Music faculty members awarded by American Musicological Society

Rebecca Cypess and Nancy Rao received awards at the annual conference of the American Musicological Society in San Antonio, Texas. Cypess received the Noah Greenberg Award for her forthcoming recording, "Sisters, Face-to-Face: The Bach Legacy in Women's Hands," and Rao received the Music in American Culture Award for her book Chinatown Opera Theater in North America.

Grammy-winning cellist in residence February 21-22, 2019

Grammy-winning cellist Arlen Hlusko will be in residence at the Mason Gross school February 21 and 22, 2019, conducting workshops, performing original compositions by Mason Gross student composers, and giving a free public recital.

Born and raised in Australia, Melissa Dunphy immigrated to the United States in 2003 and has since become an award-winning and acclaimed composer specializing in political and theatrical music. She first came to national attention in 2009 when her large-scale choral work the Gonzales Cantata was featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, National Review, Comedy Central, and on Fox News and MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. The Gonzales Cantata was subsequently staged by the American Opera Theater and played a sold-out run in Baltimore.

Hirono Oka joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1990 and is a member of the first violin section. She made her debut in her native Japan at the age of eleven with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. After winning numerous competitions and awards in Japan, she came to The United States to continue her studies at The San Francisco Conservatory and The Curtis Institute of Music.

Front Office Manager, Concert Bureau Coordinator

Christopher Delgado is the first point of contact between the Music Department and the general public. He is in charge of day-to-day operations in the front office in the Marryott Music Building, making sure the office runs efficiently and effectively and meets the needs of students, faculty, and staff. He also serves as the main parking liaison for the department and coordinates the Rutgers Concert Bureau.

Administrative Coordinator

Sophia acts as an Administrative Coordinator for the Department of Music. She heads Special Events Planning, Ensemble Management, and School Instruments. Sophia is a graduate of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, where she earned her Master of Music in flute performance under the tutelage of Bart Feller. She previously attended Ithaca College, where she earned her Bachelor of Music in music education and flute performance.

Nicholas Music Center renovations restore its "original glorious state"

Royal (blue) treatment

Extensive renovations return the 704-seat Nicholas Music Center to its “original glorious state”

Interim Co-Head of Opera

PR and Print Materials Specialist

Jessalyn Traino is responsible for the creation of department print materials, including event programs and marketing items. She manages the program production schedule, as well as the department’s social media, and coordinates updates to the website. Jessalyn received her B.A. from Wheaton College (MA) and is a certified EMT for the state of New Jersey.