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musicology educator

Elaine Rochelle Sisman, musicology educator. Recipient Great Teacher award Columbia University, 1992, Alexander Hamilton medal Columbia University, 1994; fellow National Endowment of the Humanities, 1981-1982; travel grantee American Council Learned Societies.


Sisman, Elaine Rochelle was born on January 20, 1952 in New York City. Daughter of Irving and Margot (Weintraub) Sisman.


AB, Cornell University, 1972. Master of Fine Arts, Princeton University, 1974. Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1978.


Instructor music history, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1976-1979; assistant professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1979-1982; assistant professor, Columbia University, New York City, 1982-1990; associate professor, Columbia University, New York City, 1990-1994; professor, Columbia University, New York City, since 1995. Visiting professor Harvard University, 1996.


  • Sisman has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. She received the Alfred Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society for best article by a younger scholar. Columbia has honored her with its Great Teacher Award in 1992 and the Award for Distinguished Service to the Core Curriculum in 2000.

    In 2014 Sisman was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Member American Musicological Society (president Greater New York chapter 1982-1984, board directors 1992-1994, Einstein award 1983, member editorial Journal of American Mathematical Society), American Brahms Society (board directors since 1993), Society Fellows in Humanities Columbia University (chairman 1992-1994).


Married Martin Fridson, June 14, 1981. Children: Arielle, Daniel.

Irving Sisman

Margot (Weintraub) Sisman

Martin Fridson

Arielle Sisman

Daniel Sisman