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Percussionist keeps the beat for MGSA dancers

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. In some ways, Austin must function as a musical chameleon. “We could...

Episode 10: Vaughn Stavropoulos (Music)

Episode 10: Vaughn Stavropoulos (Music)

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.

Episode 8: Elizabeth Monkemeier (Music)

Episode 8: Elizabeth Monkemeier (Music)

“It is really scary to be so passionate about something… Music can be so time-consuming… you have to think about how many hours in the day can you really sanely commit to something and not be scared of something inside of you that says, ‘More, more,...

Episode 5: Allen Shawn (Music)

Episode 5: Allen Shawn (Music)

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.