On behalf of our students, we wish to thank those who have given generously to support the work of the Montclair State University Cali School of Music. As each class passes through their courses on the way to becoming professional performers and educators, therapists and composers, they are touched by the gifts of our alumni and friends.
Daniel G. "Don" Alexander
Back in his student days, Daniel G. “Don” Alexander ’48’s favorite teacher was music professor Dr. Edna McEachern, for whom the current music building was named. The loyal alumnus recently made a donation to establish the McEachern Music Library Fund in honor of his “Mentor in Music” at Montclair State. His gift will support the purchase of music books, scores, music and other invaluable materials for the Cali School. It will also ensure a permanent place in the new Cali School of Music building to honor Professor McEachern and her memory.
Frank H. Granito, Jr., Esq
Frank H. Granito, Jr., Esq. made a very personal gift in honor of his beloved wife Helen Altieri Granito ’55, known affectionately as Betty. As a student, Betty lived on the third floor of Chapin Hall, the building now being renovated for the Cali School of Music. Betty’s old room will be dedicated in her honor, with a plaque and picture to let generations of students know about a special person who came before them, as well as Frank and Betty’s enduring love.
Tom & Lucy Ott
Tom and Lucy Ott, members of the Cali School Board of Advisors, have contributed generous scholarships for music therapy students in memory of their son, David Ott. In fall 2008 they received the President's Award from the American Music Therapy Association in honor of their ongoing support for music therapy research.
The Presser Foundation
The first scholarship from the Presser Foundation at Montclair State University was awarded in 2005. The Presser Foundation was formed in 1916 by Theodore Presser, a philanthropist for the cause of music education and music in America, with goals of service, with integrity, to music and musicians; and a vision for the future. The Foundation supports activities that develop music literacy and provide firsthand experience in music making, with the goal of broadening the entire structure of the musical community.
In memory of Prof. and Mrs. Thomas Wilt
In October 2005, the Cali School gratefully received a donation of Renaissance and Baroque instruments, scores, books, and recordings from the estate of Prof. Thomas Wilt, a longtime Professor of Music at Montclair State who taught flute and was the founder of the MSU Collegium Musicum.
This generous gift of early keyboard, winds, plucked and bowed strings, and percussion instruments, along with the supporting pedagogical resources will give our students the ability to realize the sounds of music of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The first concert by Collegium Musicum that made use of these instruments took place on November 30, 2005 and was dedicated to the legacy of Prof. & Mrs. Thomas Wilt.
In addition, a scholarship honors the memory of Prof. Wilt and his wife, Michele. Mrs. Wilt was a pianist and a music teacher in New York City. The Thomas and Michele Wilt Scholarship will be awarded annually to a full-time music major who will perform his or her senior recital during that year. The first Thomas and Michele Wilt Memorial Recital was performed on October 23, 2005.