Music Division: Graduate and Doctoral Fellowship Performance Initiative (FPI)


Music Educators love to do many things . . . but what we believe they love best is teaching and playing!

As an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Five Towns College is launching several initiatives to engage Music Educators and Performers to do the things they love doing- so whether it is teaching students music, singing, or playing instruments with other professional Music Educators-there is something here for you.

Explore and expand the scope of how you interact with students and other professionals in a number of ways under these Five Towns College initiatives.

Aside from applying/enrolling in any of the Graduate Music Division courses as a matriculated student, there are a few Graduate Music Education Online Workshops being offered as well. In addition, a new and very exciting initiative about to roll out is the Graduate and Doctoral Fellowship Performance Initiative (FPI). Join with us and learn about this dynamic program that will inspire, educate, and bring energy and enthusiasm to your professional life!



Known as a “Music College” for the past 50 years, Five Towns College has never lost sight of its founding motivations-a love for music and business- and the thrills that come along when pursuing one’s passions. Through the years, the College has made expansive investments and established programming at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for music lovers- students who are focused on studying music to perform-instrumentality or vocally, compose, and teach as well as educators who are committed to continue their professional development to earn not only Master of Music degrees but Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, too.

Five Towns College was one of the very first institutions of higher education in New York State to register a doctorate program in the musical arts and has continued to have a deep footprint across the region for its professional and thriving programs. The Music Division is focused on developing opportunities for Music Educators at the Master and Doctorate levels. The Music Division faculty are also aware of the huge explosive growth of digital music in all of its genres across the generations of learners, including our most recent undergraduates representing Generation Z.

To that end, the College is launching the Graduate and Doctoral Fellowship Performance Initiative (FPI) to attract Music Educators and Performers to come play music with us! Two amazing faculty members- both accomplished and recognized in their own right as Musical Conductors and Composers- are leading the charge to build the Five Towns College Symphony Orchestra and large Wind Ensembles composed of public and private music teachers, private music educators, professional music players and students of music who will apply and audition to be considered for the opportunity to participate. Similarly, another amazing faculty member, Dr. David Gomez, is leading this initiative and building the Five Towns College Choral Ensemble.

Those accepted into this Graduate and Doctoral Fellowship Performance Initiative (FPI) will attend practices, rehearsals and scheduled performances while being enrolled in the Graduate Music Division academic programs which will lead to a Master of Music or Doctor of Musical Arts degree that will fully cover tuition by institutional scholarships. Further, those who opt in to study at the College will have access to the most current technology, software, and facilities. Additionally, the curriculum will provide instruction about pertinent musical and educational tools and insight to further develop as a professional educator. All this and the opportunity to perform in real time at the Five Towns College Performing Arts Center are components of the FPI.

Meet the Conductors

Dr. James P. McCrann:

Dr. James P. McCrann holds a B.S. and M.A. from Hofstra University, a P.D. in Administration and James-P.-McCrannD.M.A. in Music Education and Wind Conducting from Rutgers University. Dr. McCann is the Wind Ensemble Conductor at Five Towns College. He has experience directing at the higher education level in Symphonic Band as well as teaching graduate courses in conducting and music education. He has been High School Director of Bands in Garden City since 1994 and has served as a District Arts Coordinator and Orchestra Conductor. During his tenure, Garden City music programs expanded by over four-fold, earning national recognitions from the Grammy Foundation and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). He was recognized by Grammy in the Schools, Pi Kappa Lambda, Tri-M, and School Band & Orchestra (SBO) magazine as one of “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.” Dr. McCrann is Band/Wind Ensemble Editor for NYSSMA, with research appearing in national and international publications and regional conferences. His collaboration with renowned composers, including Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Moravec, Stephen Melillo, and Brian Balmages, culminated in new works for band, chorus, and orchestra.

Dr. Andrew Perea:

Dr. Perea holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Aaron Copland School at Queens Dr. Andrew Perea_violinistCollege CUNY, a Master of Music degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and a Doctorate in Violin Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. He is one of the foremost string music educators on Long Island–known as an inspiring violinist, viola performer, chamber musician, and Orchestral Director. His extensive resume includes, in part, Executive Musical Director of The Hampton Festival Orchestra, Assistant Concertmaster of the Choral Society of the Hamptons, Co-founder and Executive Musical Director of the Peconic Youth Orchestra, Conductor of both the String and Repertory Orchestras in the Gemini Youth Orchestra program, and Director of the String Program at Five Towns College. His many professional collaborations have included performances with such legendary artists as Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Yanni, Gunther Schuler, and the world-renowned Violin Virtuoso Itzhak Perlman.

Dr. David Gomez:

Dr. Gomez holds a B.A. and M.A. in Music Education and Conducting from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens Dr. David GomezCollege CUNY. He also holds a D.M.A. in Conducting from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. David Gomez has directed choirs and orchestras at the professional, community, sacred, collegiate, and school levels to notable success in concert and competition. Some of his prominent posts included Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Borough-Wide Chorus, the New York City All-City Choir, and the Stamford Chorale. He was a member of the choral conducting department at the Summer Arts Institute of New York City and Music Minister at the historic First Congregational Church of Stamford as well as a choral curriculum consultant for the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. His strong understanding of music theory has allowed him to serve as Director of Music Theory at the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music and lead several Advanced Placement® music theory programs. Throughout his career, David has guided stellar music programs in New York and Connecticut. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Education and Director of Choral Activities at Five Towns College.


To participate in the Graduate and Doctoral Fellowship Performance Initiative (FPI), Music Educators/Performers must apply and be accepted. An audition is required that may be virtual or in-person. Also, proof of Covid vaccination is required.


At this time, the inaugural FPI is an institutional scholarship program for Music Educators and Performers.


Graduate and Doctoral Fellowship Performance Initiative (FPI) Inquiry Form

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