Graduate Advisor/Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Director of Chamber Music, Coordinator of Piano Lab
Dr. Karina Bruk is the graduate advisor/coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music: the Masters of Music, the Artist Diploma and the Doctor of Musical Arts at the Mason Gross School of the Arts and the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology and in Composition/Theory for the Graduate School of Rutgers University. She also serves as director of Chamber Music and coordinator of Piano Lab at MGSA. She holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music (BM, MM) and Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (DMA). She has performed solo, chamber music and lecture recitals both in United States (Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center among others) and abroad, as well as presented master classes and workshops on performing and auditioning at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and throughout the local area. Currently she concertizes with pianist Paul Hoffmann as the Bruk-Hoffmann Piano Duo. She has articles published in DSCH Journal and the Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century Encyclopedia; her doctoral treatise entitled "The 20th-century Well-Tempered Clavier: 24 Preludes and Fugues of Dmitry Shostakovich" was presented at the fourth International Conference of Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii. Bruk has been a recipient of numerous awards; among them the Genia Robinor Award for Teaching Excellence presented by the Piano Teachers Society of America. Prior to her appointment as a graduate advisor (June 2011), she held a chair of piano department position at the Newark School of the Arts (2003-2011) where she is now an artist-in-residence. She is a judicator for the annual Young Artist Talent Search Jeffrey Carollo Scholarship Auditions at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. In addition, Bruk is the music director for the Musical Theatre Camp at the South Orange/Maplewood Summer Program. Her professional organization affiliations include World Piano Teachers Association, Piano Teachers Society of America and the Music Educators Association of New Jersey.