John J. Cali School of Music -- Fall 2013


Director’s Corner...

Hello and welcome to the 2013-2014 academic year.  This year, the John J. Cali School of Music celebrates the rich tradition of musical training.  For centuries, the training of musicians has relied upon the interaction between master musician and apprentice and, in this season, our students, faculty, staff and alumni join forces for an exciting series of nearly 200 performances (read more here).  Whether it’s a Sibelius symphony, chamber music at the Van Vleck House, performances at the Montclair Art Museum, a concert at Carnegie Hall, Puccini’s opera Gianni Schicchi, the Director’s Series (more information below) or a concert by the wind symphony and the jazz ensemble, you’ll see students, faculty and alumni side-by-side celebrating the art of music making.

The current semester marks the inaugural season of the John J. Cali School of Music Director’s Series, and highlights the sabbatical research of two piano faculty.  From a concert premiering music from Jeffrey Kunkel’s new recording Meu Coração Brasileiro to Ruth Rendleman's original improvisations on the Bach Goldberg Variations, the season promises to be an exciting celebration of the piano. (Read more here.)

We welcome our newest faculty members Composer-in-Residence Elizabeth Brown (read more here), and Assistant Professor of Music Technology Adam Bell.  We also welcome world-renowned composer Morten Lauridsen for a week-long residency in November. (Read more about Morten Lauridsen's residency here.) 

To make things more exciting, our very own Associate Director Anthony Mazzocchi is one of 25 semifinalists for the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation’s first-ever Music Educator Award, recognizing a teacher who has made a “significant and lasting” contribution and demonstrated a commitment to keeping music education in schools. The semifinalists were chosen from among more than 30,000 initial nominations. (Read more here.)

In addition to a March 8, 2014, performance at Carnegie Hall, the John J. Cali School of Music chamber choir, Vocal Accord, performed at Madison Square Garden on Friday, November 1, 2013 (read more here), performing The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. This is a multi-media event featuring live symphony orchestra and choir with stunning visuals. Vocal Accord is performing the Second Quest which features the classic storylines from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.  Hope to see you at one of our events.

Dr. Robert Cart,


People Spotlights . . .Faculty, Students, Alumni


HEATHER BUCHANAN (Associate Professor – Director of Choral Activities) formed the extracurricular women’s choir, Prima Voce, in fall 2013 for professional collaboration with Richard Alston Dance Company (UK). The MSU Chorale’s winter concert was broadcast on NJTV in December. The MSU Vocal Accord tour documentary American Voices was released in February and broadcast on NJTV in June.

ROBERT BUTTS (Adjunct Faculty – Introduction to Music) was one of five composers invited to participate in Atlanta Opera's 24-Hour Opera Project in January. He worked with librettist Ellen Frankel to create The Triangle, an opera is inspired by the Triangle Shirt Factory fire in New York early in the 20th century..

KELLY CRANDELL (Adjunct Faculty – Vocal Coach)  served as Assistant Conductor for the Manhattan School of Music's production of Kurt Weill's Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny), a production that received rave reviews in the New York Times. He is completing a new edition of Brahms' Nänie for GIA Publications, the product of a 3-year collaboration with four-time Grammy Award winning conductor Vance George.

LISA DELORENZO (ProfessorMusic Education) was awarded the Critics Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association for her book, Sketches in Democracy: Notes from an Urban Classroom. In October, she presented two sessions at the National Network for Educational Renewal conference on teaching for democratic practice.

Tenor PETER GILLIS (Adjunct ProfessorVoice) collaborated this season with Canadian folk luminary Rita MacNeil in Light Up the Stage at the Savoy Theatre in Cape Breton Island, Canada.

KAREN GOODMAN (ProfessorMusic Therapy) was named to the Editorial Board of the International HETL (Higher Education, Teaching and Learning) Association. She presented at conferences in Oslo, Norway and Summit, NY. She participated in interviews on The Sound Effect (A radio show exploring the art and science of music and healing), and The Music Therapy Show with Janice Harris. Prof. Goodman continues to provide editorial consulting for Pearson, Routledge and Oxford University Press.

JOSH GROFFMAN (Adjunct ProfessorTheory) enjoyed performances of his original compositions:  music from elsewhere (for orchestra with American Composers Orchestra, DiMenna Center, NYC, and for flute at Vincennes University), No Compulsions Now (Cal State Fullerton New Music Festival), and The favorite food of fools (VoxNovus 60x60 East Coast Mix, Harvard University). He was awarded the ASCAPlus Award, was finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards, and received an Honorable Mention for the Indiana University Dean's Prize. He read papers at the following conferences: International Conference on Semiotics in Memory of Raymond Monelle, October 2012, Edinburgh, UK; and American Musicological Society Midwest, Fall Meeting, September 2012, Indianapolis, IN.

MARSHA HELLER (Adjunct Professor – Oboe) performed the Bach Concerto for Violin and Oboe with violinist Joseph Silverstein, former concertmaster of the Boston Symphony and the Berkshire Bach Society last winter. She also performed the Mozart Oboe Quartet with the Bronx Arts Ensemble in April, and was honored for 30 years of membership in the New York Pops.

ANDREW KAYE (Adjunct Professor – Introduction to World Music) gave two public lectures during spring semester 2013.  At the Montclair Public Library, he presented "Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring:  Why is it an icon of musical modernism?" as part of programs leading to the performance of the 4-hand piano version of the work at the Kasser theater in April.  In March, for a film series at JCC MetroWest (West Orange), Andrew made the presentation, "Music and Politics in Walk on Water (2004), a contemporary Israeli film."

SOYEON KIM (Accompanist) performed concerts and masterclasses with artists including Karl-Heinz Schütz (Principal Flutist of Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera Orchestra), Mathieu Dufour (Principal Flutist of Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Jasmine Choi (Principal Flutist of Vienna Symphony Orchestra), Stefán Höskuldsson (Principal Flutist of Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and Eric Speller (Principal oboist of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic). She served as a competition judge for the Hazel Skaggs Competition, Hackensack, NJ.

SIOBHAN KOLKER (Adjunct Professor – Voice) appeared in NBC’s Fatal Encounters and A&E’s Celebrity Ghost Stories. Her commercial for Yahoo Fantasy Baseball aired on ESPN this spring. In February, she sang on a benefit concert for Save the Jersey Shore with baritone Richard Hobson and Montclair State colleague, accompanist RON LEVY.

KEN LAM (Associate ProfessorDirector of Orchestral Studies) led performances worldwide with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and others. He made his debut at the Luminato Festival in Toronto, Canada, with the opera Feng Yi Ting which he premiered in the US in 2012. He led a highly successful inaugural season with the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras as their Artistic Director and was appointed Education Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in March 2013. On the education front, he also conducted regional orchestras in New York and New Jersey as well as the conservatory orchestra at the University of Cincinnati and served as a judge at the 2013 Maryland State Solo and Ensemble Competition.

ANTHONY MAZZOCCHI  (Adjunct FacultyTrombone) was one of 217 music teachers selected from more than 30,000 nominations as a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator Award presented by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation.

THOMAS MCCAULEY (Associate Professor – Director of Bands) appeared as conductor of the New Jersey All-State Wind Ensemble in February. He served on the national ensemble selection panel for the College Band Directors National Association.

LINDA MCKNIGHT (Adjunct FacultyDouble Bass) had two articles published this year in The Instrumentalist magazine.

JULIA ROLWING (Adjunct FacultyVoice) sang the lead role of Tosca for Abilene Opera in Texas in March, and in September she sang her debut of the role of Senta in Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer for Opera Roanoke under Metropolitan Opera conductor, Steven White.

HOLLI ROSS (Adjunct FacultyVocal Jazz) performed with her vocal group, String of Pearls, to a packed house at the Metropolitan Room in NYC. She also recorded with a vocal quartet, The ADHD Singers (Holli Ross, Amy London, Darmon Meader, Dylan Pramuk) as background and featured vocals for Mark Murphy & Annie Ross. Included in the song list was Bebop Lives in which she provided the lyrics to the Miles Davis composition, Boplicity. 

HARRY SEARING (Adjunct FacultyBassoon) and ROMIE DE GUISE-LANGLOIS (Adjunct Faculty – Clarinet) performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on their opening night concert in Alice Tully Hall in September. In the spring, Prof. Searing performed with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto on the Heckelphone (a rarely performed woodwind instrument) in Richard Strauss’ Salome.

JOSEPH SMITH (Adjunct FacultyIntroduction to Music) presented a lecture-recital in September for the Frederick Collection of Historic Pianos: The Dawn of Romanticism. In December, he performed at the National Gallery of Art (all piano pieces related to the number twelve); in March, he presented a lecture-recital for the New York Society Library: Musical Portraits from Life.

GEORGE SPITZER (Adjunct FacultyVoice) performed in November with his chamber ensemble Melodeon at the Church of the Epiphany in NYC. LORI MCCANN (Assistant Professor – Voice) was a guest artist. In March, Melodeon gave a recital at the Church of the Epiphany in NYC. STEPHEN OOSTING (Associate Professor – Voice) was a guest artist. They performed the complete song cycle Gitanjali by John Alden Carpenter, as well as selections of Charles Ives and Horatio Parker. 

PETER STEWART (Adjunct Faculty – Voice) performed a variety of concerts including: a revival of Philip Glass's La Belle et la bête (premiered in Ghent, Belgium, January 13, and will continue in the US and Europe this year); a production of the medieval Play of Daniel for the 75th anniversary of the Cloisters museum in NY; sang the Brahms Requiem with the Montclair State Chorale; soloing in the Cathedral of St John the Divine (NYC) annual New Year's Eve 'Peace Concert', music of Beethoven and Mozart; and was soloist in the Mozart Requiem with the Argento Orchestra, NYC.

GWENDOLYN TOTH (Adjunct Faculty – Harpsichord) released a new organ CD, The Arp Schnitger in Noordbroekf; performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in September on two 18th century pianos, together with her husband Dongsok Shin.

GREGG WRAMAGE (Adjunct ProfessorTheory/Composition) had his sextet, in shadows, in silence, performed in Boston twice in spring, 2013, by 3rd Sundays @ 3 and by Boston New Music Initiative. His monodrama, The Sunset Maker was premiered at the Music With a View Festival in New York.

In Memoriam

DENNIS CINELLI (Adjunct & Part-Time ProfessorGuitar) served as a member of the faculty from 1989 until 2012. He passed away in December 2012.

DEAN DRUMMOND (Associate Professor – Theory/Composition and Curator of the Harry Partch Instrumentarium) passed away on April 20, 2013. He taught at Montclair State from 2000-2013. He was honored by the April 24 Harry Partch Ensemble concert at Kasser Theater and the Saturday, April 27th - Choral Spring Concert, featuring Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem. (Read more here.) 

MURRAY PRESENT (Professor EmeritusPiano) taught at Montclair State from 1948 until his retirement in 1992. He passed away in 2013 and was honored with a memorial concert by faculty and former students on June 2, 2013.


KATIE-ANNE CAREY (BMus, ’16 – Performance) won the gold medal for the 2nd year in a row in the Golden Key International Music Festival and sang in the winner's recital at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) on May 24. 

NICOLE DEMAIO (BMus, ’14 – Music Education & Theory/Composition) won first prize in the College Division of the 2013 Pictures Composition Contest. She is a composition student of Josh Groffman.

MIKE KIRKLAND (MSU Music Preparatory Center alumnus and entering Cali School freshman, BMus ’18 – Vocal Performance) won the gold medal in the Golden Key International Festival and sang in the winner's recital at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) on May 24. 

Graduate student ELIZABETH MOULTHROP (Performer’s Certificate, ’13), was named Director of Paterson (NJ) Music Project and hired Cali School students and former students, SHANNA LIN (Performer’s Certificate, ’13), and TERRENCE THORNHILL (BMus, ’11 – Music Education), to teach there.

JOHNNY NG (Performer’s Certificate – Viola ’13), a conducting student of Ken Lam, was accepted as a fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, regarded as the most prestigious summer training program for young conductors in the world.

JACK NOBLE (BMus ’13, performance – Bass Trombone) was admitted to Juilliard School for graduate studies.

CHRYSELLE ANGDERSON (BMus, ’13 – Music Education), was presented a Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding work as Past President of American String Teachers Association (ASTA) at MSU.


ANGELA FERRAIUOLO-THOMPSON (MA ‘09 – Music Therapy) appeared in a video highlighted in a New York Times (April ‘13) article about music therapy. Her research focused on music therapy and the families of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) infants. She is employed in the NICU at Beth Israel Medical Center where she interned.

MICHAEL MAHADEEN (BMus ‘10 – Music Education) had three arrangements performed by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in March, conducted by former MSU Professor Paul Hostetter. Michael is currently working with Connect4Education, an internet-based music education course developer emphasizing music technology in the classroom, composing arrangements of various orchestral and choral masterworks to be used as part of their forthcoming OnMusic Conducting course. His chamber pieces Stagedance, Flirt, and Three Movements for Mallet Percussion were published this spring by Bandworks Publications. This is the publishing company started, owned, and run by adjunct professor and alumnus PATRICK BURNS. (BMus ‘1992, MA ‘97 – Theory/Composition).

MARK STICKNEY (MA ‘98 – Performance) earned a DMA in Wind Conducting from Rutgers University and is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Plymouth State University (NH). He recently took part in a project sponsored by the Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State to revive music composed specifically to entertain guests at New Hampshire's grand hotels. His new arrangements for these songs were performed this year in Boston. He is working on a similar project involving the music of Newport, RI.