Cali Immersive Residency

Join us for the 2021-22 academic year for a reimagined professional residency program. The week-long residencies include a rotation of eleven top rated artists and ensembles. 

Each residency will contribute to an on-going exploration of the ever-changing landscape of music today, introducing students to a future that will be, at times, less traditional. Through the multiple opportunities to learn and collaborate with guest artists, students will broaden their understanding of their future musical careers.  (Subscribe to the full residency Google Calendar!)

Please join us for the public events at the Cali School of Music and the co-hosted Bridges Series concerts at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City.

COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY The 2021-22 performances at the Cali School of Music will take place in person. To help protect the health and safety of audiences, artists, staff, and our greater community, patrons are required to complete MSU Hawk Check, wear masks at all times for all performances and all performances will require proof of full vaccination to attend. Audience members will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the theater. Accepted forms for proof of vaccination include a physical vaccine card with your name on it, or on your mobile phone a digital photo of your vaccine card, or the record of your vaccination displayed via the approved state app Docket, or another official vaccine record. If you are feeling unwell, experiencing any COVID-related symptoms, or come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19 up to 14 days before a performance, please stay home. These guidelines may evolve depending on health and safety recommendations.

Co-Presented with Kaufman Music Center

   

Our Guests

ROB KAPILOW

For over 30 years, Rob Kapilow has brought the joy and wonder of music – and unraveled some of its mysteries – to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Characterized by his unique ability to create an “aha” moment for his audiences and collaborators, whatever their level of musical sophistication or naiveté, Kapilow’s work brings music into people’s lives: opening new ears to musical experiences and helping people to listen actively rather than just hear. Rob Kapilow Website

CALI RESIDENCY EVENTS: September 27-30, 2021

“ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LISTEN: MUSIC FROM THE INSIDE OUT”
Open to the Public by Reservation Only

Reservations for non-ticketed events close Friday September 24 at noon.

Vocal Music: Opera/Art Song”  Register Here
MON | SEP 27 | 11-1PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

Piano Masterclass Register Here
MON | SEP 27 | 1-2PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

Voice Masterclass Register Here
MON | SEP 27 | 2-3PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, MSU

“Listen for the Hmmm” with Rob Kapilow Register Here
MON | SEP 27 | 3:30-4:45PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU
Livestream

“Choral Conducting Methods Class” with Rob Kapilow Register Here
TUES | SEP 28 | 11:15-12:30PM |  G-55, Chapin, MSU

Guest Teacher for Elementary Classroom Methods (students only)
WED | SEP 29 | 10:45AM-12PM | G55, MSU

“From Good to Great: Listening for Possibility” More Info  |  Register Here
WED | SEP 29 | 3PM | Presentation Hall, School of Communication & Media
Livestream

Music Theater Masterclass Register Here
THU | SEP 30 | 11:15AM-1PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

Chamber Music Masterclass Register Here
THU | SEP 30 | 2-3:30PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

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“What Makes it Great” with Kodak Quartet
THU | SEP 30 | 7:30PMLeshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

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VOCES8

The acclaimed British vocal ensemble VOCES8 will work with MSU students on vocal and ensemble techniques, communication, and listening skills including original MSU student choral compositions.  Workshops will include Environmental Music Therapy, Music Education and Entrepreneurship students.  The residency will culminate in a Merkin concert with VOCES8 and MSU Singers. VOCES8 Website

CALI RESIDENCY EVENTS: October 13-16, 2021
Open to the Public by Reservation Only

Reservations for non-ticketed events close Tuesday October 12 at noon.

Composition Forum (students only)
WED | OCT 13 | 7-8:30PM Rm 201, Chapin, MSU

Directing Unconducted Vocal Ensembles Workshop (students only)
THU | OCT 14 | 11:15AM-12:30PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

Aural Skills III/IV/Composition Practicum (students only)
THU | OCT 14 | 11:15AM-12:30PM | Rm. G55, Chapin, MSU

Choral, Vocal & Musicd Ed Workshops Chorale + GR Voice Students (students only)
THU | OCT 14 | 1-2:15PM | Rms. G55/201/Leshowitz, Chapin, MSU

University Singers rehearsing with Voces8 (students only)
THU | OCT 14 | 2:30-4PM G55/Leshowitz, Chapin, MS

Composition Reading/Workshop – 3 new student works for a cappella vocal ensemble (students only)
THU | OCT 145-6:30PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

Cultivating Healing Environments via Vocal Ensembles-Music Therapy Workshop (students only)
THU | OCT 147:30-9PM | Rm. 230, Chapin, MSU

Entrepreneurial Workshop: Co-hosted MSU-ACDA Chapter Register Here
THU | OCT 14 | 7:30-9PMLeshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

“Insights into the VOCES8 Process” – Immersive Workshop Experience Register Here
SAT | OCT 16 | 12-3PM | Merkin Hall NYC
*Note: fully vaccinated individuals; participants and observers masked.
University Singers and invited HS choristers/conductors & Kaufmann students*

Dress Rehearsal (University Singers + VOCES8 only)
SAT | OCT 16 | 4:30-6PM | Merkin Hall NYC

FREE Public Ticketed Event:

Cali Conversations: “The Art of Ensemble”-Introducing Voces8
Vocal techniques & ensemble skills in action; communication; stylistic diversity
WED | OCT 13 | 4-5:30PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU
Student/Audience Q & A
WED | OCT 13 | 5:30-6PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

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Masterful Musings: “A Conversation About the Inner-workings of VOCES8”
Masterful Musings moderated by Prof. Laura Dolp. A conversation about the inner workings of VOCES8. Audience questions welcome.
WED | OCT 13 | 7:30PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

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KAUFMAN MUSIC CENTER & JOHN J. CALI SCHOOL OF MUSIC CO-PRESENT
BRIDGES: Concert “After Silence” featuring VOCES8 and University Singers 
SAT | OCT 16 | 7:30PM | Merkin Hall NYC
The program will conclude with a selection of VOCES8’s jazz and pop arrangements

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KRONOS QUARTET

For over 45 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience.  They will share their vast knowledge with MSU students focusing on the “50 for the Future” commissions in masterclasses and lectures and share the stage at Merkin Hall with a new work by Philip Glass. Kronos Quartet Website 

CALI RESIDENCY: October 18-20, 2021
Open to the Public by Reservation Only
Reservation link coming soon!

Composition Practicum and Orchestration
MON | OCT 18 | 1-3PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

String Quartet Coaching #1
MON | OCT 18 | 3:30-4:30PM | Rooms G33, 206, 330 & 430

Glass Rehearsal Kronos and SMS Students
MON | OCT 18 | 5-7PM | Room G1

Music & Technology Class
TUE | OCT 19 | 9:45AM-11AM | Room 122

String Quartet Coaching #2
TUE | OCT 19 | 4-5PM | Rooms LRH, G33, 330, 20

String Quartet Coaching #3
WED | OCT 20 | 9:30AM | Rooms LRH, G1, G2 and G33

String Quartet Coaching #4
WED | OCT 20 | 10:45AM | Rooms LRH, G1, G2 and G33

FREE Public Ticketed Event:

Cali Conversations: “Open Rehearsal”
TUE | OCT 19 | 6PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

Donor Meet & Greet
TUE | OCT 19 | 8PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

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KAUFMAN MUSIC CENTER & JOHN J. CALI SCHOOL OF MUSIC CO-PRESENT
BRIDGES: KRONOS QUARTET
THU | OCT 21 | 7:30PM | Merkin Hall NYC
The program includes repertoire from their 50 For The Future commissioning program. The concert will include performances by Kaufman Music Center string quartets and students from the Cali School of Music.
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WYNTON MARSALIS

Internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader and educator Wynton Marsalis will work with MSU students on improvisation, composition and instrumental techniques. Workshops will include students from Jazz Studies, Composition, Music Education, and Performance areas. Furthermore, Mr. Marsalis will be interviewed by Director Mazzocchi for the Cali School of music community and patrons. Wynton Marsalis Website

CALI RESIDENCY EVENTS: November 9-11, 2021
Open to the Public by Reservation Only
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Masterclass: Arranging with Wynton Marsalis
TUE | NOV 9 | 2:30PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

Masterclass: Wynton Marsalis
WED | NOV 10 | 10AM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

FREE Public Ticketed Event:

Cali Conversations: “Behind the Scenes with Wynton”
Hosted by Director Anthony Mazzocchi
THU | NOV 11 | 6PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

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TREVOR NEW

The Trevor New residency will allow participants to explore ways to incorporate interactive digital technologies into their musicianship. Through both personal and group experimentation using free and low-cost technologies, participants will be able to meaningfully explore virtual music-making. They can also explore technologically-mediated composition and improvisation, plus collaboration through new approaches to contemporary musicianship. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a participant during the Cali Conversations Public Event “How do you Experience Time?” where you and a virtual audience can make music together. Trevor’s residency will conclude with a performance at Merkin Concert Hall. Trevor New Website

CALI RESIDENCY EVENTS: November 18, 2021
Open to the Public by Reservation Only
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Petting Zoo Workshop
THU | NOV 18 | 4PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

FREE Public Ticketed Event:

Cali Conversations: “How do you Experience Time?”
THUNOV 18 | 7:30PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU
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KAUFMAN MUSIC CENTER & JOHN J. CALI SCHOOL OF MUSIC CO-PRESENT
BRIDGES: TREVOR NEW 
SAT | NOV 20 | 7:30PM | Merkin Hall NYC
At this interactive, multimedia, multidisciplinary performance, New will play with sounds from the in-person and virtual audience, create a telematic music instrument petting zoo, give the in-person audience musical control, and virtually bring in performers from around the U.S. This performance is about all the ways we can and are connected.

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CHARLES YANG + PETER DUGAN

This “classical-meets-rockstar duo”, violinist Charles Yang and pianist Peter Dugan will mix things up as they interact with MSU strings and piano students in Spring 2022.  Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, the duo will conduct classes on improvising, functional theory, and a round table discussion on paving a career in today’s musical landscape .  The residency will culminate in a Merkin Hall “Bridges” performance. Charles Yang Website   Peter Dugan Website

CALI RESIDENCY EVENTS: November 3, 2021 and January 31, 2022
Open to the Public by Reservation Only
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Presentation
WED | NOV 3 | 9AM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

Piano Masterclass
WED | NOV 3 | 10AM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

Piano Masterclass
MON | JAN 31 | 8:15AM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

FREE Public Ticketed Event:

Performance: “Breaking Boundaries”
FRI | FEB 4 | 7:30PM | Room G55, Chapin, MSU
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KAUFMAN MUSIC CENTER & JOHN J. CALI SCHOOL OF MUSIC CO-PRESENT
BRIDGES: CHARLES YANG & PETER DUGAN
SAT | FEB 5 | 7:30PM | Merkin Hall NYC

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KAMALA SANKARAM

Acclaimed composer, vocalist, playwright and actress, Kamala Sankaram will work with Cali School students on a variety of creative events, including both her compositions and student compositions, culminating in a performance at Merkin.  Students and faculty alike are excited to learn about Kamala’s own background, influences and creative processes in addition to handling notation in an open and improvisatory way. Kamala Sankaram Website

CALI RESIDENCY EVENTS: February 15-18, 2022

FREE Public Ticketed Event:

Performance: “Crescent”
THU | FEB 17 | 6PMLeshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU
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KAUFMAN MUSIC CENTER & JOHN J. CALI SCHOOL OF MUSIC CO-PRESENT
BRIDGES: KAMALA SANKARAM
SAT | FEB 19 | 7:30PM | Merkin Hall NYC
Her Merkin Hall debut will feature her work with the genre-defying, pan-global band Bombay Rickey, plus music for solo voice and electronics.

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DAME EVELYN GLENNIE + MICHAEL DAUGHERTY

Join world renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and acclaimed composer Michael Daugherty in a series of masterclasses, lectures, and rehearsals. The week will culminate in the world premiere performance of the wind band version of Michael Daugherty’s Dreamachine by the MSU Wind Symphony with Dame Evelyn Glennie as soloist. Dame Evelyn Glennie Website    Michael Daugherty Website

CALI RESIDENCY EVENTS: March 1-4, 2022
Open to the Public by Reservation Only
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“Touch the Sound” Film Screening
WED | FEB 23 | 7PMLeshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

Lecture
WED | MAR 2 | 3PMLeshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

Public Ticketed Event:

“Touch the Sound” Film Screening for Donors and Q&A with Dame Evelyn Glennie
WED | MAR 2 | 6PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

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MSU Wind Symphony and MSU Symphonic Band with special guest artists
Michael Daugherty, Composer | Dame Evelyn Glennie, Percussion | Thomas McCauley, Conductor
FRI | MAR 4 | 7:30PM | Tickets $20 Alexander Kasser Theater, MSU
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JAMES BLACHLY

Grammy®-winning conductor James Blachly brings his Experiential Orchestra to Montclair State to join forces with the MSU Symphony Orchestra in an evening of immersive music making. In true Experiential Orchestra style, the audience members will surround and be surrounded by the orchestra in creative ways as the combined ensembles present works by Cali School Artist in Residence Jessie Montgomery, excerpts from Dame Ethel Smyth’s opera, The Prison, and William Dawson’s 1934 Symphony no. 1, “Negro Folk Symphony,” the composers only symphony. James Blachly Website

CALI RESIDENCY EVENTS: March 21-24, 2022
Open to the Public by Reservation Only
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Lecture
WED | MAR 23 | 3PM | Leshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

FREE Public Ticketed Event:

MSU Symphony Orchestra with James Blachly and the Experiential Orchestra
SAT | MAR 26 | 7:30PM | Ballroom, MSU
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Photo by Allison Stock


ROOMFUL OF TEETH

Roomful of Teeth is a Grammy® winning vocal band dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice. By engaging collaboratively with artists, thinkers, and community leaders from around the world, they seek to uplift and amplify voices old and new while creating and performing meaningful and adventurous music. Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, the band was incubated at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, where they studied with some of the world’s top performers and teachers and commissioned composers who were known for breaking molds. They learned that the boundaries of the human voice are never what they seem, that rules can be bent, and broken, and perhaps they should be. As the world rapidly changes they are cultivating deeper relationships with technology, continuing to expand the capabilities of the human voice, aiming to be unburdened by their physical limitations. They are excited about new collaborative projects that are focused on the stories of place, home, and community in the diverse environments the planet has provided. They explore these boundaries with passionate curiosity, contagious enthusiasm, and deep gratitude.Roomful of Teeth Website

CALI RESIDENCY EVENTS: April 4-6, 2022
Open to the Public by Reservation Only
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Composer Workshop
WED | APR 6 | 4PMLeshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

FREE Public Ticketed Event:

Performance: “Rough Magic”
TUE | APR 5 | 7:30PMLeshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

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JACK QUARTET

The “leading new-music foursome” JACK Quartet has maintained an unwavering commitment to their mission of performing and commissioning new works, cultivating an ever-greater sense of openness toward contemporary classical music.  During their residency, JACK will work with Cali students on new music techniques, new student compositions and give special insight into their world premieres for a Bridges Concert at Merkin on April 21st. Jack Quartet Website

CALI RESIDENCY EVENTS: April 18-20, 2022
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Student Composition Readings
MON | APR 18 | 3PMLeshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

JACK Quartet with Composers and Students
TUE | APR 19 | 2PMLeshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

FREE Public Ticketed Event:

Cali Conversations: “About the Process with JACK”
TUE | APR 19 | 6PMLeshowitz Recital Hall, Chapin, MSU

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KAUFMAN MUSIC CENTER & JOHN J. CALI SCHOOL OF MUSIC CO-PRESENT
BRIDGES: JACK Quartet
THU | APR 21 | 7:30PM | Merkin Hall NYC
The program includes the world premieres of Khyam Allami’s An-imin-bi Ki-imin-bi and a new work by George Lewis, plus the U.S. premiere of Patricia Alessandrini’s A Complete History of Music (Volume 1).

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