What's So Special?


 
  • Our Commitment. In all things, Christ is preeminent. We desire to learn and witness as a Christian college community within one of the great cities of the world. We desire to bring to our students and community the highest quality education—in and for Christ!
  • Our Students. We are proud to be one of the most ethnically diverse student populations in any college in America. We are distinguished by students of exceptional talent.
  • Our Unity. Unity in diversity is not just reflected by our ethnicities, but by the many churches represented on our campus. We draw our student population from as close as Manhattan to the far reaches of our world thanks to our international students.
  • Our Atmosphere. Each School within the college framework is its own special family. You will feel at home when you come to your first classes and rehearsals. Your gifts will be encouraged and developed by a staff of experienced, performing musicians, and by the warm support of your peers. You will have frequent opportunities to perform, both on campus and off. You may choose from several majors, or, as a non-major, you may audition for ensembles and take lessons and classes, when appropriate.
  • Our Location. You have the opportunity to study music on “The Hillside” at our Rockland campus in Nyack, NY, overlooking the Hudson River with Hook Mountain off in the distance, or at our NYC campus at the tip of Manhattan in Battery Park where you can see the spire of Trinity Cathedral, the Staten Island Ferry, and the Statue of Liberty from the spacious windows on the music floor of our building.  Both campuses boast state-of-the-art music computer labs, beautiful grand pianos in our recital halls, practice rooms, fine instruments, and classrooms equipped with AppleTV - all ready and waiting for you to use!
  • Our Flexible Music Programs. In the context of an accredited Liberal Arts college, students are encouraged to explore many facets of music and find their own unique calling through a program that meets their needs.
  • Our Availability. Online and offline, Day and Evening, classes are available to students in the Music program.
  • Our Global Opportunities. Our students not only have the experience of New York City at their fingertips, but have the opportunity to study and earn college credits overseas through Nyack College Global Service Learning to places like Italy, Asia, Guyana, led by current music faculty.
  • Our Faculty. Nyack College School of Music is served by an extraordinary music faculty who both love to teach and to perform.  We understand the challenges that you will face in your life as a performer, and have faced similar challenges.  We also understand that great performers need to be great scholars and our faculty members help you meet the challenges of Theory, History, and Musicology through teaching that mixes passion and great scholarship with humor.  Private lessons are available in orchestral instruments, and also guitar, strings, piano, percussion, electric guitar, and voice. Improvisation lessons are offered in the areas of Jazz and Gospel music. Conducting is also offered in the form of private lessons.
  • Our Ensembles. All of our ensembles are open to all students by audition. Vocal and instrumental ensembles on the NYC and Rockland campuses have performed together in galas at David Geffen Hall (formerly known as Avery Fisher Hall) in Lincoln Center, a highlight in our college experiences.  They also share concerts on both campuses each semester.  Our Musical Theater Workshop holds their Off-Broadway performances at the American Theater of Actors, in the John Cullum Theater.
    • Vocal: Chorale, Gospel Choir, Opera Theater Workshop, Musical Theater Workshop, Women’s Chorale, and Touring Gospel Choir
    • Instrumental: Handbell Choir, String Orchestra, Collegium Musicum, and other small instrumental ensembles