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!

Orchestra

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

2015: An Incredible Year for the Department of Music!

Columbia University Music Department graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, and faculty had an incredible year in 2015! Below is a partial listing of some of the highlights of the year. 

 

Congratulations to everyone!

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GRADUATE STUDENTS AND ALUMNI APPOINTED TO ACADEMIC POSITIONS AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

 

Nili Belkind (PhD, Ethnomusicology, 2014)  was appointed to a two-year Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities-Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Eric Chasalow (Composition DMA alumnus) is Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis University

 

Alessandra Ciucci (GS alumna and former Mellon postdoctoral fellow in Music) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Columbia.

 

Congratulations to our 2015 Graduates!

The Department of Music warmly congratulates our Class of 2015 Graduates! We wish you all every success on the road ahead!

UNDERGRADUATES

COLUMBIA COLLEGE
Music Majors:
Ziyad Abdelfattah
Stephan Adamow
Amy Garvey
Samuel Karlinski
Yeana Lee (Departmental Honors)
Robert Lyman
Miles Oliva
Joseph Quintas
Andrew Rodriguez
Mitchell Veith (Departmental Honors)

Music Concentrators: 
Kevin Chen
Devon Mehring
Sonall Mehta
Emma Riley

SCHOOL OF GENERAL STUDIES (Music Majors)
Audrey Amsellem (Departmental Honors)
Benjamin Loya
Josephine Tang

BARNARD COLLEGE (Music Majors)
Courtney Craig (Ethnomusicology)
Katherine Huet
Sophie Lewis (Ethnomusicology)
Isabella Livorni 
Rachel Susser 
Zeynep Toraman
Cecile Urmenyhazi (Ethnomusicology)

GRADUATE STUDENTS (GSAS)
PHD 
Shannon Garland
Melissa Gonzalez
David Gutkin
Jonathan "Toby" King
Ashley Nail
Martha Newland
Alexander Rothe

DMA in Composition
Sophia "Zosha" di Castri
Geoffrey Holbrook
Yoshiaki Onishi

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Magdalena Stern-Baczewska Teaches Piano Master Classes in Beijing

Magdalena Stern-Baczewska recently conducted Piano Master Classes at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, at the invitation of the Central Conservatory's Piano Department.

You can find more of her work and accomplishments on her website.

Jeffrey Milarsky Conducts NY Philharmonic at the Met Museum on June 5th

Jeffrey Milarsky (Senior Lecturer in Music; Conductor and Music Director, Columbia University Orchestra) will conduct the New York Philharmonic at the Metropolitan Museum's Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium on June 5th, at 7pm.

As the Met Museum's event calendar describes:

"Jeffrey Milarsky, one of the leading conductors of contemporary music today, conducts a Japan-focused program with works by Takemitsu, Messiaen, and Dai Fujikura, as well as the U.S. premiere of Misato Mochizuki's Si blue, si calme."

The performance is part of the New York Philharmonic's new season of CONTACT!, a new-music series featuring world and U.S. premieres, as well as specially commissioned works.

Magdalena Stern-Baczewska SF Symphony Solo Debut

 

Magdalena Stern-Baczewska made her San Francisco Symphony solo debut on April 25, 2015, stepping in last-minute for a sold-out performance of Tan Dun's Banquet Concerto at the Davies Symphony Hall, with maestro Damian Ioro conducting.

Congratulations!

"Concert Spirituals and the Black Soprano" Event Draws Hundreds!

 

The "Concert Spirituals and the Black Soprano" recital and panel discussion on April 22, 2015 attracted hundreds to St. Paul's Chapel!

Performers and participants included:

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!

 

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.