Winter 2021 Newsletter


This semester, our students have made music with particular enthusiasm and passion, and their Columbia friends have come in unprecedented numbers to support them. We had a full house at each concert, and all events were received with great warmth and fervor. The MPP music associates, who have prepared the ensembles for their performances deserve a special word of gratitude for their passion, dedication, and creativity.

We have continued to host online events featuring guest artists, among them masterclasses with cellist Wendy Sutter and violinist Richard Lin. The Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program, under the new leadership of Ole Mathisen, presented masterclasses with jazz percussionist Clarence Penn and saxophonist Miguel Zenon.

This has also been a semester of new beginnings: we have welcomed new members of the MPP community; Music Associates: Elizabeth Brown (shakuhachi), Yumi Kurosawa (koto), David Krauss (trumpet), Ingrid Laubrock (jazz saxophone), and our new Assistant to Director, Chelsea Wimmer.

We are also staying in touch with MPP alumni and are happy to share their latest news below.

Grateful for your continued interest and support, we wish you a peaceful and restorative Holiday season.

On behalf of all of us in the MPP,
Magdalena Stern-Baczewska

October 2021 Newsletter

The pandemic has reminded us that music is the most impactful when experienced together, in one room, as a community. After eighteen long months we are thrilled to resume making music on campus, in person. The student musicians accepted into the program this year are truly terrific, and their excitement to make music together again is palpable.

In this month's newsletter you will learn about the latest projects of our students, alumni, and faculty. You will meet our student Henry Paul, who shares how his approach to music has changed since the start of the pandemic.


In this last newsletter of the semester we share the highlights of our student performances, lovingly put together from the distance. We also look back at the events we shared with you this past Spring, including the virtual masterclass with New York Philharmonic’s Rebecca Young, and jazz artists Matt Garrison, Miguel Zenon, and Ingrid Jensen. As we celebrate new beginnings through the partnership with Emeritus Professors in Columbia groups (EPIC), we also bid a final farewell to MPP’s long-time music associate and a world-renowned harpsichordist, Kenneth Cooper. Together with the graduating class of 2021, we celebrate their achievements and wish them continued success in the new chapter of their lives.


Our March offering includes two masterclasses: MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow Miguel Zenon on March 17 and New York Philharmonic's Rebecca Young, on March 31.The "Meet our Students" column features two students: Arya Rao, CC '22 and Nathan Farrell, CC '21. We are also thrilled to announce MPP's new partnership with EPIC: Emeritus Professors in Columbia, a professional and social fellowship of retired professors, researchers, and administrators. The inaugural event of this collaboration features Vincent Le, CC '21 in a virtual performance and discussion with the EPIC members.


Inside the February MPP newsletter you will find the profile of pianist Heather Chang, a Columbia College senior majoring in Neuroscience. Although in-person events are still suspended, we presented via Zoom an Ingrid Jensen jazz masterclass, and the student celebration of the Chinese New Year.


The MPP students yet again demonstrated fearlessness, intelligence, creativity, positive attitude, and team spirit. In this newsletter you will learn about the most recent activities of our faculty, students and alumni. We invite you to watch the videos of the selected projects our students put together with their instructors. Grateful for your attention and support, on behalf of all of us in the MPP we wish you a healthy and peaceful holiday season.


In this month's newsletter, we feature Vincent Le, who shares his latest projects with us in "Meet Our Students." We also invite you to the inaugural MPP webinar on November 19th at 6 PM, featuring Syrian composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh. You will also learn about the first livestream celebration, hosted by MPP Associate Don Sickler, at the legendary Van Gelder Studio.