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If you are interested in financially supporting the Columbia Music Performance Program, please contact Prof. Giuseppe Gerbino, Department Chair and Acting Director of MPP, directly. 

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Columbia-Affiliated Musicians Available for Performances and Private Lessons

Columbia-Affiliated Musicians Available for Hire as Performers or Private Teachers


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CJS Presents Prof. Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. “The Amazing Bud Powell"

The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University Presents

A book talk by author Prof. Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. 
(Music and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania)

"The Amazing Bud Powell: His Tests and Triumphs"

The presentation "The Amazing Bud Powell: His Tests and Triumphs" will comprise a reading by Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. from his new book The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History and the Challenge of Bebop.

The reading will be followed by a discussion of jazz, Afro-modernism and mental health, topics linked to the life and career of Bud Powell.  Joining him for the discussion will Professor Alondra Nelson, Columbia University and Kellie Jones, Columbia University.

Friday, September 27, 2013, 4pm
754 Schermerhorn Ext., IRWGS Seminar Room
Columbia University Morningside Campus
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Free and open to the public

For more information about this event please contact or call 212-854-7080


Please join us as well for these upcoming CENTER FOR JAZZ STUDIES events

Amiri Baraka's Blues People at Fifty: A conversation with William Harris, Robert O'Meally and John Szwed

A Cappella Groups at Columbia and Barnard

There are numerous a cappella groups on the Columbia/Barnard campus that hold auditions for new members every fall.  Auditions for most of the groups will take place on the first week of fall semester on the third floor of Hamilton Hall.

For more information about all student groups, visit the CU Student Activities website

The American Musical (MUSIV3168, Fall 2013)

Course Information

Course Title: 
The American Musical
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI V3168
Prof. Walter Frisch

MUSI V3168
The American Musical

For Fall 2013:

Call Number: 21919
Instructor: Prof. Walter Frisch
MW 2:40pm-3:55pm
622 Dodge Hall

Musical theater is one of America ?s most vital and important art forms. Several of its major creators studied at Columbia, including Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein II, John Kander, and Fred Ebb. This course will present a historical survey of American musical theater from its origins in late nineteenth-century; through the musicals of figures like Kern, Gershwin, and Rodgers & Hammerstein; through Sondheim and the "megamusical" of Lloyd Webber. Focus will be on selected shows,through which broader cultural and musical trends will be examined.

Reading ability of music and some theoretical knowledge is required.

NEW COURSE for Fall 2013: "Silence" (MUSI W4463)

Course Information

Course Title: 
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI W4463
Prof. Jessica A. Schwartz (Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Music)

MUSI W4463
Silence  (new course for Fall 2013!)

FALL 2013 info:
Call Number: 67902
TR 10:10am-11:25am
814 Dodge Hall

In our daily lives, we hear concomitant fluxes and negotiations of frequencies, of noises, of aural spaces, some seemingly organized, others seemingly chaotic. How do we become attuned to processing the myriad of acoustic information that envelops us? What might it mean to "hear without listening," and what are the consequences? Throughout this course, we address these questions and others that arise by thinking through the relationship of silence and its "other." Often, silence is defined in the negative sense-by its assumed opposites such as sound, noise, music, and voice. Decentering the notion of silence as absence, our discussions will draw from interdisciplinary sources and thus be framed by theories of silence and the presence of silence as sensible, historical, philosophical, aesthetic, stylistic, political, and ethical. Theorizing silence in these ways, we will work to understand silence not as the binary opposite of audible expressions, but rather as regulations of them, at times being the impetus for their emergence(s).

NEW COURSE: Post-1965 Jazz (MUSIC G4467, New for Fall 2013)

Course Information

Course Title: 
Post-1965 Jazz
CU Directory Course Number: 
MUSI G44467
Prof. Kevin Fellezs

Post-1965 Jazz (New Course for Fall 2013!)

MUSI G4467

FALL 2013:

Call Number: 23338

Prof. Kevin Fellezs
Tues 6:10pm-8:00pm
622 Dodge Hall

This course will focus on the developments in jazz after 1965, particularly engaged with its discursive formation as an art movement, a political position, and a cultural force. The course will not follow a chronological survey but will engage various critical issues that jazz has confronted since 1965. These questions focus on the definition and constitution of jazz; the music ?s relationship to popular culture broadly, particularly with popular music genres; and the nature of contemporary jazz.

The Faculty and Staff of the Columbia University Music Performance Program

The Columbia University Music Performance Program

  • Director: Dr. Magdalena Stern-Bacewska
  • Program Coordinator: Beth Pratt
Office Address:  

618 Dodge Hall (Music Performance Program Office)

Office Hours: 

 M-F 9-5

Email Address:

Telephone Number(s): 

 212-854-1257,  212-854-8191 (FAX)


Faculty of the Music Performance Program

Or see the drop-down listings on the left side of this page. 

The Chamber Music Program in the Music Performance Program at Columbia University

We have a flourishing and exciting chamber music program at Columbia. Each semester, approximately 20 chamber groups are formed, ranging from duos to octets. Each group is coached by a distinguished MPP faculty member.  At the end of each semester, all ensembles take part in a concert in either Philosophy Hall, or in the beautiful Teatro of Casa Italiana. You will also have the opportunity to compete for a chance to perform at our annual gala concerts in Yamaha Hall (Fall) and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (Spring). 

Our chamber group configurations include: 
    Duo Piano

Participation in all ensembles is for one hour per week (one credit), and there are 12 coaching sessions per semester. Once you are placed in a chamber group, you are required to stay within that group for the entire semester. If you feel there is a problem with your group, contact the MPP as soon as possible.