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  • Center Repatriation Projects Featured in Columbia News and Soundcheck Stories

    The Center for Ethnomusicology's projects to "repatriate" recordings of collector Laura Boulton,  conducted in collaboration with Native American and Alaska Native communities, are featured in a story in Columbia News, and in a video feature on the Columbia University home page.
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  • Kevin Holt Wins Ford Predoctoral Fellowship!

    Congratulations to Columbia ethnomusicology PhD student Kevin Holt, who has been awarded a 2013 Predoctoral Fellowship from the  Ford Foundation.

    This fellowship, which provides three years of full support for doctoral research, is sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies.  Mr. Holt's selection for this prestigious award reflects Ford Foundation's panelists’ "judgment of scholarly competence as well as the promise of future achievement as a scholar, researcher, and teacher."  read more »

  • Maria Sonevytsky Appointed Assistant Professor at Bard College!

    The Department of Music congratulates alumna Dr. Maria Sonevysky (PhD, Ethnomusicology, 2012).  Dr. Sonevytsky has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Music at Bard College, beginning in 2014.  Prior to taking up the position at Bard, Dr. Sonevysky will be a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto for 2013-14. read more »

  • Tyler Bickford Appointed Assistant Professor of English at The University of Pittsburgh

    The Center for Ethnomusicology congratulates ethnomusicology graduate program alumnus Tyler Bickford (PhD, 2011, With Distinction), who has been appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English (in Children's Literature and Childhood Studies) at the University of Pittsburgh. 
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  • Advice to Prospective PhD Program Applicants for 2012

    The Columbia Ethnomusicology PhD program will be accepting applications for 2013 admission this fall. If you are considering applying to our PhD program in Ethnomusicology this fall, here are some important links and points of advice.  read more »

  • MACSEM: The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology

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    Welcome to MACSEM, a member chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM). Founded in 1955, the SEM promotes the research, study, and performance of music in its cultural, social, and political contexts.   MACSEM was established in 1981 and includes members from the states of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey,  New York, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia.



    • MACSEM congratulates the 2019 Lorna D'Acosta McDaniel Prize winner for best undergraduate student paper, Varun Rangaswamy (Eastman School of Music) for his paper, "Cultural Transformation in Rochester's India Community Center: The ICC as a Site of Intergenerational and Interregional Discourse."

    • MACSEM congratulates the 2019 Hewitt Pantaleoni Prize winner for best graduate student paper, Maria Agustina Checa (CUNY Graduate Center) for her paper, "'Reclaim the album as an oeuvre:' Artisanal Cassette Production and Musical Value in Argentina."

    • MACSEM congratulates Samantha Jones (Harvard University) for receiving honorable mention for the 2019 Hewitt Pantaleoni Prize, for her paper, "Dancing Hands: A Sensory Approach to Choreographic Transmission and EmbodIed Musicality in Irish Step Dance."

    * MACSEM Selects 2018-19 Officers

    • President: Shalini Ayyagari, University of Pittsburgh
    • Vice-President: Siv Lie, University of Maryland, College Park 
    • Secretary: Brendan Kibbee, CUNY Graduate Center
    • Treasurer: Ben Jackson, University of Maryland, College Park
    • Student Representative: Yang Shuo, University of Pittsburgh

  • Announcing the Publication of "Sounding Salsa" by Christopher Washburne

    Sounding SalsaThis ethnographic journey into the New York Salsa scene of the 1990s is the first of its kind. Written by a musical insider, and from the perspective of salsa musicians, Sounding Salsa is a pioneering study that offers detailed accounts of these musicians grappling with intercultural tensions and commericial pressures. Christopher Washburne, himself an accomplished salsa musician, examines the organizational structures, recording processes, rehearsing, and gigging of salsa bands, paying particular attention to how they created a sense of community, privileged "the people" over artistic and commercial concerns, and incited cultural pride during performances.

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