John Sheppard has been a freelance trumpet player in New York City for 36 years. He is a member of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra. He also performs with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, among many others.


Mark Timmerman, a native of Davenport, Iowa, is an accomplished orchestral and chamber musician. He is member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and recently performed a season as Principal Bassoonist of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He was Principal Bassoon of the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida for many years following graduation from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. At Curtis, he studied with Sol Schoenbach and Bernard Garfield.


Music faculty members awarded by American Musicological Society

Rebecca Cypess and Nancy Rao received awards at the annual conference of the American Musicological Society in San Antonio, Texas. Cypess received the Noah Greenberg Award for her forthcoming recording, "Sisters, Face-to-Face: The Bach Legacy in Women's Hands," and Rao received the Music in American Culture Award for her book Chinatown Opera Theater in North America.

Grammy-winning cellist in residence February 21-22, 2019

Grammy-winning cellist Arlen Hlusko will be in residence at the Mason Gross school February 21 and 22, 2019, conducting workshops, performing original compositions by Mason Gross student composers, and giving a free public recital.

Born and raised in Australia, Melissa Dunphy immigrated to the United States in 2003 and has since become an award-winning and acclaimed composer specializing in political and theatrical music. She first came to national attention in 2009 when her large-scale choral work the Gonzales Cantata was featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, National Review, Comedy Central, and on Fox News and MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. The Gonzales Cantata was subsequently staged by the American Opera Theater and played a sold-out run in Baltimore.

Front Office Manager, Coordinator of Brass

Christopher Delgado is the first point of contact between the Music Department and the general public. He is in charge of day-to-day operations in the front office in the Marryott Music Building, making sure the office runs efficiently and effectively and meets the needs of students, faculty, and staff. He also serves as the main parking liaison for the department.

Administrative Coordinator

Sophia acts as an Administrative Coordinator for the Department of Music. She heads Special Events Planning, Ensemble Management, and School Instruments. Sophia is a graduate of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, where she earned her Master of Music in flute performance under the tutelage of Bart Feller. She previously attended Ithaca College, where she earned her Bachelor of Music in music education and flute performance.

Nicholas Music Center renovations restore its "original glorious state"

Royal (blue) treatment

Extensive renovations return the 704-seat Nicholas Music Center to its “original glorious state”