Born in Los Angeles and raised in Texas and New Mexico, Natacha Diels considers herself a nomad. She spent most of her life, however, in New York City, where she attended New York University, graduating with degrees in flute performance and integrated digital media.
Charlotte Levitt cultivates an audience for the dozens of concerts put on each year at Columbia’s Miller Theatre, which 'The New York Times' has described as one of the “city’s foremost new music venues.”
A colorful painting on the wall of Chris Washburne’s Dodge Hall office portrays the associate professor of music as a superhero, riding a collection of musical instruments including trombone, tuba and piano.
Georg Friedrich Haas with his three upright Yamaha pianos, one tuned according to standard pitch and the other two to pitches smaller than a half step to accommodate his own microtonal compositions and his teaching. Photo by Eileen Barroso.
Damon Phillips remembers finding the "Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz" in his parents’ record collection with its 46-page booklet of liner notes about the music when he was about 10 years old. “I just sat there on the floor with those albums,” he recalls.