Music: Order and Disorder

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Columbia Music Scholarship Conference is the Department of Music's annual, graduate-student-run conference. The theme of our 2017 conference, held on Saturday March 4, was "Music: Order and Disorder." The conference was co-chaired by Eamonn Bell, Paula Harper and Ralph Whyte. The keynote address was presented by Professor Eric Drott (UT Austin).

The complete program of events is available below:


9:00–9:45 a.m.

9:45–10:00 a.m.
Welcoming remarks

10:00–11:30 a.m.
Session 1 - Structuring Musical Knowledge (Chair: Carmel Raz)

  • Tom Johnson (The Graduate Center, CUNY) - "#genre"
  • Matteo Magarotto (University of Cincinnati) - "The Transition from Divine to Temporal Order in Eighteenth-Century Music"
  • Hicham Chami (University of Florida) - "A Tale of Two Protectorates: Cultural Hegemony in Colonial Morocco and Its Impact on Indigenous Musics"

 11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Coffee break 

12:00–1:30 p.m.
Session 2 - Ordering Communities and Identities (Chair: Prof. Alessandra Ciucci)

  • Emily Clark (Columbia University) - "Islamophobia, Noise, and Colonial Order in the Contemporary Netherlands"
  • Ben Dumbauld (The Graduate Center, CUNY) - "Singing for the Impossible Society: Mass Spectacle and the Failure to Maintain Hegemonic Order in Socialist Romania"
  • Samantha Cooper (New York University) - "Receiving the Singing Jews: Jewish Response to Richard Strauss' Salome at the Metropolitan Opera House (1907-1934)"

1:30–2:30 p.m.

2:30–4:00 p.m.
Session 3 - Disciplining Performance and Improvisation (Chair: Prof. Mariusz Kozak)

  • Clay Downham (University of Colorado Boulder) “Collective Improvisational Schemata in Lennie Tristano's Musical Community"
  • Alana Murphy (The Graduate Center, CUNY) - "Square Dance: Ballet Accompaniment, Kinesthetically-Imposed Phrase Structure, and Recomposition as Creative Improvisational Practice"
  • Andrew Chung (Yale University) - "Music, Sovereign Speech-Acts, and Sex-Trafficked Bodies: Music-Semiotic Acts of Sexual Violence"

4:15–5:15 p.m.
Keynote address

"Sorting Music Out"

Prof. Eric Drott 

Associate Professor of Theory

Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin

5:15–7:00 p.m.
Closing remarks and reception