The Department warmly congratulates Dr. Mario Cancel-Bigay, who on May 17, 2021 successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation in Ethnomusicology entitled "Sounds that Fall Through the Cracks, and Other Silences and Acts of Love: Decoloniality and Anticolonialism in Puerto Rican 'Nueva Canción' and 'Chanson Québécoise.'"
The Department warmly congratulates Dr. Tom Smith, who on May 12, 2021 successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation in Historical Musicology entitled "Hearing with American Law: On Music as Evidence and Offense in the Age of Mass Incarceration."
Paula Clare Harper (GSAS '19, Historical Musicology), formerly a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, has been named the new Assistant Professor of Musicology in the Glenn Korff School of Music at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
On April 8, five Columbia-affiliated composers were honored with Guggenheim Fellowships: Nina Young (DMA 2016), Sky Macklay (DMA 2018), Ashkan Behzadi (DMA 2019), Zosha Di Castri (Francis Goelet Assistant Professor of Music and DMA 2014), and Miya Masaoka (Director of the Sound Art Program in the School of the Arts).
Professors Zosha Di Castri and Ellie Hisama were interviewed about the symposium Unsung Stories: Women at Columbia's Computer Music Center in the article "Celebrating Women in Electronic Music at Columbia."
The Department warmly congratulates Dr. Samuel F. Yulsman, who successfully defended his DMA dissertation in Music Composition titled "Free Jazz Simulations and Political Despair in Aaron Cassidy's 'The Wreck of former boundaries' and 'a line off the convaplex, ifs of color, devout conditions' and 'Negative Horizon'" on March 15, 2021.