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From the Director

It is with great pleasure and pride that I welcome you to the Music Department at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Ours is a thriving home to 500 students, with a distinguished faculty and a strong history of training performers, educators, composers, and scholars hailing from around the world. We are fortunate to represent one of the five vibrant disciplines of the Mason Gross arts conservatory, which is also home to the departments of Dance, Filmmaking, Theater, and Visual Arts.
 
Our faculty is comprised of artists and teachers of national and international reputation. They are principles and members of the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Their recordings and publications are landmarks in the field. Students work closely with faculty in weekly lessons and classes, and also have the opportunity to learn from guest artists who visit regularly to present master classes and lectures. Recent visiting artists include Leif Ove Andsnes, Pascal Rogé, Cho-Liang Lin, Roberto Díaz, Robert McDuffie, Fred Hersch, Eddie Palmieri, Jason Moran, Warren Jones, Time for Three, and the Shanghai, Orion, and Harlem string quartets.
 
Of course, a music education occurs not only in the studios and classrooms, but on stage as well. Performance opportunities abound at Mason Gross, as we present over 300 concerts and recitals each year. The Music Department’s large array of ensembles makes full use of our facilities, including our 740-seat hall in Nicholas Music Center as well as a variety of smaller venues. Additionally, we are very excited about the new Performing Arts Complex opening in 2019 in New Brunswick’s ever-growing downtown, which will house a brand new state-of-the-art performance space.
 
The Music Department has the great advantage of existing within Rutgers, an internationally recognized public research university, and now a proud member of the Big Ten. Our students benefit from opportunities to engage in an abundance of educational activities outside the realm of their musical studies. Our New Brunswick campus is perfectly situated between New York City and Philadelphia, two world-class cultural centers, and near Princeton, affording further cultural opportunities for our students.
 
Finally, but very importantly, ours is a supportive and collegial community—a musical and educational home from which students can draw their inspirations and where they feel nurtured by our faculty and staff. We take great pride in building close relationships and providing individual mentorship to our students. I strongly believe in the importance of personal and individual attention given to nurturing young artists. 
 
I could go on at length about many things we are proud of here: our orchestra; our choir; percussion, wind, and brass ensembles; opera and voice programs; annual performances at Carnegie Hall; and our relationship with institutions abroad in Milan, Rome, Madrid, Vienna, Singapore, and Seoul. Instead, I wish to invite you to get to know us. Come attend our concerts, lessons, rehearsals, and lectures. Meet our dedicated faculty, staff, and students. Become a part of our Mason Gross family. Let the gift of music and the passion of our people inspire you. 
 
Welcome to the Music Department of Mason Gross!
 
Min Kwon
Steinway Artist
 
Interim Director
Professor of Music
Music Department
Mason Gross School of the Arts        
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
 
Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of CME
Center for Musical Excellence, USA