Spotlight On Donors (Spring 2010)

Expressing Gratitude to our Supporters and Friends

The John J. Cali School of Music opened its new home to the public on January 20th with the generous support of several donors.

Named in honor of philanthropist and major real estate developer JOHN J. CALI ’09 HON, the Chapin Hall facility has ushered in a new age of state of the art performance spaces, classrooms and offices for music students, staff and faculty.  Mr. Cali’s wife, ROSE CALI ’80 is also a longtime member of the University Board of Trustees. Also representing the Cali Family were Angela, Brant, Christopher, Joanne, and Jonna Cali in addition to Eric Caparulo. Chuck Prenner and Mike Nevins.

As a significant addition to the University’s superb Alexander Kasser Theater, the John J. Cali School of Music also presents the 250-seat Jed Leshowitz Recital Hall, a gift to the University from the late EDWARD LESHOWITZ ’36 ’96 HON  in honor of his son.

Joining the celebration in the packed recital hall were many dignitaries including Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly Sheila Oliver, Governor Richard J. Codey, and Assemblymen Ralph Caputo, Thomas Giblin, Scott Rumana, and Frederick Scalera. Legislators from Montclair were also on hand including Mayor Jerry Fried, and Councilmen Carey Africk, Nick Lewis, and Rich Murnick.

Among other dedicated rooms within the new facility are the Josh and Judy Weston Piano Studio; The Murray L. and Miriam Cole Studio (in honor of John J. Cali and the Cali family); The Vernon and Dorothy Press Chamber Music Studio, a gift of PRESTON D. PINKETT III in honor of his grandparents; The David Ott Laboratory for Music and Health, a gift of THOMAS AND LUCY OTT in memory of their son; The Helen Elizabeth (Betty) Altieri Granito Practice Studio, a gift of FRANK H. GRANITO JR., ESQ  in honor of his wife; The Organ Studio, a gift of SCOTT AND INGRID WILLIAMS ’92 ’96 MA in memory of David Messineo; and The Bergen Orcehstra Rehersal Hall, a gift of the FRANK AND LYDIA BERGEN FOUNDATION.

GENE A. ROCHBERG ’41 names The George Rochberg Music Room, in honor of her late husband, influential composer GEORGE ROCHBERG ’39.