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Assistant Professor Ariana Kim performing in Barnes Hall Auditorium


Performance is a fundamental part of Cornell’s cultural life. The Department of Music encourages music-making through a wide array of chamber and large ensembles, as well as its offerings in private lessons and directed coaching by members of the music faculty.

Professional musicians from the Ithaca area provide weekly instruction in wind, string, and brass instruments in addition to faculty instructors in voice, piano, organ, harpsichord, percussion, violin, and cello.

The Music Department sponsors more than a hundred concerts and lectures on campus each year, given by faculty members, students, and distinguished visiting artists from around the world; most are free. Visit the concert calendar here.

Master classes, degree and non-degree recitals, contemporary music concerts, and an annual concerto competition supplement the music department’s concert offerings.