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Jessie Rubin (BC Ethnomusicology '19) Wins Ethel Stone Lefrak Prize in the Arts from Barnard College

Jessie Rubin BC '19The Columbia Ethnomusicology community is delighted to congratulate Jessie Rubin, Barnard College class of 2019 and Ethnomusicology track major, who has been awarded the Ethel Stone Lefrak Prize for excellence in the arts by Barnard College.  Jessie has just completed her senior project thesis, entitled "Vocality in Exile: The Indigenization of Scottish Bagpipes in a Palestinian Refugee Community," under the supervision of Prof. Fox.  She is also the second Barnard Ethnomusicology track major to win the Ethel Stone Lefrak Prize in the last two years!

Congratulations Jessie!

Andrés García Molina Wins SEM-Niagra T. Temple Tuttle Prize

Andrés García Molina

The Columbia Ethnomusicology community warmly congratulates PhD candidate Andrés García Molina, whose paper entitled “The Mutual Circulation of Sound and Goods in Havana: On Sound, Circulation, and Architecture,” has been awarded the T. Temple Tuttle Prize for Best Student Paper at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology's Niagra Chapter.  

Congratulations Andrés!

Katie Radishofski Wins Kluge Graduate Fellowship!

Katie Radishofski
The Columbia University Ethnomusicology community warmly congratulates PhD candidate Katie Radishofski, who has been awarded a Kluge Graduate Fellowship, in the Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program (CUSP),  for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Katie will also  serve as a Kluge Summer Mentor for Summer 2019. 

Katie is completing a dissertation entitled "
The Game Ain’t the Same”: Hip-Hop, Cultural Memory, and Neoliberal Urbanism in New York City" under the sponsorship of Prof. Kevin Fellezs. 

Congratulations Katie! 

Mary Catherine Stoumbos Selected as 2019-20 Lead Teaching Fellow at CTL

Mary Catherine StoumbosThe Ethnomusicology community at Columbia congratulates PhD student Mary Catherine Stoumbos, who was selected as a "Lead Teaching Fellow" for the Department of Music by Columbia'sCenter for Teaching and LearningThe Lead Teaching Fellow program is a professional development opportunity for doctoral students who are committed to promoting pedagogical practices and conversations among graduate students. LTFs participate in a series of meetings at the CTL, organize teaching-related workshops in their home departments, and act as liaisons between their peers and the CTL. 

Congratulations Mary!

Department of Music -- Senior Project Symposium (Friday May 3, 1PM-4PM)

The Department of Music and the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University are please to present the

2019 Senior Project Symposium

FRIDAY MAY 3, 2019
All are welcome!

Please join us in 701C Dodge Hall, the Center for Ethnomusicology, on Friday, May 3, 2019, from 1PM-4PM for our annual Undergraduate Senior Project Symposium, featuring presentations by five graduating seniors (Katie Cooke, Jessica Edgar, Brent Morden, Fabiola Ines Plaza and Jessie Rubin, from the Dept. of Music, and Andrea Floersheimer, from the Dept. of History)  who have completed senior projects with Music Department faculty advisers this spring.  Join us in proudly celebrating these fantastic projects! Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome.  The schedule of presentations is below. Presentations will be 20 minutes long, followed by Q&A, with brief breaks between presentations. 

Schedule of Presentations:

1:00PM Brent Morden (Columbia College Music Major): "Modeling Artistic Collaboration Across Time and Space."

1:30PM Jessica Edgar (Columbia College Music Major): "Restraint, Women, and the British Choral Tradition."

2:00PM Katie Cooke (Columbia College Music Major): "The Ministry of Love: An Exploration of Turkish Contemporary Christian Music."

2:30PM Jessie Rubin (Barnard College Music Major): "Vocality in Exile: The Indigenization of Scottish Bagpipes in a Palestinian Refugee Community."

3:00PM Fabiola Ines Plaza (Columbia College Music Major): "Nationalism in Venezuelan Classical Music: Connecting the Musical Revolution of the 20th Century to Today."

3:30PM Andrea Floersheimer (Columbia College History Major): "Kitchen Courthouses and Flying Judges: Bush Justice in Alaska, 1959-80."

Dr. César Colón-Montijo Awarded Princeton Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship!

Dr. Cesar Colon-Montijo
The Columbia University Ethnomusicology community is delighted to congratulate our recent PhD alumnus, and current Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Music, Dr. César Cólon-Montijo, who has been named to the first cohort of Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows at Princeton University. 

Congratulations César!


Dr. Cólon-Montijo received his PhD in Ethnomusicology in 2018 from the Department of Music and currently serves as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department. His dissertation, entitled  Specters of Maelo: An Ethnographic Biography of Ismael ‘Maelo’ Rivera, was advised by Profs. Ochoa and Washburne.  Dr. Colón-Montijo will join the Princeton University Department of Spanish and PortugueseColón-Montijo holds a master’s degree in anthropology and audiovisual communication from the University of Barcelona and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Puerto Rico, in addition to his PhD from Columbia. His research spans Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latinx media and cultural studies, and is focused on the production and reception of popular song, music, print and non-print texts and their role in shaping communities and social movements. In addition to his scholarly work, Colón-Montijo is a journalist and documentary filmmaker with experience in radio and television. Colón-Montijo will be advised by Pedro Meira Monteiro, the Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

PhD Student Kyle DeCoste Wins Best Student Paper Prize at 2019 IASPM-US!

Kyle DeCosteCongratulations to Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD student student Kyle DeCoste! Kyle was awarded the Best Graduate Student Paper at the 2019 International Association for the Study of Popular Music, US Branch (IASPM-US) annual meeting for his paper, “Music All Up and Down the Street: Listening to Childhood in James Baldwin’s Little Man, Little Man.” In the paper, DeCoste uses Baldwin’s “children’s book for adults” as way to re-think conceptions of childhood innocence and the role of music in mediating the realities of black children's lives in Harlem.

"EMPACY" -- A Hip Hop Theater Event (2 Staged Readings, Fri 4/26 and Sat 4/27)

Event Start: 
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 4:00am - Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 6:00pm
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusioclogy)
The Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University is pleased to present TWO staged readings of a new improvisational hip hop theatrical production:


A staged reading of a new play by Adi Eshman and David Bell as Dramaturg

Directed by: Max Friedman
Produced by: Ray Morency
Featuring: Kristin Kirkley, Candace Maxwell, and Chris Lysik

Julian, Ezra, Kay, & Shaina are four friends at a dinner party, sharing stories, and toasting to their friendship. Until someone conducts an experiment.

An OFF TOP commission that blends science, hip hop, and politics.
SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019, 4PM-6PM BOTH in 701C Dodge Hall, The Center for Ethnomusicology Columbia University Morningside (Main) Campus, Broadway and 116th St. Free and open to the public, but a $5 donation is requested to support the project if you are able, and space may be limited. Please confirm attendance on Facebook if possible at:

PhD Student Andrés García Molina Wins Research Grant from Florida International University

Congratulations to Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD candidate Andrés García Molina, who has been awarded a $2,000 travel grant to visit the Díaz-Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection at Florida International University, where he will also be giving a lecture about his research.
Andres Garcia Molina

Women CLAP BACK: Music and the Arts (Tues April 16, 6:15PM)

Event Start: 
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 6:15pm - 9:15pm
Lifetime Screening Room 511 Dodge Hall 2960 Broadway New York City, NY 10027
Women CLAP BACK: Music and the Arts 
is a series of programmed events featuring woman-identified speakers working on the fringes of music and the arts that speak about their interventions in the white and patriarchal dynamics of their fields. The goal of CLAP BACK is to foster cross-disciplinary conversation among musicians, composers, multimedia artists, playwrights, bloggers, academics, and activists. 
The inaugural CLAP BACK premiered at The New School / Eugene Lang College in April 2016.

This second event will feature film director and visual artist James Spooner, who directed 2003's Afropunk: The Rock n' Roll Experience, a groundbreaking independent film that sparked a global movement. Centered on the experiences of black rock, punk and hardcore musicians in New York City, it spearheaded a nationwide conversation on black artists within the DIY (Do-it-Yourself) underground music scenes. Most importantly, it highlighted the experiences of black women who successfully navigated their gender and ethnocultural status while actively participating within these white-centric and male-dominated genres and cultures that have historically been resistant to marginalized communities.

At this event, we will screen portions of the 70-minute documentary and Spooner will give a presentation on the making of the documentary, as well as discuss the cultural shift that has happened in the 15+ years since the initial release. A panel discussion about the NYC's contemporary metal, punk and hardcore scenes and a reception will follow. Stay tuned for more information!

Date & Time
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
6:15 PM – 9:15 PM EDT
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