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.
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 ArtsView the Ensembles
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
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
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music in Music Education
Bachelor of Music in Performance/Composition
Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Technology programs in Audio/Music Technology
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.
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
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
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
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. | Mathew Price's IMDB page