Composition at Columbia University

COMPOSITION LINKS


Composition Faculty

Assistant Professor of Music
 
Joseph Dubiel
Professor of Music
 
Professor of Music
Director, Computer Music Center
 
Georg Friedrich Haas
MacDowell Professor of Music

Alfred W. Lerdahl
Fritz Reiner Professor of Musical Composition
Director, Fritz Reiner Center
 
George E. Lewis
Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music
Chair of the Composition Area Committee, 2014-15
 
Emeritus Composition Faculty
 
Francis Goelet Professor of Composition

POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWS:

PROGRAMS OFFERED

MA, DMA, undergraduate courses, MFA in Sound Arts, through the School of the Arts and the Computer Music Center

ONLINE RESOURCES

 

News & Events in Composition

Prof. Georg Friedrich Haas Featured in Columbia News

Professor Georg Friedrich Haas was recently featured on the ColumbiaNews website in an article titled "Pitch Perfect: Columbia Music Department Embraces Microtonal Music of Georg Friedrich Haas."  The article gives hightlights of Haas' career trajectory, awards, and critical acclaim as "one of the major composers of his generation," and discusses his recent work and accomplishments--from the Carnegie Hall premier of his dark dreams last October, to a recent work for solo trumpet written in memory of Eric Garner.

Read the full article here.

DMA Alumna Courtney Bryan's Work in Performance at La Mama

DMA alumna Courtney Bryan's Prophetika: An Oratorio will be performed at La Mama from March 20th through April 5th.

As the La Mama website describes this exciting performance:

"Award-winning stage director Charlotte Brathwaite joins forces with eclectic composer/pianist Courtney Bryan and celebrated installation artist Abigail DeVille in a sonically stimulating, visually spectacular experience.

Prof. Peter Susser's "Five Ballads for Solo Cello" Reviewed in Strings Magazine

The April 2015 issue of Strings magazine features a review of Prof. Peter Susser's (also a Columbia DMA Alumnus) "Five Ballads for Solo Cello," recently recorded by cellist Eric Bartlett.

Click the image to read in full size. 
101 Peter Susser - "Essence of Cello" Review

Brad Garton receives Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award!

The Department of Music congratulates Professor Brad Garton on receiving  the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award. Created in 2005 by Columbia Trustee Gerry Lenfest ('58 LAW) to honor exceptional faculty in the Arts and Sciences, the awards are given annually to recognize unusual merit across a range of activities including scholarship, University citizenship, and professional involvement, with primary emphasis on teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.  

Prof. George Lewis Interviewed in "I Care If You Listen" Magazine

Prof. George Lewis is featured in an interview in Issue 10 of I Care If You Listen magazine, entitled "The Past is Prologue," and written by Arlene and Larry Dunn. 

DMA alumna Kate Soper Featured in a NYT ArtsBeat Video

Kate Soper (DMA 2011) was recently featured in a New York Times ArtsBeat article, which includes a video of her performing "Go Away," from her 2011 "Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say," with flutist Erin Lesser.  ArtsBeat calls Soper's work "virtuosic" and "limit-stretching."

You can see the full article and watch the video here

Read more about Kate Soper's work on her website.

DMA Student Nina Young Named a "Trailblazing Artist" by WQXR

Congratulations to Columbia DMA student Nina Young who was named as one of "10 Imagination-Grabbing Trailblazing Artists of 2014" by WQXR's Q2 Music. 

The article includes an audio clip of Nina's "Vestigia Flammae" from a performance by Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and Brad Balliett writes:  "Nina's music is constantly surprising, but at the same time, seems predestined. Every event seems so well-placed and inevitable that one is left with the feeling that the piece could have gone only the way she has it mapped out. Echoes of Stravinsky and something spectral give way to an intensely personal voice cut through with an ear for color and balance that is almost unmatched among composers that are not Marcos Balter, Alex Mincek or Helmut Lachenmann. Listen and enjoy."

You can see the full article here

Learn more about Nina's work on her website.

Fall 2014 Department of Music Newsletter Published!

The Department of Music is pleased to announce the publication of its Fall 2014 official Newsletter!

Please click here to open the Newsletter in PDF format. 

The Department also asks our friends and alumni to consider making a financial gift  in support of the Department's many initiatives and programs this holiday season.  Your generous gift will support many student needs directly, including graduate student conference and research travel, visiting speakers and performers, and needed improvements to classrooms and practice rooms. 

2015 will be an exciting year for the Department as we celebrate 50-year anniversaries for both the journal Current Musicology (in spring 2015) and the Center for Ethnomusicology (in fall 2015), in this the Department's 119th year.  

Please see the Newsletter for some of the outstanding upcoming events for the spring semester. 

Finally, we wish all our friends, affiliates, students, and colleagues a very happy, warm, and music-filled holiday season and extend our best wishes for the new year!

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Call for Papers: Current Musicology 50th Anniversary Conference, March 28-29, 2015 (Deadline for submissions is 1/15/15)

Call for Papers!

Current Musicology
50th Anniversary Conference

March 28-29, 2015 at Columbia University

Deadline for All Abstract Submissions: January 15, 2015

Submissions are invited for a conference commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the journal Current Musicology. As a tribute to Current Musicology's multidisciplinary orientation, which combines perspectives from different areas of music scholarship, we welcome proposals for 20-minute paper presentations on any topic related to the areas of historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory and analysis, philosophy of music, popular music studies, music education, and related fields. Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in the journal's celebratory special issue.

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To submit a proposal, please e-mail your name, institution, e-mail address, and an abstract of no more than 250 words to current-musicology@columbia.edu by January 15, 2015, with the subject line "Conference Submission." The committee will select papers anonymously. All scholars who submit abstracts will be notified of the committee's decision by February 1, 2015.
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Georg Friedrich Haas Featured in the Wien Modern Festival

Georg Friedrich Haas, MacDowell Professor of Music, was the featured composer at the festival Wien Modern in Vienna from October 29 to November 21, 2014. The Festival's opening concert, which took place on October 29, featured Haas's Concerto grosso Nr. 2 for chamber ensemble and orchestra, with Cornelius Meister leading Klangforum Wien and the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien. On October 30, Klangforum Wien delivered an all-Haas chamber program, including "flow and friction" for a sixteenth-tone piano for four hands, "de terrae fine" for solo violin, and "... Schatten ... durch unausdenkliche Walder" for two pianos and two percussionists.  On November 2, Francois-Xavier Roth led the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg in a rare performance of limited approximations for six microtonal pianos and orchestra. Additional performances in the festival included tria ex uno by oenm (Austrian Ensemble for Contemporary Music) on November 3, Concerto grosso Nr. 1 with Peter Rundel conducting the hornroh alphorn quartet and the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien on November 4, AUS.WEG on November 17 with Ensemble Kontrapunkte led by Peter Keuschnig. All of Haas's eight string quartets were performed by the Arditti quartet in four concerts on November 10 and 11.

For more information on this year's Wien Modern festival, click here.