Programs of Study

Music (A.S. Degree Program)

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.


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


Two fully equipped recording studios featuring a Solid State Logic (SSL) mixing board • ATMOS 3D sound lab • 3 state-of-the art computer labs • Classrooms equipped with electronic keyboards • Two lecture halls with grand pianos • A large rehearsal room • Several performance spaces (including access to a newly renovated 875-seat theater) • Significant collection of music books and scores at the Kurt Schmeller Library

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, 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, Associate Professor (percussion, world music)

Dr. Kip Montgomery, Associate Professor (music history/theory)

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

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships are available to current students at the recommendation of faculty:

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

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


News from students and faculty

Upcoming Events

Fall 2021 Calendar

All events are presented online and free of charge

Unheard Melodies - Renana Gutman, Pianist

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 12:00pm EST

Renana Gutman, concert pianist and piano faculty at Longy School of Music of Bard College, introduces and performs obscure piano music (including some new discoveries) by great composers whose Jewish identity sealed their fate as musicians and human beings in the period surrounding the two world wars. The imaginative and expressive musical soundscapes of these works, many of which were composed in confinement, follow their composers’ personal and creative transformations while bearing witness to the turbulence and trauma of their time.

This event is part of the 2021-22 Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC) and National Endowment for the Humanities Colloquium entitled, “Incarceration, Transformation & Paths to Liberation during the Holocaust and Beyond” and is co-sponsored by the Longy School of Music of Bard College and the Department of Music at Queensborough Community College.

Register online

Master Class with Renana Gutman and QCC Piano Students

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 12:00pm EST

Join the Master Class on Zoom (Meeting ID: 847 8747 6412)

Finding Center: The Science and Art of Mindfulness in Artistic Expression

Dr. Frank Diaz, Associate Professor of Music, Indiana University

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 12:00pm EST

Mindfulness is an ancient practice for cultivating clarity, concentration, and awareness. For musicians, mindfulness can help reduce obstacles to artistic expression, freeing you to perform authentically and creatively. In this lecture, Dr. Diaz will discuss the science and practice of mindfulness for musicians, with a focus on simple practices you can begin using right away.

Join Finding Center with Dr. Diaz on Zoom (Meeting ID: 850 5847 3037)

Masterclass with Dr. Frank Diaz and Queensborough Jazz, Instrumental & Vocal Ensembles

Friday, December 10, 2021 at 12:00pm EST

Join the Masterclass with Dr. Diaz on Zoom (Meeting ID: 840 9665 8752)

Campus Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

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

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QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

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.

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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.