Composer Dag Gabrielsen's work performed by New York City Opera

Dag GabrielsenForget slogging through 15 hours of Wagner’s Ring Cycle; Mason Gross doctoral Music student Dag Gabrielsen has crafted a 10-minute opera that any harried New Yorker could appreciate.

Recent Music alum wins Fulbright to study euphonium in UK

David DeMair
Photo by Larry Levanti

In 2010, when David DeMair graduated from Rutgers University with a double major in music performance and physics, he was faced with a choice: art or science?

Smart money might have told him to pursue a career in physics and play music on the side. But DeMair, a euphonium player who graduated summa cum laude, took the leap: He chose music.

Forget "Glee": The Rutgers University Glee Club keeps it real

Learn more about the Rutgers University Glee Club, past and present, in this Star-Ledger feature. Click on the video below to catch a glimpse of the group in rehearsal.

Student's new arrangement of alma mater debuts at NJPAC

Michael Lucas StrotherMichael Lucas Strother, a Mason Gross grad and a DMA candidate, is known among the faculty as “the John Williams of Mason Gross.” The affectionate nickname is a nod to Strother’s gift for crafting lush, cinematic scores in the vein of the composer of scores for Jaws, the Star Wars saga and the Indiana Jones films, among others.

Mason Gross establishes the Opera Institute at Rutgers

The Mason Gross School of the Arts is expanding its present opera program, hiring additional faculty and broadening its performance slate to establish the new Opera Institute at Rutgers. The first class of Opera Institute students is expected to enter in fall 2011; auditions are set for spring 2011.

We're surrounded: 4/29 FREE concert features Corigliano's "Circus Maximus" in the round

On Friday, April 29, Nicholas Music Center will be busting out all over with the sounds of "Circus Maximus," written by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Corigliano.

Listen LIVE to the Rutgers Jazz Tentet 2-3 p.m. 4/22 on WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM or at

Listen online or tune in to Newark's WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM 2-3 p.m. Friday, April 22, to hear the Rutgers Peter ParkJazz Tentet play LIVE as part of the station's Jazz Appreciation Month Student Jazz Festival.