Dr. Heidemann recently defended her dissertation, entitled "Hearing Women's Voices in Popular Song: Analyzing Sound and Identity in Country and Soul," advised by Professor Ellie Hisama.
Elaine Sisman, Anne Parsons Bender Professor of Music (Historical Musicology), has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among the members are some of the world's most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders: see the complete list here and the press release here.
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.
David Gutkin (Historical Musicology) has been awarded a dissertation completion fellowship for 2014-15 from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. The provisional title of his dissertation is "American Opera and the Figuration of National History in the Late Twentieth Century."
Aaron J. Johnson (Historical Musicology, Ph.D. 2014) has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2014-2015 academic year at Bates College, where he will teach courses is Jazz History, African American Music History, Music Theory, and Cultural Politics. This spring, AJ defended his dissertation, "Jazz and Radio in the United States: Mediation, Genre, and Patronage," and published "A Date with the Duke: Duke Ellington on Radio, 1923-1953" in Musical Quarterly last December. AJ won the Meyerson Award for excellence in teaching Music Humanities.
The Ralph Kaminsky Fund for New Music announced that it will award $15,000 to composer and conductor Carl Christian Bettendorf, who will write a new work for the Mivos Quartet.
Bettendorf, born in Germany and now based in New York, received his doctorate (DMA) from Columbia University, where he studied with composer Tristan Murail.
The Mivos Quartet, formed in 2008, is one of the country's most adventurous new music groups, and is dedicated to working closely with composers to expand the string quartet repertoire.
The Fund is pleased to announce the winning commission during the week of what would have been Ralph Kaminsky's 88th birthday, on March 26, 2014. After his retirement from a career in the academic world, Kaminsky (1926-2012) dedicated the last twenty years of his life to his passion for contemporary classical music.
See here for further details: http://www.gf.org/news-events/2014-Fellows-in-the-United-States-and-Canada/
Wang Lu: http://www.instantencore.com/wanglu
Arthur Kampela: http://www.kampela.com/