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Robert Cart is Director of the Cali School of Music and Professor of Music. As Director, he has raised the bar of musical excellence 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-in-residence. He has presented at international conferences on transdisciplinary studies, and has sung leading tenors roles with opera companies internationally. Cart has performed at Carnegie Hall (premiering works by Gary Schocker and Roger Hudson), Alice Tully Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Philip’s Collection and the White House. He has sung as soloist with the several symphony orchestras under the batons of Bernstein, Leppard and Zinman. He has also performed professionally as a flutist, with solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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