The highly coveted Berlin Prize is awarded annually to scholars, writers, composers, and artists from the United States who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields.
Edward Jacobs, Yoshiaki Onishi, and Mika Pelo are three of the (former) Columbia Composers who are recipients of Guggenheim Fellowship this year. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Alessandra Ciucci, who has been awarded the 2018-2019 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Rome Prize in Modern Italian Studies!
Our retired Associate in the Music Performance Program, Niels Østbye, died on March 19, 2018, at his home in Grandview-on-Hudson, NY, at the age of 93. He taught at Columbia from 1967 until his retirement in 2016.
Andrew Haringer (PhD, Historical Musicology, 2012) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Music at St. Anselm College
Congratulations to George Lewis, who has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is among twelve new members who will be inducted into the 250-person organization in mid-May.
Congratulations to Huck Hodge (DMA, Composition '08), who has won the $200,000 Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Congratulations to Brent Morden (CC '19), who was selected as the third place winner in the orchestral division of the 2017-2018 Metropolitan Youth Orchestra's Emerging Composers Competition.
Ernest H. Sanders, Professor Emeritus of Music at Columbia, where he taught from 1954 until his retirement in 1986, died at his home in New York, on January 13, 2018. He was 99 years old.
The Music Department is offering a wide range of courses this semester, including several featured and new electives.
Please welcome Erica Lockhart as our new Director of Academic Administration and Finance in the Music Department!
Alessandra Ciucci and Julia Doe, Assistant Professors of Music, have each won grants from the Provost’s Program for Junior Faculty who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University.
These competitive awards, of up to $25,000, support new or ongoing research and scholarship, seed funding for innovative research for which external funding would be difficult to obtain, and curricular development projects.
Prof. Ciucci’s project is entitled “Resonances of the Rural Across the Mediterranean: Music, Sound and Moroccan Men in Italy.” Prof. Doe’s is “The Comedians of the King: Opéra-Comique and the Bourbon Monarchy on the Eve of Revolution.”
The Department of Music welcomes gifts in memory of Anne Marie Gefell (1955-2017).
Peter Susser’s Cello Suite (2016) was recorded by Laura Usiskin (Columbia/Juilliard 2008) as part of her “Reimagining Bach” solo cd.
Abstract: This article studies the relationship between the discourse of Bengali cultural nationalism and the devotional song genre of padāvalī kīrtan in the early twentieth century.
Ethnomusicology PhD candidate Hicham Chami has been awarded the 2017 T. Temple Tuttle Prize for best student paper presented at the annual meeting of the Niagara Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology.
Benjamin Steege has published two articles: "Antipsychologism in Interwar Musical Thought: Two Ways of Hearing Debussy," in Music & Letters and "Between Race and Culture: Hearing Japanese Music in Berlin," in History of Humanities.