Music Department Events

  • Saxophonist Melissa Aldana
    Oct 22, 2017, 4:00 PM to Oct 22, 2017, 4:00 PM

    World renown, Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana was the first female instrumentalist and the first South American ever to win the prestigious Thelonious Monk Competition. Aldana’s musical style is a combination of her Chilean musical roots and her own brand of swing and modern jazz harmonies. She has performed on the world’s grandest stages and brings her otherworldly talents to the Shea Center.

    3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session in Shea Recital Hall 101

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $8 non-William Paterson students
    Please note: $3 additional charge on show day per ticket
    WP students are admitted free with ID.

    This engagement is funded by the Jazz Touring Network of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

    Melissa Aldana


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles
    Oct 30, 2017, 7:00 PM to Oct 30, 2017, 7:00 PM

    WP New Music Series
    WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles

    Program TBA

    Admission:  Free!


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • William Paterson University Symphony
    Nov 01, 2017, 8:00 PM to Nov 01, 2017, 8:00 PM

    University Music
    William Paterson University Symphony
    Conducted by Sandra Dackow

    Fall Classics

    Admission:  Free!

    Sandra Dackow


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • ARTISTS 4 PEACE: Be The Change Tour
    Nov 02, 2017, 12:30 PM to Nov 02, 2017, 12:30 PM

    The Ganda Boys and Yael Deckelbaum with Kristen Hoffmann

    One United Movement, through music and enlightened words, sharing a universal message of non-violence

    On a mission for peace, The Ganda Boys deliver lively performances that both energize and connect fans through the power of love. Their music, as heard on “The Forgotten People,” addresses the unprecedented flow of over 60 million displaced people from troubled countries around the world. By their side is Yael Deckelbaum, an award-winning Israeli/Canadian singer-songwriter and activist (similar to Joan Baez), whose music carries a message of hope. Her song “Prayer of The Mothers” was the anthem for Women Wage Peace, a movement of Palestinian and Israeli women advocating for a two-state solution. They are joined by American singer-songwriter Kristin Hoffmann, in hopes of making the world a better place.

    Admission:  $10 General Admission for schools.
    Please call the University Performing Arts office at 973.720.3178 for ticket reservations and information.

    The Ganda Boys
    Yael Deckelbaum
    Kristen Hoffmann


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • WP Arrangers 40th Anniversary Tribute:
    WP Jazz Orchestra with special guests
    perform works by faculty composers

    Nov 05, 2017, 4:00 PM to Nov 05, 2017, 4:00 PM

    The faculty and students of the William Paterson jazz studies program celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Jazz Room Series, the longest-running campus-based jazz concert series in the nation.  The 18-piece WP Jazz Orchestra will be featured, performing compositions featuring WP current and former faculty composers Rufus Reid, Cecil Bridgewater, Jim McNeely, Pete McGuinness, Bill Mobley, and founding director Thad Jones.

    3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session in Shea Recital Hall 101

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $8 non-William Paterson students
    Please note: $3 additional charge on show day per ticket
    WP students are admitted free with ID.


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • WP Brass Ensembles
    Nov 08, 2017, 8:00 PM to Nov 08, 2017, 8:00 PM

    University Music
    WP Brass Ensembles

    The WP Brass Ensembles and other chamber ensembles perform the works of Frackenpohl, Bach, Ewald, Palestrina, Sousa, Gabrielli, Calvert, and Gershwin.

    Admission:  Free!


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Opera Workshop Performance
    Nov 09, 2017, 7:30 PM to Nov 09, 2017, 7:30 PM

    University Music
    Opera Workshop Performance

    Led by Christopher Herbert and Lois Buesser

    Students perform Hans Krása's Brundibar and scenes from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro.

    There is an additional performance at 7:30pm on Nov. 10, 2017.

    Admission: Free!


    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101
     

  • Opera Workshop Performance
    Nov 10, 2017, 7:30 PM to Nov 10, 2017, 7:30 PM

    University Music
    Opera Workshop Performance

    Led by Christopher Herbert and Lois Buesser

    Students perform Hans Krása's Brundibar and scenes from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro.

    Admission: Free!


    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101
     

  • Barry Harris Quartet
    with saxophonist Larry McKenna

    Nov 12, 2017, 4:00 PM to Nov 12, 2017, 4:00 PM

    87-year-old Barry Harris is truly one of the living legends of the jazz piano – and a great teacher of the bebop language. Dr. Harris is an exponent of the classic jazz style that was developed by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and other greats. His 40 plus years of excellence in the field of music will be on full display at the Shea Center.

    3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session in Shea Recital Hall 101

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $8 non-William Paterson students
    Please note: $3 additional charge on show day per ticket
    WP students are admitted free with ID.

    Barry Harris
    Larry McKenna on the Jazz Sanctuary


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Vocal Area Song Evening
    Nov 13, 2017, 7:00 PM to Nov 13, 2017, 7:00 PM

    University Music
    Vocal Area Song Evening

    Led by Warren Helms

    Voice students perform selections of English-language art songs and arias

    Admission:  Free!


    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101
     

  • Vocal Area Song Evening
    Nov 14, 2017, 7:00 PM to Nov 14, 2017, 7:00 PM

    University Music
    Vocal Area Song Evening

    Led by June Marano-Murray

    Voice students perform selections of English-language art songs and arias.

    Admission:  Free!


    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101
     

  • Dr. Jeffrey Kresky Retirement Concert
    Nov 27, 2017, 7:00 PM to Nov 27, 2017, 7:00 PM

    WP New Music Series
    Dr. Jeffrey Kresky Retirement Concert

    This concert will feature the music of longtime WP music faculty Dr. Jeffrey Kresky, performed by the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble and guests, in celebration of Kresky’s 44 years of service to William Paterson University.

    Admission:  Free!

    Jeffrey Kresky


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Horacee Arnold Trio
    with bassist Buster Williams

    Dec 03, 2017, 4:00 PM to Dec 03, 2017, 4:00 PM

    Drummer Horacee Arnold is one of the senior-most members of the WP jazz faculty. He was brought to New York by legendary Max Roach, landing a spot in the Bud Powell Trio and composing for the Alvin Alley Dance Company. Arnold went on to become an original member of Chick Corea’s Return to Forever and an influential teacher. He is joined by bassist Buster Williams, a veteran of Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi Quartet.

    3:00 p.m. Sittin’ In Meet-the-Artist Session in Shea Recital Hall 101

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $8 non-William Paterson students
    Please note: $3 additional charge on show day per ticket
    WP students are admitted free with ID.

    Horacee Arnold
    Buster Williams on Facebook


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Winter Choral Concert
    Dec 05, 2017, 7:30 PM to Dec 05, 2017, 7:30 PM

    Winter Choral Concert featuring WPU Choirs and Warren Helms, Organ


    Location: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Roman Catholic Churge in Wayne, NJ
     

  • WP Wind Ensemble
    Dec 07, 2017, 8:00 PM to Dec 07, 2017, 8:00 PM

    University Music
    WP Wind Ensemble
    Conducted by Dr. J. Craig Davis

    The WP Ensemble will perform the works of Larry Daehn, Vaclav Nelhybel, Percy Grainger, and Alfred Reed.

    Admission:  Free!

    Dr. J. Craig Davis


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Jazz Room Holiday Celebration
    with WP Jazz Orchestra and Guests

    Dec 09, 2017, 8:00 PM to Dec 09, 2017, 8:00 PM

    A William Paterson tradition returns as WP students and faculty celebrate the holiday season in jazz. The WP Jazz Orchestra will perform several movements from the legendary Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn version of the Nutcracker Suite, and will accompany some of the jazz studies program’s most stellar vocal and instrumental soloists in holiday arrangements from the repertoire of Ella Fitzgerald, Clark Terry and the New York Voices’ Darmon Meader.

    Admission: $15 General Public • $12 WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens • $8 non-William Paterson students
    Please note: $3 additional charge on show day per ticket
    WP students are admitted free with ID.


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Dido and Aeneas
    Apr 13, 2018, 8:00 PM to Apr 13, 2018, 8:00 PM

    University Music
    Dido and Aeneas 
    by Henry Purcell

    Students of Opera Workshop and Chamber Singers perform a fully-staged production of Purcell's masterpiece about love and war.

    There is an additional performance of this event at 8:00pm on April 14, 2018.

    Admission:  TBD


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts
     

  • Dido and Aeneas
    Apr 14, 2018, 8:00 PM to Apr 14, 2018, 8:00 PM

    University Music
    Dido and Aeneas 
    by Henry Purcell

    Students of Opera Workshop and Chamber Singers perform a fully-staged production of Purcell's masterpiece about love and war.

    Admission:  TBD


    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts