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. Students registered in the Undergraduate Composition class in the Fall or Spring semester of the current academic year are also eligible. Both jazz and classical musicians are encouraged to audition.


DR. MAGDALENA STERN-BACZEWSKA, mb3713 [at] columbia.edu 


*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  letter of recommendation from your teacher emailed to Magdalena Stern-Baczewska, mb3713 [at] columbia.edu

  • A letter of acceptance from the festival, which also states the funds needed. If you do not yet have a letter of acceptance, we ask that you send it as soon as you hear. Funds released only after confirmation of acceptance.
  • 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