A PhD candidate in Historical Musicology, Russell O'Rourke is at work on a dissertation about theories and practices of representation in late Renaissance Italian musical culture, with an emphasis on their relationship to the rediscovery of Aristotle's Poetics in the sixteenth century. As an instructor, he has taught Music Humanities in Columbia's Core Curriculum for two years (2015-17), for which he was awarded a Preceptor Teaching Award in 2017. In the 2018-19 academic year, he is serving as a TA in the undergraduate music theory sequence, running a weekly lab.
In 2017, Russell founded Ars Nota, a historical music notation study group that meets weekly on Columbia's campus to sing medieval and Renaissance music from facsimiles of its original sources. The picture above is taken from a short documentary his friend Rebecca Rom-Frank made about the group, "Ars Nota: Singing from the Source." Ars Nota is supported in 2018-19 by the Department of Music's Serwer Fund. In 2018, he also participated in Susan Boynton's FAB-Musiconis exchange with students at Sorbonne University in Paris, helping to index a bilingual database of medieval music iconography.
Outside of Columbia, he serves on the faculty at Greenwood Music Camp (Junior Division), where he teaches violin and viola and coaches chamber music to children ages 10-13.