The Brook Center is a scholarly facility associated with the doctoral program in music at
The City University of New York Graduate Center.





Current Brook Center projects include:
Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments
Ensemble for the Romantic Century Seminars
Foundation for Iberian Music
Foundation for French and Francophone Musical Cultures
Music in 21st-Century Society
Music in Gotham: The New York Scene
Pergolesi Research Center
Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM)
Research Center for Music Iconography (RCMI)
Xenakis Project of the Americas

Violin Masterclass with Raymond Erickson: “Rethinking Bach’s Violin Ciaccona”

Extending our lineup of early music workshops this October, Professor Raymond Erickson (Queens College,The Graduate Center) will present a violin masterclass on Bach’s ciaconnas. The presentation will include a video of the ciaccona with baroque dance. Violinists wishing to participate in the master class should contact raymond.erickson@qc.cuny.edu before October 10. This lecture/masterclass is free and open […]


Perspectives Ensemble Joining Upcoming Roger Scruton Lecture

The program for the upcoming Lloyd Old and Constance Old lecture, with Roger Scruton and Greil Marcus, now has a featured musical guest! Members of the Perspectives Ensemble, a resident ensemble at the Foundation for Iberian Music, will perform selections from string quartets by Rochberg, Tippett, and Webern.


Early Music Performances and Workshops in October

This year’s New York Early Music Celebration, “El Nuevo Mundo,” which runs October 9–18, is bringing a wealth of opportunities to hear and practice Spanish early music! Below is a master list of the lecture-performances being co-sponsored by the Foundation for Iberian Music and their related festival concerts. Check back for additional information as it becomes […]


Workshop in Baroque Mexican Music with La Fontegara

Another early music workshop has been added to our list of offerings coming up in October, in partnership with the New York Early Music Celebration. October 13, don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about early Colonial Mexican music with La Fontegara. 10 am to 1 pm, in Elebash Recital Hall. La Fontegara is a […]


Welcome Greil Marcus to the 2015 Lloyd Old lecture!

We are thrilled that the program for the upcoming annual Lloyd Old and Constance Old lecture, for Music in 21st Century Society, is growing quickly. Please welcome Greil Marcus to the program as the official respondent. Marcus is a noted music critic and journalist whose work focuses on American popular music and its place in society. He is the author of Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century and The Old, Weird America: The World of Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes, and he has written for Rolling Stone, Creem, and The Village Voice. For the fall 2015 semester, he will be a visiting professor at the Graduate Center.


Date and Program of Music in 21st Century Society Lecture

As previously announced, the speaker at this fall’s Lloyd Old and Constance Old Lecture—an annual series in which we invite speakers to discuss the evolving place of music in contemporary society—is notable philosopher Roger Scruton. We now have a confirmed date and a tentative program for this lecture.


Roger Scruton will speak at the 2015 Music in 21st-Century Society Lecture

Music in 21st-Century Society, curated by Antoni Pizà of the Foundation for Iberian Music, is delighted to announce that the speaker for this year’s Lloyd Old and Constance Old lecture will be distinguished British philosopher, Roger Scruton.


Press Buzz for the 2014 Composer’s Commission

Our 2014 Composer’s Commission from Javier Arias had a great premiere last night, at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Segal Theater. The program, which featured all new works for the special Pronomos Flute by Spanish composers and live, interactive digital projections from artist Marta Verde, generated a lot of curiosity. Articles on the concert were run in several local and international Spanish cultural journals, including Nuvol, Forum Clásico, La Opinion, El Diario NY, and Doce Notas.