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 Gala Performance at Alice Tully Hall

Congratulations to the Columbia University Orchestra on its magnificent performance at Alice Tully Hall!
This gala performance on April 18, 2015 received standing ovations from an audience of 800. The program, conducted by Music Director Jeffrey Milarsky, featured Ernest Chausson's Poeme, Op. 25 (with Joseph Morag, violin solo) and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D Major. The 2015 and 2016 Performances in Alice Tully Hall were made possible by a generous gift from Jo and Ken Merlau, parents of an orchestra member in the Columbia College Class of 2016.
Founded in 1896, the Columbia University Orchestra is the oldest continually operating university orchestra in the United States.

Three Columbia-Affiliated Composers Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Congratulations to the three composers in our extended Columbia community who have been appointed Guggenheim Fellows for 2015!

Richard Carrick (Columbia BA and former Visiting Professor of Composition)

Stephen Lehman (DMA in Composition, 2012)

Professor George Lewis (Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music)

As the Guggenheim Foundation website notes, these fellows were "appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise."

Congratulations to all!


MPP Spring 2015 Concerts (4/2-5/3)

Music Performance Program at Columbia University
Magdalena Stern-Baczewska, Director


Spring 2015 Student Concerts


April 22nd - World Music Concert, Union Theological Seminary, Social Hall
Bluegrass Ensemble directed by James Kerr, 7pm
Klezmer Ensemble directed by Jeff Warschauer, 8pm
Middle Eastern Ensemble directed by Amir Elsaffar, 9pm

April 22nd - "Concert Spirituals and the Black Soprano," featuring Magdalena Baczewska- piano, Marti Newland - soprano, and Paul T. Kwami - organ. Panel discussion to follow.
St Paul's Chapel, Columbia University, 7-9pm

Professor George E. Lewis to receive honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of Edinburgh


The Department of Music warmly congratulates Professor George E. Lewis, Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music, who will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Edinburgh on June 27, 2015.

You can read more about Professor Lewis's work and accomplishments on his faculty bio, and see the full list of University of Edinburgh honorary graduates here.


Jazz Ensembles Performance Featuring Armen Donelian (4/19 8pm)

Event Date: 
Sun, 04/19/2015 - 8:00pm
Event Location: 
The Teatro at the Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave., between 116th and 118th.


The Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program at Columbia University

directed by Professor Chris Washburne

Music Performance Program is proud to present 


Columbia University Jazz Ensembles

featuring guest musician

Armen Donelian (CC '72)

with ensembles directed by Bruce Barth, Amir Elsaffar, Ole Mathisen, and Don Sickler


Sunday April 19th, 8pm

The Teatro at the Italian Academy,

1161 Amsterdam Ave., between 116th and 118th.


See attached flyer for more information.




Columbia University Orchestra Spring Children's Concert (4/15, 11am)

Event Date: 
Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:00am
Event Location: 
Miller Theatre, Columbia University (116th Street & Broadway)


Columbia Sounds Family Series Presents


Spring Children's Concert

Wednesday April 15th, 11am

Miller Theater (116th & Broadway)


Come join us for an hour of songs, music, and fun!  After the concert children will be invited on stage to see and touch the instruments and to meet the musicians.


Featuring Selections from:

Old American Songs, The Wizard of Oz, Peter & the Wolf, The Sound of Music


Jeffrey Milarsky, Conductor

Sarah Wolfson, Soprano and Emcee

Magdalena Stern-Baczewska, Piano

and Members of the Columbia University Orchestra

Columbia University Orchestra Spring 2015 Concerts (4/11 & 4/18, 8pm)

Event Date: 
Sat, 04/11/2015 - 8:00pm
Event Date: 
Sat, 04/18/2015 - 8:00pm
Event Location: 
April 11: Roone Arledge Auditorium, Alfred Lerner Hall, 115th St & B'way, Columbia Univ
Event Location: 
April 18: Alice Tully Hall, 65th St & B'way, Lincoln Center


Columbia University Orchestra

Spring 2015 Concerts

Free Admission

Aprill 11 & 18

Jeffrey Milarsky / Conductor & Music Director


Ernest Chausson

Poeme, Op. 25 / Joseph Morag, violin solo

Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 1 in D Major

April 11, 8pm / Roone Arledge Auditorium in Alfred Lerner Hall, 115th Street & Broadway, Columbia University


**CUO Gala Concert at Lincoln Center**

April 18, 8pm / Alice Tully Hall, 65th Street & Broadway

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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.