Douglas Moore with Mexican composer Carlos Chavez
Columbia University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
The General Statement from the Department of Music’s Announcement of 1897-98 cited as one of the new department’s aims the “training [of] musicians who shall be competent to teach and to compose.” The implicit link between teaching and composing, and the disciplines and skills required, have always figured strongly in Columbia’s curriculum, just as they have on its music faculty.
Many prominent composers have taught music at Columbia and have helped to make it a center of activity for new music. MacDowell was only the first composer to lead the department as chairman. Others are Daniel Gregory Mason, Douglas Moore, Henry Cowell, Jack Beeson, and George Edwards. Composer Otto Luening joined the Barnard faculty in 1944.
The occasion for this photograph was most likely the world premiere of Chavez’s opera Panfilo and Lauretta, presented at Brander Matthews Theater in 1957, the performance supported by the Alice M. Ditson Fund.