Programs of Study
Music (A.S. Degree Program) Learn more
For students interested in completing an Associate’s Degree in Music and for transferring to a Bachelor’s degree program in Music.
Music Production (A.A.S. Degree Program)
For students interested in Sound Engineering and Digital Music Technology.
Classes are also open to community members and learners of all musical backgrounds and levels of experience, who are not enrolled in degree programs.
Two lecture halls (equipped with baby grand piano), including Kurzweil Recital Hall • 2 piano laboratories • 2 professional digital multi-track recording studios • two 15-station hard-disk recording and music technology laboratories • a ProTools mixing suite • a music technology practice center that offers access to 15 computers with synthesizers, 5 analog mixing stations, and 8 digital pianos. All rooms feature intranet and Internet connectivity. The department also has access to the state-of-the- art facilities of the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. The Kurt R. Schmeller Library houses a significant collection of music books and scores.
Performing Ensembles & Programs
Pop Choir • Queensborough Chorus • Queens Symphonic Band • Jazz Ensemble • Percussion Ensemble • Chamber Music and Piano Ensembles • Periodic musical theatre collaborations with the Department of Speech, Communication, and Theater Arts
Scholarships & Awards
The Julius Pomann Memorial Award • The Matthew Barbiere Memorial Music Scholarship Award • The Kurzweil Memorial Scholarship Award • The Tatyana Shvartsblat Memorial Scholarship Award • The Abbey Passariello Endowed Music Scholarship
Musicianship • Music Theory • Sight-singing and Ear-training • Keyboard Harmony • Music History • World Music • Jazz • Instrumental instruction • Ensembles • Business of Music • Introduction to the Recording Studio and MIDI • Digital Music Sequencing • Digital Sound Design • Recording Techniques I: Studio Equipment Operation • Recording Techniques II: Studio Operation • Recording Techniques III: Production • Digital Sound Recording • Virtual Instruments • Microphones and Amplification Systems • Cooperative Education Internship in Music Production • Popular Music
Fall 2016 Department of Music Concert and Lecture Series
(All events free unless otherwise noted)
Wednesday, October 19, 12:30pm Queensborough Performing Arts Center
All Faculty Recital
Hear Jazz, Classical, Rock, and the Blues performed by professors and staff from around the campus.
Wednesday, October 26, 12:30 PM H 110
Learn the skills needed to write songs in popular styles.
Wednesday, November 9, 12:30 PM H 110
Dorian Baroque -- Early Music Ensemble
Dorian Baroque is a New York-based ensemble of musicians who perform on period instruments, presenting orchestral, chamber and vocal music from the early baroque period -- opulence, exuberance, dissonance, and ornate grandeur.
Saturday, December 3, 7:00 PM Queensborough Performing Arts Center
Music Department Performers' Showcase: Choral, Vocal, Jazz, and Percussion
Drs. Joanne Chang, Steven Dahlke, Scott Litroff, and Neeraj Mehta, directors Instrumental and Vocal ensemble will perform Pop, R&B, Hip Hop and original works; the Percussion Ensemble will perform a variety of exciting works and percussive styles from around the world; the Queensborough Chorus and QCC Pop Choir share music by Handel, Michael Jackson, Michael Buble, and songs for the Holidays; and the Jazz Ensemble will blow the roof off with standards from the Great American Songbook. This concert for the whole family is a great way to ring in the holiday season!
Sunday, December 4: QCC Symphonic Band Performance
QPAC (Humanities Theatre)
Admission will be charged; tickets available at the door
Director Dr. Bernie Rose and the band have become a Bayside institution.
Come hear a varied program ranging from Jazz standards to Classical!
Faculty & Staff
Senior College Laboratory Technician:
Professors Emeriti: Raoul Camus, Martin Canellakis, Myron Rosenblum, R. John Specht
Adjunct faculty number approximately 18 each year.
Silvia Loza, CUNY Office Assistant
Contact the Music Department directly for further information.
Spring 2016 Events
Wednesday, February 17, 12:30 PM – Kurzweil Recital Hall (H 144)
Songwriting workshop I: Internationally Recognized Singer/Songwriter Ari Hest
Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM – H 110
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Other Legends: Caroline Borderies and Maud Aptekar, shadow puppeteers; Dr. Mirna Lekic, piano
Wednesday, March 2, 12:30 PM
Music Production Career Panel - Kurzweil Recital Hall (H 144)
Wednesday, March 9, 12:30 PM – Kurzweil Recital Hall (H 144)
Chamber Works of Bohuslav Martinu: Miroslav Hristov, violin; Yuri Gandelsman, viola; Vladimir Valjarevic, piano
Wednesday, March 16, 12:30 PM – Kurzweil Recital Hall (H 144)
Songwriting workshop II: internationally recognized singer/songwriter Ari Hest
Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 PM — Queensborough Performing Arts Center
Professor Ernie Jackson Presents: Evening Guitars for Everyone
Wednesday, March 30, 12:30 PM – Queensborough Performing Arts Center
Mingus Big Band: Sue Mingus, director. Celebrating the music of legendary Jazz bassist Charles Mingus
Wednesday, April 6, 12:30 PM – Queensborough Performing Arts Center
QCC All-Faculty Recital
Wednesday, April 13, 12:30 PM – Queensborough Performing Arts Center
Instrumental & Vocal Ensemble and Jazz ensemble Concert: Drs. Joanne Chang and Scott Litroff, directors
Wednesday, May 4, 12:30 PM – Kurzweil Recital Hall (H 144)
Music Student Concert
Saturday, May 7, 7:00 PM -- Queensborough Performing Arts Center
The Sounds of Spring: Choral and Percussion Concert, Drs. Steven Dahlke and Neeraj Mehta, directors (tickets available at the door: $3 - $8 admission)
Wednesday, May 11, 12:30 PM – Kurzweil Recital Hall
Singing and Swinging: Songs for Voice and Sax, Dr. Steven Dahlke, vocalist; Dr. Scott Litroff, saxophone
Wednesday, May 18, 12:30 PM – Student Union Lounge
Music Society Spring Concert: Dr. Scott Litroff, Faculty Advisor
Fall 2015 Events
Joanne Chang & Leechi Chen: Piano Four-Hands
Wednesday, Spetember 9, 12:15 pm | Queensborough Performing Arts Center | free admission
Student Convocation I
Wednesday, October 21, 12:30 pm | Queensborough Performing Arts Center | free admission
Kirill Gliadkovsky: Solo Recital & Masterclass
Wednesday, November 4, 12:15 pm | Kurzweil Recital Hall (Humanities Bldg. Rm. H-144) | free admission
Student Convocation II
Wednesday, November 11, 12:30 pm | Humanities Room H-110 | free admission
Wednesday, November 18, 12:15 pm | Queensborough Performing Arts Center | free admission - World-reknowned pianist in concert at QCC
Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble
Wednesday, December 2, 12:15 pm | Kurzweil Recital Hall (Humanities Bldg. Rm. H-144) | free admission - Dr. Joanne Chang leads QCC's Instrumental Ensemble, and Dr. Neeraj Mehta leads the Percussion Ensemble in a combined lunchtime concert.
Queensborough Chorus & Symphonic Band
Saturday, December 5, 2 pm and 7 PM pm | Queensborough Performing Arts Center | admission will be charged - An evening concert of Jazz and Funk
Clock in Motion
Wednesday, December 9, 12:15 pm | Student Union Building | free admission
Queensborough Jazz Ensemble
Wednesday, December 9, 7 pm | Kurzweil Recital Hall (Humanities Bldg. Rm. H -144) | free admission
PERCUNOVA Percussion Duo
Wednesday, October 22, 12:15 pm | Queensborough Performing Arts Center | free admission
Featuring Dr. Neeraj Mehta (QCC) and Professor Jonathan Ovalle (from th University of Michigan. Come welcome Dr. Mehta to the stage in his first performance as a Professor at QCC!
New York Voices
Wednesday, December 11, 12:15 pm | Queensborough Student Union | free admission
Award winning jazz vocal ensemble performs live. Learn more.
Heritage Jazz Ensemble
Wednesday, October 2 12:15 pm | Queensborough Performing Arts Center | free admission
Eugene Marlow's acclaimed quintet, featuring QCC Professor Frank Wagner on bass.
Professor Wonsun Bae, Piano
Wednesday, March 13, 1:15 pm | Queensborough Performing Arts Center | free admission
Renowned concert pianist and QCC faculty member in recital
Hal Grossman, violin; Professor Bjorn Berkhout, cello
Wednesday, March 20, 1:15 pm | Queensborough Performing Arts Center | free admission
Violin Professor from Oklahoma University teams up with Professor Bjorn Berkhout for the premier of Dr. Berkhout's"Zing"and other chamber music favorites. | Learn more
Gamelan Son of Lion
Wednesday, April 10, 1:15 pm | Queensborough Performing Arts Center | free admission
New music repertory ensemble based in downtown New York City specializing in contemporary pieces written for the instruments of the Javanese gamelan. | Learn more
Guest Speaker: Mathew Price
Tuesday, April 16, 11:10 am | Music Production Laboratory: Room H-138 | free admission
Production sound mixer visits QCC for a presentation on film sound. | Learn more