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

CUO Fall 2014 Concerts! Mozart, Stravinsky, & Beethoven (2 Concerts --Dec. 7 & 8, both @ 8pm)

Event Date: 
Sun, 12/07/2014 - 8:00pm
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 8:00pm
Event Location: 
Concert 1: December 7th 2014, 8PM. Roone Arledge Auditorium in Alfred J. Lerner Hall, Columbia University
Concert 2: December 8th, 2014, 8PM, Miller Theatre, Columbia University

Columbia University Orchestra
Jeffrey Milarsky, Conductor and Music Director


Program for Both Concerts:

Mozart - Overture to The Magic Flute 

Stravinsky - Firebird Suite 

Beethoven - Symphony #7

Admission is FREE and Open to the Public for both concerts!

Concert 1:
December 7th 2014, 8PM, 
Roone Arledge Auditorium in Alfred J. Lerner Hall, Columbia University

Concert 2:
December 8th, 2014, 8PM, 
Miller Theatre, Columbia University 


Click image for full-sized poster!

Collegium Musicum- Annual Fall Concert (Wed. Dec. 10, St. Paul's Chapel, 8pm)

Event Date: 
Wed, 12/10/2014 - 8:00pm
Event Location: 
St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia Morningside Campus

Columbia's Collegium Musicum presents its annual Fall concert on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 8 pm in St. Paul's Chapel.


Program TBA.

Music Performance Program Upcoming Events (11/23 - 12/8)

Event Date: 
Sun, 11/23/2014 (All day)
Event Location: 
Miller Theatre, Columbia University, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Italian Academy, Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027
Union Theological Seminary (UTS) 3041 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Broadway Presbyterian Church 601 W 114th St, New York, NY 10025


Music Performance Program at Columbia University
Upcoming events

All events are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.

Sunday 11/23 at Miller Theatre
8pm Jazz Ensembles with Steve Nelson

Wednesday 12/3 at UTS
7pm Bluegrass
8pm Klezmer
9pm Middle Eastern

Thursday 12/4 at UTS
6pm Chamber Music
8pm Chamber Music

Friday 12/5 at UTS
6pm Voice
8pm Chamber Music

Friday 12/5 at Broadway Presbyterian Church
7pm Undergraduate Composer Concert

Saturday 12/6 at Italian Academy
6pm Barnard Columbia Juilliard Players
8:30 Chamber Music

Saturday 12/6 at UTS
3pm  Afro Cuban Ensemble
5pm  CU Jazz Ensembles
7pm  Piano Trio Ensembles
8pm  CU Jazz Ensemble
9pm  Free Jazz Ensemble

Sunday 12/7 at Italian Academy
2pm  Chamber Music
4pm  Chamber Music

Sunday 12/7 at UTS
4pm  CU Jazz Ensemble
5pm  CU Jazz Ensemble
6pm  CU Jazz  Ensemble
7pm  Vocal Jazz Ensembles

Monday 12/8 at UTS
7pm  Undergraduate Composer Concert


Venue addresses:

Miller Theatre
2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Italian Academy
1161 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027

Union Theological Seminary (UTS)
3041 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Broadway Presbyterian Church
601 W 114th St, New York, NY 10025

Steve Nelson Performs with CU Jazz Ensembles (Nov. 23, 8pm)

Event Date: 
Sun, 11/23/2014 - 8:00pm
Event Location: 
Miller Theater, Columbia University, Broadway and 116th St.

The Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program is proud to present:

Columbia Jazz Ensembles

featuring the Great Steve Nelson

Directed by Professor Chris Washburne, with ensembles directed by Bruce Barth, Amir Elsaffar, Ole Mathisen, and Don Sickler.

Sunday November 23, 8pm

Miller Theater

Columbia University

Broadway& 116th St.

Steve Nelson is an American vibraphonist, and has been a member of Dave Holland's Quintet and Big Band for over a decade.  He has appeared at concerts and festivals worldwide and has made recordings as the leader of his own group.  As a resident of the New York area he has performed and recorded with many musicians, including Kenny Barron, Bobby Watson, Mulgrew Miller, David "Fathead" Newman, Johnny Griffin and Jackie McLean.  His most recent recording as leader is Sound-Effect (2007), featuring pianist Mulgrew Miller, Peter Washington on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums.  Steve teaches vibraphone in the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program at Columbia University.


Magdalena Stern-Baczewska Performs with Tan Dun in Beijing

On October 25, MPP Director Magdalena Stern-Baczewska performed The Banquet Concerto by Columbia's distinguished graduate, Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun, in Beijing's National Performing Arts Center with the China National Symphony conducted by maestro Tan Dun.

The program was:

 Violin Concerto Hero (Tan Dun)
 Cello Concerto Crouching Tiger (Tan Dun)
 Piano Concerto The Banquet (Tan Dun)
 Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano Revival (Tan Dun)
 Conductor: Tan Dun    
 Violin: Yao Jue (Hong Kong, China)    
 Cello: Zhu Lin    
 Piano: Magdalena Stern-Baczewska (U.S.)

For more information about Tan Dun and the performance go here.

For more on Magdalena Stern-Baczewska's work and performances go 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. 

About 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.