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Curious about the Barnard College "Ethnomusicology track" in the Music Major? Read this carefully!
(Specific requirements for the BC Ethnomusicology track are below).
Barnard College is one of the few colleges in the US where you can complete an undergraduate major in the field of Ethnomusicology, specifically. This academic major track (please note that it does not focus on the performance of non-western music, although there are opportunities for doing this) provides a unique opportunity for BC students with a serious and scholarly interest in the field of Ethnomusicology. This track is especially intended to prepare students for graduate study and careers in music, anthropology, music business and technology, and library/information science, among other related fields.
This program offers undergraduates rich access to the faculty and resources of Columbia's highly-ranked graduate (MA/PhD) program in Ethnomusicology. The undergraduate offering has a long and distinguished track record as a "special major" at Barnard. In 2009, the special major was converted into a pre-approved major track within the BC Music major. (NB: Columbia College/GS students cannot pursue this track in the Music major; please contact Prof. Fox if you are a CC/GS student with a specific interest in pursuing Ethnomusicology.)
Music Theory PhD student Orit Hilewicz Wins Founders Prize from International Society for the Study of Time (ISST)!
The Department congratulates Music Theory PhD Candidate Orit Hilewicz, who has received the Founders Prize for New Scholars at the triennial conference of the International Society for the Study of Time (ISST) for her paper "Tracing Space in Time: Morton Feldman's Rothko Chapel."
The prize announcement may be read online here.
Ms. Hilewicz's paper explores the relationship between Rothko's chapel in Houston, TX, and Morton Feldman's 1971 composition titled Rothko Chapel, composed for the chapel space. Focusing on the temporal dimension of Feldman's work, she examines the piece as a case of musical ekphrasis, the musical representation of another artwork, and shows that the interaction between contrasting musical temporalities in Feldman's Rothko Chapel becomes a temporal trace of a visitor's experience in Rothko's chapel. This paper is part of a larger analysis project that explores points of intersection between music and the visual arts, studying ekphrastic musical works as text for the original works they represent.
The Department of Music congratulates Prof. Kevin Fellezs, who is one of 8 faculty members recognized under the Provost's Grant Program for "Junior Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University." These awards, of up to $25,000 each, support new or ongoing research and scholarship, seed funding for innovative research for which external funding would be difficult to obtain, and curricular development projects.
Prof. Fellezs, who is jointly appointed in the Department of Music and in the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, and is affiliated with the Center for Jazz Studies, was awarded this grant for his project Sound Waves Across the Waters: The Polycultural Music of Japanese and American Smooth Jazz Artists.
The Department of Music congratulates Dr. Ryan Dohoney (PhD, Historical Musicology, 2009), who has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Musicology at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music beginning Fall 2013. Prior to taking up his position at Northwestern, Dr. Dohoney served as Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Kansas (2012-2013), and faculty fellow in music at Colby College (2011-2013).
Dr. Dohoney received his BMus in music history and vocal performance from Rice University and and earned his PhD at Columbia with the dissertation The Anxiety of Art: Morton Feldman's Modernism, 1948-1972, sponsored by Prof. Lewis. He is currently expanding his dissertation work into an historical ethnography of the premier of Feldman's Rothko Chapel titled The Illusion of Feeling: Morton Feldman and the Rothko Chapel.
The Center for Ethnomusicology's projects to "repatriate" recordings of collector Laura Boulton, conducted in collaboration with Native American and Alaska Native communities, are featured in a story in Columbia News, and in a video feature on the Columbia University home page.
Prof. Aaron Fox was also interviewed about these projects by John Schaefer on WNYC's SoundCheck program. Listen to the program to hear several examples of music from the Laura Boulton collection!
Congratulations to Columbia ethnomusicology PhD student Kevin Holt, who has been awarded a 2013 Predoctoral Fellowship from the Ford Foundation.
This fellowship, which provides three years of full support for doctoral research, is sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies. Mr. Holt's selection for this prestigious award reflects Ford Foundation's panelists' "judgment of scholarly competence as well as the promise of future achievement as a scholar, researcher, and teacher."
Mr. Holt's doctoral research concerns youth culture and hip-hop music in Atlanta and more broadly in the US; his MA thesis was an ethnographic study of "Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater." He holds a prior MA from Columbia's Institute for Research in African-American Studies, and a BA in Music from Oberlin Conservatory.
Mr. Holt is also the third PhD student in ethnomusicology at Columbia to win support from the Ford Foundation in the past three years!
The Department of Music congratulates alumna Dr. Maria Sonevysky (PhD, Ethnomusicology, 2012). Dr. Sonevytsky has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Music at Bard College, beginning in 2014. Prior to taking up the position at Bard, Dr. Sonevysky will be a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto for 2013-14.
Dr. Sonevytsky is currently a Mihaychuk Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. She received her BA degree in Music from Barnard College, and her PhD in Music (Ethnomusicology) from Columbia University. Her dissertation was entitled "Wild Music: Ideologies of Exoticism in Two Ukrainian Borderlands." The dissertation develops comparative musical-ethnographic studies of two distinct Ukrainian borderland groups, the Hutsuls of the Carpathian Mountains, and the Crimean Tatars, and examines the role of discourses of "wildness" and exoticism in Ukrainian music, culture, and politics.
Commencement 2013: The Department of Music Congratulates our Graduating Students!
Columbia College (Majors and Concentrators)
- Andrew Dugue (Concentration)
- David Halpern
- Emily Hamilton (Concentration)
- Victoria Lewis - Cum Laude
- Megan Maloney (Concentration)
- Ilan Marans
- Mark Micchelli - Cum Laude
- Emily Ostertag - Cum Laude
- Natalie Robehmed
- Christopher Ruenes- Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Departmental Honors*
- Rieko Shepherd
- Ian Shirley - Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
- Jacob Snider
- Gregory Somerville
- Maria Sulimirski
- Natalie Weiner
School of General Studies (Majors)
- Sebastian Clegg
- Iva Kupresak
Barnard College (Majors, except as noted)
- Rebecca Gray - Music & English (Writing), Departmental Honors
- Martina Wiedenbaum - Ethnomusicology
- Lucy Finkelstein-Fox - Ethnomusicology & Psychology, Departmental Honors
- Rachel Bronstein - Music
- Lisa Campbell - Music
- Elissa Mendez-Renk - Music
- Laura Pantley - Music
- Emma Solomons - Music
- Alexandra Vidal - Music
- Xuela Zhang - Music
* Departmental Honors are awarded to Chris Ruenes for his composition "Rupt ures," written under the supervision of Brad Garton. Finalists for Departmental Honors were Emily Ostertag, Jacob Snider, and Rieko Shepherd.
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
- Cesar Colon-Montijo
- Beatriz Goubert
- Orit Hilewicz
- Kevin Holt
- Anne Adele Levitsky
- Brooke Rosemary Lyssy
- William Lowell Mason
- Imani Danielle Mosley
- Yoshiaki Onishi
- Thomas Christopher Smith
- Beau Bothwell
- Sean Hallowell
- Nicholas Higgins.
The Department of Music is delighted to welcome Mariusz Kozak to our faculty in Music Theory. Prof. Kozak will join Columbia University as an Assistant Professor of Music in July, 2013. He is currently a post-doctoral scholar and visiting assistant professor of music theory at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His research focuses on the emergence of musical meaning in contemporary art music, the development and cognitive bases of musical experience, and the phenomenology of bodily interactions in musical behavior. In his work, he attempts to bridge experimental approaches from embodied cognition with phenomenology and music analysis, in particular using motion-capture technology to study the movements of performers and listeners. His current project examines how listeners' understanding and experience of musical time are shaped by bodily actions and gestures.
Georg Friedrich Haas has joined Columbia University's composition faculty as a full-time tenured professor as of September, 2013. This appointment promises to sustain and enhance our composition program's reputation as one of the strongest, most progressive, and most international such programs in the United States.
Haas has emerged as one of the major European composers of his generation. His music synthesizes in a highly original way the Austrian tradition of grand orchestral statement with forward-looking interests in harmonic color and microtonal tuning that stem from both French spectralism and a strand of American experimentalism. The result is an exploratory, uncompromising music that is also sensuously attractive. His music appeals to unusually diverse constituencies, from avant-garde composers for its microtonal investigations to casual listeners for its spacious forms and euphonious harmony.
Congratulations to Giuseppe Gerbino, Associate Professor of Historical Musicology and Chair of the Department, on winning the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award. Established on a donation from trustee Gerry Lenfest (Law '58), the Lenfest award recognizes faculty who demonstrate unusual merit in scholarship, university citizenship, and professional involvement. Professor Gerbino will receive an award of $25,000 per year for a three-year period.
Andrew Eggert Appointed Director of Opera Studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University
The Department of Music congratulates ethnomusicology graduate program alumnus Tyler Bickford (PhD, 2011, With Distinction), who has been appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English (in Children's Literature and Childhood Studies) at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Bickford has been a Core Lecturer teaching Contemporary Civilization at Columbia since 2011, and was awarded the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching (Columbia's highest honor for a graduate student instructor). He is also a past winner of the Lise Waxler Prize (SEM) and the Hewitt Pataleoni Prize (MACSEM).
Dr. Bickford's Columbia ethnomusicology dissertation, entitled "Children's Music, MP3 Players, and Expressive Practices at a Vermont Elementary School: Media Consumption as Social Organization among Schoolchildren," is an ethnographic study of the media ecology of K-8 schoolchildren at a small, rural, public school in New England.
You can read an article about Dr. Bickford in the Columbia Spectator here. Dr. Bickford's personal website (with several of his publications) is here.
Columbia's Computer Music Center and the new School of the Arts MFA Program in Sound Arts are featured in an article in the Feb. 7, 2013 Columbia Spectator. The article, by Derek Arthur, is entitled: "Computer Music Center combines technology, music in experimental setting."
An accompanying video clip, featuring Prof. Brad Garton and Douglas Repetto, can be viewed below or on YouTube.
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