Associate Professor of Music
Interim Director, Cali School of Music
Director of University Bands
Thomas McCauley is the interim director of the Cali School of Music. He is the conductor of the Montclair State University Wind Symphony and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting. Ensembles under Dr. McCauley’s direction have appeared at national and regional conventions and conferences. He has collaborated with artists including the Imani Winds, Manhattan Brass Quintet, Warren Vaché, Demondrae Thurman, and Phil Smith, and been praised by composers including Karel Husa, David Gillingham, Joseph Turrin, Bruce Yurko, and O’Neal Douglas. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Windhaven; an intensive, week-long performance opportunity for wind players and percussionists ages 18-28 (Kinhaven Music School, VT). His publications include articles in The Instrumentalist, a chapter in Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, 2nd Ed., Vol I, and a book, Adventures in Band Building (or How to Turn a Less-Than-It-Could-Be into a More-Than-It-Should-Be). In 1995, the Nevada Music Educator’s Association named him Music Educator of the Year and in 2006, the Indiana Music Educators Association honored Dr. McCauley with an Outstanding University Music Educator Award. Dr. McCauley currently serves on the Executive Board of the New Jersey Band Association, the New Jersey State Representative of the College Band Directors National Association, and is the former New Jersey State Representative of the National Band Association. He is also an active member of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and the National Association for Music Education.
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.
Academic & Event Scheduling
Percussionist and composer Taylor Goodson (MA) maintains an active career as a professional musician, performing alongside many notable artists in the New York metropolitan area as well as writing for a wide variety of instruments and ensembles. At the Cali School, Taylor oversees all academic and event scheduling, including all Cali School courses, student and faculty recitals, special events, and outside bookings.
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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