Columbia University Department of Music

Columbia University Department of Music

Research Interest

The Department of Music at Columbia is one of the oldest and most distinguished at any American university. It was founded in 1896 by Edward MacDowell (1860-1908). Its mission is to support and profess scholarly and scientific inquiry into music, and equally the creative activity of music composition, at the highest levels of rigor and innovation, for both graduate and undergraduate students, specialists and non-specialists in music, and a diverse constituency that spans both across and beyond Columbia University.

The Department and its affiliated Centers support many scholarly events and performances for the Columbia and New York communities, whose diverse and rich musical legacies are represented across the full range of our commitments, and we collaborate with many other centers, institutes, schools, and departments at Columbia and with institutions, artists, students and scholars in our New York community and around the world.

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