Jeffrey Milarsky Conducts NY Philharmonic at the Met Museum on June 5th

Jeffrey Milarsky (Senior Lecturer in Music; Conductor and Music Director, Columbia University Orchestra) will conduct the New York Philharmonic at the Metropolitan Museum's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium on June 5th, at 7pm.

As the Met Museum's event calendar describes:

"Jeffrey Milarsky, one of the leading conductors of contemporary music today, conducts a Japan-focused program with works by Takemitsu, Messiaen, and Dai Fujikura, as well as the U.S. premiere of Misato Mochizuki's Si blue, si calme."

The performance is part of the New York Philharmonic's new season of CONTACT!, a new-music series featuring world and U.S. premieres, as well as specially commissioned works.

PhD Alumnus Nicholas Higgins Appointed Guest Faculty at Sarah Lawrence College!

The Department of Music warmly congratulates Dr. Nicholas (Niko) Higgins, (PhD, Ethnomusicology, 2013), who has been appointed to a (renewable) Guest Faculty position at Sarah Lawrence College.

Dr. Higgins' PhD dissertation is entitled "Confusion in the Karnatic Capital: Fusion in Chennai, India."  It was advised by Prof. Christopher Washburne.  Dr. Higgins has previously taught at Columbia University and at The New School.

PhD Alumnus Aaron Johnson Appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Aaron Johnson (Ph.D., Historical Musicology, 2014) will be joining the Department of Music at the University of Pittsburgh in fall 2015 as Assistant Professor of Music in Jazz Studies. In 2014-15 he was Visiting Assistant Professor at Bates College. 

After a career as an electrical engineer with Telcordia and a jazz performer (low brass) in New York, Johnson returned to academia and completed a degree in musicology with a dissertation entitled "Jazz and Radio in the United States: Mediation, Genre, and Patronage" (Columbia University, 2014). He was the reviews editor for Current Musicology, has presented papers in the United States and the United Kingdom, and has published an article in Musical Quarterly on Duke Ellington's radio broadcasts. While at Columbia he won the Meyerson Award for excellence in teaching Music Humanities.

Nina Young Wins Rome Prize in Composition!


The Department of Music warmly congratulates Nina Young, DMA student in Composition, who has just been awarded the Frederic A. Juilliard/Walter Damrosch Rome Prize in Musical Composition!  

For a century the Rome Prize, awarded by the American Academy in Rome, has been one of the greatest honors in the world of composition.  The winners of these prizes represent "the leading edge of contemporary American scholarship and creativity" as Academy President Mark Robbins notes.

Magdalena Stern-Baczewska SF Symphony Solo Debut


Magdalena Stern-Baczewska made her San Francisco Symphony solo debut on April 25, 2015, stepping in last-minute for a sold-out performance of Tan Dun's Banquet Concerto at the Davies Symphony Hall, with maestro Damian Ioro conducting.


"Concert Spirituals and the Black Soprano" Event Draws Hundreds!


The "Concert Spirituals and the Black Soprano" recital and panel discussion on April 22, 2015 attracted hundreds to St. Paul's Chapel!

Performers and participants included:

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