The Music Program at Rutgers Prep aims to develop and nurture the musical soul that resides in every student. The Music Department offers musical training and instruction in music literacy, listening, performance and appreciation of varied eras, styles and cultures. Our music programs promote confidence, self-esteem, sensitivity and inner discipline within each student as it encourages co-operation and teamwork within the school and the community.

Graduation Requirements

Students in the Upper School are required to take two full credits of an arts course along with their academic requirements to graduate. They may select a music course from a variety of offerings to fulfill this requirement.

Courses Offerings

  • Music Theory/Composition
  • Orchestra
  • Chamber Orchestra (auditioned)
  • Men’s Choir
  • Women’s Choir
  • Madrigals Singers (auditioned)
  • Concert Band
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Saxophone Ensemble 


Doug Radziewicz – Department Chair, Choral Director, Music Theory
Lisa Peterson –Director of Bands

Lyssandra Stephenson – String Orchestras Director, IMI Director

Jenna LePore – Elementary Music Teacher


Each year the Music Department presents two annual concerts for Band, Choir and Orchestra.  These take place at United Reformed Church in Somerville, Christ Church in New Brunswick, and the RPS Pegeen O'Connell Dining Commons.

Region and All-State Opportunities

Each year talented RPS musicians are selected to perform in New Jersey Regional and All State Choir and Orchestra.  Choir students annually are chosen to be members of the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division and National High School Honor Choirs. Madrigal Singers and Women’s Vocal Chamber Ensemble annually participate in the New Jersey ACDA High School Choral Festival and regularly receive ratings of excellent and superior.

Co-curricular Information

Jazz Band

Jazz Band is comprised of advanced middle school students as well as upper school students who have been playing for a minimum of three years. The ensemble meets once a week before school. Students are expected to learn their music via home practice.

Private Music Lessons

Rutgers Preparatory offers private music instruction in violin, viola, beginning cello and bass, flute, and piano. Private music instruction is scheduled after 3 p.m. The fee for music lessons is $40 for 30 minutes, $55 for 45 minutes and $70 for 60 minutes. Payment is made directly to the private music instructor.  There is a $105 annual fee per family to enroll in the Private Music Lesson Program.

Students interested in taking lessons should email Mrs. Lyssandra Stephenson, Coordinator of Independent Music Instructor Program: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website links of interest

National Association For Music Education
With a vision of leading the world in music education by empowering generations to create, perform and respond to music, NAfME provides music educators and education leaders with engaging professional opportunities and resources to support the best practices and serve the needs of students.

American Choral Directors Association
A nonprofit music-education organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching. In addition, ACDA strives through arts advocacy to elevate choral music's position in American society.

Music Educators National Conference
One of the world’s largest arts education organizations that addresses all aspects of music education.   Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired, and pre-service music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, MENC serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school.

New Jersey Music Educators Association
Promotes the advancement of music instruction in New Jersey's educational institutions at all levels that provide in-service and enrichment opportunities for practicing and retired teachers and prospective music educators, as well as sponsoring various festivals and all-state performing groups for K-12 students.

American String Teachers Association
A membership organization founded more than 60 years ago for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers.

The American String Teachers Association of New Jersey
A New Jersey State Chapter; teachers as well as students can find competition information as well as other information on string music.