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Memorial Concerts Honoring Professor Emeritus Ralph Ellenberger (1934-2014)

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Tuesday November 18, 2014

Though Prof. Ralph Gordon Ellenberger passed away this past spring, this legendary man is still being celebrated. The Nyack College School of Music will present three concerts honoring his well-lived life.

An alumnus of Nyack College, Prof. Ellenberger earned a BA at Wheaton College and an MA at the University of Chicago. He joined the Nyack College faculty in September 1973, where he served as department chair of anthropology and sociology. He retired in 1999 to Omaha, NE where he was active in the Dundee Presbyterian Church, sang in the choir, taught adult education, was a part of several Bible studies, served on the Session, shared teaching responsibilities with the pastors, was active in the Mariners group, and served on the Crescendo Concert Series Board.




1 South Blvd.

Nyack, NY 10960

Nyack’s critically acclaimed artist, Dr. Tammy Lum, will be featured in a solo piano recital on Thursday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. on the Rockland County campus in Pardington Hall. Her program will include the music of Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Liszt, Albright, Gershwin and her own hymn improvisations.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014 @ 7 PM


Dundee Presbyterian Church

5312 Underwood Ave.

Omaha, NE 68132

The concert features Dr. Tammy Lum, pianist. Click here for more information on the Dundee Presbyterian Church Crescendo concerts.




Miovski & Mansfield Music Hall (22nd Floor)

2 Washington St.

New York, NY 10004

This recital will feature Dr. Lum with Nyack NYC School of Music faculty, Dr. Sue Lane Talley & Prof. Margrit Julia Zimmerman.



Dr. Tammy Lum is a tenured Nyack College School of Music faculty member. As a professor and piano pedagogue, she has conducted master classes for the last two decades to young children, college music students, professionals and adult amateurs in colleges and universities in the U.S., Hong Kong, and China. She is a National Certified Teacher of Music with the Music Teachers National Association and a member of the Rockland County Music Teachers Guild. Dr. Lum, the founder and artistic director of Hudson River Pianofest at Nyack College, earned her Doctor of Musical Arts at the Manhattan School of Music and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music.

Dr. Sue Talley is assistant dean of the Nyack College New York City School of Music and has been teaching at Nyack and directing the Nyack Chorale since 2001. Dr. Talley is a graduate of Whitworth University (B.A.), Western Washington University (M.A.), the University of Dublin (Ph.D.), and the Institute for Worship Studies. She made her concerto debut with the Santa Barbara Symphony at the age of sixteen. Sue received a National Opera Institute grant and coaching apprenticeship at The Metropolitan Opera. In addition to working with Joan Dornemann at the Met, she has studied opera coaching and accompaniment with Martin Katz, Alberta Masiello, and Marcello and Mario Del Monaco.

Margrit Julia Zimmermann is an artist with uncommon poetic talent. Her special contact with the piano—her fine, gentle touch represents the best tradition of European and Russian piano schools. She possesses an unusual musical creative ability and virtuosity that flourishes in her interpretations of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Rachmaninoff. Ms. Zimmermann, Artist-in-Residence in the School of Music the Nyack College Manhattan campus, completed her studies at the world-renowned Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow with Dmitri Bashkirov, where she studied with Lev Naumov, Vera Gornostaeva and Vadim Sukhanov. Her concerts have frequently been televised throughout Russia, Lithuania and Germany.

Admission to each event is free. For more information contact the Nyack School of Music at 845.675.4687 or email

Leadership Rockland Multicultural Communities Day Kicks Off at Nyack College

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday November 13, 2014

Nyack College president, Dr. Michael G. Scales, welcomed participants in Leadership Rockland's Multicultural Community Day, which kicked off at the Nyack campus on Thursday, November 13. Earl Miller, Nyack's executive director of community relations, who served as lead coordinator of the daylong event for the fifth year was assisted by Prof. Nilda Aragones (Rockland Community College); Ms. Adrianne Garcia (Nyack College); Ms. Sheila Keenan (Pfizer Company); and Mr. Dustin Hausner (New York State Assembly).

Participants travelled to various sites around the County for presentations and panel discussions that gave valuable insight into the many facets and rich heritage of the County.

The day’s full agenda included the following:

Academic Roundtable Presentation

The Impact of Globalization on Community

Nyack College, Nyack, NY

Dr. Anita Underwood, dean of Nyack’s School of Business and Leadership

Prof. Miguel Sanchez, an instructor in Nyack’s criminal justice program

Dr. Martin Lecker, a Rockland Community College professor


Religious Community Leaders Discussion

The Islamic Center of Rockland, Valley Cottage, NY

Dr. Azeem Farooki, Islamic Center of Rockland

Rabbi Daniel Pernick, Beth Am Temple

Rev. Carl Johnson, Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship

Fr. Thomas Madden, St. Peter’s RCC


The Immigrant Migrant Communities

U Noodle Snack Bar, Haverstraw, NY

Hon. Alden Wolfe, Rockland County Legislature, chair

Sister Cecilia La Pietrin, One to One Literacy

Representatives of first generation Hispanic, European, and Haitian communities

Lunchtime Roundtable

Mr. Dwight Worley, Journal News reporter

Hon. John Murphy, Pearl River resident

Mr. Craig Long, Haverstraw resident

Ms. Kim Cross, Nyack Center director

Ms. Emily Dominquez, Village of Haverstraw trustee

Hon. Brendel Charles, Town of Ramapo/Spring Valley


Forum: Making a Difference/Getting Involved

CEJJES Cultural and Education Center, Pomona, NY

Dr. Edmond Gordon, CEJJES, founder

Mr. Mark Judelson, Rockland Arts Council

Mr. Willie Trotman, Spring Valley NAACP, president

Forum Panelists: 

Mr. Ram Nagubandi, Rockland commissioner of human rights

Mrs. Frances Pratt, Nyack NAACP, president

Mr. Juan Pablo Ramirez, immigration rights advocate

Mr. Steve White, Power of Ten website editor

Ms. Andrea Winograd, Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Leadership Rockland is a ten month long program that consists of 11 sessions that engage its participants to examine issues and seek solutions for involvement in the community. For information on how to apply to the program, click here

Chamberfest at Nyack Rockland School of Music

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Wednesday November 12, 2014

School of Music professor, Dr. Tammy Lum, invites the campus community and the public to Chamberfest at Nyack College on the Rockland campus (45 South Boulevard) on Thursday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m.

The talent of student and faculty performers--Nathalie Joy Alcime, Seth Allen, Luis R. Diaz II, Dr. Marie Kenote, Joseph Kim, Dr. Tammy Lum, Marisa Orozco,  Amanda Wetzel, and  Djulie Scaff--will be presented in an eclectic program of vocal and instrumental chamber music, representing a variety of musical styles and periods, from Bach to Korean folk music.

Come enjoy!

NOV 19: Nyack Rockland Colloquium Series Features Dr. K. Kale Yu

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday November 10, 2014

Dr. K. Kale Yu, assistant professor of history at Nyack College will be the featured speaker at Session 3 of the Rockland campus Colloquium Series on Wednesday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m. in Presidents Hall (Shuman Hall), 185 South Highland Ave., Nyack, NY.

His topic, “Environmental Christian Ethics: A Christian approach to ecology and sustainability,” will examine the ways in which current perspectives of ecology have negotiated society's approaches to their relationship with the environment.

"Through the ways we understand the environment, our experience helps us to map the shifting ecological terrain, and to develop understandings of how larger processes related to economics has impacted the dynamics of our treatment to ecological issues," says Dr. Yu.  Within this context, this paper addresses the Christian ethics of ecological interdependence as a way to bridge the dualistic identification of ecology and humanity. By challenging existing mechanistic approaches to the environment, a Christian ethic attempts to provide a basis for a negotiation of our understanding of ecology in light of Christian reflections on our inter-connectedness, while failure of that attempt leads to an encounter not only the rejection of engaging global sustainability but also the reinforcement of a larger, political and economic ideology.

All are welcome.

Fall Concerts at Nyack College

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday November 10, 2014


45 South Boulevard, Pardington Hall

Nyack, NY

Thursday, November 13, - 7:00 p.m.

Fall Chamberfest Concert

Dr. Tammy Lum & Dr. Marie Kenote, Directors

Students, faculty and friends perform an eclectic program of vocal, keyboard, and instrumental chamber music, representing a variety of musical styles and periods, in the elegant ambience of Pardington Hall.

Free Admission


Thursday, November 20, - 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Tammy Lum, piano

Faculty Recital

In memory of Nyack Professor Emeritus Ralph Ellenberger

Our own critically acclaimed artist professor gives a solo recital with music featuring Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Liszt, Albright and Gershwin.

Free Admission


Wednesday, December 3  - 12:30 p.m.

Amasi Trio

Nyack College Trio in Residence

with guest flutist, Dr. Marie Herseth Kenote

Nyack College’s Trio-In-Residence with Dr. Tammy Lum, piano; Prof. Sungrai Sohn, violin and Dr. Chungsun Kim, cello performs trios by C.P.E. Bach, Brahms and hymn arrangements.

Free Admission



2 Washington Street, Room 2241

New York, NY

Saturday, November 15 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Junior Recitals of Yoonah Noh and Nicole Vega


Thursday, November 20 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Violin and Piano Recital of Natasha Lipkina and Prof. Margrit Zimmermann


Friday, November 21  7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Junior Recitals of Australia Silva and Sara Soncini-Sessa

All are welcome!


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