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Robert Cart
Robert Cart
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Chapin 144

Robert Cart is Director of the Cali School of Music and Professor of Music. As Director, he has raised the bar of musical excellence for the School of Music by increasing opportunities for scholarships, expanding the roster of internationally acclaimed faculty and visiting artists, spearheading new curriculum, and by initiating the graduate string quartet and woodwind quintet-in-residence. Before joining Montclair State, Cart served as Dean of Rowan University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts, where he acquired renowned art collections, led the university to become an All-Steinway School, engaged renowned visiting artists, and developed the Rowan Preparatory School and the Glassboro Fine and Performing Arts Academy. He has also served as Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music and Theater Arts at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. He attended the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in Aldeburgh, England, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland, a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from DePauw University.

Anthony Mazzocchi
Anthony Mazzocchi
Associate Director of Administration
Assistant Professor of Music
Chapin 144
Anthony Mazzocchi – Website

A Grammy nominated music educator, Anthony Mazzocchi is Executive Director of the Kinhaven Summer Music School in Weston as well as Associate Director at the John J. Cali School of Music. He has served as Director of Fine and Performing Arts of the South Orange/Maplewood School District as well as an educational consultant throughout the NYC/NJ area.  As a trombonist, Mr. Mazzocchi has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, Riverside Symphony, Key West Symphony, in various Broadway shows and numerous recordings and movie soundtracks. Mr. Mazzocchi serves as faculty or as a frequent guest lecturer at the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, NYU, Mannes College of Music, and Kean University.

Administrative Staff

Gina Balestracci
Gina Balestracci
Academic Administrator
Chapin 131

Gina Balestracci has been at Montclair State since 1988. She came to Montclair from Stanford University, where she had been director of publicity and public information in the music department, and before that from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she worked in the library system. At the Cali School, Balestracci oversees all of the school of music’s academic administrative needs. She also teaches Freshman Seminar for Music Majors, sings with the Collegium Musicum and teaches in the University’s Honors Program.

Martha Learner
Concert Manager
Chapin 129

Martha Learner has worked as an administrator, editor, webmaster, musician and visual artist. This experience contributes to her work in the Cali School, where she handles multiple jobs including scheduling and oversight of academic concerts, publications and communications.

Phillip Clifford
Production Manager
Chapin 120

Phillip Clifford has worked extensively in the live concert industry as a production manager and has toured the United States as an audio engineer for many artists and productions.  He has worked directly with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Béla Fleck, Todd Rundgren and many others. Phillip holds a Bachelor of Music in Audio Engineering with a concentration in Classical Guitar Performance from William Paterson University.

Taylor Goodson
Assistant Production Manager
Chapin 120

Paula Chmiel
Financial Secretary
Chapin 144

Linsay Setzer
Auditions Coordinator
School Assistant
Main Office: 973-655-7212
Chapin 144