MSU Establishes NJ's First University-Based School of Music

$5 million gift form John J. Cali Family and his Foundation will further enable N.J.'s young musicians to obtain a world class music education in-state

The Montclair State University Board of Trustees today approved the establishment of the John J. Cali School of Music, the first School of Music at a New Jersey university. The Board also elevated the former School of the Arts to the College of the Arts in recognition of the significant growth in the reputation, enrollment, faculty, and facilities of the University’s programs in the arts.

The School of Music decision follows the Board's approval last year of a major renovation and expansion of the University’s historic Chapin Hall to serve as the new home for Montclair State’s Music Program. The 53,000 square foot facility will include state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, rehearsal and practice halls and studios, and a music therapy suite. As a complement to the university’s acoustically superb Alexander Kasser Theater, the expansion project also includes construction of the 250-seat Jed Leshowitz Recital Hall.

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