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Michael Hershkowitz

Director of Concerts
Executive Director of  Community Music Programs hershkowitz
(631) 632-7313

A lifelong musician, Michael has a diverse background including public education, marketing, publicity, arts administration, stage management and artist relations.  At the beginning of his career, Michael taught elementary and high school band and was founder and president of the Long Island Symphonic Winds. Prior to Stony Brook, he worked as a  Marketing Associate and Endorsing Artist manager for the Thomastik-Infeld string company. 

Michael  was appointed Executive Director of the Stony Brook Community Music Program beginning in Fall  2007.  Since that time the program has grown from a small chamber music program to a comprehensive music school with instructional opportunities for children in pre-K to 12th grade, as well as workshops for adult musicians. Michael also serves as the pre-concert lecturer for the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, and is the co-creator of the Staller Center Instrument Petting Zoo. Michael has also taught introductory seminars for freshman and advises various student-led music organizations around campus, and is the founder of Long Island Music Educators, a discussion and information platform for music teachers in Nassau and Suffolk counties.  

Michael earned his undergraduate degrees in music at James Madison University, and completed his graduate studies in music and education at Stony Brook University. Michael originally hails from Long Island and lives there with his wife, a soprano and choral conductor, and his two children.