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.