John. J. Cali School of Music

The John J. Cali School of Music is a comprehensive, professional school of music centered on preparing the creative leaders of tomorrow. The school is dedicated to a premier artistic and academic education offering exceptional conservatory-level training in best-in-class facilities.

Students choose from majors in performance, jazz studies, composition, music education, recording arts + production, and music therapy, studying with world-class musicians dedicated to their artistic and personal growth.

Areas of Study Quick Links

The John J. Cali Cali School of Music offers the Bachelor of Music (BMus), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Master of Music (MM) and Master of Arts (MA) degrees. Learn about our wide-ranging programs.

Jazz StudiesMusic EducationMusic TherapyPerformanceTheory + CompositionRecording Arts + Production

Cali Immersive Residency Project

Join us for our third annual re-imagined professional residency program at the John J. Cali School of Music. The week-long residencies include a rotation of seven top-rated artists and ensembles. Each residency will contribute to an ongoing exploration of the ever-changing landscape of music today, introducing students to a future that will be, at times, less traditional.

More Information and Schedule of Events

Please join us for the public events at the Cali School of Music and the Bridges Series concerts at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, co-presented with Kaufman Music Center

Performance Ensemble Information

Performance is a vital element in all of our programs. We expect students to grow in their specialties and as musicians throughout their lives. We present over 300 concerts and masterclasses a year by students, faculty, guest artists and the Harlem Quartet, ensemble-in-residence.

Cali Midweek Concerts presents students, faculty and guest artists in small ensembles. Our annual Kaleidoscope concerts offer multiple soloists and small and large ensembles performing many styles of music. Large ensemble and opera performances take place in the acoustically acclaimed Alexander Kasser Theater, while solo, jazz combo and chamber recitals take place in the Cali School’s Jed Leshowitz Recital Hall.

BandChamberChoirJazzOpera OrchestraGrad Quartet Residency

Campus Visits

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Request a Visit Day!

A great way to learn more about the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University is to experience it for yourself.  We invite you to spend time with us and meet students, faculty and staff as well as participate in classes and ensembles.  Request a Visit Day at the Cali School of Music and let us plan a day that is meaningful for you!

Request a Visit Day More Info About Visiting the Cali School Virtual Stroll through Chapin Hall


Cali Kasser Theater Events Cali Midweek SeriesCali Immersive Residency EventsStudent RecitalsMore Cali Events

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Contact Us

John J. Cali School of Music Main Office: 973-655-7212

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School of Communication and Media

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MFA studio workspace

Department of Art and Design

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Student production of The Stage Door

Department of Theatre and Dance

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