MA Composition student Stephanie Leotsakos was named the winner of the Vocal Composition Award from the Masterwork Music and Art Foundation. The award was designed to aid an emerging singer with their career aspirations and development.
Flute performance major Sana Colter was one of two Rutgers students featured at the “I’m Still Graduating” virtual worldwide commencement hosted by Her Campus. Colter blended a performance on the flute with an original rap song during her appearance...
Percussionist and Dance Department Music Coordinator (MGSA alum, DMA 2016) Mesia Austin serves as an accompanist, providing improvised music, on the spot, for MGSA Modern Dance Technique classes.
Dancer Ariana Speight and flute performance major Sana Colter met as Douglass Residential College students. That rich friendship eventually yielded C.R.E.A.T.E., Cultural Rhythm Expressing Art To Empower.
Associate Director of Music Department receives Chancellor’s and Provost’s Awards for Faculty Excellence
Associate Director Rebecca Cypess is a recipient of a Provost’s Award, which honors faculty whose research area aims to achieve disruptive or transformative impacts at the interface of two disparate fields of scholarship or inquiry.
Music student Sana Colter, a classically trained flutist at the Mason Gross, remembers growing up in Harlem, learning to play the flute and piano in fourth grade and thinking that she would have to stop because her parents couldn’t afford the lessons.
Undergraduate sax player Vaughn Stavropoulos is an old soul who grew up in Somerset, New Jersey, playing classical piano. He hails from a family of musicians and is concentrating in jazz performance here at Mason Gross.
Clarinet Performance and Music Education undergrad Elizabeth Monkemeier began playing the clarinet at age 12. She is a member of the Kirkpatrick Choir, Marching Scarlet Knights, Pep Band, and Symphonic Winds.
In 1983, Allen Shawn was commissioned by Benny Goodman to produce his final classical piece, which will finally be performed by the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra for its world premiere at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center.
Here, director John Giampietro, Co-Head of the Opera program at the Mason Gross School, discusses the work–as well as people’s fears of “not getting” opera.