The link between the music departments of Adelphi University and Nassau Community College (NCC) is described as a "pipeline".

The NCC-to-AU Music PipelineThe music departments of Adelphi University and Nassau Community College (NCC) remain in tune with one another, as seen in the steady flow of students transferring from NCC to Adelphi.

Sidney Boquiren, Ph.D., Department of Music chair, describes the link as a “pipeline.”

From 2011 into Fall 2014, nine NCC students had transferred to Adelphi’s music program, Dr. Boquiren said. Of those, four graduated in May 2014, with one due to graduate next year, three others in 2016 and another in 2017.

In Fall 2010, the Transfer Students Newsletter reported that 15 NCC students had participated, or were then participating, in Adelphi’s music program, including four enrolled for Fall 2010; of those, one graduated in 2012 and the others in 2013.

Why is Adelphi such a music magnet? Transfer students have cited such factors as the program itself, the Performing Arts Center (AUPAC) and the college’s proximity to NCC. Dr. Boquiren cites another.“I have to give credit to one person who is responsible for bringing in quite a few of our transfers from Nassau,” he said. “Our guitar professor, Bill Zito, teaches at both NCC and here at Adelphi. He regularly advises his strong guitar students to consider Adelphi.”

Zito alone is credited with bringing in seven NCC students from 2007– Fall 2010 and another four from 2012 into Fall 2014.

Dr. Boquiren said, “One of our voice professors, Jonathan Goodman, also teaches at both. He recruited one [NCC] student for us this year.”

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