David Bowie, 1947-2016

The Department of Music joins millions of fans, friends, and colleagues around the world in mourning the passing of David Bowie.

(Photobra|Adam Bielawski)

Read Jon Pareles' obituary in The New York Times.

Position Announcement: Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships in Music

The Department of Music at Columbia University invites applications for (two) Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships.

Appointment will be at the rank of Mellon Teaching Fellow/Lecturer, for a period of two years to begin July 1, 2016.

A PhD, DMA or the equivalent is required. The degree must have been received between January 1, 2012 and July 1, 2016. Fellows will be expected to do research, participate in the academic life of the Department of Music, and teach one course per semester in each of the two years(three in Columbia's Core Curriculum and one in the candidate's area of specialization).

Review of applications begins January 19, 2016 and will continue until the positions are filled.

Please visit the following link (Columbia University RAPS) for detailed information and to apply:

https://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=61975

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer -- Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

Pierre Boulez, 1925-2016

The Department of Music mourns the passing of Pierre Boulez and we extend our condolences to his friends, family, and colleagues around the world.

Online Obituaries:

The Guardian (UK)

The New York Times

Tina Frühauf Receives Ruth A. Solie Award from AMS

Tina Frühauf, along with her co-editor Lily E. Hirsch, won the American Musicological Society's Ruth A. Solie award this year for their edited volume, Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture (Oxford University Press, 2014). Solie Committee Chair Professor Colleen Reardon (UC Irvine) described the volume at the award presentation:

"The Solie award winner this year tackles themes of transnationalism, displacement, and memory by examining the fascinating and often problematic relationship between Jewish music and German culture in the shadow of the Holocaust. An introduction that leads naturally into a survey of postwar writings on Jewish music, and an illuminating postscript on the “represence” of Jewish music in Germany frame a collection of essays that elegantly mirror the theme of the volume by traveling backwards and forwards in time, by exploring music in the camps and outside its borders, and by tackling such difficult topics as the discourse of avoidance and narratives of survival."

At Columbia, Dr. Frühauf teaches Jewish Music of New York (MUSI V2030) and Masterpieces of Western Music (Music Humanities).

George Lewis' Afterword Streamed on BBC Radio 3

The live (audio) recording of George Lewis's new opera Afterword, performed in the Lawrence Batley Theater as part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in November 2015, is being streamed on the BBC Radio 3 site, as part of its “Hear and Now” series.

The opera, Afterword, celebrates the work of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), a pioneering collective of musicians that took root in Chicago in 1965.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06r432b#play

Joelle Lamarre (soprano)

Julian Terrell Otis (tenor)

Gwendolyn Brown (contralto)

International Contemporary Ensemble

David Fulmer (conductor)

Sean Griffin (director)

(Pictured: Julian Terrell Otis, Gwendolyn Brown, and Joelle Lamarre -- copyright Ross Karre and I Care If You Listen, 2015)

George Lewis Delivers President's Endowed Plenary at American Musicological Society Annual Meeting

Prof. George Lewis (Case Professor of American Music) gave the President's Endowed Plenary Address at the 2015 meeting of the American Musicological Society (AMS) to a capacity crowd. The lecture, entitled “Putting Scholarship into (Art) Practice: Four Cases," was described in the AMS program as follows:

“This talk troubles the bright line separating creative work from academic research, through an examination of four cases from my own work as a composer and interactive artist. The works themselves are diverse in content and affect, and range from computer music performance and interactive installations to opera. Each of these works, however, was developed through a combination of ethnographic method, historical and archival work, analysis of musical practice, and critical examination. The results are serving in turn as the impetus for my musicological writing—on the works themselves, on histories of larger networks of musical practice that these works draw upon, and on still larger socio-technological networks and practices that all of us encounter every day. Thus, the talk affirms the fact that the world continues to draw critically important lessons from music—often cryptically, and despite an ongoing and deleterious trope that portrays music as peripheral to American intellectual life. In staunch opposition to this trope, musicologist Jann Pasler has proposed that ‘music can serve as a critical tool, activating and developing multiple layers of awareness... I invite the reader to listen for music’s resonance in the world and, through music, to help us imagine our future.’ My talk makes common cause with Professor Pasler’s view, echoing philosopher Pierre Hadot’s understanding that ‘in philosophy, we are not dealing with the mere creation of a work of art: the goal is rather to transform ourselves.’”

Congratulations to Prof. Lewis!

Columbia Music Scholarship Conference: Call for Papers (Deadline Jan 5 2016)

The Columbia Music Scholarship Conference invites graduate students and recent Ph.D. recipients to submit abstracts to be selected for presentation at our eleventh annual meeting on February 27, 2016 at Columbia University in New York. The theme of the 2016 meeting will be Listening. We are pleased to announce that the conference will feature a keynote address by Alexander Rehding (Harvard University).

CFP Deadline: January 5, 2016.

We seek papers that engage with topics including, but not limited to, the following:

--Mediated Listening: How have technologies shaped listening practices and how have practices of listening shaped technologies?
--Sound: Toxic or Curative?: How have medical, physiological, and psychological discoveries affected the way listening is understood? How have practitioners in these fields studied listening and hearing?
--(In)Active Listening: How might states of mind affect listening? How does space influence listening practice and musical performance?
--Listening In: How can listening be used as a mode of surveillance and control? How does ethics factor into listening?
--Constructed Listeners: Who are the assumed listeners in music scholarship? Whose identities are excluded? How are these exclusions perpetuated by different types of music, sound, or noise?
--Pedagogy: In what ways have educational institutions impacted the practices of listening? How do pedagogical approaches “cultivate” listeners?

We are soliciting proposals for twenty-minute presentations from scholars active in all music disciplines as well as from scholars in related fields, aiming to maximize the theoretical and methodological breadth of the discussion.

Please submit abstracts of 200 to 250 words to 2016cmsc [at] gmail.com by January 5, 2016. Please include your name and contact information in your e-mail only, and attach the abstract as a Word, text, or .pdf file. The committee will select papers anonymously. All scholars who submit abstracts will be notified of the committee's decision by January 20th. For more information on the conference, please visit the conference website.

"Meet Our Students" Olachi Oleru (CC'16)

Featured Music Performance Program Student: OLACHI OLERU (CC'16)

MPP

What year are you at Columbia and What are you majoring in?

I am a senior in SEAS majoring in biomedical engineering with minors in mechanical engineering and music. 

How long have you been a participant of the MPP?

I have been in the Music Performance Program since my freshman year.

How have you benefited by MPP programs and performance opportunities?

The MPP is amazing because it allows students to study with world renowned musicians with whom we would never otherwise have the chance to study.

Ana María Ochoa at CENIDIM for the Cátedra Jesús C. Romero 2015

Professor Ana María Ochoa delivered four public lectures from November 2 to November 6 for the Cátedra Jesús C. Romero 2015 in Mexico's CENIDIM (Centro Nacional de Investigación, Documentación e Información Musical "Carlos Chávez"). The lecture series was entitled "Figuraciones de lo sonoro en América Latina y el Caribe." More information can be found here.

"Meet our Students" Jake Chapman (CC'16)

Featured Music Performance Program Student: JAKE CHAPMAN (CC'17)

MPP

What year are you at Columbia?

Senior

What are/will you be majoring in?

Music major, computer science concentration

How long have you been a participant of the MPP?

Since first semester of freshman year.

"MEET OUR STUDENTS" YONG MURRAY (CC'17)

Featured Music Performance Program Student: YONG MURRAY (CC'17)
MPP

There are very few parts of my musical life that MPP hasn't in some way helped out. I've been able to play in many great chamber music ensembles with wonderfully accomplished coaches, and there always seems to be some performance opportunity available whenever I need it. Even though I take lessons outside of Columbia, MPP has provided me with the funding necessary for me to do so. Columbia doesn't have a conservatory program, but it certainly feels like the offerings are equivalent to one. It is also an immense help that all of the ladies working the MPP office are incredibly warm, supportive, and generous.

"Meet Our Students" Ben Rosenblum (CC'16)

Featured Music Performance Program Student: Ben Rosenblum (CC'16)

 

MPP

What year are you at Columbia?

Columbia College, ’16.

What are you majoring in?

Philosophy.

How long have you been a participant of the MPP?

I have been participating in the MPP since my freshman year here.  I began with the MPP in the big band jazz ensemble my first year, and I have been participating in the jazz program ever since.  I have also performed in the Columbia-Juilliard showcases since my junior year.

"Meet Our Students" Joseph Morag (cc'18)

Featured Music Performance Program Student: Joseph Morag (CC'18)

MPP

What year are you at Columbia?

Sophomore 

What are you planning on majoring in?

I'm hoping to major in music and physics with a concentration in mathematics.

How long have you been a participant of the MPP?

I've been a part of MPP since the first day I set foot on campus as a student.

How have you benefited by MPP programs and performance opportunities?

Being a member of the CUO and working under Maestro Milarsky has contributed enormously to my growth as a musician.

DMA Alumna Courtney Bryan Appointed Assistant Professor at Tulane University

We are proud to announce that Dr. Courtney Bryan (2014, DMA Music Composition) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Music at Tulane University's Newcomb Department of Music beginning in Fall 2016, after she completes a second appointment as Postdoctorate Research Associate at Princeton University's Department of African-American Studies (2015-16). During this academic year, she will research the music of Alice Coltrane, write a commissioned piece for the ensemble, Duo Noire, and continue working on various compositions and performances. Congratulations, Dr. Bryan! http://www.courtneybryan.com

2015-2016 Colloquium Series (Historical Musicology and Theory) Announced

2015-16 Historical Musicology and Music Theory colloquium Series Announced:Unless otherwise noted, events are held in Dodge Hall, Room 622. All talks are free and open to the public.

Friday, October 2 (4:00 pm): Robert Gjerdingen (Northwestern University), "The Americanization of Harmony: A Decade of Apprenticeship in Two Convenient Credit Hours" (Please note that Gjerdingen's talk, exceptionally, will begin at 4pm rather than 2pm).

Friday, October 9 (2:00 pm): Benjamin Piekut (Cornell University), "Avoiding a Theory of the Vernacular Avant-Garde"

Friday, February 26 (2:00 pm): Carolyn Abbate (Harvard University), title TBA

Friday, April 1 (2:00 pm): Dora Hanninen (University of Maryland-College Park), title TBA

Friday, April 15 (2:00 pm): Jacomien Prins (University of Warwick), title TBA

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Additionally, the departments of Music and Philosophy are co-sponsoring the following event (part of a speaker series on Philosophy and Race):

Friday, March 25 (noon): Robin James (UNC-Charlotte), "Is the 'Post-' In Post-Identity the Same As the 'Post-' In Post-Genre?: Race and Pop Music Aesthetics"

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