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The Music Performance Program is a division of the Department of Music that offers unique opportunities to students with a strong musical background. Under the direction of Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska, the MPP seeks to enable students to develop as musicians within Columbia's academic setting by offering a wide array of opportunities for musical instruction, participation, and performance. Auditions for acceptance into the MPP occur during the first week of the Fall Semester. *Students do not have to major in music.


Auditions: MPP auditions will take place during the first week of classes, via Zoom.  Please visit the audition page for more information.

Calendar: As you may already know, Columbia and MPP will be operating in three semesters. Please see the academic calendar here. We will be sending out a questionnaire later on to associates interested in teaching during Summer 2021. 

Wind/brass/vocal instruction: In order to assure everyone's safety, all wind and brass instruments (including Columbia University Orchestra), as well as vocal students will have to meet online only for the time being. We will monitor the situation closely, and once it becomes safe to return to campus for wind instrument/vocal instruction, we will provide an update.

Practice rooms: As the safety of various campus spaces is being assessed, we are waiting for an update regarding the availability of practice rooms on campus - please stay tuned.  

Classroom pianos: To ensure safe use of the pianos in Dodge Hall classrooms, appropriate cleaning products have been ordered. 
Safe ensemble size: In order to comply with the safety measures, ensembles wishing to meet in person will be limited to 3 students and the instructor. Please plan your repertoire accordingly. Only strings and piano will be allowed to meet in person for now.

Campus access: At the moment, only essential employees are allowed on campus. Those who wish to come to campus, aside from wearing a mask, will need to complete a symptom check through the CU Reopen App.


A Note from the Director

Welcome to Columbia University's Music Performance Program, where students' academic excellence meets musical prowess and passion.

High-caliber music-making is an integral part of Columbia's campus life. Our student-musicians participate in a variety of activities, such as chamber music, jazz, world music, and orchestra, chorus, and individual instrumental instruction. New York City is their stage - the performances have taken our students beyond the Columbia campus, to such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Symphony Space.

The Music Performance Program allows the new generation of future artists, politicians, scientists, and entrepreneurs to cultivate their talent and love of music through learning from world-class musicians. While thriving academically, our students keep an important place for music in their lives, and continue to make music relevant in the world around them.

If you would like to be informed about the MPP activities, please join our mailing list. You may also support our performers by giving or joining us for upcoming performances.

*Music Performance Program is a part of Columbia University's Department of Music, an academic department. We have no connection to Miller Theatre, which operates as a professional concert presenter independently of the academic departments.