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


Pop Choir • Queensborough Chorus • Queens Symphonic Band • Jazz Ensemble • Percussion Ensemble • Chamber Music and Piano Ensembles • Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble • Periodic musical theatre collaborations with the Department of Speech, Communication, and Theater Arts

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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. Bjorn Berkhout, Associate Professor and Chairperson (composition/theory, cello)

Prof. Robert Anderson, Lecturer (music production)

Prof. Svjetlana Bukvich, Assistant Professor (music production/technology)

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)

Dr. Kip Montgomery, Associate Professor (music history/theory) On leave 2019-20

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

Transfer Information for Graduates

The Music Department prepares students for continuation of their music studies at a four-year institution of higher learning by providing a solid foundation in the areas of musicianship, performance, and music production. Requirements for baccalaureate programs vary by institution and discipline. Students should be prepared to take placement exams in music theory, ear training, and piano skills (including sight-reading), and to audition on their primary instrument/voice. Below are links to application/audition requirements of four-year programs frequently chosen by our graduates:


Bachelor of Arts in Music

Queens College, CUNY

Hunter College, CUNY

Brooklyn College, CUNY

City College, CUNY

Stony Brook University, SUNY

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music in Music Education

Queens College, CUNY

Brooklyn College, CUNY

Hunter College, CUNY

New York University

Bachelor of Music in Performance/Composition

Queens College, CUNY

Brooklyn College, CUNY

New York University

Music Production

Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Technology programs in Audio/Music Technology

Sonic Arts Center, City College, CUNY

New York City College of Technology, CUNY

New York University


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.

Upcoming Events

Spring 2019

All events are free, except when noted otherwise. Call 718-631-6393 for more information.

Wednesday February 20, at 12:30 p.m. in HB-27

Martin Lebanese Jazz Group Concert - hear music that is a fusion of Jazz, Contemporary, and traditional Middle Eastern styles. Featuring QCC alumnus Nicholas Politis, double bass.

Wednesday February 27, at 12:30 p.m. in H-144

All-campus Faculty Recital – featuring compositions by Schubert, Fauré and Prokofiev, and musicians from departments of Chemistry and Health, Physical education, and Dance.

Wednesday March 6, 12:30 p.m. in H-144

Alexandra Loutsion, soprano; Tom Getty piano – "Grotesque Beauty: The Life of Maria Callas" -- Join Alexandra and pianist Tom Getty for a journey of song and text through the life of incomparable Maria Callas.

Wednesday March 20 12:30 PM in H-144
Masterclass to follow

Susan Tang, piano – program features compositions by Ligeti, Brahms, and George Crumb.

Wednesday April 3, 12:30 p.m. in H-144

Karen Rostron, violin & Mirna Lekic, piano – faculty members Rostron and Lekic present music by Andre Bregegere, Claude Debussy, Marina Lee, Dmitri Shostakovich and American premieres of works by Nastasia Khroustcheva and Veniamin Basner.

Wednesday April 10, 12:30 p.m. in SUL

Joe Davidian Trio -- The Joe Davidian Trio ("JD3") is an American jazz trio comprised of some of the nation’s hottest young players. The group features bandleader and pianist Joe Davidian, bassist Dr. Jamie Ousley, and Austin McMahon, drummer.

The Joe Davidian Trio performs a mix of original works and jazz standards. They have been touring internationally since 2000.

Saturday May 4, 7:00 PM -- $8 adults, $5 seniors, $3 students – available at the door in the SUL

Ensembles Showcase Concert

The Queensborough Chorus, Pop Choir and Jazz Ensembles present music ranging from Classical to Jazz standards.

Wednesday May 8, 12:30 p.m. in SUL

Matthew Coley, marimba – premiering concerto by Dr. Bjorn Berkhout, Tides and Riptides for Marimba, Wooblocks, and Orchestra. The concerto will also be performed by the Queer Urban Orchestra in Manhattan.

Past Events

Past Events

Spring 2018

All events are on Wednesdays at 12:30 PM, and are FREE, unless otherwise shown

February 21 in QPAC

Classical Voice Recital
Jennifer Gliere, soprano
Christopher Baum, arch-lute and baroque guitar
David Close, piano

Internationally recognized soprano and Department of Music faculty member Dr. Jennifer Gliere presents a recital of music for soprano, ranging from the Baroque era to music from Broadway.

April 18 in QPAC

Faculty Showcase
Hear QCC faculty members from across the campus share their music. Discover the wealth of talent of our outstanding faculty. Music for Jazz and Classical piano, percussion, guitar, saxophone, and voice.

April 25 in QPAC

Ensemble Duniya -- Ensemble Duniya presents a unique program of concertos for world percussion and percussion ensemble, featuring soloists Anthony DiSanza (University of Wisconsin-Madison) on darbukka, Neeraj Mehta (CUNY-Queensborough) on congas, and Shawn Mativetsky (McGill University) on tabla, with Jonathan Ovalle (University of Michigan) and Dan Piccolo (Bowling Green State University) on percussion.

May 2 in H-144

Mindfulness: Key to Successful Performances with Harry Miller, Chan Meditation Center Faculty
Learn to be with your self, with the music, with the audience.
Play the music and not your fears or anxiety.
Let time and space come to rest in your music.
Music inside and out, playing peace.

May 5 (Saturday, 7:00 PM) in QPAC

$8 adults, $5 seniors, $3, students; tickets available at the door half-hour before concert

Department of Music Ensembles Spring Showcase: Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble, Dr. Joanne Chang, director; Queensborough Chorus and Pop Choir, Dr. Steven Dahlke, director; Jazz Ensemble, Dr. Scott Litroff, director; and Percussion Ensemble, Dr. Neeraj Mehta, director
Enjoy music from around the world. Hear Jazz standards, Pop and R & B music for small ensembles, a selection from Mozart's Requiem, and a world premiere by Michael Kammers exploring iconic drum fills in American popular music.

May 8 (Tuesday, 12:30 PM) in the Humanities Quad

Department of Music Student Showcase
Hear student soloists from the Department of Music in selections for voice, Pop Choir, guitar, piano, and more. Celebrate the end of Spring Semester!

May 16 HB 27

Music Society Spring Concert
Enjoy live performances by student musicians from across the QCC campus. Hear Metal, R & B, Rock, Hip-Hop and more.

Fall 2017 Concert and Events Series

All events are on Wednesdays at 12:30 PM, and are FREE unless otherwise shown
Call 631-6393 for more information

September 27th - QPAC

Duwende - A Cappella Band

Fiercely original funk/pop music driven by bass and beatbox - 4 million Youtube views can't be wrong! Come hear the vocal music that has earned multiple Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.

October 4th -- QPAC

Canta Libre - Harp Quintet

Take a journey through 20th - Century Paris - with music for harp, flute and strings.

Selections by Maurice Ravel, Jean Francaix, Marjan Mozetich, and more.

October 11th - QPAC

Intersections - Music for Voice and Piano

Soprano Sara Paar and Department of Music faculty member Mirna Lekic offer a program of intercultural works by Maurice Delage, Elisenda Fabregas, Polina Nazaykinskaya, Osnat Netzer, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Fred Onovwerosuoke and Hilary Tann.

October 18th - QPAC

World Jazz Quintet Live in Concert

The World Jazz Quintet, led by QCC Music Department Faculty member Scott Litroff, will perform a variety of works representing the rich cultural and artistic diversity heard in contemporary jazz styles today. The program includes standard jazz selections and original works as well as elements of Asian traditional folk music, American and Asian pop styles, and other influences representing improvisational musical traditions from around the world.

November 8th - Kurzweil Recital Hall (H 144)

The Sounds of Post-Inauguration Protests: Memory, Circulation, Innovation

Dr. Noriko Manabe, Associate Professor of Music Studies at Temple University presents a lecture/demonstration of the power and evolution of music as a form of social protest.

November 14th - Tuesday, Student Union Lounge

Blue Heron - Early Music Vocal Ensemble

Hear the timeless vocal music of the Medieval Era, the Renaissance, and the Baroque. Blue Heron delivers music of a meditative nature that leaves listeners enthralled, as well as secular selections that tell a lively story of the human condition.

November 29th - H 110

The Italian Influence Concert - Music for Recorder, Bassoon, and Continuo

Nina Stern, recorder; Stephanie Corwin, bassoon; and Jeffrey Grossman present a concert of 17th- and 18th-Century Italian music - selections by Vivaldi and Corelli.

December 2nd (Saturday, 7:00 PM) - QPAC

$8 adults, $5 seniors, $3, students - tickets available at the door 1/2 hour before concert

Department of Music Ensembles Showcase - Instrumental and Vocal Ensemble, Dr. Joanne Chang, director; Queensborough Chorus and Pop Choir, Dr. Steven Dahlke, director; Jazz Ensemble, Dr. Scott Litroff, director; and Percussion Ensemble, Dr. Neeraj Mehta, director

This end-of-semester celebration has become a musical tradition for area families. Enjoy an uplifting and varied program from around the world and across traditions and time. QCC ensembles deliver their performances with musical intensity and passion. Don't miss this chance to celebrate with loved ones!

December 5th (Tuesday) - Humanities Quad

Holiday Celebration -- QCC Pop Choir and Department of Music Vocal Soloist

Stop and relax for a moment and enjoy the talented vocalists from the Department of Music. Selections by The Beach Boys, Styx, Billy Joel, and more!

December 6th - HB 27

Music Society Showcase Fall 2017

Student members of the Music Society club will present a concert representing the diverse musical trends in today's popular music scene, with students performing standard songs, new works, and original compositions. It is a celebration of music appreciation. Please contact the Music Society Club for co-sponsorship opportunities! Students attending this event must present a valid CUNY ID.

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!

Spring 2016 Events

Wednesday, February 17, 12:30 p.m. in the Kurzweil Recital Hall (H 144)

Songwriting workshop I: Internationally Recognized Singer/Songwriter Ari Hest

Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM in 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 in 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 in 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 in 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 in Queensborough Performing Arts Center

QCC All-Faculty Recital

Wednesday, April 13, 12:30 PM in Queensborough Performing Arts Center

Instrumental & Vocal Ensemble and Jazz ensemble Concert:  Drs. Joanne Chang and Scott Litroff, directors

Wednesday, May 4, 12:30 PM in 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 in 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 in 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

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