Auditions

2020-2021 AUDITIONS
September 8–12

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

Requirements:

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.

Chamber Ensembles & Lessons Auditions
Jazz Auditions Orchestra Auditions

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.

  • Only one audition is needed for chamber ensembles and lessons.

  • 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.

Audition dates and times

Voice auditions for solo lessons and voice classes:

Wednesday, September 9, 2020  6-10pm, on Zoom https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/9382096398

Thursday, September 10, 2020. 6-10pm,   on Zoom https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/9382096398

Chorus and Chamber Singer auditions:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020. 6-9pm.  on Zoom  https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/9382096398.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 6-9pm. on Zoom. https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/9382096398

ELIGIBLE INSTRUMENTS

  • All jazz instruments
  • Strings
  • Winds
  • Brass
  • Classical Percussion
  • Harp, organ, classical saxophone, harpsichord (please read ADDITIONAL AUDITIONS)

FYI

  • Private instruction and ensembles require only one audition.  
  • Students interested in both jazz and classical lessons/ensembles will need to audition for both separately.
  • Students taking private instruction receive six hours of lessons each semester.
  • Students must register and will receive one credit and a pass/fail grade each semester.
  • No end-of-semester performance is required.
  • There is a $300 per semester lesson fee for all students - the second-lowest rate among our peer institutions. Each student will receive six (6) hours of lessons each semester.

SIGN-UP FOR AN AUDITION

  • Auditions for the 2020-2021 year will be live on Zoom, Tuesday, September 8th from 9:00am-1:00pm pm in 5 minute slots, and Thursday September 10th from 12:00-8:00pm in five minute slots.  *Please see specific tabs on Audition page to sign up.
  • Online audition sign-up will be available in mid AUGUST.

 THE DAY OF

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time to fill out the audition form, tune, and organize your scores.

AUDITION REPERTOIRE

Classical private instruction: two contrasting pieces or movements from solo repertoire.

Jazz private instruction: 

  • 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).

NEXT STEPS

  • You will receive an email regarding placement, registration, and instructor information or if we are not able to place you with an instructor or ensemble, you will be notified and may be placed on the wait list.  
  • If you are placed with an instructor for lessons, you will need to contact your instructor and set up a mutually agreeable time to meet during the semester. Your instructor will help you choose repertoire and establish a daily practice routine.

Participation in the MPP is a year-long commitment. All students re-audition each Fall
(no auditions are held in the Spring semester).

FYI

  • Private instruction and ensembles require only one audition.  
  • Students interested in participating in both jazz and classical lessons/ensembles will need to audition for both separately.
  • Chamber ensembles receive 12 hours of coaching per semester.
  • Students receive one credit and a letter grade per semester.
  • Students who pass their audition will be placed in a group and expected to meet for rehearsals once a week outside of coachings.
  • An end-of-semester performance is required.
  • There are no additional fees for your participation in a chamber ensemble.
  • Multiple ensembles are possible if you are so interested - please note that on your audition form.

SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION

  • Auditions for the 2020-2021 year will be live on Zoom, Tuesday, September 8th from 9:00am-1:00pm pm in 5 minute slots, and Thursday September 10th from 12:00-8:00pm in five minute slots.  *Please see specific tabs on Audition page to sign up.
  • Online audition sign up will be available in mid August. 

 THE DAY OF

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time to fill out the audition form, tune, and organize your scores.  
  • Sign up online in August for a slot. 

AUDITION REPERTOIRE

  • Please prepare two contrasting pieces or movements from solo repertoire.
  • You will also be asked to sight-read a short music selection.

NEXT STEPS

  • You will receive an email regarding placement, registration, and instructor information.  
  • If we are not able to place you with an instructor or ensemble, you will be notified and may be placed on the waitlist.  
  • You will need to contact your instructor and other members of the ensemble to set up a mutually agreeable time to meet during the semester.   

Participation in the MPP is a year-long commitment. All students must re-audition each Fall (no auditions are held in the Spring semester).

FYI

  • Private instruction and ensembles require only one audition.  
  • Students interested in participating in both jazz and classical lessons/ensembles will need to play in separate auditions to be considered for both.
  • Jazz Ensembles meet weekly for 90-minute coaching sessions.
  • Students receive one credit and a letter grade each semester.
  • Registration is required.
  • A final performance at the end of the semester is required.

SIGN-UP FOR AN AUDITION

  • Auditions are during the first week of classes.
  • Online audition sign-up will be available in AUGUST, three weeks before auditions: Wednesday Sept. 9th from 11am to 10pm for instrumentalists and Friday September11th from 12-4pm for vocalists.

THE DAY OF

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time to fill out the audition form, tune, and organize your scores.
  • 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).

NEXT STEPS

  • You will receive an email regarding placement, registration, and instructor information. If we are not able to place you with an instructor or ensemble, you will be notified and may be placed on the waitlist.  
  • If you are placed with an instructor for lessons, you will need to set up a mutually agreeable time to meet during the semester. Your instructor will help you choose repertoire and establish a daily practice routine.

Participation in the MPP is a year-long commitment. All students re-audition each Fall
(no auditions are held in the Spring semester).

Auditions are required for placement in the Columbia University Orchestra (CUO).

Auditions for the 2020-2021 year will take place Thursday September 10th, Friday September 11th, and Saturday September 12th, each from 12-8pm

CUO Auditions information

  • Sign up online for an audition. You must audition separately for the CUO even if you are also auditioning for chamber music, lessons, or jazz ensembles.
  • Please prepare a short solo piece.

WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLES

To audition, please contact the specific instructor.

Hogaku (Japanese Early Modern Salon Music): medievaljapan [at] columbia.edu

Gagaku (Japanese Court and Sacred Music): medievaljapan [at] columbia.edu

Bluegrass Ensemble: James Kerr, jlk2001 [at] columbia.edu 

Klezmer Band: Jeff Warshauer, jfw2102 [at] columbia.edu

 

CLASSICAL PIANO LESSONS

Placement in piano lessons requires an interview.  

  • Please go to Dodge 109 or 110 on September 3rd and 4th (Tues and Wed) between 9am and 3pm to speak with Michael Skelly, Full-Time Piano Instructor. 
  • For piano chamber music, a separate audition is required. Please see CHAMBER ENSEMBLES for audition requirements and online sign up. 

ADDITIONAL AUDITIONS

If you play harp, organ or harpsichord please contact the instructor directly to set up an audition during the first week of classes. (Audition IS required)

THE DOLAN PRIZE

This merit- and need-based scholarship award funds for students who wish to study an instrument that Columbia does not offer or with a teacher who is not a Columbia Music Associate. Auditions are required and take place during the first week of classes.  

Auditions for the Dolan Prize take place at the same time as our regular MPP auditions during the first week of classes.

Audition Requirements:

  • Sealed letter of recommendation from your instructor with details of their lesson fee per hour.  Letters may be brought to the audition or to Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska's office in 618 Dodge by the end of the change-of-program-period.
  • Prepare two contrasting pieces or movements to showcase your technical and musical abilities.
  • Priority is given to Columbia College students who wish to study an instrument not represented at the College.
  • You should already have studied with this teacher for 6 months prior to auditioning for the Dolan Prize.  
  • You must be a participant of the Music Performance Program (one year commitment) in order to receive funding.