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.

Fall 2013 New and Featured Courses in Music!

Please see the attached poster for a listing of our featured and new course offerings in Music for Fall 2013!  

Click image to download the poster as a PDF. 


Prof. Kevin Fellezs Wins Provost's Diversity Grant!

The Department of Music congratulates Prof. Kevin Fellezs, who is one of 8 faculty members recognized under the Provost's Grant Program for "Junior Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University." These awards, of up to $25,000 each, support new or ongoing research and scholarship, seed funding for innovative research for which external funding would be difficult to obtain, and curricular development projects.

Prof. Fellezs, who is jointly appointed in the Department of Music and in the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, and is affiliated with the Center for Jazz Studies, was awarded this grant for his project Sound Waves Across the Waters: The Polycultural Music of Japanese and American Smooth Jazz Artists.  

Fall Auditions! Music Performance Program Lessons, Ensembles, and CU Orchestra

Attention all student performers!  It's that time of year again!  

If you are interested in taking music lessons for credit, joining an MPP classical or jazz ensemble, or joining the CU Orchestra in 2013-14, you MUST audition for placement.  Below is the schedule for these auditions. 

Fall 2013 Audition Schedule for the Columbia Music Performance Programs.

Tuesday, Sept. 3rd, 11am-2pm -- Dolan Prize Auditions (Dodge 112)

Tuesday, Sept. 3rd, 3-9pm  -- Winds (Dodge 112)

Tuesday, Sept. 3rd, 3-9pm -- Strings (Dodge 618)

Wednesday, Sept. 4th, 11am-9pm -- Instrumental Jazz 11am-9pm  (in Dodge 112)

Wednesday, Sept. 4th, 3-9pm -- Overflow-Winds and Strings 3-9pm (in  Dodge 112)

Thursday, Sept. 5th,  5:30-7:30pm (Dodge 618)

Thursday,: Sept. 5th,  6-9pm -- Vocal Ensemble with Sarah Wolfson and Peter Calleo (Dodge 620)

Friday, Sept. 6th, 11am-2pm -- Vocal Jazz with Christine Correa  (Dodge 112)

Friday, Sept. 6th, 2-5pm -- Classical Guitar (Dodge 620)

Sign up sheets are posted outside of 618 Dodge Hall



Thursday September 12th,13th and 14th from 12-8pm in Dodge 809

Sign up sheets outside of room 809 Dodge Hall.


Please contact Beth Pratt, Program Coordinator for MPP, with any questions at:

Important Guidance for All 2013 Graduate Program Applicants (PhD/DMA)

Are you considering applying to one of Columbia University's PhD or DMA programs in Music (Historical Musicology, Music Theory, or Composition)* in 2014 (for matriculation in 2015)?

If so, please make sure you read the information at this link very carefully and before contacting anyone in the Department.

The deadline for applications to any of our doctoral programs is typically December 15.


IMPORTANT NOTICE for prospective ETHNOMUSICOLOGY applicants (2014):

* Please note that the Columbia University PhD program in Ethnomusicology is not accepting new applications this year (2014 for 2015 matriculation).  The Ethnomusicology program admits new students in two out of every three years.  Applications fo the Ethnomusicology program will next be accepted in Fall 2015 for 2016 matriculation. 

Commencement 2013: Congratulations to Our Music Grads!

Commencement 2013: The Department of Music Congratulates our Graduating Students!

Columbia College (Majors and Concentrators)

  • Andrew Dugue (Concentration)
  • David Halpern 
  • Emily Hamilton (Concentration)
  • Victoria Lewis - Cum Laude
  • Megan Maloney (Concentration)
  • Ilan Marans
  • Mark Micchelli - Cum Laude
  • Emily Ostertag - Cum Laude
  • Natalie Robehmed
  • Christopher Ruenes- Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Departmental Honors*
  • Rieko Shepherd
  • Ian Shirley - Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Jacob Snider
  • Gregory Somerville
  • Maria Sulimirski
  • Natalie Weiner

School of General Studies (Majors)

  • Sebastian Clegg
  • Iva Kupresak

Barnard College (Majors, except as noted)

  • Rebecca Gray  - Music & English (Writing), Departmental Honors
  • Martina Wiedenbaum - Ethnomusicology
  • Lucy Finkelstein-Fox - Ethnomusicology & Psychology, Departmental Honors
  • Rachel Bronstein - Music
  • Lisa Campbell - Music
  • Elissa Mendez-Renk - Music
  • Laura Pantley - Music
  • Emma Solomons - Music
  • Alexandra Vidal - Music
  • Xuela Zhang - Music

* Departmental Honors are awarded to Chris Ruenes for his composition "Rupt ures," written under the supervision of  Brad Garton.  Finalists for Departmental Honors were Emily Ostertag, Jacob Snider, and Rieko Shepherd.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


  • Cesar Colon-Montijo
  • Beatriz Goubert
  • Orit Hilewicz
  • Kevin Holt
  • Anne Adele Levitsky
  • Brooke Rosemary Lyssy
  • William Lowell Mason
  • Imani Danielle Mosley
  • Yoshiaki Onishi
  • Thomas Christopher Smith


  • Beau Bothwell
  • Sean Hallowell
  • Nicholas Higgins.

Jazz.Covers.Politics -- Album Art in an Age of Activism (Exhibition)

Jazz.Covers.Politics -- Album Art in an Age of Activism
On view from April 11-August 23, 2013
at The Nathan Cummings Foundation
475 10th Avenue, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Opening Reception
Thursday, April 11, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Live music and refreshments
RSVP by April 8 at

Jazz.Covers.Politics -- Album Art in an Age of Activism
On view from April 11-August 23, 2013
at The Nathan Cummings Foundation
475 10th Avenue, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Opening Reception
Thursday, April 11, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Live music and refreshments
RSVP by April 8 at

Center for Jazz Studies Spring Event Schedule

The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University is pleased to announce our Spring season of public programs. We hope you can join us for these stimulating events.

The Charles Tolliver Big Band: A Live Performance on Campus
Rhythm: Theo Hill, Devin Starks, E.J. Strickland
Saxophones: Marcus Strickland, Todd Bashore, Tim Green, Stephen Gladney, Patience Higgins
Trumpets: Cameron Johnson, Freddie Hendrix, Josh Evans, David Weiss
Trombones: Jason Jackson, James Burton, Stafford Hunter, Aaron Johnson

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 7:30 pm

301 Philosophy Hall, West 116th Street and Amsterdam Ave.
Columbia University Morningside Campus
Campus Map:
Free and open to the public


Orson Welles Presents Louis Armstrong

A Talk by Professor John Szwed, Director of the Center for Jazz Studies and Professor or Music, Columbia University

Announcing a New MFA Program in Sound Arts at Columbia!

New Program Announcement!


A new Interdepartmental MFA Program offered by the Columbia University School of the Arts in association with the Department of Music and the Computer Music Center.

Applications for Fall 2013 Now Being Accepted (Deadline Feb. 20, 2013)
Columbia University has been at the helm of sound-technology innovation for over fifty years with faculty specializing in composition, improvisation, sound installation, computer music, digital sound synthesis, acoustics, music cognition and software development.  Columbia's Computer Music Center in the Department of Music has a long history of creative excellence; its primary mission is to operate at the intersection of musical expression and technological development. The Center has state-of-the-art facilities for working in electro-acoustic music.  Faculty of the Center for Computer Music led the development of the new interdisciplinary area in Sound Arts that leads to the Master of Fine Arts degree awarded by the School of the Arts.

The Sound Arts area is currently accepting applications for Fall 2013. The program is highly selective. Each year only three to four students will be offered admission to the two-year program. Prospective students with a deep engagement with sound as medium, a familiarity with contemporary audio tools and techniques, and a demonstrated use of those tools in different contexts (sculptural or video installations, creation of performance interfaces, circuit-bending productions, innovative fusion of digital audio with digital graphics, imaginative use of network technologies) are encouraged to apply. While the Visual Arts Program in the School of the Arts currently accommodates students working in digital media, sculpture, installation, performance, film and video art, applicants who wish to base their research and studio practice primarily in the area of sonic or sound arts are to apply to the area of Sound Arts.