Professor of Music
Prof. DeLorenzo holds an EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University, an MME from Indiana University, and a BS from West Chester State University - all degrees in music education. At MSU she is the Coordinator of Music Education where she teaches music education courses and supervises student teachers. Her interests in creative and critical thinking and movement/dance as well as teacher education have provided material for numerous articles in practitioners and research journals. In addition, Prof. DeLorenzo continually seeks teaching opportunities with young children. Her work as a public school music teacher, with the MSU Preparatory Division, and on a Hopi Indiana Reservation attest to that interest. In 1993-1994, Prof. DeLorenzo was awarded a John A. Goodlad Fellowship for study at the Institute for Educational Inquiry in Seattle. Her fellowship was one of eighteen selected throughout the country to examine teacher education and school renewal. She served on a writing panel for the New Jersey Department of Education to draft the core proficiencies for music instruction in the State of New Jersey and has been a clinician on music teaching throughout the Eastern region of the USA. Her affiliations with teaching organizations include the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA), and other nationally recognized education organizations.
Assistant Professor of Music
Marissa Silverman (BA, MFA, MST, PhD) has taught at New York University (2000-2009), Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, Rutgers University, and Long Island City High School (Queens, New York). She has published in the International Journal of Music Education, Music Education Research, the International Journal of Community Music, Visions of Research in Music Education, and the New York Times. Her research interests include music education philosophy, general music, artistic interpretation, teacher education, and interdisciplinary curriculum development. She is presently at work on two music education texts for Oxford University Press, as well as several book chapters. She holds a PhD in music performance (flute) from NYU Steinhardt, as well as a BA in English Literature. She has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in many New York venues (including Merkin Hall and Alice Tully Hall) and has performed at many festivals, as well as with such groups as the San Francisco Mozartean. Her special performance interests include the French Baroque, chamber works of the late Classical period, and contemporary Russian music. She is a founding member of the Paumanok Woodwind Quintet, the Elysian Flute Quartet, and Metro Flutes, and has performed with many renowned artists, including Kenneth Cooper, Ronald Roseman, and David Krakauer.
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities
Heather Buchanan - Website
Choral Program - General Information (PDF)
Heather J. Buchanan conducts the 160-voice Chorale, 60-voice University Singers, and 24-voice Vocal Accord. Choirs under her direction have been critically acclaimed for their performances in collaboration with a variety of renowned artists including Meredith Monk, Mícheál ÓSúílleabháin, Tarik O’Regan, and Joseph Flummerfelt; and performed major choral works with conductors Neeme Järvi, Jacques LaCombe, and John Maucceri and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. The University Singers performed Meredith Monk’s Songs of Ascension at the Guggenheim Museum, and their 2011 recording of the work received a preliminary Grammy nomination for Best Choral Performance. In 2011, Dr. Buchanan conducted the MSU Chorale and Symphony Orchestra in the East Coast Premiere of the new American oratorio Parables (Aldridge) at Montclair State University. A licensed Andover Educator, Dr. Buchanan specializes in the teaching of Body Mapping and somatic pedagogy for musicians. She is co-editor of the GIA choral series Teaching Music through Performance in Choir (Vol.3. released March 2011), has published a DVD-Video Evoking Sound: Body Mapping & Gesture Fundamentals, and choral octavos in the Evoking Sound Choral Series (GIA). She holds degrees from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University (Australia), Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and a PhD from the University of New England (Australia).
Associate Professor of Music
Director of University Bands
Thomas McCauley is the conductor of the MSU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. He came to the Cali School from the University of Indianapolis, where he was Director of Instrumental Music Activities and the founder of the University of Indianapolis Chamber (later Symphony) Orchestra. He earned a Doctor of Music degree in conducting from Northwestern University where his primary teacher was Mallory Thompson, and holds a Master and Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has been mentored by such notable conductors as Larry Rachleff and Stanley DeRusha. At the Cali School, Dr. McCauley initiated a workshop called the Weekend Wind Conducting Symposium held in November with special guest clinicians from around the world, building on his past work with such notable clinicians as Eugene Corporon, Jerry Junkin, Craig Kirchhoff, Felix Hauswirth, and Mallory Thompson. He has appeared as guest conductor with the Northshore Concert Band, as associate conductor of the Indianapolis Brass Choir at the 15th International Congress of the International Society for the Investigation and Promotion of Band Music in Italy, and he has led the University of Indianapolis Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra on a tour of the major cities of Austria. Dr. McCauley was the creator and host of Music Education Matters, a 30-minute radio talk show heard weekly on WICR in Indianapolis. The Nevada Music Educator’s Association named him Music Educator of the Year in 1995, and the Indiana Music Educators Association honored him with an Outstanding University Music Educator Award in 2006.
|Shelley Axelson McCauley
Before coming to the Cali School, Shelley Axelson held a similar position at the University of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana, where her responsibilities included teaching conducting, clarinet, and a variety of instrumental music education classes. Prior to her appointment at Indianapolis, Prof. Axelson was the Director of Bands at Central College in Pella, Iowa, Pasco Middle School in Dade City, Florida (co-author of Secondary Music Curriculum), and Richardson Junior High School in Richardson, Texas. Prof. Axelson received an undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida, a Master's Degree in Conducting from the University of Michigan, and the Doctor of Music degree in Conducting from Northwestern University. Her principal conducting teachers were Mallory Thompson and H. Robert Reynolds.
Marching Band Techniques