Department Administrator

Kimberly Borden is responsible for managing the financial operations and personnel for the Music Department. She works closely with Music Department leadership as well as the Dean’s Office. She oversees the department budget and financial activities. Borden is also responsible for all department staff including admissions, communications, concert bureau, recording services, and ensemble and special event management.

Borden earned both her BA (Economics) and MBA from Cornell University.

Jazz piano faculty Fred Hersch nominated for two Grammy Awards

Jazz piano faculty member and Rutgers Distinguished Artist  Fred Hersch is nominated for two Grammys this year: Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Open Book, and Best Improvised Jazz Solo for Whisper Not. Hersch has been nominated multiple times.

Laptop orchestra to perform March 4 in free concert

Music Technology at Mason Gross (MTMG) will present a free concert featuring the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk, at left) on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. The concert, also featuring a performance by the newly formed Rutgers Interactive Music Ensemble (RIME), will take place in Mortensen Hall’s Shindell Choral Hall. No tickets are required.


Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Piano

Public invited to observe master classes

Mason Gross welcomes the public to observe a lineup of master classes throughout the fall 2017 semester. The schedule features international teaching artists and Mason Gross students. Master classes (and companion recitals) are free and open to the public—no tickets are required.

The series kicks off Monday, September 25, with a master class by celebrated vioilinist Robert McDuffie (schedule and details below).

Jazz Trombone

Composer/arranger/trombonist Ed Neumeister has received a Grammy Award Nomination and many other commissions and awards. He is the founder of the NeuHat Ensemble in New York, and ENJO (Ed Neumeister Jazz Orchestra) in New York and Los Angeles. He has recorded eight albums as a leader.

Neumeister is an active composer, conductor, trombone soloist with recent performances in the US, Europe, Australia, and South America.


Susannah Chapman is a soloist, chamber musician, contemporary music interpreter, teacher, and performer in many New York ensembles.

Chapman holds a doctorate of music from SUNY Stony Brook, where she studied with Timothy Eddy. In addition to Mason Gross, she teaches cello at Kean University, Princeton University, and is member of the artist faculty of the Brevard Music Festival.

Coordinator of Keyboard, Advisor of Graduate Studies