Jazz Trumpet instructor

Music student Sana Colter starts support group for underrepresented musicians

Sana Colter, a classically trained flutist at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, 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.

Music Theory

Jazz Guitar Instructor, Ensemble Director

Saxophone, Mingus Ensemble Director

Abraham Burton’s early jazz and saxophone tutelage was under the watchful eye of jazz legend, Jackie McLean at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School, where Abraham received his bachelor’s degree in music and performance, graduating with honors. Burton's professional career as a musician was initiated with the renowned drummer Arthur Taylor and he began touring throughout Europe and performing at notable New York clubs such as The Village Vanguard, The Blue Note, Sweet Basil, Condons, and Birdland.


Dr. Anthony Branker has joined the jazz studies faculty at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University as an adjunct professor where his responsibilities include two graduate seminars in Jazz Historiography (I & II), a graduate course in Advanced Composing & Arranging, and a Jazz Theory course for undergraduates.


Dawn Kotoski-Shicoff has performed in opera houses around the world including the Metropolitan Opera; Vienna State Opera; Opera Bastille, Paris; Lyric Opera of Chicago; Bavarian State Opera, Munich; Teatro Real, Madrid; Opernhaus Zurich, Santa Fe Opera, as well as, collaborating with some of the world’s top conductors which included James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, Marcello Viotti, Fabio Luisi, Nello Santi, Christoph von Dohnányi and Franz Welser-Möst.

Co-Head of Opera