Welcome to the Music Department at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. This is truly an exciting place to go to school. Our music program offers undergraduate, master's and doctoral (DMA) degrees in Performance and Education, a bachelor's degree in Jazz, and master's and doctoral degrees (PhD) in Music History, Music Theory and Composition. The Department of Music has approximately 100 faculty members, many of whom have national and international reputations in their respective fields.
Performance opportunities abound here, as we present more than 300 concerts, recitals and lectures every year. We have several excellent concert halls, and a new building (Mortensen Hall) for music and dance opened in summer 2013. The Music Department offers a large array of ensembles, including the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Opera Workshop, Rutgers Concert Band, Rutgers Wind Ensemble, Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir, University Choir, Rutgers Glee Club, Helix Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Rutgers Jazz Band, among others.
In addition, the Music Department supports its chamber-music program, featuring dozens of chamber groups each semester. Students present both degree recitals as well as elective recitals. Mason Gross Presents features internationally acclaimed musicians in performances and master classes on the campus.
The Music Department has the great advantage of being located within a top-tier, Research 1, internationally recognized university, and our students benefit from having extraordinary opportunities to engage in a wealth of educational and cultural activities outside the realm of their musical studies. Students have access to a world-class library which includes large musical collections, scores, manuscripts and online/database resources. The proximity of Rutgers to both New York City and Philadelphia (45 minutes by train to/from each) cannot be overstated as as an advantage of being at our university. Students benefit from the wealth of musical and cultural activities, and also have many opportunities to make income playing gigs and concerts in the area while they are in school.
The Music Department is an international community of faculty, staff and students, featuring a broad diversity of cultures and ethnicities. The department also reaches into the community, and presents events in the greater New Brunswick area and around Central New Jersey. The department collaborates with a number of community and cultural organizations.
The Music Department at the Mason Gross School of the Arts is proud of our long and distinguished history of training the best performers, educators, composers and scholars originating from communities throughout the world. If you are a prospective undergraduate or graduate student, I urge you to consider applying and auditioning for us this year. If you are a community member or Rutgers student, staff or faculty member, I urge you to attend our recitals, concerts, workshops and lectures.
—Robert Livingston Aldridge, Director