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Columbia University News features an article on Prof. David Sulzer (Depts. of Psychiatry, Neurology and Pharmacology), a neuroscientist at Columbia who has been working with Prof. Brad Garton at Columbia's Computer Music Center on a project to create music from brain waves. The piece is by Adam Piore, and is entitled: Neuroscientist David Sulzer Turns Brain Waves Into Music
The Department of Music congratulates Daniel Callahan, a PhD candidate in Historical Musicology at Columbia, who has been appointed as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Music at The University of Chicago. Mr. Callahan will defend his dissertation, entitled "The Dancer from the Music: Men, Modern Dance, and Choreomusicalities on the U.S. Stage, 1910-2010," this summer. The dissertation, advised by Prof. Karen Henson, combines work in dance, film, music, and gesture that functions at the disciplinary interstices of musicology, cinema and media studies, theater and performance studies, and gender studies. In the dissertation, Mr. Callahan engages in choreomusical analysis, sound reconstruction for dance film, and archival and oral history, among other methods. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Selma Jeanne Cohen Award from the Society of Dance History (2011).
Mr. Callahan has worked on Merce Cunningham, Ted Shawn, and Mark Morris, and has also written about Arnold Schoenberg, Tina Turner, and Leonard Bernstein (the subject of his most current research).
As a Mellon Fellow in Music at Chicago, Mr. Callahan will devote himself to intensive research and writing and will teach two courses per year. His primary appointment will be in Music, but he will also be teaching courses cross-listed in such other units as Theater and Performance Studies and will be collaborating at the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry and teaching at the Logan Center for the Arts.
The Department of Music at Columbia University warmly congratulates all of our graduating majors, concentrators, and graduate students and their families on the occasion of the 2012 Columbia University Commencement.
The Music Department's Academic Department Administrator, Anne Gefell, is profiled in the current issue (vol. 3709) of the Columbia Record, celebrating her 16 year career at Columbia and her many activities and accomplishments beyond the Department. Congratulations to Anne!
"WHAT SHE DOES: Anne Gefell manages the Department of Music's office and its staff of four in Dodge Hall. On any given day, she handles payroll, talks with prospective students and their parents, troubleshoots technology issues in the classrooms, investigates leaks and other building problems, and interviews candidates for staff and work-study positions in the department. As the academic year winds down, Gefell is already busy preparing next year's budgets, pre-registration and courses, and monitoring the faculty hiring processes.
Gefell is also a part of the seven-member steering committee of academic department ad- ministrators of Arts & Sciences at the University. And she manages the Alice M. Ditson Fund, a grant program that supports performances and recordings of works by American composers, and sits on the advisory board of the department's journal, Current Musicology. Founded in 1965, it is the oldest musicology journal run by graduate students in the country."
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The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded Fellowships to Columbia Composition (DMA) alumni Kate Soper, Alex Mincek, and Huck Hodge. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the 181 successful candidates for 2012 Guggenheim Fellowships were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.
The Columbia University Gagaku program is profiled this week in an article by Nicholas Obourn in the "On Campus" news section of the University's main website. The article is entitled:
Healing the Universe With Japan's Ancient Court Music.
The article includes a video profile of the Gagaku program: