Orit Hilewicz

Orit Hilewicz

Assistant Professor of Music Theory

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Biography

Orit Hilewicz researches the ways in which music analysis reflects broadens, and enriches the experience of performing and listening. Focusing on 20th-century and contemporary music, her research interests include music and visual arts, music in multimedia works, set theory, and analytical approaches to musical temporality. Her dissertation (Columbia Ph.D., 2017), titled “Listening to Ekphrastic Musical Compositions,” studies pieces that take other artworks—such as paintings, architectural spaces, and different music works—as their subject matter. Her article “Reciprocal Interpretations of Music and Painting: Representation Types in Schuller, Tan, and Davies after Paul Klee,” based on an aspect of her dissertation research, was published in Music Theory Online in 2018.

Orit has presented her work at local, national, and international conferences, including the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory, the International Musicological Society, and the International Society for the Study of Time (ISST), where she was awarded the Founder’s Prize for New Scholars for her paper “Tracing Space in Time: Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel.” Her article by the same title was published in Time and Trace in April 2016.

In her teaching, Orit promotes analysis as an interpretive tool for performers. Her teaching experience include graduate and undergraduate research seminars, graduate courses in analysis of tonal and non-tonal music, graduate theory review, and undergraduate core- and upper-level theory. During her time at Columbia, courses that she designed were selected twice (and taught in Summer 2015 and Fall 2016) for the competitive Teaching Scholars Program of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Orit currently serves as co-editor of Theory and Practice, the peer-reviewed journal of the Music Theory Society of New York State, after serving as associate editor in 2012–2015. Her experience also includes a period as managing editor in Perspectives of New Music in 2010–2011.

Publications

Forthcoming    “On the Swerve and the Flow in Thomas Adès’s Polaris, op. 29,” Perspectives of New Music

Forthcoming    “Review: Mark Hutchinson, Coherence in New Music,” Gamut

2018    “Reciprocal Interpretations of Music and Painting: Representation Types in Schuller, Tan, and Davies after Paul Klee,” Music Theory Online 24.3

2017    “Featured WIMT: Orit Hilewicz,” Women in Music Theory: Official Blog of the Society for Music Theory’s Committee on the Status of Women

2016    “Tracing Space in Time: Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel,” in Time and Trace: Multidisciplinary Investigations of Temporality, ed. Steve Ostovich and Sabine Gross (Leiden: Brill), 83–108

2012    “Interview: Orit Hilewicz,” Perspectives of New Music 50/1–2, 171–174

 

Professional Activities

Conference Presentations

2019    MTSNYS Meeting, Albany, NY
“On Being and Becoming in Thomas Adès’s Polaris, Op. 29”

2018    AMS/SMT Meeting, San Antonio, Texas
“Schoenberg’s Cinematographic Blueprint: A Programmatic Analysis of Begleitungsmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene

2017    IMS 2017: 20th Quinquennial Congress, Tokyo
“Reciprocal Interpretations of Music and Painting: Representation Types in Schuller, Tan, and Davies after Paul Klee”

2016    AMS/SMT Meeting, Vancouver, BC
“Reciprocal Interpretations of Music and Painting: Representation Types in Schuller, Tan, and Davies after Paul Klee”

2016    IMS 2016: Music as Art, Artefact, and Fact, Stavanger, Norway
“Musicalizing the Twittering Machine: Multitextual Listening in Analysis”

2016    RMSMT 2016, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
“Reciprocal Interpretations of Music and Painting: Representation Types in Schuller, Tan, and Davies after Paul Klee”

2016    MTSE/SCSMT 2016, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
“Musicalizing the Twittering Machine: Multitextual Listening in Analysis”

2016    Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium, Center for Teaching and Learning, Columbia University
“Using Mediathread in the Music Theory Classroom”

2013    Triennial meeting of The International Society for the Study of Time, Crete, July 2013
“Tracing Space in Time: Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel

2013    Stony Brook Graduate Music Symposium, Stony Brook, NY
“Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel Transforming the Boundaries of Individuality: A Study in Musical Ekphrasis”

Invited Lectures

2018    Department of Music, Cornell University
“Thomas Adès’s Polaris, op. 29.” In Music 3340: “Minimalism”

2017    Department of Music Theory, Eastman School of Music
“Schoenberg’s Cinematographic Blueprint: A Programmatic Analysis of Begleitungsmusik zu einer Lichtspielscene.” Talk delivered as part of the Theory Colloquium Series.

2016    Department of Music, Harvard University
“Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel.” In Theory IIb: “Form and Chromatic Harmony in 19th-century Music (and its influence on early Modernism)”

Panels

2018    Chair, “Compositional Process” panel, Music Theory Society of New York State Annual Meeting, Hunter College, City University of New York

2017    Invited panelist, “Teaching Music Theory at a Job Interview,” Professional Development Workshop, Columbia University Music Department, New York

2017    Invited panelist, “Beyond Harmony and Counterpoint: A Pedagogy Roundtable,” New York University Music Department, New York

2016    Invited panelist, “Enabling Productive Music-Analytical Classroom Discussions,” Columbia University Music Department and the Center for Teaching and Learning at Columbia University, New York

2015    Invited panelist, Music Theory TA Orientation, Columbia University Music Department and the Center for Teaching and Learning at Columbia University, New York

Education

2017    Columbia University, Ph.D.

2014    Columbia University, M.Phil.

2012    Columbia University, M.A.

2011    University of Washington, M.A.

2008    University of Washington, B.A.

Teaching

Eastman (from 2017)

TH 581/481: “Analyzing Multimedia”

TH 402: Topics in 20th Century Literature and Analysis

TH 400: Survey of Analytical Techniques

TH 117, TH 118: Theory, Analysis, Musicianship Review

 

New York University (2015–16)

MPATC-UE 38: Music Theory IV

MPATC-UE 35: Music Theory I

 

Columbia University (2012–17)

MUSUN 3337: “Music in Multimedia: Analytical and Critical Approaches to Music in Song, Drama, Film, Music Video, and Video Games”

MUSIS3171: “Avant-garde Composers of NYC: John Cage to John Zorn”

MUSUN 1002: Fundamentals of Western Music

MUSUN 3321: Music Theory III (Teaching Assistant)

MUSIV 2319: Music Theory II (Teaching Assistant)

MUSIV 2318: Music Theory I (Teaching Assistant)