Composition News

Columbia Students and Alumni Included in Harvard Fromm Music Foundation Commissions For 2021

David Bird, Jessie Cox, Louis Goldford, and Diana Rodriguez

The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University has announced the names of fourteen composers selected to receive 2021 Fromm commissions. Among the fourteen winners are Columbia alumnus David Bird (DMA 2019), and three current DMA students, Jessie Cox, Louis Goldford, and Diana Rodriguez.

Dr. Zosha Di Castri Releases Podcast Project "The Dream Feed: Musicians on Motherhood"

Professor Zosha Di Castri has launched a new podcast series The Dream Feed: Musicians on Motherhood featuring conversations between musicians on their experiences navigating the seemingly incompatible worlds of professional music and motherhood, sharing in both the personal challenges and profoundly inspiring moments that come with being simultaneously mothers and musicians.

Dr. Onur Yıldırım Defends Dissertation

The Department warmly congratulates Dr. Onur Yıldırım, who successfully defended his DMA dissertation in Music Composition titled "Phonetics-based Techniques in My Compositional Methodology and Two Compositions: 'ŠÀ {karāz}' for large ensemble and 'eschaton according to bēl-rē'u-šu' for percussion trio" on May 24, 2021.

Five Columbia-affiliated Composers Honored with Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships

Nina Young, Sky Macklay, Ashkan Behzadi, Zosha Di Castri, and Miya Masaoka

Nina Young, Sky Macklay, Ashkan Behzadi, Zosha Di Castri, and Miya Masaoka

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).

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