The Department of Music has received a generous donation from Nina Sanders and Peter Sanders, daughter and son of the late Professor Emeritus, Ernest H. Sanders, who passed away at the age of 99 in early 2018. This donation was given posthumously by Sanders.
Students, alumni, and faculty in the Music Department are featured in the article "Daughters of Harlem Teaches Local Young Women to Record and Produce Their Own Music" about the Fall 2018 workshop For the Daughters of Harlem: Working with Sound.
The Department of Music is now accepting applications for the Serwer Fund, which will assist currently registered graduate students in Historical Musicology, Theory, and Ethnomusicology in the pursuit of their scholarly work, including dissertation-related research, travel to conferences, and other initiatives.
Postdoctoral Music Theory Lecturer Maeve Sterbenz has been appointed Scholar-in-Residence at the San Francisco Ballet.
Alumna Nina C. Young (DMA, Composition 2016) has recently been announced as the Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of the Electronic Music Studios at the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin. Her contract will begin with the 2018-2019 academic year.
Rebecca Kim edits the first comprehensive survey of the groundbreaking work of Earle Brown, augmented with several newly published items from his personal archive. Earle Brown (1926–2002) was a crucial part of a group of experimental composers known as the New York School, and his music intersects in fascinating ways with that of his colleagues John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Christian Wolff.
Composer and pianist Courtney Bryan (DMA Composition, 2014) works in multiple genres, both sacred and secular, including jazz and other experimental music, traditional gospel, spirituals, and hymns. Unifying her compositions - solo to orchestral works, choral music and sound installations - is a desire to “communicate the sounds of rebellion and healing.”
The Ethnomusicology community at Columbia is delighted to congratulate our PhD alumna, Dr. Lauren Flood (PhD, 2016), who has been appointed as a Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at the Wolf Humanities Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Ethnomusicology community at Columbia is delighted to congratulate Trevor Reed (Hopi), a joint JD/PhD student in Law and Ethnomusicology at Columbia, who has been appointed as an Associate Professor of Law at Arizona State University.
The Ethnomusicology community at Columbia is thrilled to congratulate our PhD alumnus Whitney J. Slaten, who has been appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Bard College (Annandale on Hudson, NY), where he will begin teaching in Fall 2018.
William Mason has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Music at Wheaton College in Norton Massachusetts.
Congratulations to Galen DeGraf, a Ph.D candidate in Music Theory, who successfully defended his dissertation, "Navigating Musical Periodicities: Modes of Perception and Types of Temporal Knowledge," on May 14th!
The Columbia University Department of Music extends heartfelt congratulations to our 2018 graduates.
Anne Levitsky, Ph.D. student in Historical Musicology, successfully defended her dissertation, "The Song from the Singer: Personification, Embodiment, and Anthropomorphization in Troubadour Lyric," on April 12.
Thomas Fogg, a graduate student in Historical Musicology, successfully defended his dissertation, "Expériences sonores: Music in Postwar Paris and the Changing Sense of Sound," on May 7.
Mark Seto (GSAS PhD '12) has been appointed Lecturer in Music and Director of the Brown Symphony Orchestra, beginning in Fall 2018.
Zosha Di Castri ,the Francis Goelet Assistant Professor of Music, will be one of the Fellows at Columbia's new Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris.
The highly coveted Berlin Prize is awarded annually to scholars, writers, composers, and artists from the United States who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields.