Resources for Current Students

AUDITIONS (REQUIRED)

ALL returning students are required to audition in September during the first week of classes to participate in the MPP during the academic year. 

  • Classical Lessons and Chamber Ensemble Auditions: September 4 & 6
  • Jazz Lessons and Ensemble Auditions: September 5 (Instrumental) & 7 (Vocal)
  • Columbia University Orchestra Auditions: September 7, 8, & 9
  • World Music Ensembles: Speak with Instructor at first class meeting
  • Piano Lesson Interviews: September 4 & 5 (from 10am-2pm in 109/110 Dodge Hall) 
    *Pianists interested in chamber music MUST audition.

Audition Requirements

Classical:

  • Instrumentalists should prepare two contrasting pieces or movements from solo repertoire.
  • You will also be asked to demonstrate your sight reading skills.

Jazz:

  • 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).

Orchestra

  • Short solo of choice. This may be a short piece, or an excerpt of a longer piece. Your chosen piece should be indicative of your ability to move around your instrument, as well as the quality of your sound.

AUDITION SIGN-UP


REGISTRATION

All accepted MPP students must register for lessons and ensembles by the change-of-program period to continue their participation that semester.  Petitioning students must notify MPP staff prior to this deadline. 

Please note that you must make room for your individual lessons within the 18-credit limit. Due to administrative delays, the MPP will no longer be accepting petitions for private lessons, even if you successfully petitioned in the past.

Are you attempting to register for lessons/ensembles sections that appear to be blocked? Keep in mind that registration for lessons and ensembles will be available only to students who have been admitted to MPP through a live audition, during the first week of classes. 

  • Fall 2018 semester: Friday September 14
  • Spring 2019 semester: Friday February 1

Directory of classes


Lesson Fee Policy

$300 MUSIC LESSON FEE PER SEMESTER APPLIES TO ALL STUDENTS TAKING LESSONS.
All accepted MPP students must register for lessons and ensembles by the change-of-program deadline in order to be allowed to attend lessons that semester.

AUDITIONS (REQUIRED)

ALL returning students are required to audition in  for participation in the MPP during the academic year. 

  • Classical Lessons and Chamber Ensemble Auditions: September 4 & 6
  • Jazz Lessons and Ensemble Auditions: September 5 (Instrumental) & 7 (Vocal)
  • Columbia University Orchestra Auditions: September 7, 8, & 9
  • World Music Ensembles: Speak with Instructor at first class meeting
  • Piano Lesson Interviews: September 4 & 5 (from 10am-2pm in 109/110 Dodge Hall) 
    *Pianists interested in chamber music MUST audition.

 

Audition Requirements

 

Classical:

  • Instrumentalists should prepare two contrasting pieces or movements from solo repertoire.You will also be asked to demonstrate your sight reading skills.

Jazz:

  • 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).

Orchestra: 

  • Short solo of choice. This may be a short piece, or an excerpt of a longer piece. Your chosen piece should be indicative of your ability to move around your instrument, as well as the quality of your sound.

AUDITION SIGN-UP 


REGISTRATION

All accepted MPP students must register for lessons and ensembles by the change-of-program period to continue their participation that semester.  Petitioning students must notify MPP staff prior to this deadline. ​

Membership in CHAMBER ENSEMBLES is a TWO-SEMESTER (2) commitment for the 2018-19 academic year. All admitted students must register for their assigned class FOR CREDIT ​by the change-of-program period deadline.

Are you attempting to register for lessons/ensembles sections that appear to be blocked? Keep in mind that registration for lessons and ensembles will be available only to students who have been admitted to MPP through a live audition, during the first week of classes. 

  • Fall 2018 semester: Friday September 14
  • Spring 2019 semester: Friday February 1

DIRECTORY OF CLASSES

AUDITIONS (REQUIRED)

ALL returning students are required to audition in September 2018 for participation in the MPP during 2018-2019 academic year.  Interested students should speak with Instructor at first class meeting

  • Bluegrass Ensemble: Wednesdays 6:30-8pm in 814 Dodge Hall
  • Arab Music Ensemble: Fridays 10am-12pm in 814 Dodge
  • Japanese Hogaku Ensemble: Thursdays 3-4:30pm in 112 Dodge
  • Japanese Gagaku Ensemble: Thursdays 6-7:30pm in 112 Dodge
  • Klezmer Ensemble: Tuesdays 7-8:30pm in B01 Carmen

Auditions for Brazilian Ensemble and Afro-Colombian Ensemble are part of the jazz auditions on September 5 in 112 Dodge. Online signup is required.

DOLAN PRIZE AUDITIONS

Students will only have ONE audition for DOLAN and ensemble/lesson placement. Auditions for the 2018-2019 academic year will be held from September 4-9

The requirements for the Dolan Prize are:

  • 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:

    Fall 2018 semester: Friday September 14.

Classical:

  • Instrumentalists should prepare two contrasting pieces or movements from solo repertoire.
  • You will also be asked to demonstrate your sight reading skills.

Jazz:

  • 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).

AUDITION SIGN-UP

MID-DAY MUSIC RECITALS

If you are interested in signing up for a Mid-Day recital, please email Jane Pae (jhp2150 [at] columbia.edu

) with preferred dates and 45-50 minutes of potential repertoire.
*We are unable to offer an artist fee for the performance but we would be happy to take you out to lunch at Faculty House's lovely dining hall.  
LUNCH FOR PERFORMERS ONLY

MID-DAY MUSIC Performance Availabilities

Wednesdays | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Garden Room 2 | Faculty House | 64 Morningside Dr.

Sept— 26
Oct— 3, 10, 17, 24
Nov— 7, 14, 28
Dec— 5
Jan— 30
Feb— 6, 13, 20, 27
Mar— 6, 13, 27
Apr— 3, 10, 17, 24
May— 1

MID-DAY MUSIC RECITAL SERIES  

 Performers are required to submit a Performance Form one week prior to date of performance.  
Click HERE for access to form.  

Students participating in a REGISTERED chamber music ensemble are invited to audition for the possibility of performing at our annual Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall event.  Ensembles are limited to 10 mins of music and MUST audition with the piece or movements of performance.  No late additions to program will be permitted. 

  • Audition: TBA
  • Performance: April 15 (8-10pm)

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.  
  • 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.
  • Composers should prepare two original scores and audio recording of piece if you have them. 
  • The festival should have a strong international reputation and competitive criteria for acceptance.

Rapaport Auditions March 31 (4-6pm)

 

Played a GIG for the MPP? 

Please bring the following forms with you to 618 Dodge Hall (printable links below)


You can drop of these forms to Beth Pratt in the Music Performance Program office Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm.
If you have any questions please call 212-854- 1257 or email Beth at bp2413 [at] columbia.edu