In addition to the many opportunities offered by the Columbia University Music Performance Program, there are also various outside-of-MPP opportunities offered through our page. Check back regularly for the latest listings.


Columbia Associate Faculty Amir Elsaffar

Photo credit: Michael Crommett

This merit and need based scholarship awards 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.  These auditions can be used to place you in chamber music ensembles as well.  


Audition Requirements:

  • Sealed letter of recommendation from your instructor with details of their lesson fee per hour due 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.






Congratulations to the Dolan Prize Winners of 2015-2016!

Below are the distinguished musicians and instructors of the students of the Music Performance Program who received the Dolan Prize this year. 

Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano

Aaron Rosand, violin

Yousun Chung, oboe

Steve Nelson, vibraphone

Eteri Audjapanidze, piano

Seymour Bernstein, piano

Patrick Jee, cello

Eugene Levinson, bass

Stefan Jackiw, violin

Michael Daves, bluegrass guitar and voice

Martin Canin, piano

Asya Meshberg, violin

Golda Tatz, piano

Paula Rand, voice

Sarah Wolfson, voice

Yoobin Son, flute

Thanks to the generosity of Columbia College alumnus Richard Rapaport, you can receive funding to study at a summer music festival of your choice!

Auditions are open only to Columbia College (Barnard, GS, and SEAS not eligible) instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, and conductors. PRIORITY GIVEN to those who have played an active role in the Music Performance Program.  
Please note that graduating seniors are not eligible for this fellowship

Audition Requirements

  • Prepare two contrasting works or movements to showcase your technical and music abilities.
  • Any festival brochures or materials with pertinent information regarding tuition.
  • A sealed letter of recommendation from your teacher (can be emailed to Magdalena Stern-Baczewska mb3713 [at] columbia.edu

  • A letter of acceptance from the festival, which also states the funds needed.
  • Proof of application will also be considered from applicants who have not yet received acceptance from summer festivals, as long as the application has been made prior to the audition. The festival should have a strong international reputation and competitive criteria for acceptance.
  • Composers should sign up for an audition spot and prepare two original scores and audio recording of piece sent to Magdalena Stern-Baczewska mb3713 [at] columbia.edu

Audition Sign-up

Mid Day Music is a recital series that features Music Performance Program students who have shown commitment and dedication to the advancement of their musical passions here in the Columbia community.  Weekly one hour lunch time recitals taking place at the Faculty House Garden Room are by request and approval of the Director of the MPP.  Teacher recommendation and approval may be necessary.  

If you would like to perform on the Mid Day Music Recital Series, please email Beth Pratt bp2413 [at] columbia.edu



Registered chamber music ensembles of the Music Performance Program are invited to audition for the opportunity to perform at the distinguished Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall each spring.  A small number of ensembles in good standing in the MPP are invited to perform through a selective audition process by a panel of judges. This is a wonderful and rare opportunity for students to perform on a world-renowned stage in the heart of New York City.  

Carnegie Hall


Currently registered chamber ensembles! Carnegie Hall audition sign-ups are available 

Audition: Friday, February 15, 2019 (2-4PM) 

Performance: Monday April 15, 2019 (8pm) 

Sign-up for an audition HERE


Audition Requirements: 

- Only currently registered chamber groups with MPP can audition

- Audition must be IN PERSON; no video submissions 

- The piece you wish to perform must be played in the audition and be up to 10 minutes

- Your entire ensemble must be available on the day of the concert 

The International Piano Forum

is presenting the annually awarded International German Piano Award in the Grand Hall of the Alte Oper, Frankfurt on April 9th 2018.

An award for exceptional artistic personalities and for special creativity.

The International Piano Forum - a summit of internationally acclaimed pianists, a podium for outstanding young artists from all over the globe to showcase their instrumental mastery. The International Piano Forum is the initiator of the International German Piano Award which is donated yearly. The prize money amounts to a total of € 20,000. The International German Piano Award has the objective to find and promote outstanding pianists worldwide. Yet, alone being nominated for the International German Piano Award is an honor to extraordinary talent. The following support of the nominees provides concerts at famous national and international concert halls and contacts to conductors as well as orchestras. Last but not least, the association supports the production of CDs, websites, an exclusive artist portfolio and much more.

Special Audition Announcement and Performance Opportunity

Columbia pays Tribute to Sergei Prokofiev, celebrating the centennial of Prokofiev's first concert in New York City. A concert dedicated to Prokofiev's works, and featuring winners of a live audition, will be held at Columbia University's Italian Academy on Friday, April 13, 2018.  

Auditions are open to registered MPP students in good standing. 

Requirement: an excerpt from any chamber or solo work by Sergei Prokofiev.

Winners will have the opportunity to perform at the Italian Academy on April 13th, 2018. 

Proposed audition date: Friday, November 17, 2017, 2-5 PM (subject to change)

Sign-up sheet for 10-minute slots will be available on the MPP website on November 1, 2017. 

Sponsored by Columbia Rare Books and Manuscript Library, Department of Music, Music Performance Program