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The Music department 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.

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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.


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Meet Our Full-Time Faculty

Alex Peh

Associate Chair, Piano


Kathleen Murphy

Graduate Music Therapy


Heather Wagner

Graduate Music Therapy


Phyllis Chen

Composition, Recording and Electronic Music


Mark Dziuba

Jazz Studies


Adam Fontana

Symphonic Band


Christiana Fortune-Reader

Violin and Viola


Edward Lundergan

Choral Ensembles


Susan Seligman

Sight-singing and Ear-training


Kent Smith



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