College of Arts & Sciences

Murray Colosimo: Clarinet and Orchestra Director
M.M., Music Performance, M.M., Music Education, B.M., Music Performance, Manhattan School of Music

  • Conducted classical artists Andre Watts and Grant Johannesen, jazz artists Benny Golson and Art Farmer and New Jersey All State Orchestra at NJPAC
  • Served as Music Director of Bergen Sinfonia, Wayne Chamber Orchestra, Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra; held faculty positions at Montclair University, William Paterson University, Bergen Community College; and served as Supervisor of Music/Director of Orchestras for the Ridgewood Public Schools
  • Critically acclaimed solo recitals in New York at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and Merkin Concert Hall; and recordings for Orion records

William Hakim: Violin and Viola
M.M., Juilliard School; B.M., Eastman School of Music

  • Participant Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood, New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall
  • Artistic Director Nova Chamber Artists, and former faculty member Brevard Music Center and Point Counterpoint Chamber Music Festival
  • Member String Orchestra of New York City (SONYC), and New York Symphonic Ensemble; Former member Rochester Philharmonic; current performances with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and Berkshire Opera Orchestra; Recordings for Albany records

Carol Hamersma: Guitar and Jazz Ensemble Director
M.A., Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College; B.M., Mannes College of Music

  • Featured appearances Barron Art Center Series Women in Jazz and Four Guitars; regular performer Trumpets jazz club, Montclair
  • Classical performances at Montclair Art Museum, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center
  • CD recording “Out Of My Head” featured on WAER (Syracuse), WFMU (Teaneck), and “Mozart to Motorhead” on WNTI; CD recording "Comes Love" featured on WPSC radio

Tomoko Harada: Piano
M.M., Mannes College of Music; Le Diplome Superieur D'Execution Concertiste, L'Ecole Normale de Music de Cortot de Paris, France

  • First Prize of the Los Angeles Young Musicians Competition and Peninsula Music Competition, performing as a soloist with the Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano from Music Teachers National Association and from the Piano Teachers Society of America and recipient of the Allison R. and Maria E. Drake Pedagogy Award for Excellence in Ensemble Teaching and Madame Genia Robinor Pedagogy Award, Piano Teachers Society of America
  • Co-Founder & Executive Director, National League of Performing Arts, Inc.

Ayumi Hashimoto: Piano
M.M., Westminster Choir College; B.M., Oberlin Conservatory

  • Students have performed at venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Kimmel Center, in Philadelphia
  • Has taught at Oberlin Conservatory and Westminster Choir College
  • Performances in U.S., Italy, and Japan

Daniel Lawler: Voice
M.M., New York University; B.M., Ithaca College

  • Formerly adjunct instructor- New York University, Rosie's Broadway Kids, The Play Group Theater
  • Leading roles Off-Broadway and Regionally
  • Member- National Association of Teachers of Singing, New York Singing Teacher's Association, Actor's Equity

Dennis Masuzzo: Double Bass
M.M., B.M., Juilliard School

  • Performed under Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Mstislav Rostropovich, Aaron Copland, James Conlon, and Jens Nygaard; recorded for Columbia, RCA, Elektra-Asylum, Sony Digital, Musical Heritage, MMG, Grenadilla, CRI, Opus One, and Universal Pictures.
  • Former member: Musical Elements, New York Quintet, and New York Art Ensemble.
  • Performed in Broadway orchestras for Candide, and Pirates of Penzance and bassist for the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey, since 1991.

Martha Newland: Voice
M.A. in African American Studies, Columbia University; B.M. in Voice Performance, Oberlin Conservatory; B.A. in African American Studies, Oberlin College

  • Solo appearances with Opera Noire of New York; Belleayre Music Festival; New York Historical Society with Harlem Opera Theater
  • Recipient of numerous scholarly awards including Columbia University Langston Hughes Thesis Award for the Humanities (2007); and Columbia University Paul Robeson Fellowship in African American Studies (2006)
  • Participant at Aspen Music Festival Opera Theater Center; Lake Placid Voice Seminar; Centro Studi Italiani, Urbania, Italy                               

Douglas Purviance: Trombone
M.M., Manhattan School of Music; B.M., Towson State University

  • Winner 2009 Grammy Award for best Large Jazz Ensemble with Vanguard
  • Jazz Orchestra
  • Member of the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band; Arturo O'Farrell's
  • Afro-Latin Jazz Orchrestra
  • Senior bass trombonist in CATS for entire 18 year run; currently with the Broadway production of Wicked.

John Nowik: Organ
M.M., Emory University; B.M., Westminster Choir College

  • University Organist and Director of Music at Seton Hall Immaculate Conception Seminary
  • Former Organist and Director of Music, Cathedral of Saint Francis, Diocese of Metuchen, NJ
  • Devised and instituted graded choir program (K-12 and Adult Choir) Handbell Choir, and Gregorian Chant Schola, and founded the award-winning Cathedral Concert Series

Gregory Scime: Piano
B.M., Manhattan School of Music

  • Director of Music at St. Teresa Church, Summit, NJ
  • Founder, Assisi Music Festival, Assisi, Italy
  • Former Dean, American Guild of Organists; holds AGO Associate Certification

Deborah Sfraga: Pep Band
M.A., Music Education, Montclair State University; B.S., Wilkes University

  • Director of Bands, Seton Hall University, 22 years
  • Instrumental Music teacher 33 years
  • Executive Director of the New Jersey Music Educators Association

Glenn Weber: Percussion
B.A., William Paterson University

  • Has served on faculty at Fairleigh Dickinson University; William Paterson University, Delbarton School, Morristown, NJ; Hillside School, Montclair NJ
  • Performances with Glenn Miller Orchestra; Bobby Hackett; the New Jersey Pops Orchestra; Joe Carson Big Band; Garden State Concert Band; LaBamba and the Hubcaps; North Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Founder of New Jersey School of Percussion and President New Jersey Chapter of Percussive Arts Society

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Department of Communication and The Arts
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