Due to the global pandemic, the MPP offering will be modified this year. Although we will have to wait to hold in-person events until it is safe to do so, we are here for you.
Please keep checking for updates as we receive guidance from the University regarding the format of music instruction this Fall. Should in-person instruction be restricted, we will provide on-line lessons as well as options for ensembles.
Pending further instructions from the Columbia University Administration, we are pleased to announce the MPP auditions 2020-2021. All auditions would take place LIVE via Zoom, with adjudicators present in real time:
Tuesday, September 8 - classical lessons* and ensembles, 9:00am-1:00pm, in 5 minute slots
Thursday, September 10 - classical lessons* and ensembles, 12:00pm - 8:00pm in 5 minute slots
Wednesday, September 9 - jazz
Friday, September 11 - jazz vocal
September 10, 11, 12 - CUO (Time: 12-8 PM)
Each audition will last 5 minutes.
Classical (for those auditioning for lessons* and ensembles, including Master Class): two contrasting pieces
CUO: one short solo work
Jazz: two pieces, so be played solo, or with virtual accompaniment
* To sign up for piano lessons, please visit Zoom meeting room of Michael Skelly, Dmitry Alexeev, Reiko Uchida ( Zoom links will be forthcoming)
Online sign-up sheets will be available on August 15th. Once you have signed up for your 5-minute spot, you will receive a Zoom link. We look forward to seeing you on Zoom in September.
Admission to the MPP is based on the level of performance skill demonstrated in the audition, and the availability of openings in the various performing areas.
Jazz Ensembles and Columbia University Orchestra (CUO) require a separate audition.
- Registration for lessons and ensembles will be available only to students who have been admitted to MPP through a ZOOM audition.
If you are interested in taking music lessons for credit, joining an MPP classical or jazz ensemble, or joining CUO, you must (re)audition for placement.
- NOTE: Please make sure you are under the credit limit when you are auditioning / registering. You won't be eligible to participate in the MPP otherwise.
- Auditions are held only for enrolled undergraduates at Columbia University. Prospective students interested in applying to Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Barnard College, or the School of General Studies should visit our FAQ.