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Welcome to the Wagner Music Department!

For concerts, please look at the Wagner College Calendar. Click here to see what Wagner students are doing for their senior projects!

Current and entering students: If you are a current Wagner student and would like to study music with us, whether as a music major, an Arts Administration music concentrator, or just for its own sake, please complete the Music Theory Placement Exercise. You may complete this exercise at any time, following the directions on the first page. We will use the results to determine the most appropriate course for you to take as you begin your study of music at Wagner.

If you are interested in applying to Wagner, please read our Wagner Music Fact Sheet. An audition is not required for prospective music majors. However, we do strongly encourage you to audition in order to qualify for a music scholarship and so we can get to know you better. Click here for general information about applying to Wagner College (for music scholarship information, click here and then click on “I am applying for a Music Scholarship”). To learn about our faculty, click here. The Registrar provides information about courses and degree requirements (look for Music in the college bulletin).

If you are a current student, please check MyWagner for information about  course offerings and availability.  Students interested in performing a recital should consult the department’s Recital Guidelines.

An overview of music at Wagner

Music has played a vital role in the life of Wagner College since its founding. Today Wagner students sing in the College Choir, play in the Concert and Jazz bands, and study the history and theory of music from around the world. Many students in the Music Department go on to careers in teaching, music performance, and arts management. Others continue to graduate or professional training in fields such as law and education.

Whether you are interested in music education, music performance, or studying and listening to various types of old and new music, the Music Department’s flexible curriculum allows you to create a personalized program following your own interests. In addition to instruction in the great traditions of Western art music and jazz, the department offers courses that explore music in its broader context in both Western and non-Western cultures. Many courses take advantage of the abundant and varied concert life in the New York region by including attendance at first-rate musical events in and about the city.

Wagner College vocal ensembles include the College Choir, Treble Choir, and Stretto, an elite a cappella group. Instrumental organizations include the Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Guitar and Lute Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble. The department also provides individual instruction in various instruments and in voice.

The Music Department sponsors numerous concerts and other public events each year. You can hear selections from recent performances by Wagner students and faculty by going to the Music Department’s Audio Recordings Page. To contact the Music Department, please phone us at (718) 390-3313, or send an email message to dschulen@wagner.eduPlease note: the department office (and phone line) may be unattended during summer and holidays.

The department’s facilities include a multi-use Performance Center, a Music Lab and a Music Resource Room, both equipped with computers and electronic keyboards, and numerous practice rooms. Instruments available to students for practice and rehearsal include pianos, a harpsichord, and an array of wind and percussion instruments.

The Music Department Faculty includes scholars and musicians who are recognized for their work as authors, performers, and above all teachers.

Music Dept News

Wagner College Choir 1975 LP
Wagner College Choir 1975 LP During its 1975 tour of Austria and Germany, the Wagner College Choir stopped in Berlin and worked into
Wagner College Choir's 1949 recording now online
Wagner College Choir's 1949 recording now online Bruce Bainbridge '73 recently donated a boxed three-disc set of 78 rpm recordings made by the "Wagner
Choir’s fall concert tour: ‘A Wedding of Sorts,’ Nov. 8, 14 & 15
Choir’s fall concert tour: ‘A Wedding of Sorts,’ Nov. 8, 14 & 15 Performances in Staten Island, Kingston & Syracuse will feature a program with ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’
Wagner College Choir releases archival LPs, home movies
Wagner College Choir releases archival LPs, home movies We have recently located three long-playing vinyl choir albums recorded in 1955-56, 1964 and 1968 — plus a home movie of the choir's 1955-56 tour. Catch it all here!
In the news: Wagner observes Black History Month with performance by Opera Ebony
In the news: Wagner observes Black History Month with performance by Opera Ebony Opera Ebony combined music and storytelling in an emotional Black History Month performance last Friday at Wagner College
Advance: ‘Female a cappella group wows Wagner College audience’
Advance: ‘Female a cappella group wows Wagner College audience’ Staten Island Advance photojournalist Jan Somma-Hammel posted this video and news story about Wagner
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