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Justin Kessler

Degrees & Studies

Master of Music in Studio Composition from SUNY Purchase, Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry from SUNY Oneonta, and Associate Degree in Audio Production from New England Institute of Arts


Recording Engineering & Music Production

Music Conservatory of Westchester

Faculty since 2023

Performances & Distinctions

Justin Kessler is an experienced recording engineer, educator, composer, producer and musician. Since 2013, he has been Assistant Professor of Music Production and Recording Arts at Mercy College, and has previously taught at Texas A&M University, Ramapo College, Westchester Community College, Nassau Community College, and SUNY Purchase. As a recording engineer, he has won three Emmy Awards, worked with such artists as Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Idina Menzel, Eartha Kit, and Ben Vereen. As Staff Recording and Mix Engineer at Clinton Recording Studios in New York City, he worked on projects with Jewel, Smoky Robinson, Chick Corea, Bob Dylan, Yo Yo Ma, John Mayer and many others, as well as working on film scores for No Country for Old Men, The Reaping, Dream Girls, and The Bucket List. At Allaire Recording Studios in Shokan, NY, he worked on projects with producers Paul Stacey (The Black Crowes), Neil Dorfman (Paul McCartney, Sting, Bruce Springsteen) and Craig Street (Norah Jones, KD Lang, Cassandra Wilson). Justin has additionally worked on numerous audio, film and television projects as a producer and freelance engineer.

Teaching Philosophy

Justin currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music Production & Recording Arts at Mercy College, where he shares his expertise with the next generation of music professionals. He is also a dedicated teacher of mindfulness and meditation, helping others cultivate inner peace and wellness.