Columbia Music Scholarship Conference [CANCELLED]

re-soundings: Revisions, reworkings, remixes

NOTE: Due to Columbia University's precautionary measures in response to the spread of COVID-19, we are sorry to announce that the conference has been cancelled. We will keep this website updated with any information should the conference be rescheduled for a future date.

Conference SPeakers and Talk Titles

Peter Verdin - PhD Student, Memorial University of Newfoundland

    "The Transmigration of José Larralde - Hearing Spaces, Places, and Histories"


Colter Harper - Research Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University at Buffalo

    "Listening to Ghana’s Lost Decade: Archiving and Activating the Bokoor Studios Recordings"


Lauren Shepherd - PhD Student in Music Theory, Columbia University 

    "From Brahms to Kanye: Defining and Differentiating Types of Musical Borrowing"


Dr. Rachel Edelstein - Managing Editor, Musica Judaica Online Reviews

     "The Soprano’s Kol Nidre: Re-Embodying Prayer in Jewish Worship"


Alex C. Valin - PhD Student in English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

     "F-E-D On: Cannibalistic Structure in Julius Eastman’s Evil Nigger (1979)"


Oliver Hunter - American University

      “The Melting North: Climate Change and First Nation Musical Revival at the Adäka Cultural Festival”




Keynote Speaker: Sarah Fuchs

Grounded in archival research, Sarah Fuchs’s scholarship cuts across disciplinary boundaries, bringing together musicology, print culture and media studies, and nationalism studies to articulate new understandings of late eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early twentieth-century operatic cultures. She is currently working on two books: Opera on the Line: A Technological History of French Operatic Culture, 1870-1914, which focuses on the new modes of operatic consumption, pedagogy, and performance that emerged in France alongside the telephone, the phonograph, and the camera, and Singing Beyond the Stage: Operatic Sheet Music in Britain, 1780-1837, which investigates the cultural history of operatic sheet music published in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain. Dr. Fuchs’s work is forthcoming in Cambridge Opera Journal and the edited collection London Voices: 1820-1840.



2020 Columbia Music Scholarship Conference Co-Chairs:

Gabrielle E. Ferrari

PhD Student in Historical Musicology

Gabrielle received a Bachelor's of Arts in Music and a Bachelor's of Arts in English Literature from Southern Methodist University in 2017. Her interests are in 20th-century art song and opera, particularly the intersection of gender and sexuality in American and English song after World War I. Further interests include music and trauma, opera staging, and music and poetry. She won the George S. Bond Poetry prize for her essay on Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, which was published in Nota Bene in 2017.

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Althea SullyCole

PhD Student in Ethnomusicology


Althea SullyCole is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and ethnomusicologist from New York City. She received a B.A. in Ethnomusicology at Barnard College in 2012; an M.A. with Distinction in Music in Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in 2016; and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University in 2018. Althea studied her primary instrument, the 21-stringed West African harp kora, under kora players Yacouba Sissoko and Edou Manga.

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