Latest News

Bloomfield College Announces Women's Bowling
The team will compete as an associate member of the East Coast Conference (ECC) when they open up their inaugural season in the Fall.
Bloomfield College's 145th Commencement
Capping off a year of 150th anniversary celebrations, on Friday, May 18, 2018, Bloomfield College embraced 320 new alumni at the College’s 145th Commencement Ceremonies.
Bloomfield College's 145th Commencement is This Friday
The 145th Commencement will include remarks from New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy; Christian McBride, Grammy-winning jazz bassist; and Prof. Deog-Seong Oh, President of Chungnam National University.
Bloomfield College Students Present at NJ Space Grant Consortium
Two students presented their NASA-supported research at the New Jersey Space Grant Consortium Affiliate Meeting at Georgian Court University.
Bloomfield College Recognizes Dr. Schiro, Hosts Natural Science and Mathematics Panel
On April 11, as part of Bloomfield College’s 150th anniversary, the College welcomed Trustees, faculty, staff, students, and alumni to the Natural Science and Mathematics Alumni Panel Discussion and Reception
Bloomfield College Commemorates the Life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Bloomfield College commemorated the life and labor of MLK on campus on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.
Fran McLaughlin to be Honored at Bloomfield College's Upcoming Nursing Reception
The Nursing Recognition Program, Nursing Leaders Panel Discussion, and Reception will be on Thursday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m. in Franklin Street Residence Hall Multi-Purpose Room.

Bloomfield College CAT Student Announces Debut Album, Listening Party

bloomfield college, creative arts student

By Alicia Cook

Bloomfield College Creative Arts & Technology Student, Justin Roberts ’17 will soon release his debut album, Soul Stories Volume 1: Songs about Love.

Roberts, who records and performs under the name "Justin Charles," composed, produced, arranged, recorded, and engineered the six-track EP.  He will celebrate this accomplishment with a listening party on Friday, May 5, 2017. The event on campus will run 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to both the Bloomfield College community and the public. Attendees must RSVP.

The singer/songwriter/producer will graduate in May with a degree in Music Technology. Roberts was attracted immediately to Bloomfield College’s CAT division four years ago, noting that he was “blown away” by the Division’s music program. A legacy student, Roberts was initially introduced to Bloomfield College by his mother, an alumna of the College.

“I had no idea there was a program like this so close to home,” said Roberts, a 2013 graduate of West Orange High School. “My passion to create has always been in me. I love the way music makes me feel. I want to be able to inspire people like how I’ve been inspired by my favorite musicians.”

Music Technology students obtain a solid understanding of music theory and production and have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment and software.

Soul Stories Volume 1: Songs about Love took Roberts three years to complete and will serve as his capstone project, a final, major independent project undertaken by senior CAT students under the supervision of departmental faculty. The intention is to create a work that will become part of the student's portfolio. Students are expected to be able to use their capstone project to market themselves after graduation.

Roberts plans to upload Soul Stories Volume 1: Songs about Love to Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, and many other streaming services available to independent artists.

“I really want to introduce myself as an artist and a producer, as someone new in the Industry who is professional and building his resume,” said Roberts. “I want to let people know that I am here.”

Roberts, who maintains a 3.5 GPA, has been busy building his resume and portfolio. Since 2014, he has worked as a Music Lab Assistant in the CAT Division, maintaining equipment, helping people who were recording, and responding to booking emails. Additionally, with help with his mentor and capstone advisor, Toriono Gandy, Music Technology Facilities Manager, he interned last summer with Music Works in Uptown Manhattan, assisting in their social media marketing and management. Most recently, Roberts was prominently featured in the College’s first student theatrical production, This Is! We Are!: Acts of Resistance. Currently, he produces the Madison Jaye Show on iTunes.

With graduation less than one month away, Roberts looks back at his time at Bloomfield College fondly and looks forward to his future.

“It’s so surreal. Time has moved so fast,” he reflected.  “I am very excited, nervous, all those feelings. It has been a long road, I’m happy. I didn’t picture this for myself, so it’s a blessing.”

The listening party for Soul Stories Volume 1: Songs about Love will be held in the Center for Technology + Creativity’s Black Box Studio (Room 117).