Harry Partch Institute

Student performing on the Spoils of War
Student performing on the Spoils of War. Newband member playing the Crychord.
Playing the Cloud Chamber Bowls.


The lower level of the Alexander Kasser Theater is home to the Harry Partch Institute. Harry Partch was a distinguished American composer so unique that he was driven to create original instruments in order to realize his vision. These one of a kind creations, renowned throughout the world, now reside at Montclair State University. Partch’s legacy of "new music" continues at the university through performance, composition, scholarship, and the creation of the Microtonal Music Minor. Examples of the Harry Partch instrument collection are on view at the Kasser Theater.