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Immerse yourself in the creation and performance of music

The Department of Music invites you to join our community of music creators, performers, and improvisors and explore ways music can make a difference in your life, your community and the world.

We are a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the American Music Therapy Association.

Learn more about the Department of Music and our admission/audition process.

As a music student, you will:
  • Build a foundation of musicianship based on performing, composing, interpreting, and improvising.
  • Engage in a diverse range of multi-ethnic musical styles through study and participation that gives students a broad understanding of cultural, historical, political, and health-wellness contexts. 
  • Work effectively as a contributing member of a small team and larger group
  • Cultivate organizational and team-building skills to create and serve future communities. 
  • Synthesize foundational skills and knowledge to empower creative risk-taking in developing artistic career paths.

Music Concert Series - Spring 2024


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Listen Forward on YouTube

Listen Forward is a video series led by an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students whose aim is to capture the essence of music in New Paltz through a curatorial process of exploration that deepens our understanding of the town we live in.

Meet Our Full-Time Faculty

Jane Sileo



Kent Smith

Associate Chair, Voice


Phyllis Chen

Composition, Recording and Electronic Music


Mark Dziuba

Jazz Studies


Adam Fontana

Symphonic Band


Christiana Fortune-Reader

Violin and Viola


Kathleen Murphy

Director - Graduate Music Therapy


Alex Peh



Susan Seligman

Sight-singing and Ear-training


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