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Meet the Director

Dear Prospective Student:

Welcome to Purchase! We are excited to introduce you to a diverse, open-minded place to make music and grow.

Close enough to New York that you can reach out and touch it, but far enough that you can breathe all the way in, the Purchase Conservatory of Music offers a nurturing and creative approach to the study of classical music, jazz, studio composition and production.

At Purchase, we strive to both educate and inspire. The rigorous training you will receive from top professionals in the field will challenge you and prepare you for a potential future career. Experiences that you have in collaborative settings – whether it’s taking a solo in the Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra, or writing a new piece for Purchase New Music – will stretch your creative muscles and prepare you for a variety of future situations, both in the music profession and beyond.

Because the Conservatory of Music is part of a larger college, as a student here you will also benefit from an excellent liberal arts education. The Purchase College campus is home to the Neuberger Museum of Art and the Performing Arts Center, and regularly hosts eminent visiting scholars and artists.

Finally: if you are a “woke” young musician, then Purchase is the right place for you. The Conservatory of Music is uniquely positioned within an institution that is committed to equality, diversity, and open-mindedness. On a personal note, I am consistently enlivened by the perceptiveness, imagination, and flexibility of the music students here at the conservatory.

I look forward to seeing you on campus!


Jenny Undercofler

  Jenny Undercofler