Department of Music


Degrees in Classical Performance, Jazz Studies and Performance, Popular Music Studies, Music Education, Music Management, and Sound Engineering Arts.


Exceptional student opportunities with top-notch ensembles.


One of the nation's oldest and most respected programs, creating a true jazz environment with world-class New York faculty.


State-of-the-art music production and recording studios.

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The Department of Music at William Paterson University is a community of musician-educators committed to professionalism in performance, teaching, scholarship and creative activity, and community service. We collaborate to create a thriving cultural life on the campus and in the community through challenging academic offerings and performances of the highest artistic level. We provide the resources, guidance, and diverse environment that motivate our students to build and maintain careers in classical and jazz performance and composition, sound engineering arts, music education, and music management. Combining traditional teaching and learning with innovative approaches, the Department gives students the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the contemporary musical environment. Please take a look around and don't hesitate to CONTACT US if we can be of any assistance to you.




Spring Choral Concert:  Love, Faith and Nature

Wednesday, April 27th, Shea Auditorium

WP Concert Choir and Chamber Singers

Featuring: Leonard Bernstein's popular Chichester Psalms with guest artists: Apprentice Choristers of the Newark Boys' Chorus School,WP Percussion Ensemble, Beth Robinson, Harp, Lois Buesser, Organ

Also including selections by Sting, Antonin Dvorak, Williametta Spencer, popular Estonian artist Tõnis Mägi, and others.


Percussion Department Video

Hobart Trio April 10, 2016 2:00PM


WP’s Steve Marcone And Band, Jam Factory, To Be Inducted Into Syracuse Hall Of Fame  

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Jam Factory

New Music

Mike Easterlin


Director of Jazz Studies Bill Charlap wins this year's Grammy Award with Tony Bennett for best traditional pop vocal album ('The Silver Lining: The Songs of John Kern')

Bill Charlap and Tony Bennet Grammy 2016


collage 2015 flyer

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Music Biz 101 Live Panel 2015

Pop Seminar 2015


Music Biz 101 logo

Music Biz 101 & More Radio Show/Podcast: The New Season

The Music Biz 101 & More radio show and podcast’s Season #3 begins September 2nd – new guests, new producers, additional distribution, and more! Click for details.

WP Musicians Make News in India

Dr. Payton MacDonald and a group of William Paterson Music students studying in India this summer were featured in this article published in a Bhopal newspaper.


WP Musicians in Birzeit

WP faculty member Dr. Carol Frierson-Campbell and a group of recent graduates from WP's Master of Music program are in the village of Birzeit on the West Bank for a three-week residency working at the Birzeit Activity Center of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, a pre-collegiate music conservatory with five branches across the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Here WP graduate Artemisz Polonyi coaches the Palestine Youth Orchestra.

Artemisz Polonyi coaches the Palestine Youth Orchestra

WP Faculty Clarinetist Andy Lamy's New Blackthorn Stick

WP's own Andy Lamy is making news with his new recording of Irish music The New Blackthorn Stick. Read all about it HERE

The New Blackthorn Stick

WP Music Business Programs Team Up With Warner Music Group

William Paterson University’s Music Management and Popular Music Studies programs are teaming up with the Warner Music Group. As part of this association, qualified WP students will be encouraged to apply for WMG internship opportunities. William Paterson University students will also have access to WMG professionals in a variety of departments, including A&R, Sales, Direct 2 Consumer, and Marketing. Also, rather than feature one individual as the next Music Business Visiting Expert-In-Residence, the 2015-2016 academic year will feature multiple personnel from the Warner Music Group. For details, click here.

Important Dates:

For all classical degree programs the deadlines for submission of Music Department applications are:
November 1, 2016 for admittance into Spring semester.
April 1, 2017 for admittance into Fall semester.

For Jazz Studies and the B.A. with Popular Music Emphasis the deadlines for submission of Music Department applications are:
November 15, 2016 for admittance into Spring semester.
February 1, 2017 for admittance into Fall semester.
There are no live auditions for these degree programs; only audio and video recordings are accepted.

For priority academic, Cotsakos awards, and music talent scholarship consideration, all application materials must be submitted by February 1, 2017 .
For Cotsakos Awards, the last possible live audition date is February 21, 2017.

Upcoming Live audition dates (Classical candidates only):

November 4th, 2016
January 27th, 2017
February 10th, 2017
February 24th, 2017
March 10th, 2017
April 7th, 2017

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