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.
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Classes are also open to community members and learners of all musical backgrounds and levels of experience, who are not enrolled in degree programs.

Guitarist in the Music Department


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


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 • Instrumental and Vocal Esemble • Choir

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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

students from one of the ensemble classes

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Kip Montgomery, Associate Professor and Chairperson (music history/theory)
Prof. Robert Anderson, Lecturer (music production)
Dr. Bjorn Berkhout, Associate Professor (composition/theory, cello)
Dr. Joanne Chang, Associate Professor (piano, chamber music)
Dr. Steven Dahlke, Associate Professor (choral and vocal music, sight-singing and ear-training)
Prof. Ernie Jackson, Lecturer (music production)
Dr. Mirna Lekic, Assistant Professor (piano, chamber music)
Dr. Scott Litroff, Assistant Professor (woodwinds, jazz)
Dr. Neeraj Mehta, Assistant Professor (percussion, world music)
Distinguished Adjunct Faculty

David Taubman, choral accompanist
Ronaldo Carter, Senior College Laboratory Technician
Silvia Loza, Office Assistant

Professors Emeriti: Raoul Camus, Martin Canellakis, Myron Rosenblum, R. John Specht

Upcoming Events

Spring 2017 Department of Music Concert and Lecture Series

(All events free unless otherwise noted)

Wednesday, February 22, 12:30PM, QPAC

Traumerei Piano Trio (Hyunju Ji (violin), Jason Dobranski (cello), Joanne Chang (piano))

Trios by Beethoven, Smetana, and Piazzolla

Thursday, February 23, 1:00PM, QPAC

Music Faculty Recital

Alice Jones (flute), Karen Rostron (violin),

Mirna Lekic (piano), Scott Litroff

(saxophone), Joanne Chang (piano)

Monday, March 6, 12:00-3:00, HB 27

Quey Percussion Duo


Wednesday, March 8, 12:30 PM, H 110

Sonnambula Ensemble plays music for viola da gamba

Wednesday, March 15, 12:30 PM, Shadowbox Theater

Left Edge (David Bithel and Terry Longshore)

Wednesday, April 5, 12:30PM, QPAC

Duwende Vocal Ensemble

Wednesday, April 19, 12:30PM, QPAC

Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble/Convocation

Wednesday, April 26, 12:30 PM, H110

Convectus Saxophone Quartet

Tuesday-Wednesday, May 2-3, Time and Location TBA

Performance and workshop by percussionist Shawn Mativetsky

Wednesday, May 3, 12:30, H 144

Music Production Showcase

Saturday, May 6, 7:00 PM, QPAC

Performance Ensembles’ Showcase

(Tickets available at the door: $8 adults, $5 seniors, $3 students)

Wednesday, May 10, 12:30, Student Union

Lehman String Quartet with flutist Erica Chung-Litroff

Sunday, May 14, Time TBA, QPAC

Queensborough Symphonic Band

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!

Past Events


Music department student working a sound board

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.

Past Events

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

Percussion Ensemble

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

2014 Events

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 New York Voices

Award winning jazz vocal ensemble performs live. Learn more.

Heritage Jazz Ensemble

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

Gamelan Son of Lion

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

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. | Mathew Price's IMDB page

Music department mixer equipment photo

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center
Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts Center
QPAC: Performing Arts Center

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art Gallery
QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.