Music Department


Past Faculty Announcements


Spring 2015


Distinguished Professor John Corigliano's landmark opera Ghosts of Versailles produced by the Los Angeles Opera
"Extraordinarily resourceful, using avant-garde clusters and microtones to skillfully warped neoclassical and neo-Romantic pastiches, Corigliano is equally comfortable building and mixing the floating ghost world in suspended time, the buffa world of Figaro and the Almaviva court, and the horrible world of the French Revolution." - The Los Angeles Times

Read the full article here.



Fall 2014


Distinguished Professor John Corigliano to be honored by College Foundation
The Herbert H. Lehman College Foundation will honor John Corigliano - Distinguished Professor of Music, Pulitzer Prize, Academy Award, and multiple Grammy winning composer - at its annual Leadership Awards Dinner. The event, entitled "A Celebration of Excellence" will be held at the New York Botanical Garden on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.


Distinguished Professor John Corigliano's Dylan Thomas Trilogy presented in Swansea, Wales, UK
On October 11, 2014, composer and Distinguished Professor of Music John Corigliano's A Dylan Thomas Trilogy, a full-evening oratorio for soloists, chorus and orchestra, was presented in Dylan Thomas' birthplace, Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom. Grant Llewellyn conducted the Welsh BBC Chorus and Orchestra. Read the review in The Guardian here.

Professor Kyunghun Kim joins the Music Faculty as Director of Lehman's NEW Community Orchestra

The Music Department's newest ensemble - the Lehman College and Community Orchestra - will be directed by Professor Kyunghun Kim, Music's newest faculty member. Mr. Kim, a graduate of both the Curtis Institute and Juilliard, directs several orchestral ensembles in the New York area, and is an active chamber musician. He will lead the Music Department's burgeoning string program, which will include the new symphonic orchestra.
The Orchestra will perform a wide range of literature, from chamber works to full symphonies, from Baroque to contemporary. As with all of the Music Department's major ensembles, the Lehman College and Community Orchestra will be open to students, alumni, faculty/staff, and community members. Rehearsals will be Wednesday evenings, 7:00-9:30pm.
Lehman students may earn academic credit by enrolling in MSP 204: Orchestra. Mr. Kim encourages string players in particular to participate.
All interested parties should contact Professor Kim through the Music Department at (718) 960-8247, or by email at


Summer 2014

Professor Marta Ghezzo serves as jurist in international composers competition
In June, Dr. Marta Ghezzo, Professor of Music, served as a jurist for the Tenth International Competition for Composers “Città di Udine” at the San Giorgio Theatre in Udine, Italy. The Competition included works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, as well as electronic music. 50 countries, including the US, were represented at this prestigious event.


Spring 2014

Auditions for
When I Get To Where I'm Going

BUS Professor Penny Prince holds auditions for her original musical production, When I Get To Where I'm Going, a story about the Bus Boycotts of the 1950s, which lead to revolutionary changes in civil rights for all citizens. Dr. Prince has written the music, and as in all of her nine past productions at Lehman, the script will be written collaboratively by the cast. Students, alumni, and community members are invited to join in the writing, acting, singing, dancing, and set construction for this exciting project.

Auditions are by appointment only on Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30, from 5-9pm in room 306 of the Music Building. Please call 718-960-7796 to make an appointment or for further information.


Fall 2013

Dr. Concetta Tomaino, Nationally-Recognized Leader in Music Therapy, teaches new course.
Music and the Brain: How and Why Music Affects Us

"Special Topics in Music: Music and the Brain" draws from works of science, philosophy, and literature to explore how and why music affects human beings on so many levels - from how we move and feel to how we speak and remember. The course includes weekly readings and class discussions, and is available for graduate or undergraduate credit.

MST 750-01 (3 graduate credits, 3 hours) or
MST 485-01 (3 undergraduate credits, 3 hours)
No prerequisites; courses meet concurrently, Wednesdays 5:10-7:50pm

Please contact the Music Department at 718-960-8247, or email for more information.


Lehman Jazz Camp for students grades 5-12.
August 5-9, 2013

This one-of-a-kind NYC summer camp experience offers singers, string, brass, woodwind, percussion, keyboard and guitar players the opportunity to learn and develop their skills for improvising in Blues, Jazz, Rock, Latin, World and Classical music styles. Campers interact with like-minded musicians in a creative environment designed to promote learning and artistic freedom. Our world-class curriculum and dedicated, professional musician, instructors engage campers with exciting activities that enable them to learn how to improvise solos and perform in small and large mixed ensembles. While learning how to improvise, students will discover how their overall performing skills improve, as well as the ability to play by ear, compose, arrange and conduct.
A typical day at the camp includes: workshops, practice time, music theory classes and ensemble rehearsals with professional guests, faculty and outstanding campers.

Please click here for more information.


Faculty Spotlight: Professor Diana Mittler-Battipaglia Wins 2012 Lehman College Distinguished Service Award.

Since 1986, Prof. Battipaglia has presented over fifty major concerts featuring chorus members and orchestra members drawn from Lehman students, faculty, alumni and staff, high school students, and members of the community. “Dr B” is truly the heart and soul of the Music program at Lehman: her musicianship, scholarship and selfless dedication are a beacon providing artistry, education and enjoyment to generations of our Lehman and Bronx communities.


Faculty Spotlight: Professor Molly Morkoski introduces new recording and wins 2012 scholarship award.

Professor Molly Morkoski introduces her new CD, entitled Threads. "The selections on this disc encompass my musical journey as a college and graduate student through my time as a beginning professional in New York City." Threads, on the Albany Records label, is available on Amazon and iTunes. In 2012 Prof. Morkoski also received the School of Arts and Humanities Award for Scholarship. Please visit for more information.


Faculty Spotlight: Professor Penny Prince holds auditions for new musical production

The Lehman Music Department's 2012 musical production, entitled Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, is an original sci-fi/ fantasy musical with script by Jeffrey Beer and score by Penny Prince. Professor Prince, also the Director, held auditions on Monday and Tuesday, January 30 and 31. Please click here for more information.


"I Climbed the Hair of the Girl" from the Spring 2011 musical, Rapunzel.

Faculty Spotlight: Professor Victor Rendon's article on Paul Guerrero appears in the December 2011 issue of Modern Drummer

In the "What Do You Know About" featured section of the December 2011 issue of Modern Drummer magazine, Professor Victor Rendon discusses Paul Guerrero, his former teacher.

"The influence of this Texas legend, who worked with Woody Herman and Stan Kenton and was a close colleague of Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, and Shelly Manne, is still being felt today."

Please click here for the full article.

Faculty Spotlight: World Premiere of Professor John Corigliano's One Sweet Morning

John Corigliano's latest work, One Sweet Morning, commemorated the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Co-commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and the Shanghai Symphony, and written for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, the piece had its world premiere on September 30, 2011, featuring soloist Stephanie Blythe.

For information about the performance, please visit the New York Philharmonic's website here.

For a recent New York Times article about Professor Corigliano, please click here.

Faculty Spotlight: Professor Penny Prince Wins Thirteenth ASCAP Award

The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) has awarded Professor Penny Prince (Music) her thirteenth consecutive award for educational and popular music composition. On campus, Professor Prince is known for her original musical theatrical productions, staged during the spring semester.

A prolific composer, Professor Prince has built a reputation for collaborating with her cast members to create new material. She has produced several productions at Lehman, including Rapunzel, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, and Sleeping Beauty. Her musical When I Get To Where I’m Going, about the civil rights bus boycotts of the 1950s, was recently performed at a middle school in Brooklyn under the direction of Lehman alumnus Michel Mok.

“When Michel was a student at Lehman, he attended a performance of our play about the bus boycott movement, and now, as a music teacher in Brooklyn, he was determined to stage the show with his own students,” explains Professor Prince. “It was thrilling to attend the show and see what a new generation of pupils did with the material.”

A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Professor Prince earned her Ph.D. in music education from the Steinhardt School at NYU.

(Text quoted from Lehman Today. September 16, 2011: "Music Professor Wins Thirteenth ASCAP Award").

Faculty Spotlight: Marta Ghezzo Wins Teacher of the Year 2010 Award

Marta Ghezzo, Professor of Music, received the Teacher of the Year 2010 Award. She teaches theory, musicianship, and music appreciation and is praised loudly and prized widely by students for her exceptional patience and dedication, her inspiring passion, and her mastery of the musicianship. She has also mentored many students who work as tutors for the Academic Center for Excellence, and she has made an international impact on music education through her visiting lectures in Italy and her well-established textbook, Solfege, Ear Training, Rhythm, Dictation, and Music Theory.

Click here for the speech Professor Ghezzo intended to deliver at Lehman's Convocation, with pictures of her career as a music educator.

Faculty Spotlight: Hollander Honored for Service

hollander Professor Alan Hollander received a Faculty Recognition Award from the School of Arts and Humanities for his service, which adds in vital ways to the cultural fabric of the Music Department, the college, and the wider community. He has conducted numerous performances by the Lehman Band (including its annual Commencement exercises), conducted and played with the Woodwind Quintet, coordinated two college/high school jazz festivals, and arranged music for the Lehman Foundation, the Macaulay Honors College, and the National College Board Conference. He also served on several college-wide committees, including the Lehman Stages Advisory Committee, the Campus Activities Committee, and the Multimedia Center Advisory Committee. In the Music Department, Professor Hollander has managed its performance budget and its private instruction program, and has worked tirelessly to develop the relationship between Lehman and the Celia Cruz High School.


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