Daughters of Harlem I, April 28, 2018



Courtney Bryan, composer, pianist, improviser; Assistant Professor of Music, Tulane University. Bryan is “a pianist and composer of panoramic interests” (New York Times). Her music draws on jazz and other types of experimental music, as well as traditional gospel, spirituals, and hymns. She was selected to receive the 2017 Alpert/Ragdale residency prize, Herb Alpert Awards program.


Zosha Di Castricomposer, pianist, sound artist; Assistant Professor of Music, Columbia University. Works with electronics, sound arts, and collaborations with video and dance; selected for the Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music in 2012 and for Miller Theatre Portrait concert in December 2016. Awarded a 2017 Provost’s Grant for Junior Faculty who contribute to the diversity goals of the university for production of a contemporary chamber music album composed, conducted, and produced by women.


Miya Masaoka, musician, composer, sound artist; Assistant Professor of Professional Practice & Acting Director, Sound Arts MFA Program, Columbia University. Masaoka has mapped the behavior of plants, brain activity and insect movement to sound and performed on the koto using electronic signal processing and improvisation. Recipient, Herb Alpert Award in the Arts and Doris Duke Performing Artist Award.


David Adamcyk, composer, electronic musician, sound engineer; composition faculty at Manhattan School of Music and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, Columbia University. Adamcyk creates musical works for the concert hall as well as for the theatrical stage; his interest in technology has pushed him to explore various ways to combine electronic devices with acoustic instruments.



Ellie M. Hisama, music theorist and musicologist; Professor of Music and Executive Committee, Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Columbia University. Author of Gendering Musical Modernism and co-editor of Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Worlds and Critical Minded, Hisama works on twentieth- and twenty-first-century music, American music, popular music, gender and feminist studies, critical studies of music and race, and the social and political roles of music.

Associate Director

IMG_E35283Lucie Vágnerovámusic historian; Core Lecturer in Music Humanities at Columbia University. and Adjunct Professor of Music History at Montclair State University. Her research looks at intersections of music, technology, and gender in American electronic music, J-pop, hip-hop, and the transnational electronics industry. She has presented her work at a number of cross-disciplinary conferences and served on the editorial board of Current Musicology and as Assistant Editor of Women & Music. She has taught courses on sound art, technology in music, the Western classical tradition, and non-Western musical practices.

Graduate Student Coordinators


Laina DawesPhD student in ethnomusicology, Columbia University; music and cultural critic. Author of What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal, Dawes publishes in popular media, including the Toronto Star, Spin, and The Wire UK. She has worked in public-oriented feminist activism focused on black women and girls in music and culture, and co-organized, at the New School, Women CLAP BACK, an event that brings together women who move in alternative spheres of the arts.


Finola Merivale, DMA student in composition, Columbia University; composer and pianist. Merivale is a founder of the the #HearAllComposers movement, a social media campaign designed to bring attention to issues of gender, race, and socio-economic inequity in the new music world by encouraging inclusion and diversity in concert programming.