Past Event


October 24, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018
1-2pm | Garden Room 2 | Faculty House | 64 Morningside Dr.

Come join us in the Garden Room at Faculty House, where Students and Music Associates from Columbia University's Music Performance Program will be showcased in an afternoon recital series.


Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1 - Frédéric Chopin

Impromptu in A-flat Major, Op. 90, No. 4 - Franz Schubert

Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 - Beethoven

II. Adagio cantabile

The Mermaid Ballet Suite - Wu Zuqiang, Du Mingxin

IV. Shui Cao Wu (Dance of the Waterweeds)


Rhapsody for Bassoon - Willson Osborne

Summer Music for Wind Quintet - Samuel Barber

This program features shifting methods in technical and stylistic bassoon composition throughout the 20th century, what Lexie wishes to describe as "The 20th Century Bassooniverse." Her wind quintet will join her on the last piece. The quintet includes Aimee Toner (flute), Nate Barshay (clarinet), Cianci Melo-Carrillo (horn) and Joel Roches (oboe).


Alexandra (Lexie) Kapilian is a junior at Columbia College from Long Beach, New York, pursuing a double major in music and psychology and studies bassoon with Marc Goldberg. Lexie, a member of the Music Performance Program, is principal bassoonist of the Columbia University Orchestra and has played with several chamber ensembles. Lexie previously studied bassoon with Donna Muncil, at the New York State Summer School for the Arts where she studied with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and at the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. Lexie was selected for the New York All-State Festival twice, including as principal bassoonist of the All-State Symphony Orchestra. Lexie also combines her interests in music and science through research. Last summer, she studied vocal communication in the Kelley Biological Laboratory as a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow. Previously, she was a research assistant in the Woolley Psychological Laboratory, analyzing biological and cultural origins of music perception. Lexie earned a Presidential Global Fellowship, which she used to study French language and culture at Reid Hall in Paris, France.

Jingyi Song (BC’19), originally from Tianjin, China, is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics.

Jingyi, an alumna of the National Junior College in Singapore, has won top prizes in the Singapore Music Teachers’ Association Performers’ Festival, National Inter-Junior College Piano Ensemble Competition, Tianjin Arts Festival Piano Competition, and Tianjin Youth Piano Competition. Jingyi has been part of Columbia University’s Music Performance Program since Spring 2017, when she moved to New York as a visiting student from the University of Melbourne. She plays with the Hybrid Arts Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, New Opera Workshop, and numerous chamber ensembles. At Columbia, Jingyi studies piano with Mr. Michael Skelly and percussion with Mr. Ian Sullivan. She was also lucky to participate in the master class directed by Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska.

In her spare time, Jingyi enjoys struggling with percussion practice, blowing her whistle and giving out free kicks as a soccer referee, and watching soccer, Formula 1, basketball, and martial arts. Her dream is to work in the Formula One industry (or any other sports industry) one day.

Jingyi is incredibly grateful for her family, friends, and mentors who have guided and encouraged her along the journey. 

Aimee Toner is a junior at Barnard College pursuing a double major in Ethnomusicology and Economics. She is also in the Manhattan School of Music Lesson Exchange and takes lessons with Professor Linda Chesis. Toner has performed as principal flutist in numerous ensembles including the New York Youth Symphony, the Columbia University Orchestra, the American Youth Orchestra, and the Columbia Pops Orchestra. After winning the 2017 Columbia University Orchestra Concerto Competition, Toner made her solo debut performing “Poem for Flute and Orchestra” by Charles T. Griffes with the Columbia University Orchestra at Symphony Space on April 24th, 2018. Aimee Toner has performed chamber and ensemble works in Weill Recital Hall and Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall, Rose Studio and Alice Tully at Lincoln Center, The Italian Academy of Columbia University, and Symphony Space. Aimee has also pursued her passion for educational outreach through working at the New York Youth Symphony and the Harmony Program as an intern.

Cianci Melo-Carrillo is a senior physics major from Denver, Colorado in Columbia College. He has been part of Columbia’s Music Performance Program all four years of his undergraduate, participating in orchestra and chamber groups. His goals are to continue studying horn, while receiving his PhD in Physics, and playing in chamber groups along the way.

Nate Barshay is a student at Columbia University and studies clarinet with Pascal Archer.  He has performed with the Connecticut Youth Symphony and the CMEA All-State Orchestra. At Columbia, he plays in several chamber ensembles, as well as the Columbia University Orchestra, and the New Opera Workshop.

Joel Roches is a Honduran born, Latin-American oboist native to Chicopee, Massachusetts. His musical studies began at the age of 5 with a strong foundation in Cello and Violin studies. At the age of 16 Mr. Roches left his string studies completely and focused mainly on his Oboe studies. Joel Roches is currently attending the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of James Austin Smith. 


All events are sponsored by Columbia University's Music Performance Program and are free and open to the public.

 Mid-Day Music @ Columbia offers live music to a general audience, following the tradition established by Aaron Warner and Isidor Isaac Rabi, great lovers of music whose memories live on at Faculty House.