MISSION of the MPP
The Music Performance Program of Columbia University, under Acting Director Prof. Giuseppe Gerbino, 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. Many students involved in the MPP major in subjects far removed from music; others double major in music and some other discipline. The best of our students perform at levels comparable to those of students in the country’s best music conservatories are accepted to top summer music festivals and graduate programs. As Columbia’s MPP is located within the rich musical world of New York City, our students have the opportunity to perform in some of the city’s top venues. Columbia’s MPP students are deeply immersed in both performance and intellectual pursuits, and we feel that this combination creates particularly strong and compelling performers.
HISTORY of the MPP
The Department of Music at Columbia is one of the oldest and most distinguished at any American university. It was founded in 1896 by Edward MacDowell (1860-1908). Although MacDowell remained at Columbia for only eight years, his remarkable vision for the place of music in a liberal arts institution still holds today.
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
- César Colon-Montijo
- Beatriz Goubert
- Orit Hilewicz
- Kevin Holt
- Anne Adele Levitsky
- Brooke Rosemary Lyssy
- William Lowell Mason
- Imani Danielle Mosley
- Thomas Christopher Smith
- Beau Bothwell
- Sean Hallowell
- Nicholas Higgins.
The Columbia University Department of Music and Music Performance Program are proud to announce a slate of spring concerts featuring Columbia/Barnard student musicians. All events are free and open to the public except as noted.
Wed April 17
8:00pm SONNAMBULA: Armada 1588 -- Music of Renaissance Spain and England
St Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University
Sat April 20
8:00pm CU Orchestra Spring Concert #2
Miller Theater, Broadway and 116th Street
(7:15pm -- Pre-concert Lecture by Walter Frisch, Gumm/von Tilzer Professor of Music at Columbia)
Cross-posted from the Barnard News website; full article here.
In a recent podcast, Professor Gail Archer and alumna Ebonie Smith (Barnard '07) discuss the challenges they've faced—and the successes they've had—as women in the music world. They'll also talk about how technology is helping women musicians connect and collaborate.
Archer is the director of Barnard's music program and a celebrated classical organist who performs and records the works of musicians such as Bach and Liszt. Smith is a music producer who creates mostly hip-hop and R&B. She is also the 2012-2013 Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) Alumnae Fellow.
New Program Announcement!
Girls Rock! at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWaG)
Wednesday, September 19 & Thursday, September 20
Columbia University Morningside campus
On Wednesday, September 19th and Thursday, September 20th, girls will rock at IRWAG!
The year-long 25th Anniversary celebration at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender starts out loud! Events over two days are capped off with a FREE LIVE OUTDOOR CONCERT on Columbia University campus on AVERY PLAZA, in front of Schermerhorn (see attached map for directions).
2009 Barnard College Music Alumna & Singer/Songwriter Marina Evans Releases Debut Record Dogtown: The EP
**Marina Evans performs in NYC 9/22,10:30PM, Ella's Lounge (see info below)**
This September, 2009 Barnard College Music alumna Marina Evans is releasing Dogtown: The EP, an original album written and recorded in her hometown of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Combining Ms. Evans' jazz-influenced vocals with folk forms and rock instrumentation, Dogtown has a unique sound that she proudly calls her own. The first single, "One of Two," is available now for stream or download.
Ms. Evans put together her band (Dave Borge on bass; Jack Tomaiolo on guitar; Pete Lindberg on drums) in the summer of 2011 upon her return to the States from Florence, Italy, where she had been writing and touring. "After years of performing as a solo acoustic act, I was ready to take things to the next level," Evans says. "Playing abroad had given me lots of new ideas, and really lit a fire under me to get things off the ground."
Over the course of the next year, Ms. Evans traveled with her band from Gloucester to Boston, New York, and Philadelphia before wrapping up the record this summer.
Evans' performance career began at age 17, when she gigged around the Massachusetts North Shore as the vocalist in a jazz duo, My Ship. Only after she moved to New York to study at Barnard did she she pick up a guitar and begin writing, recording, and performing her own music. "I decided to teach myself guitar as a vehicle for songwriting after listening to Eva Cassidy," Evans says. "I couldn't explain with words to a guitarist what I was hearing in my head, so I had to figure it out myself. It was definitely an uphill battle, but I found it so liberating!"
As a junior at Barnard, Ms. Evans took a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. There, while playing at an open mic, she met an Italian producer who was interested in recording her songs. "He didn't speak a word of English, and seemed very focused on making things as complicated as possible," Evans relates. "By the time August rolled around, I had an unsigned 80-page contract in legal Italian and two original folk songs that had been transformed into ambient pop music. Needless to say, the contract is unsigned to this day. And when I got back to Barnard in September, I signed up for Terry Pender's "Recorded Sound" class (in the Music Department's Computer Music Center) as a means of self-defense!" Ms. Evans was also very active as a vocalist in Columbia's Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program.