Dr. Solomiya Ivakhiv has quickly earned a reputation for performing with "distinctive charm and subtle profundity" (Daily Freeman, New York) and "crystal clear and noble sound" (Culture and Life, Ukraine). Known as chamber musician and soloist, she has appeared at prestigious music festivals such as Tanglewood, Verbier, and Embassy Series, Musique de Chambre a Giverny (France), Prussia Cove (England), the Banff Centre and Ottawa Chamber Fest (Canada) and performed with renowned artists Joseph Silverstein, Gary Graffman, Roberto Diaz, Steven Isserlis, Philip Setzer, and Gil Kalish. In the 2014-2015 concert season, Ms. Ivakhiv will appear at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in two separate concerts, the Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Concert Hall, and Charleston Symphony Orchestra's chamber music series.
Susan Boynton (Department Chair) was awarded a grant from the Provost for the redesign of her spring 2015 graduate seminar (Music G8102, Seminar in Historical Musicology: the Middle Ages) to include an extensive digital humanities component. The seminar, held in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, will focus on the analysis and presentation of medieval liturgical manuscripts in the web environment, with a focus on manuscripts from Columbia and Barnard collections. The seminar will dedicate extensive time to study of the physical manuscripts, aided by Consuelo Dutschke (Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, RBML) and Alexis Hagadorn (Conservator and Head of the Conservation Program, Columbia University Libraries) as well as the Mellon Conservator for Special Collections, Vasare Rastonis. Read Boynton's description of her plans for the course here.
In addition to the funding for expenses such as digital photography of medieval manuscripts and recording of sound examples, the seminar will receive support from the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) in the form of content development, instructional design, media production, systems integration, assessment and project management.