MPP: 2014-15 Auditions for Lessons & Ensembles Announced

The Music Performance Program is pleased to announce the 2014-15 Audition Schedule for all Columbia undergraduate students. See below for information on auditioning and signing up for lessons, ensembles, and prizes.  

Jazz-Lesson and Ensembles

Directed by Professor Chris Washburne, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program offers both undergraduate and graduate students jazz performance opportunities and private lessons.

The Jazz Performance Program Ensembles include the CU Big Band led by Don Sickler, Brazilian music with Adriano Santos, Ole Mathisen's Free Jazz ensemble, jazz vocal ensembles taught by Christine Correa, and intermediate to advanced-level combos led by various instructors. All ensembles perform at an intermediate level or higher and require some past jazz experience.

Auditions for the Jazz Performance Program are held in the Fall semester only. Be sure to sign up for a time slot ahead of time at 618 Dodge Hall. You must participate in a jazz ensemble in order to be considered for private lessons.  Do not register until you have received confirmation of placement.


Instrumental-Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 from 11:00AM - 9:00 PM

Vocal-Friday, September 5th  2014 from 11:00AM - 2:00 PM 

Audition Requirements:


Prepare two jazz standards (a rhythm section will be provided to accompany auditions). Only one selection may be requested. You will also be asked to demonstrate your sight reading abilities.


1.  Please prepare two selections to show interpretative abilities (improvisation optional).   You may be requested to sing only a brief excerpt of one selection, so plan accordion

Field Methods & Techniques in Ethnomusicology for Undergrads (MUSI G4401, Fall 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Field Methods and Techniques in Ethnomusicology
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI G4401
Aaron Fox (Fall 2014)

Fall 2014 
Music G4401
Section 001 Call Number: 62038 Points: 3
Day/Time: T 4:10pm-6:00pm
Location: To be announced

Instructor: Prof. Aaron A. Fox (bio)

The goals of this course are practice-oriented. The end result will be short fieldwork-based project of approxiamtely 20 pages in length. In order to complete the paper, students will conduct fieldwork, read and synthesize relevant literatures, and think carefully about the questions in which they are interested and methods of addressing them through ethnographic inquiry.

This course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in the junior or senior year only.  Permission of the instructor is required. Class size is limited to 12 students, with priority given to Barnard College Ethnomusicology majors and other Music major/concentrators.  Please contact Prof. Fox as soon as possible if you intend to register for this course. 

Jewish Music in New York (MUSI V2030, Fall 2014) -NOTE NEW DAYS/TIME: Mon/Wed 2:40-3:55

Course Information

Course Title: 
Jewish Music in New York
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V2030
Prof. Tina Frühauf (visiting)

Note updated days/time for this course, which will meet in fall 2014 from 2:40-3:55 on Monday and Wednesday 

Section 001  Points: 3 
Fall 2014
MW 2:40pm-3:55pm
716 Hamilton Hall
Instructor: Prof. Tina Fruhauf


Course Description:
With the arrival of the first Jewish immigrants in New York in the mid-1600s until today, Jewish music in the City has oscillated between preserving traditions and introducing innovative ideas. This course explores the variety of ways people have used music to describe, inscribe, symbolize, and editorialize their Jewish experience. Along these lines, it draws upon genres of art music, popular music, and non-Western traditions, as well as practices that synthesize various styles and genres. Diverse musical experiences will serve as a window to address wider questions of identity, memory, dislocation, and connections to New York's dynamic and eclectic music culture. We will experience the City's Jewish soundscape by visiting various venues and meeting key players in today's music scene, in order to engage in the ongoing dialogues that define Jewishness in New York. Although a basic familiarity with Judaism and/or music is helpful for this course, it is by no means required. You do not need to know Jewish history to take this class, nor do you need to be musically literate. All translations will be provided, and all musical analysis will be well explained.

Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska Appointed as Lecturer and Director of Music Performance!

The Department of Music warmly welcomes Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska to our faculty.  Dr. Stern-Baczewska has been appointed as a Lecturer in Music and as the new Director of the Columbia Music Performance Program. 

Biography:  Pianist and harpsichordist Magdalena Stern-Baczewska (pronounced BaCHEVska) joins the faculty of Columbia University as Director of the Music Performance Program. As an award-winning soloist and recording artist, she performs internationally. Her performances, hailed as "eloquent and technically flawless" (The Washington Post), have been broadcast on radio stations across America, including WQXR, NPR, Voice of America, and on European Radio and Television. This season's highlights include piano lecture-recitals on the music of Chopin's teachers, performances of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, harpsichord performances of Polish keyboard music from the time of Copernicus (1543) to Kosciuszko (1777), Bach's Triple Concerto BWV 1044 with the West Chester Baroque, concert of 17th-century Italian sonatas with the members of Dorian Baroque, among others.

Her CD "A Tribute to Glenn Gould" (2008) contains J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations and R. Strauss' Sonata op. 5, the first and last piano works ever recorded by Gould. The three subsequent albums, "Music for Dreams" were released in collaboration with BlueSleep(r), a medical team specialized in research and treatment of sleep disorders. She continues to create music for health and wellness as Artistic Director at BlueSleep Music.

Baczewska worked with the Columbia students in 2012, teaching Fundamentals of Western Music. She returns to Columbia having served on the faculty of the Mannes College New School for Music, John J. Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, Manhattan School of Music's Pre-College Division, and the Concordia Conservatory. Every summer she joins the faculty of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival and the New York Piano Festival. Her guest teaching appearances also include remote master classes using Yamaha Disklavier and the Remote Lesson technology. She is a published music critic, having written for the New York Concert Review. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Polish Minister of Culture.

As an administrator, Magdalena brings her corporate experience to Columbia, having worked in the Artist Relations division of Yamaha Artist Services, Inc. (a subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation of America).

Dr. Courtney Lara Bryan Awarded Princeton Postdoc!

The Department of Music warmly congratulates DMA alumna Dr. Courtney Lara Bryan, who has been awarded a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. Ms. Bryan recently defended her dissertation, which was advised by Prof. George Lewis. 

A DANCER in the REVOLUTION: A Celebration & Book Panel Discussion

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Columbia University's Butler Library Rare Books & Manuscripts Section Room 523
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  1. Eve Boutilie-Oxby: The Johnson Family (grand-daughter of Howard E. Johnson & daughter of Wendy Johnson)
  2. Kevin Fellezs: Music and African-American Studies, Columbia University
  3. Robert O'Meally: English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University
  4. Mark Naison: African-American Studies and History, Fordham University

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Columbia DMA Alums Wang Lu and Arthur Kampela Win Guggenheim Fellowships!

The Department of Music congratulates our DMA alumni Arthur Kampela and Wang Lu, each of whom has been awarded a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship!

See here for further details:

Artist Websites:

Wang Lu:

Arthur Kampela:


Critical Approaches to Music Technologies (MUSI S3142, Summer 2014)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Critical Approaches to Music Technologies
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI S3142
Lucie Vagnerova


Course Title: Critical Approaches to Music Technologies
CU Directory Course Number:  MUSI S3142
Section: 001 Points/Credits:  3
Instructor:  Lucie Vagnerova (Summer Teaching Scholars Program, PhD Candidate in Historical Musicology)
Instructor Email:

Course Description: Electronic and digital sound technologies have come to define many popular and avant-garde musical practices of the 20th and 21st centuries. How do technological histories factor into musical meaning? How do sound technologies shape musical discourse at large? Through guided listening and multidisciplinary readings, the course will trace the various ways sound-technological practices trouble classical musical concepts such as ownership, authorship, musical value, embodiment, performance, or virtuosity, and call for new constructs such as sound synthesis, liveness, mediation, or fair use. The course brings together the first music studios, World War II cryptography, synthesized voices, earbuds, Detroit Techno, karaoke, and Columbia’s own Computer Music Center.

Open to all majors.

Position Announcement: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Director of Music Performance Program

The Department of Music at Columbia University invites applications for a full-time position at the rank of Lecturer or Senior Lecturer to serve as Director of its Music Performance Program, beginning on July 1, 2014.

We seek candidates with artistic and intellectual accomplishments, with relevant teaching and administrative experience, and with broad interests in the musical disciplines. The appointee will manage the budget and recommend policies and priorities for the MPP, reporting directly to the Chair of the Department, and will work in consultation with the Department to frame and implement the activities of the Music Performance Program. The appointee's responsibilities will also include coordinating auditions, forming student chamber ensembles, assigning appropriate coaches to these ensembles, scheduling concerts, student recitals, and other performances, and overseeing the teaching of private lessons. In addition, the appointee will teach one course per term, usually in the Core Curriculum, to be determined in consultation with the Chair.

This is a full-time appointment with multi-year renewals contingent on successful reviews.

Through Columbia University's online system, please upload a letter of application (including a statement of teaching interests and experience), a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references.

For more information and to apply, please go to

Review of applications will begin April 7, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.

Columbia University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.