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.
Music Majors Olivia Harris & Solomon Hoffman Perform & Arrange the National Anthem for Commencement!
On May 22, 2014, for the Columbia University Commencement Ceremony, graduating Columbia College Music Major Olivia Harris, along with fellow students Taylor Harvey and Brittany Carroll-Watts, brilliantly performed a striking arrangement of "The Star Spangled Banner," arranged by Columbia graduating Music Major Solomon Hoffman.
Enjoy the performance!
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/
Matthew Morrison (Historical Musicology) has been appointed a Faculty Fellow for 2014-2016 at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He will serve as Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Tisch School of the Arts and the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.
The Department of Music congratulates Dr. Beau Bothwell, a recent alumnus of Columbia's PhD program in Musicology, who has accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of Music at Kalamazoo College, to begin in September 2014.
Beau Bothwell is currently Music Humanities Core Lecturer at Columbia University and Adjunct Professor of Music History at the Juilliard School. He completed his PhD in Musicology in 2013 at Columbia, with a dissertation entitled "Song, State, Sawa: Music and Political Radio between the US and Syria," advised by Prof. Ellie Hisama.
Dr. Bothwell has presented his research at numerous national and international conferences, including gatherings of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Middle East Studies Association, and the Society for American Music, and in invited lectures at Boston College, NYU's Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, and Harvard University. Dr. Bothwell recently contributed a chapter to the volume The Soundtrack of Conflict: The Role of Music in Radio Broadcasting in Wartime and in Conflict Situations, and is writing a book on popular music and transnational radio in Syria and Lebanon.
Professor Kevin Fellezs will be giving the 2014 Woody Guthrie Distinguished Lecture at the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, US Branch (IASPM-US) annual conference on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Fellezs's talk is titled "What Is This 'Black' In Japanese Popular Music? (Re)Imagining Race in a Transnational Polycultural Context," which focuses on his research of Black American musicians enjoying success in Japan in enka and J-Pop, two genres strongly associated with Japanese-ness, complicating conventional ideas linking identity, nationality, race, and genre.
Prof. Georg F. Haas, recently appointed as Professor of Music Composition at Columbia, is featured in a Feb. 20, 2014 profle in the New York Times, entitled Varied Pitches to Fill Empty Spaces: Georg Friedrich Haas's Works Are Rooted in Microtonality. The article was written by Vivien Schweitzer.
Mr. Haas's works are rooted in microtonality -- a system that divides the conventional scale of Western classical music into many more than its usual 12 semitone pitches. (His opera "Thomas" incorporates some 1,600 different pitches.) In Europe, composers like Ligeti and Penderecki used microtones; American composers including Charles Ives, Harry Partch and La Monte Young have also breached the standard division of the octave.
In Mr. Haas's scores, these microtones result in opulent and otherworldly harmonies that at times seem impossible to have been produced by acoustic instruments. On the two occasions I heard the excellent Argento Chamber Ensemble perform his "In Vain," a masterpiece of glistening sonorities that unfurls in hypnotic waves of sound, I had the sense of hearing something unique.
Prof. Mariusz Kozak, who recently joined Columbia's faculty in Music Theory, is the subject of a new article in Columbia News discussing his research. Author Gary Shapiro writes . . .
"Kozak, who joined Columbia's Department of Music last July, is now taking that research interest a step further, studying the connection between how people listen and move to music. "Every known culture has some sort of combination of dance and music." Whether you're tapping your feet to jazz, nodding along to classical music or playing air guitar to rock 'n' roll, it is all material for his research. "The study of motion and music is an emerging area," said Kozak, who notes that interest in the subject has risen over the past decade or so as the technology for recording the movement of objects and people--motion capture--has improved."