Music Department Events

  • WP Midday Concert Series
    WP Composers-In-Residence Day

    Feb 27, 2020, 12:30 PM to Feb 27, 2020, 1:45 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    WP Composers-In-Residence Day

    Admission:  Free!


     

  • Jazz Room Series
    Saxophonist Mitch Frohman
    w/WP Latin Jazz Ensemble dir. by Chico Mendoza

    Mar 01, 2020, 4:00 PM to Mar 01, 2020, 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Saxophonist-flutist Mitch Frohman is well known for his 25 years with the iconic Tito Puente’s Orchestra, as well as his membership with the Mongo Santamaria Band. He is leader or co-leader of the Bronx Horns, the Mambo Legends Orchestra, and the Eddie Torres Mambo Kings Dance Show Orchestra. Frohman will be joined by the students of the high-energy William Paterson Latin Jazz Ensemble, which has been performing at such an exciting level on our Jazz Room stage for decades under the leadership of faculty member Chico Mendoza.

    Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8
    WP students are admitted free. • All tickets are an additional $3 on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

    Mitch Frohman


     

  • WP New Music Series
    WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles

    Mar 02, 2020, 7:00 PM to Mar 02, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The ensembles will perform music of WP composers and others.

    Admission: Free!


     

  • WP Midday Concert Series
    Stephen Bryant and Warren Helms

    Mar 05, 2020, 12:30 PM to Mar 05, 2020, 1:45 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Acclaimed opera singer and former WP voice faculty Stephen Bryant will perform Schubert’s Winterreise accompanied by pianist and WP music faculty Warren Helms.

    Admission:  Free!


     

  • WP Music
    Mallet Percussion Festival

    Mar 07, 2020, 2:00 PM to Mar 07, 2020, 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    Admission:  Free!


     

  • Jazz Room Series
    Brian McCarthy Nonet: “The Better Angels of Our Nature”

    Mar 08, 2020, 4:00 PM to Mar 08, 2020, 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    WP undergrad and graduate alumnus Brian McCarthy has created a nine-piece work that has been called by Down Beat magazine “a jazz album that makes a cavernous impression for its arresting beauty and conceptual brilliance” for its work in chronicling the years of reconciliation after the Civil War which gave birth to, among many other things, the jazz art form. This project started as an arts grant in McCarthy’s home state of Vermont, and features a number of great soloists who are alumni of William Paterson’s Jazz Program. Its title is taken directly from the final line of an Abraham Lincoln speech.

    Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8
    WP students are admitted free. • All tickets are an additional $3 on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

    Brian McCarthy


     

  • WP Voice
    Song Evening

    Mar 09, 2020, 7:00 PM to Mar 09, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    WP Voice students perform a selection of French-language songs and arias.

    Admission:  Free!


     

  • WP Music
    William Paterson University Symphony
    Happy 250th Birthday, Beethoven!

    Mar 11, 2020, 8:00 PM to Mar 11, 2020, 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Admission:  Free!


     

  • WP New Music Series
    WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles

    Mar 23, 2020, 7:00 PM to Mar 23, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles

    Admission: Free!


     

  • WP Presents! & Midday Concert Series
    Sons of Mystro

    Mar 26, 2020, 12:30 PM to Mar 26, 2020, 12:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Sons of Mystro is the violin duo of two brothers, Malcolm and Umoja. These brothers use their violins to interpret reggae classics, American pop songs and their own creations accompanied by a DJ & a drummer. They are winners of the Best Emerging Artist under 21 Award at the International Reggae and World Music Awards. Their music is a reflection of their Caribbean roots, American upbringing and classical music training.

    “Our protégés, Sons of Mystro are an innovative musical force that is ready to take the world by storm.” -Black Violin

    Admission:  $10 • WP students admitted free with ID.

    Sons of Mystro


     

  • Jazz Room Series
    Gary Smulyan / Ralph Moore Quintet: “Encounters

    Apr 05, 2020, 4:00 PM to Apr 05, 2020, 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Gary Smulyan’s award as Down Beat 2019 Readers Poll Baritone Saxophonist of the Year is the 19th such award won by this master of the large horn.  A member of Joe Lovano’s large group and veteran of big bands led by Woody Herman and Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Smulyan has become the world’s leading baritone soloist.  He is joined by the tenor sax giant Ralph Moore, who is a veteran of groups led by Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, Dizzy Gillespie, and is returning to the jazz scene after over a decade as part of Kevin Eubank’s NBC Tonight Show band in California.  The two major saxophone voices are joined by pianist Renee Rosnes, bassist David Wong and drummer Carl Allen.

    Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8
    WP students are admitted free. • All tickets are an additional $3 on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

    Gary Smulyan
    Ralph Moore at All Music


     

  • WP New Music Series
    WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles

    Apr 06, 2020, 7:00 PM to Apr 06, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles

    Admission: Free!


     

  • WP Voice
    Master Class with Dashon Burton

    Apr 08, 2020, 7:00 PM to Apr 08, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Recital Hall 101

    Internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Dashon Burton works with WP Voice students in a master class and workshop.

    Admission:  Free!

    Dashon Burton


     

  • WP Music
    Concert Band

    Apr 16, 2020, 8:00 PM to Apr 16, 2020, 8:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Admission:  Free!


     

  • WP Midday Concert Series
    Orpheus in the Underworld

    Apr 23, 2020, 12:30 PM to Apr 23, 2020, 1:45 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Orpheus in the Underworld
    by Jacques Offenbach
    Stage Direction by Nathaniel Merchant
    Musical Direction by Christopher Herbert
    Choreography by Angel Reed

    First Act Teaser

    Admission:  Free!


     

  • WP Voice
    Orpheus in the Underworld

    Apr 24, 2020, 7:30 PM to Apr 24, 2020, 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Orpheus in the Underworld
    by Jacques Offenbach
    Stage Direction by Nathaniel Merchant
    Musical Direction by Christopher Herbert
    Choreography by Angel Reed

    WP Voice presents the classic underground hit first performed in Paris in 1858. This timeless comedy takes the Greek myth of Orpheus and turns it upside down, finishing with the famous can-can! 

    Admission:  $10 General Public • $5 WP students and alumni


     

  • WP Voice
    Orpheus in the Underworld

    Apr 25, 2020, 7:30 PM to Apr 25, 2020, 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Orpheus in the Underworld
    by Jacques Offenbach
    Stage Direction by Nathaniel Merchant
    Musical Direction by Christopher Herbert
    Choreography by Angel Reed

    WP Voice presents the classic underground hit first performed in Paris in 1858. This timeless comedy takes the Greek myth of Orpheus and turns it upside down, finishing with the famous can-can! 

    Admission:  $10 General Public • $5 WP students and alumni


     

  • Jazz Room Series
    Vibraphonist Steve Nelson
    w/WP Jazz Orchestra dir. by David Demsey

    Apr 26, 2020, 4:00 PM to Apr 26, 2020, 4:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    The eighteen-piece WP Jazz Orchestra meets the versatile vibraphonist Steve Nelson, who is a veteran of bassist Dave Holland’s acclaimed Quintet, and a longtime collaborator with the late Mulgrew Miller as a member of Miller’s Wingspan group.  Nelson has also performed with Kenny Barron, David “Fathead” Newman, Johnny Griffin and Jackie McLean.  A bachelors and masters graduate of Rutgers University, Nelson has also been on the Princeton faculty.  Along with Nelson’s interpretations of jazz classics and standards, this concert will feature masters student arrangements of Nelson’s compositions written especially for this concert.

    Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, alumni, and senior citizens $12 • Non-William Paterson students $8
    WP students are admitted free. • All tickets are an additional $3 on show day.

    Each Jazz Room concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance. Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.

    Steve Nelson at All About Jazz


     

  • WP New Music Series
    WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles

    Apr 27, 2020, 7:00 PM to Apr 27, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    WP New Music and Percussion Ensembles

    Admission: Free!


     

  • WP Voice
    Kaleidoscope • Spring Choir Concert

    May 01, 2020, 7:30 PM to May 01, 2020, 7:30 PM
    Location: Shea Center for Performing Arts

    Featuring WP Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and a jazz trio with special guests: Chicago Children's Choir Touring Ensemble, Lincoln Park/DePaul Neighborhood Choir and soloist, Deidra Toran of "Eden Gem" (Baltimore). This concert will highlight the talented Karen Goldfeder and her improvisation work with the WP Voice program throughout the spring semester.

    Karen Goldfeder has sung repertoire from Gershwin to Penderecki to Machaud to Joni Mitchell with ensembles ranging from Musica Sacra to The Screaming Headless Torsos to her own band Magpie. Jazz, folk, oratorio, new music, free improvisation, early music, South Indian music, opera, musical theatre, and R&B have all shaped her musical perspective. She works with Bobby McFerrin and his management team to bring Bobby's approach to ensemble singing all over the world, and she serves as the program and curriculum coordinator for the Circlesongs workshop.

    Goldfeder has performed, toured, and recorded with New York Virtuoso Singers, Voices of Ascension, New York Treble Singers, the Bard Festival Chorale, and the Gregg Smith Singers (among many others). Her contemporary opera credits include John Adam’s Death of Kinghoffer at Brooklyn Academy of Music and Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiell at Merkin Hall with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. Solo appearances include the Monteverdi Vespers of 16010, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, the Stravinsky Mass, and the Pergolesi Stabat Mater. Her jazz resume includes appearances with Jay Clayton, Julian Priester, Muhal Richard Abrams, and more, as well as performing with her own band at festivals including Vancouver Jazz, Bumbershoot in Seattle, and the Edinburgh Fringe.

    Admission: Free!