Ellie Hisama, professor of music at Columbia University, will give a presentation entitled "A Complex Dissonant Veil of Sound: Ruth Crawford’s Chants for Women’s Chorus (1930)" for the 2015 Hartt Music Theory Forum on Monday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium.
Professor Hisama earned her PhD in music theory at the City University of New York, studying with Carl Schachter and Joseph Straus. She is a past director of the H. Wiley Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College. Hisama has also taught at Harvard University, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Connecticut College, Ohio State University, and the University of Virginia. Her professional interests include 20th- and 21st-century music, American music, popular music, gender and feminist studies, critical studies of music, race and ethnicity, and the social and political roles of music.
Hisama is the author of Gendering Musical Modernism: The Music of Ruth Crawford, Marion Bauer, and Miriam Gideon and co-editor of Ruth Crawford Seeger's Worlds: Innovation and Tradition in Twentieth-Century American Music. She has received major fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation/Andrew Mellon Foundation and the Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for the Humanities and is a member of the Governing Board of Columbia University’s Society of Fellows, Founding Editor of the Journal of the Society for American Music, and Editor-in-Chief of Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture.
Professor Hisama's presentation is being sponsored by the Music Theory Program of The Hartt School, University of Hartford. The Hartt Music Theory Forum was established in 1988 and has continuously brought on an annual basis distinguished musical scholars of national and international renown to the University to share their research and ideas with students, faculty, and the general public.