Resources for Current Students

AUDITIONS (REQUIRED)

ALL returning students are required to audition in September during the first week of classes to participate in the MPP during the academic year. 

  • Classical Lessons and Chamber Ensemble Auditions: September 6 & 8
  • Jazz Lessons and Ensemble Auditions: September 7 & 9
  • Columbia University Orchestra Auditions: September 8, 9, & 10
  • World Music Ensembles: Speak with Instructor at first class meeting
  • Piano Lesson Interviews: September 6 & 7 (from 10am-2pm in 109/110 Dodge Hall) 
    *Pianists interested in chamber music MUST audition.

Audition Requirements

Classical:

  • Instrumentalists should prepare two contrasting pieces or movements from solo repertoire.
  • You will also be asked to demonstrate your sight reading skills.

Jazz:

  • Instrumentalists should prepare two jazz standards (a rhythm section will be provided to accompany auditions).
  • You will also be asked to demonstrate your sight reading and improvisational skills.
  • Vocalists should prepare two selections to show interpretative abilities (improvisation optional).
  • Please provide a clear lead sheet with chord changes for the accompanist (a pianist is provided).

Orchestra

  • Short solo of choice. This may be a short piece, or an excerpt of a longer piece. Your chosen piece should be indicative of your ability to move around your instrument, as well as the quality of your sound.

AUDITION SIGN-UP


REGISTRATION

All accepted MPP students must register for lessons and ensembles by the change-of-program period to continue their participation that semester.  Petitioning students must notify MPP staff prior to this deadline. 

Are you attempting to register for lessons/ensembles sections that appear to be blocked? Keep in mind that registration for lessons and ensembles will be available only to students who have been admitted to MPP through a live audition, during the first week of classes. 

  • Fall 2016 semester: Friday September 16
  • Spring 2017 semester: Friday January 27

Directory of classes


Lesson Logs 

Lesson logs should be turned into the MPP office at 618 Dodge Hall or emailed to Jane Pae (jhp2150 [at] columbia.edu ) by the mid-term date and last day of classes each semester of participation.

  • Fall 2016 semester: Thursday October 20 and Monday December 12
  • Spring 2017 semester: Monday March 6 and Monday May 1

Lesson Log


Lesson Fee Policy

Starting in Fall 2017, the lesson fee will be $250 per semester for all students - the second-lowest rate among our peer institutions. Each student will receive six (6) hours of lessons each semester.

​​*Special ​j​azz concentrators will ​meet with Prof. ​Chris Washburne

A minimum of one prerequisite class must be completed to qualify for a lesson fee waiver.

  • THEORY 1
  • THEORY 2
  • THEORY 3
  • THEORY 4
  • UN2016, Jazz History (survey course)
  • W4612, Jazz and American Culture

Major/Concentrator Intent Form 

AUDITIONS (REQUIRED)

ALL returning students are required to audition in September 2016 for participation in the MPP during 2016-2017 academic year. 

  • Classical Lessons and Chamber Ensemble Auditions: September 6 & 8
  • Jazz Lessons and Ensemble Auditions: September 7 & 9
  • Columbia University Orchestra Auditions: September 8, 9, & 10
  • World Music Ensembles: Speak with Instructor at first class meeting

 

  • Piano Lesson Interviews: September 6 & 7 (from 10am-2pm in 109/110 Dodge Hall) 
    *Pianists interested in chamber music MUST audition.

 

Audition Requirements

 

Classical:

  • Instrumentalists should prepare two contrasting pieces or movements from solo repertoire.You will also be asked to demonstrate your sight reading skills.

Jazz:

  • Instrumentalists should prepare two jazz standards (a rhythm section will be provided to accompany auditions).
  • You will also be asked to demonstrate your sight reading and improvisational skills.Vocalists should prepare two selections to show interpretative abilities (improvisation optional).
  • Please provide a clear lead sheet with chord changes for the accompanist (a pianist is provided).

Orchestra: 

  • Short solo of choice. This may be a short piece, or an excerpt of a longer piece. Your chosen piece should be indicative of your ability to move around your instrument, as well as the quality of your sound.

AUDITION SIGN-UP 


REGISTRATION

All accepted MPP students must register for lessons and ensembles by the change-of-program period to continue their participation that semester.  Petitioning students must notify MPP staff prior to this deadline. ​

  • Fall 2016 semester: Friday September 16
  • Spring 2017 semester: Friday January 27

DIRECTORY OF CLASSES

AUDITIONS (REQUIRED)

ALL returning students are required to audition in September 2016 for participation in the MPP during 2016-2017 academic year.  Interested students should speak with Instructor at first class meeting

  • Bluegrass Ensemble: Wednesdays 7:45-9:45pm in 814 Dodge Hall
  • Arab Music Ensemble: Fridays 10am-12pm in 801 Dodge Hall
  • Japanese Hogaku Ensemble: Thursdays 4-6pm in 112 Dodge
  • Japanese Gagaku Ensemble: Thursdays 6-8pm in 112 Dodge
  • Klezmer Ensemble: TBA

 

DOLAN PRIZE AUDITIONS

Students will only have ONE audition for DOLAN and ensemble/lesson placement. Auditions for the 2016-2017 academic year will be held from September 6 & 8

The requirements for the Dolan Prize are:

  • Sealed letter of recommendation from your instructor with details of their lesson fee per hour due by the end of the change-of-program-period:

    Fall 2016 semester: Friday September 16.

Classical:

  • Instrumentalists should prepare two contrasting pieces or movements from solo repertoire.
  • You will also be asked to demonstrate your sight reading skills.

Jazz:

  • Instrumentalists should prepare two jazz standards (a rhythm section will be provided to accompany auditions).
  • You will also be asked to demonstrate your sight reading and improvisational skills.
  • Vocalists should prepare two selections to show interpretative abilities (improvisation optional).
  • Please provide a clear lead sheet with chord changes for the accompanist (a pianist is provided).

AUDITION SIGN-UP

MID-DAY MUSIC RECITALS

If you are interested in signing up for a Mid-Day recital, please email Jane Pae (jhp2150 [at] columbia.edu

) with preferred dates and 45-50 minutes of potential repertoire.

*We are unable to offer an artist fee for the performance but we would be happy to take you out to lunch at Faculty House's lovely dining hall.  LUNCH FOR PERFORMERS ONLY

MID-DAY MUSIC Performance Availabilities

Wednesdays | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Garden Room 2 | Faculty House | 64 Morningside Dr.

Jan— 18, 25
Feb— 1, 15, 22
Mar— 1, 8, 22, 29
April— 5, 12, 19, 26

MID-DAY MUSIC RECITAL SERIES  

 Performers are required to submit a Performance Form one week prior to date of performance.  
Click HERE for access to form.  

Students participating in a REGISTERED chamber music ensemble are invited to audition for the possibility of performing at our annual Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall event.  Ensembles are limited to 10 mins of music and MUST audition with the piece or movements of performance.  No late additions to program will be permitted. 

  • Audition: February 3 (4-6pm)
  • Performance: April 3 (8-10pm)

Thanks to the generosity of Columbia College alumnus Richard Rapaport, you can receive funding to study at a summer music festival of your choice!

 
Auditions are open only to Columbia College (Barnard, GS, and SEAS not eligible) instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, and conductors.  PRIORITY GIVEN to those who have played an active role in the Music Performance Program.  

Please note that graduating seniors are not eligible for this fellowship.

Audition Requirements: 

  • Prepare two contrasting works or movements to showcase your technical and music abilities.
  • Any festival brochures or materials with pertinent information regarding tuition.
  • A sealed letter of recommendation from your teacher.  
  • A letter of acceptance from the festival, which also states the funds needed.
  • Proof of application will also be considered from applicants who have not yet received acceptance from summer festivals, as long as the application has been made prior to the audition.
  • Composers should prepare two original scores and audio recording of piece if you have them. 
  • The festival should have a strong international reputation and competitive criteria for acceptance.

Rapaport Auditions March 31 (4-6pm)

 

Audition forms will be available on the day of your audition. If you'd like a head start, please see below. 

CUO 

JAZZ

CLASSICAL

PIANO

Played a GIG for the MPP? 

Please bring the following forms with you to 618 Dodge Hall (printable links below)


You can drop of these forms to Beth Pratt in the Music Performance Program office Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm.
If you have any questions please call 212-854- 1257 or email Beth at bp2413 [at] columbia.edu