Composition, Music Theory

Patricia Howland specializes in 19th-century music, with additional interests in post-tonal theory, counterpoint, and music theory pedagogy. She has published and presented papers on post-tonal form in the music of Babbitt, Carter, and Stockhausen, as well as on transformational networks in the music of Liszt. Her current research is focused on formal design in the 19th century, with the aim of developing models that reflect the structural changes from Classical practice.


Denise Tryon joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in October 2009 as fourth horn. Previously the fourth horn of the Detroit Symphony, she has also held positions with the Baltimore, Columbus, and New World symphonies and has participated in the Colorado Music Festival and the Pacific Music Festival.

Rutgers Woodwind Day 2011 to take place Sunday, Jan. 23

A variety of workshops, master classes and concerts will be offered on Sunday, Jan. 23, as part of Rutgers Woodwind Day 2011. 

Rutgers Woodwind Day 2011 will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Marryott Music Building and Nicholas Music Center on Douglass Campus in New Brunswick. The event is open to all ages and abilities--professionals, amateurs, students, teachers, parents and music directors. Instruments and accessories are for sale all day.

"An Affair to Remember": Rutgers Symphony Orchestra to present works by Strauss, Barber on Dec. 10

The Rutgers Symphony Orchestra will close its slate of fall concerts on Friday, December, 10, with A Strauss Affair to Remember. The program includes Richard Strauss’ signature works Metamorphosen and Death and Transfiguration.Maestro Kynan Johns

Music Faculty

William Berz - Director
Rebecca Cypess - Associate Director
Ellen Leibowitz - Advisor of Undergraduate Studies

Pianist Michelle Rofrano has found her place in the Music Department

Michelle RofranoMaybe Michelle Rofrano didn’t even choose the piano; maybe the piano chose her.

At age 6 Rofrano was all about the violin. But practical considerations won out: The Rofrano family received a second-hand piano, not a violin, and that was that.

Behind the scenes: Acoustic piano technician Dave Miller

Dave Miller is our ears.Dave Miller

Miller, 58, has served as the Mason Gross School’s acoustic piano technician since 1997, tuning pianos and preparing them for recitals and visiting musicians.

“I just hear it,” Miller says. “I don’t have perfect pitch. But I hear.”

March to victory: free Nov. 13 pre-game talk, performance at Visitor Center to explore link between football and music

Rutgers University Marching Scarlet KnightsYou know it when you hear it: that insistent drum roll, the charging brass, bursting cymbals.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra appears with Jay-Z on CBS-TV Super Bowl Kickoff Show

The Rutgers Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Kynan Johns threw it down Jay-Z style earlier this year in an appearance with the legendary rapper in a Super Bowl Jay-Z with RSOXLIV music video. The 2-minute teaser featuring the hit song “Run This Town” aired just minutes before the kickoff between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts. The broadcast was seen by more than 106 million viewers, the most-watched program in television history.

Opera at Rutgers presents first opera performed in North America Nov. 19 and 21

Imagine a string of your favorite pop hits mashed into a full-length theatrical event charged with love, greed, humor, and a bid for independence.Vincent Grana