Chamber Music

The MPP supports over 20 student chamber groups, ranging from duos to octets. Groups are assembled through auditions, and each group is coached by a distinguished MPP faculty member and performs at an end-of-semester concert.  Learn more . . .  

Private Lessons

Columbia/Barnard undergraduate students are eligible to take private instrumental lessons for credit through the MPP, and lessons in voice for credit through Barnard College.  Lessons are taught by distinguished MPP Associate Faculty members. Lessons are offered on all standard orchestral, chamber and jazz instruments, and in classical and jazz voice. Placement in lessons is based on auditions held every fall.
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Jazz Performance

The Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program, Prof. Christopher Washburne, Director --  Columbia's Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program offers both undergraduate and graduate students jazz performance experience and private lessons. Learn more!


The Columbia University Orchestra, Prof. Jeffrey Milarsky, Music Director -- Founded by composer Edward MacDowell in 1896, the CUO is the oldest continually operating university orchestra in the United States. Learn more.

Vocal Lessons & Ensembles

Barnard College offers for-credit lessons in classical voice as well as the Barnard-Columbia Chorus and the Barnard-Columbia Chamber Singers.  Lessons in jazz voice are offered in the Columbia Jazz Performance Program; Collegium Musicum is sponsored by the Columbia Music Department. There are many other student vocal groups at Columbia.

World & Popular Music

The MPP supports many for-credit student ensembles specializing in non-Western and popular/vernacular musical genres, including Japanese Gagaku and Hogaku, Bluegrass, Klezmer, Middle Eastern, Latin/Caribbean ensembles.  Learn more . . .

Music Performance Program News

Columbia University Orchestra on WWFM Again! (Oct. 20, 8pm)

Event Date: 
Mon, 10/20/2014 - 8:00pm
Event Location: 
On the air: New York- 89.9HD2 (WKCR's HD2 channel!) Central New Jersey & Eastern PA- 89.1FM Center City, Philadelphia - 89.5HD2
The Columbia University Orchestra under the baton of maestro Jeffrey Milarsky will once again appear on WWFM's 'Celebrating Our Musical Future' with the music of Debussy, Strauss & Prokofiev.
WWFM The Classical Network
Celebrating Our Musical Future
Monday, October 20  8pm
Host: David Osenberg
New York- 89.9HD2 (WKCR's HD2 channel!)
Central New Jersey & Eastern PA- 89.1FM
Center City, Philadelphia - 89.5HD2
anywhere online at
Tune in!
For more about the Columbia University Orchestra, see their website.

Andy Milne's Koto/Piano Project "Strings and Serpents" Premier (Oct. 16, 7:30pm)

Event Date: 
Thu, 10/16/2014 - 7:30pm
Event Location: 
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage

MPP Associate Andy Milne's new piano / koto project Strings and Serpents will premier this Thursday, October 16th at 7:30pm at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage.  Admission is free!

The Lincoln Center website describes the project:

"Strings and Serpents is a multicultural, improvisational collaboration between pianists Andy Milne and Benoit Delbecq, animator Saki Murotani, and the Japanese koto duo TsuguKaji-KOTO (Ai Kajigano and Tsugumi Yamamoto). Conceived and composed by Milne--founder of Dapp Theory and noted veteran of New York's downtown jazz scene--the program features a 30-minute animated film accompanied by combined live piano and koto performances.

An exploration of the synthesis of Japanese and Western musical structures, Strings and Serpents seamlessly blends traditional and modern koto textures with the language of jazz and contemporary improvisation. Compositions explore a polymetric approach for prepared piano and koto, expanding the interaction of rhythmic forms and sonic colors between the music and the animation, which is based on the Rainbow Serpent mythology and employs 2-D and 3-D computer-generated imagery (CGI). The story is told without dialogue or subtitles and experiments elegantly with color, shape, texture, light, and motion to enrich the relationship between the instruments."

More about Andy Milne's work can be found here.

Prof. Georg Friedrich Haas' "dark dreams" Receives Carnegie Hall Premiere

Composition Professor Georg Friedrich Haas had a new work, dark dreams, premiered at Carnegie Hall on Monday, October 6th, 2014.  Sir Simon Rattle conducted the Berliner Philharmoniker.
In a review of the performance for The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini lauds the piece as "fascinating...pushing against the edge of intensity but never going over it."  The Carnegie Hall program notes describe Haas' techniques in dark dreams as: "firmly in the spectral tradition, but ... [pushed] much further, building a sound world ... that exploits the eclecticism of the 21st century. There is harmonic queasiness everywhere, including microtones--notes between the notes that have an uncanny ability to evoke the subconscious. But the piece also features aggressive consonance: repeating thirds and diatonic climaxes that crash, then vanish, resolving nothing but leaving haunted aftershocks."
For more informaiton about Professor Haas' work, see his Music department bio.
The video below is a 2014 performance of dark dreams by the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle. 

MPP Associate Ugonna Okegwo: Upcoming Performances

There are plenty of opportunities to hear and see Ugonna Okegwo in action this Fall!  The MPP Associate in jazz bass will be performing at a variety of venues across the city. 

October 7-12
The Village Vanguard
with "Tom Harrell QNT"

October 14-19
The Village Vanguard
with "Tom Harrell TRIP"

October 24-26
Smoke Jazz Club
with "Eddie Harris at 80; The Seamus Blake QT"

October 31
Somethin' Jazz Club
with "The Walt Weiskopf QT"

For more about Ugonna Okegwo's work and life see his website.

Magdalena Baczewska Solo Piano Recital (Oct. 5, 3pm)

Event Date: 
Sun, 10/05/2014 - 3:00pm
Event Location: 
Tenri Institute, 43A West 13th street, New York City.
MPP Director Magdalena Baczewska will appear in a solo piano recital, inaugurating the concert season of the Leschetizky Association. 
SundayOct. 5, 3 pm, at Tenri Institute, 43A West 13th street, New York City.
The program will be comprised of pieces by Chopin, Paderewski, Brahms, Beethoven and Gershwin.  See the attached program flyer for more information, as well as for a disucssion of Magdalena's "profound musicianship," "innovative programming ideas," and many other accomplishments.
For more information about the Leschetizky Association, go here.

You can also read more about Magdalena Baczewska's work on her website.

Featured MPP Music Associate: Vince Cherico

MPP Drum Instructor Vince Cherico performs on the new Planet Arts CD, Mists: Charles Ives For Jazz Orchestra, arranged by Jack Cooper.  This recording honors the work of Charles Ives by updating and adapting it to the big band jazz tradition.  

Vince Cherico performs as one member of a 17-piece jazz orchestra on Cooper's orchestrations of eight works by Ives. Vince writes that this was a "challenging experience" but one that produced "amazing music" by "a stellar band of New York musicians."

More information and praise of the project and the CD can be found at the project's Indiegogo site.  The site features videos , including an informational video about the project with a comparison of a traditional Ives arrangement of "The Cage" to Cooper's arrangement for the CD.  More information can also be found at the project's Facbook page, and on the Planet Arts website.


Featured MPP Associate: Mike Truesdell

MPP Associate Mike Truesdell recently had "a dream come true" in having the opportunity to record and perform with the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, for the new CD, "OverTime: Music of Bob Brookmeyer."   He recorded percussion for three songs Brookmeyer wrote for the Orchestra: Big Time, XYZ, and Sad Song. For more about that album, including song previews, go to the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra site.

In addition to this exciting work, Mike Truesdell has several upcoming performances.  On October 2, 8pm at Columbia's own Miller Theatre, he will be performing a piece on Chou Wen-Chung's Composer Portrait with the New York New Music Ensemble.

On November 14, 10pm at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall, he will be playing with the Gil Evans Centenniel Project---led by Mike's brother, Ryan Truesdell.  The program will feature new and unheard classics of the monumental Gil Evans.

And on November 20, 1 pm at the Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN, he will perform at the Percussive Arts Society's International Convention with the Rutgers University Percussion Ensemble.  They will be performing Cornielius Cardew's Treatise, a mammoth graphic score with no performance instructions.

For more information about Mike Truesdell's work see his website.

Andy Milne & Dapp Theory CD Release

Music Associate Andy Milne has released a new CD with Dapp Theory.  "Forward in All Directions" was released on 09/09/14 and is available worldwide. Produced by Grammy winner Jimmy Haslip and featuring guest performances from Ben Monder, Jean Baylor and Gretchen Parlato, the CD is the band's third release and chronicles its 15-year journey. The CD is already receiving positive response in the press:

"... spectacularly whelming on a first hearing - and then different spotlights illuminate the detail over time in an abundant journey of discovery."  -- AP Reviews

"Striking album... There's a very pleasing mix of toughness and lyricism in this recording, brought together by producer Jimmy Haslip. The writing brings beauty, emotion and narrative to more cerebral M-Base patterns in a very satisfying way." -- London Jazz

The group features Andy Milne on piano/keyboards, Aaron Kruziki on saxophone/clarinet, Chris Tordini on bass, John Moon with poetry, and Kenny Grohowski on drums.

For more information about Andy Milne's work and upcoming shows see his website.

The Music Performance Program at Columbia University

The Music Performance Program of Columbia University, under Director Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska, seeks to enable students to develop as musicians within the academic setting of Columbia, by providing and facilitating opportunities for musical instruction, participation, and performance. Offerings in the MPP are subdivided into private instrumental lessons and a range of sponsored and affiliated performing ensembles. One of the main goals of the MPP is to provide high quality music instruction to students within the stimulating intellectual atmosphere of a fine liberal arts college.  

Click here to learn more about the history, mission, and offerings of the Columbia University Music Performance Program.