Administrative Information

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Prof. Walter Frisch, 613 Dodge; 854-1256;

Music Humanities Chair: Prof. Elaine Sisman, 604 Dodge; 854-7728;

Music Performance Program Acting Director: Prof. Giuseppe Gerbino, 621 Dodge; 854-6299;

Departmental Office: 621 Dodge; 854-3825

Susan Boynton
Joseph Dubiel
Walter Frisch
Brad Garton
Georg Friedrich Haas
Ellie Hisama
Fred Lerdahl
George Lewis
Elaine Sisman
John F. Szwed

Associate Professors
Aaron Fox
Giuseppe Gerbino
Ellen Gray
Ana Maria Ochoa
Christopher Washburne

Assistant Professors
Kevin A. Fellezs
Mariusz Kozak
Benjamin Steege

Coordinator of Musicianship
Peter Susser

Melissa Bilal
Deborah Bradley-Kramer
Julia Doe
Jeffrey Milarsky
Jessica A. Schwartz

Associates in Music Performance
Sarah Adams
Gail Archer (Barnard)
Eliot Bailen
Allen Blustine
Vicki Bodner
Paul Bollenback
Yari Bond

Associates in Music Performance (continued)
Patrick Calleo
Marco Cappelli
Kenneth Cooper
Christine Correa
David Fulmer

Paul Cohen
Gareth Flowers
John Gibson
Marc Goldberg
June Han
Robert Ingliss
Brad Jones
Sue Ann Kahn
Arthur Kampela
Kyu-Young Kim
Min-Young Kim
Victor Lin
Ole Mathisen
Jeremy McCoy
Tony Moreno
Rosamond Morley
Ah-Ling Neu
Ugamo Okegwo
Niels J. Østbye
Muneko Otani
Susan Palma-Nidel
Richard Rood
Susan Rotholz
Louise Sasaki
Michael Seltzer
Don Sickler
Raymond Stewart
Michael Skelly
Jessica Thompson
Leo Traversa
Reiko Uchida
Jeffrey Warschauer
James Wilson

The music major provides aspiring musicians and/or scholars with a wide range of ways to think about music (performance-related, theoretical, historical, cultural, and compositional) and to concentrate on the aspects of music that most interest them—from popular and world music to computer music. Our faculty engage in cultural studies (i.e., ethnomusicology) and with current literary theory, connect with faculty of other departments (i.e., English, Philosophy, and Psychology), and are on the cutting edge of technological change. Students who have a passion for music and who have already developed basic skills in areas including performance, music history, composition, or ethnography, should consider a major in music.

Music Performance

For information on auditions, registration, and other aspects of performance not included below, visit or contact Prof. Giuseppe Gerbino, acting director of the Music Performance Program, in 618 Dodge, 854-1257. Students with questions about the Columbia-Juilliard programs should consult Special Programs in this bulletin or contact Rebecca Shiavo, 851-9478.


Individual lessons on instruments listed under Courses of Instruction may be taken for one half hour per week for 1 point of credit or one full hour for 2 points.


Participation in the following ensembles is open to all members of the University community. Students who wish to receive course credit may register for these courses as listed.

Columbia University Orchestra – Jeffrey Milarsky, Conductor
See MUSI V1591-V1592 and V1598-V1599 for audition and activity information.

Chamber Music Ensemble – Giuseppe Gerbino, Acting Director
See MUSI V1598-V1599 for audition and activity information.

Barnard-Columbia Chorus and Chamber Singers – Gail Archer, Director
See MUSI V1593-V1594 and V1595-V1596 for audition and activity information.

Collegium Musicum – Matthew Ricketts, Director
See MUSI V1580-V1581 for audition and activity information.

Jazz Ensembles – Christopher Washburne, Director
See MUSI V1618-V1619 for audition and activity information.

World Music Ensembles – Ana Maria Ochoa, Director
See Music Performance website for audition and activity information.

Practice Rooms

Piano practice rooms in the Broadway and East Campus dormitories may be reserved, at a nominal fee, upon application to the Music Department, 621 Dodge. Applications should be made during the second week of classes. Schapiro Hall has seven “walk-in” practice rooms that are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The organ studio in St. Paul’s Chapel is available for organ practice. Arrangements should be made with the associate in organ performance during the first week of classes.


Courses in which a grade of D or lower has been received do not count toward the major or concentration requirements.

Departmental Honors

For departmental honors, see the director of undergraduate studies during the first week of the first semester of senior year. A formal written proposal is required. Normally no more than 10% of the graduating majors in the department each year may receive departmental honors.