Alumni Anthony Cheung and Nico Muhly cited in NY Times article on Pierre Boulez

Two Alumni, Anthony Cheung (DMA) and Nico Muhly (Columbia BA), were recently cited in a New York Times article, "Musicians Discuss the Influence of Pierre Boulez" by Zachary Woolfe, written in honor of Boulez's 90th birthday.

On Boulez as a composer, Muhly notes: "His own music has a great amount of surface beauty... That decadence. The Frenchness to it. You can feel the butter swirling in that pan. And when he conducts it, he teases out these luxurious textures."

On Boulez as a "perpetual reviser," Cheung observes: "The quality and care of his work, the craft with which he writes, is something that everyone who cares about composition respects."

MPP Spring 2015 Concerts (4/2-5/3)

Music Performance Program at Columbia University
Magdalena Stern-Baczewska, Director


Spring 2015 Student Concerts


April 22nd - World Music Concert, Union Theological Seminary, Social Hall
Bluegrass Ensemble directed by James Kerr, 7pm
Klezmer Ensemble directed by Jeff Warschauer, 8pm
Middle Eastern Ensemble directed by Amir Elsaffar, 9pm

April 22nd - "Concert Spirituals and the Black Soprano," featuring Magdalena Baczewska- piano, Marti Newland - soprano, and Paul T. Kwami - organ. Panel discussion to follow.
St Paul's Chapel, Columbia University, 7-9pm

Dr. Yoshiaki Onishi Appointed Associate Professor at Toho Gakuen School of Music

The Department of Music warmly congratulates Dr. Yoshiaki Onishi, who recently successfully defended and deposited his dissertation for the DMA degree in Composition, and who has been appointed Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Japan, as of April 1, 2015.

You can read more about Dr. Onishi's work on his website, or in his faculty page for Toho Gakuen School of Music, (in Japanese).

Professor George E. Lewis to receive honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of Edinburgh


The Department of Music warmly congratulates Professor George E. Lewis, Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music, who will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Edinburgh on June 27, 2015.

You can read more about Professor Lewis's work and accomplishments on his faculty bio, and see the full list of University of Edinburgh honorary graduates here.


Dr. Nili Belkind Appointed as Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Illinois!

The Department of Music congratulates Dr. Nili Belkind, a 2014 alumna of the Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD Program, who has been awarded 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

Collegium Musicum Concert: Pianto e Rime: Petrarch, Marenzio, and di Lasso (4/2, 7pm)

Event Date: 
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 7:00pm
Event Location: 
Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave (between 115th and 116th st.)

The Columbia University Collegium Musicum Presents A Spring Concert:

Pianto e Rime: Petrarch, Marenzio, and di Lasso

Thursday, April 2, 7:00 pm
The Italian Academy 
Free Admission (Open to the Public!)

Reception to Follow

Collegium Musicum April 2 2015 Concert Poster


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