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Sr Executive Secretary
Department of Music
101 Joseph G. Shapiro Family Hall
Eileen E. Murphy
Adjunct Instructor Professor
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Senior Supervisor, Music Library
BA, Elementary Education, 1983, Concordia College
Denward Collins has been the senior supervisor of the Music Library since 1999. Prior to joining the Department of Music, he spent six years working in the Axinn Library in various capacities, including senior assistant to the Office of the Dean; senior supervisor, Reference Department; clerk, Circulation Office; and stack attendant.
Early in his career, Mr. Collins served as an elementary school teacher in Ohio and New York City.
A veteran church organist, he started as a substitute/interim player in high school and became the designated organist at a church in Syosset in 2001, where he worked until 2013. Currently, he is the organist at a church in Hicksville.
When he's not supervising Hofstra's Music Library or playing the organ, Mr. Collins donates his time to the Nassau County Historical Society, where he is a board member and webmaster. And to complement his love of music, he engages in English Country and American Contra Dancing in his spare time.
Gerald L. Felker
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music
DMA, Trombone Performance, 2002, Stony Brook University; MM, Trombone Performance, 1991, Potsdam College, Crane School of Music; BM, Music Education, 1989, Potsdam College, Crane School of Music; AAS, Music, 1986 Onondaga Community College; United States Army School of Music, Performance, 1982
A native of Canastota, NY, and resident of Long Island since 1991, Dr. Felker is a familiar face on the trombone scene of Long Island. He holds a DMA in Bass Trombone Performance from Stony Brook University. His teachers have been: Chuck Sayle, William Harris, Dr. Mark Hartman, Gail Eugene Wilson, Michael Powell and John Rojak. Additional lessons with Frederick Boyd, Jeffrey Reynolds, Lewis Van Haney, and Douglas Yeo. He has performed throughout Europe, the United States, and the New York Metropolitan area in different settings and in a variety of ensembles for many years. Including: the United States Army, 3rd Armored Division Band, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Opera Company, the Concert Pops of Long Island, the American Concert Band, the Atlantic Wind Symphony, the Old Bethpage Village Restoration Brass Band, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, and, the Mike Carubia Big Band. He has played in numerous pit orchestras, parade bands, and big bands, as well as brass quintets and other chamber music groups. Notable artists that he has performed with are Al Martino, Jerry Vale, Bernadette Peters, Natalie Cole, and Arturo Sandoval.
Dr. Felker has also been very active in the field of music education on Long Island, he spent 15 years as a music teacher and band director for the Farmingdale Public School District. He has been the director of the high school Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Pep Band in the Cold Spring Harbor School District since 2006. He is a NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) All State adjudicator and has served the past 20 years as the editor of the classical and jazz bass trombone lists for the NYSSMA Manual. Dr. Felker has been an arranger for Kendor Music, Inc. since 2012. He has published works for solo trombone, as well as tuba quartet and has several projects ongoing.
Dr. Felker is the Adjunct Assistant Professor of Trombone at Hofstra University and coaches the Trombone Ensemble. In addition to his teaching duties at Hofstra and Cold Spring Harbor, he remains very active as a freelance musician in the tri-state area, performing on bass trombone, bass sackbut, baritone horn, and tuba. Aside from his life as a musician, Dr. Felker is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.×