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Music History & Literature Faculty


*Carl Patrick Bolleia,
Piano & Keyboard Area Coordinator, Piano, Harpsichord, New Music

With performances and recordings featured by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Gramophone, New York Classical Review, American Record Guide, Fanfare and more, Carl Patrick Bolleia has performed as pianist and historical keyboardist internationally throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, at venues including Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium and Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Philharmonie de Paris, Merkin Hall, NJPAC, Bargemusic, le poisson rouge, Spectrum, and more.

Dedicated to the music of our time, he has given world premieres of hundreds of compositions, including performances of works by notable composers including Frederic Rzewski, Reena Esmail, Robert Aldridge, Whitney George and more. His large scale commissioning project of works for diverse keyboard instruments, entitled tintinnabulation.bloom, features inaugural compositions by the world’s leading composers, including Tyshawn Sorey and Stephen Hough.

As a collaborative artist, he has performed with musicians of the The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Juilliard415, New Jersey Symphony and more. He is an orchestral keyboardist with Apex Ensemble, and has performed with some of the world’s leading conductors, including Pablo Heras-Casado, Nicholas McGegan, William Christie, David Chan, Jerry Junkin, and more. In the fields of historical performance and sacred music, he serves as Director of Music at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Boonton. He has recorded for Composers Concordance Records distributed by Naxos and MSR Classics. Engaged in the fields of commercial music, entertainment and media, he has composed, arranged and recorded for multiple projects with Audible by Amazon and the 125th Anniversary Campaign of Dr. Pepper.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, from where he received the Graduate Diploma in Historical Performance as a recipient of the Historical Performance Scholarship, he additionally holds the Doctor of Musical Arts from Rutgers University, where he wrote his dissertation entitled, “A Taxonomy of Musical Gesture and a Hermeneutic of Narrative and Diatonic Continuity in the Piano Music of Charles Wuorinen.” There he received the Edna Mason Scholarship and was awarded the Elizabeth Wyckoff Durham Award for Academic Distinction and Excellence in Piano and Organ Performance, as well as the Arthur G. Humphrey Memorial Prize in Collaborative Piano. He received the Masters of Music in Piano Performance from The City University of New York Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, where he was honored with the Robert Starer Award for the Performance of a Work by a Living Composer. He holds the BM in Music Education from William Paterson University, where he was an inaugural recipient of the Tami Cotsakos 71’ Scholarship, a Legacy Scholar, and received the Outstanding Musician Award and Music Scholar Award.

He cites his tutelage under a variety of pianists and keyboardists to be most profoundly influential, especially with Ursula Oppens, Alan Feinberg, Peter Sykes, Richard Egarr, Béatrice Martin, Avi Stein, Skip Sempé, Jerome Lowenthal, Fred Hersch, Nicolas Hodges, Min Kwon, Warren Jones, Gary Kirkpatrick, and Dr. Billy Taylor. Dr. Bolleia is Assistant Professor of Music, Director of New Music and Coordinator of Piano and Keyboard Studies at William Paterson University.


Christopher Dylan Herbert
*Christopher Dylan Herbert, Vocal Area Coordinator
Dr. Christopher Dylan Herbert (baritone) is an Assistant Professor at William Paterson University. He served as an adjunct faculty member here for two years before taking leadership of the Voice Program. He teaches one-on-one voice lessons, advises students, manages and coordinates the Vocal Program, and directs Opera Workshop.

As a professional vocalist, Dr. Herbert performs frequently throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and is a two-time GRAMMY® nominee. He has soloed with The San Francisco Symphony and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performed Ginastera centennial celebrations with International Contemporary Ensemble and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and consistently presents Winterize – an outdoor adaptation of Winterreise with transistor radios.

He holds a B.A. in Music from Yale University, an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, and D.M.A. in Voice from The Juilliard School. His current research focus is on the music of the eighteenth-century Ephrata Cloister of Pennsylvania. He is the baritone in the critically acclaimed ensemble New York Polyphony.


*full-time faculty

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