Magdalena Stern-Baczewska and Joshua Bell Perform at Museum of Jewish Heritage

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.

Carmel Raz Appointed to the Society of Fellows

The Department of Music warmly welcomes Carmel Raz, who has been appointed a postdoctoral fellow at the Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Lecturer in Music begining July 1, 2015. Raz received her Ph.D. in music theory from Yale in May 2015. She holds a Diplom in violin from the Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin, and a M.A. in composition from the University of Chicago.  Her primary research interests focus on the music and neuroscience of the early Romantic period, in particular the influence of models of embodied cognition on musical works, instrument design, and aesthetics. Additional interests include Scottish Enlightenment music theory, the interaction between experimental music and phonetics in the early twentieth century, and music in the Middle East. She has received fellowships from the Whiting Foundation and the Baden-Wurttemberg Stiftung, as well as the Mellon Graduate Achievement Award.

Keywords in Sound: A Roundtable Discussion

Event Location: 
523 Butler Library, Columbia University
Keywords in Sound: A Roundtable Discussion
Monday, September 21, 2015, 5:00-7:00 pm
523 Butler Library, Columbia University
Editors and contributors will discuss Keywords in Sound, edited by David Novak and Matt Sakakeeny (Duke University Press, 2015), a collection of twenty entries by leading scholars in the field of sound studies.
Ana Maria Ochoa, Columbia University
David Novak, University of California, Santa Barbara
Matt Sakakeeny, Tulane University
Deborah Kapchan, New York University
David Samuels, New York University
Thomas Porcello, Vassar College
Benjamin Steege, Columbia University
Moderator: Susan Boynton, Columbia University
Sponsored by the Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities and the Department of Music.
For more information on the volume see

2015: An Incredible Year for the Department of Music!

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!






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.


Congratulations to our 2015 Graduates!

The Department of Music warmly congratulates our Class of 2015 Graduates! We wish you all every success on the road ahead!


Music Majors:
Ziyad Abdelfattah
Stephan Adamow
Amy Garvey
Samuel Karlinski
Yeana Lee (Departmental Honors)
Robert Lyman
Miles Oliva
Joseph Quintas
Andrew Rodriguez
Mitchell Veith (Departmental Honors)

Music Concentrators: 
Kevin Chen
Devon Mehring
Sonall Mehta
Emma Riley

Audrey Amsellem (Departmental Honors)
Benjamin Loya
Josephine Tang

Courtney Craig (Ethnomusicology)
Katherine Huet
Sophie Lewis (Ethnomusicology)
Isabella Livorni 
Rachel Susser 
Zeynep Toraman
Cecile Urmenyhazi (Ethnomusicology)

Shannon Garland
Melissa Gonzalez
David Gutkin
Jonathan "Toby" King
Ashley Nail
Martha Newland
Alexander Rothe

DMA in Composition
Sophia "Zosha" di Castri
Geoffrey Holbrook
Yoshiaki Onishi


Congratulations to Dr. Alexander Rothe!

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.

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