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

MIVOS QUARTET with composer/soprano & DMA alum Kate Soper (3/11, Free!)

Event Date: 
Wed, 03/11/2015 - 7:00pm
Event Location: 
The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America Columbia University 1161 Amsterdam Avenue (between 116th & 118th Streets)

The Italian Academy at Columbia University presents:

MIVOS QUARTET with composer/soprano KATE SOPER

Music of Berg, Gesualdo, Iannotta and a world premiere by Kate Soper

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
7:00 PM

Free and open to the public,
No reservations required

Highlighting works for soprano and string quartet, the Mivos Quartet will present a program featuring the world premiere of Nadja, a large-scale composition for string quartet and voice by composer/soprano Kate Soper, alongside works by Clara Iannotta and Carlo Gesualdo, and Alban Berg's Lyric Suite with reconstructed soprano part.

CU Music Alumni Perform with Songwriters' Orchestra at 54 Below (Feb 28, 11:30pm)

Event Date: 
Sat, 02/28/2015 - 11:30pm
Event Location: 
54 Below - 254 West 54th Street New York, NY (btwn 8th Ave & Broadway)

The Songwriter's Orchestra will be performing at 54 Below on Saturday, February 28th, 2015, at 11:30PM.

Departing from the tradition of accompanying emerging songwriters on piano or guitar, the Songwriter's Orchestra, a classically trained 11 person ensemble featuring strings, wind, brass and percussion, joins writers and singers to create a fascinating and genre-bending sound. Join them as they present new arrangements of music by Shaina Taub, Sarah Dooley and (Columbia Music alumna!) Olivia Harris, with more to be announced soon. Arrangements by (Columbia Music alumnus!) Solomon Hoffman.

Watch the Songwriter's Orchestra below!

Solomiya Ivakhiv and Magdalena Baczewska Recital of French Music (March 5, 7pm)

Event Date: 
Thu, 03/05/2015 - 7:00pm
Event Location: 
The Italian Academy: 1161 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027

The Music Performance Program
Magdalena Stern-Baczewska, Director

A Recital of French Music

Solomiya Ivakhiv, violin
Magdalena Baczewska, piano

March 5, 2015, 7 PM

The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies
1161 Amsterdam Avenue, New York City

Program: Ravel-Sonata for Violin and Piano,
Chausson-Poeme, Franck-Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major

Performance aspects of Chausson's Poeme will be the focus of the intermission talkback. The purpose of the event is to aid publicity efforts leading up to Columbia University Orchestra's performance under Maestro Jeffrey Milarsky at Lincoln Center' Alice Tully Hall on April 18th, 2015. The piece is this year's selection of violinist Joseph Morag, winner of the Columbia University Orchestra Concerto Competition.

It will be performed along Mahler's Symphony No. 1. 

Solomiya Ivakhiv Master Class (March 5, 3pm)

Event Date: 
Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:00pm
Event Location: 
555 Lerner Hall, Columbia University
Music Performance Program
Magdalena Stern-Baczewska, Director
Solomiya Ivakhiv Master Class
March 5th, 2015, 3-5 PM
555 Lerner Hall
The event is free and open to the public. 

Dr. Solomiya Ivakhiv has quickly earned a reputation for performing with "distinctive charm and subtle profundity" (Daily Freeman, New York) and "crystal clear and noble sound" (Culture and Life, Ukraine).  Known as chamber musician and soloist, she has appeared at prestigious music festivals such as Tanglewood, Verbier, and Embassy Series, Musique de Chambre a Giverny (France), Prussia Cove (England), the Banff Centre and Ottawa Chamber Fest (Canada) and performed with renowned artists Joseph Silverstein, Gary Graffman, Roberto Diaz, Steven Isserlis, Philip Setzer, and Gil Kalish. In the 2014-2015 concert season, Ms. Ivakhiv will appear at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in two separate concerts, the Kaufman Music Center's Merkin Concert Hall, and Charleston Symphony Orchestra's chamber music series.

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.