The Music Department brings nationally and internationally recognized professional musicians to Columbia for week-long residencies every semester. The artists lead workshops, master classes, and rehearsals with student ensembles in preparation for recording sessions and public performances.

About the 2019-20 Artists-in-Residence

Columbia will welcome four esteemed professional musicians to workshop, record, and perform with Music students as part of the 2019-20 Artists-in-Residence program.

You can purchase tickets to the residency concerts at

Woody Goss (October 21-25, 2019)

Woody Goss grew up in Skokie, Ill., listening to his dad play jazz piano and going to sleep with oldies on the radio.  His love of music took him to study jazz piano at the University of Michigan, where he met his future bandmates that would become Vulfpeck: pioneers of independent online music distribution. When he’s not composing and performing with Vulfpeck, Woody is building a catalog as a record producer, working with artists such as May Erlewine and Woman Believer. He will provide workshops and perform with students during his residency concert. 

Kendrick Scott (November 11-17, 2019)

Acclaimed percussionist, bandleader, and composer Kendrick Scott just released his fourth album, "A Wall Becomes a Bridge," which is a blend of modern jazz, fusion, and hop-hop. He is also the leader of Oracle, his long-running working group, and thoughtfully powerful jazz band. While at Columbia, he will perform with the Columbia College Chicago Jazz Ensemble at the Jazz Showcase.  

Isaiah Sharkey (February 24-28, 2020)

A native Chicagoan, 29-year-old Isaiah Sharkey spent his early years living in Cabrini Green. He fuses together his background in rock, gospel, jazz, R&B, blues, and funk to create an original sound with an unmistakable dose of soul. His highly anticipated debut album Love.Life.Live. was released in September of 2017 and earned him the iHeart Radio Artist of the Month Award in November for his single “It’s a Shame” featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff. He is hitting the road with Cory Henry’s Revival trio tour this year, along with John Mayer and his all-star band, in addition to touring with his own band. He will share his experience as a studio artist and collaborator, and he will help Columbia ensembles record original songs.  

Ambrose Akinmusire (April 20-26, 2020)

Ambrose Akinmusire is an award-winning jazz artist with broad, genre-spanning vision. His most recent album, “Origami Harvest,” incorporates contemporary classical music with hip hop, jazz, funk, and spoken word.


  • Meet Select Previous Artists-in-Residence

    Cory Henry with a student

    • Three-time Grammy winner Cory Henry (above) performed and recorded with several ensembles during his second residency in 2018. Read more about his residency.

    • Vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris performed with students for a live audience at Chicago’s famed Jazz Showcase. Learn about his residency in this video.

    • Singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins joined Columbia students to perform a set of classic pop and soul tunes. Learn about his residency in this video.

    • Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Joan Osborne workshopped and performed with students, sharing tips and feedback on the powerful work of songwriting.

    • Lisa Fischer was featured in the Grammy-winning 2013 documenary Twenty Feet From Stardom which told the story of the unsung heros of the music industry: backup singers. Fischer shared wisdom from her years building a reputation as a music legend in her own right.

    • Composer-musician Paula Cole shared insight with students about how to build a lasting relationship with fans by being authentic to yourself. She is the first woman in history to solely produce and receive the Best Producer Grammy nomination for her work.

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