Cali Immersive Residency

We welcome the greater NJ area community to join us for our second annual reimagined professional residency program at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. The seven week-long residencies include a rotation of top-rated artists and ensembles. Each residency will contribute to an ongoing exploration of the ever-changing landscape of music today, introducing students and the community at large to amazing events of today and to a future that will be, at times, less traditional.

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.

Co-presented with Kaufman Music Center

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Our Guests


Fall 2022–Oct 18, Nov 22
Spring 2022–Jan 25–27, Feb 20–21, Mar 13–14  

As Artist-in-Residence, Christian McBride, an internationally acclaimed musician and educator, will work with Montclair State students on improvisation, composition, history, music business, and instrumental techniques. Workshops will include students from all areas of study at the John J. Cali School of Music to cultivate tomorrow’s artists, community leaders, and global citizens.

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Oct 2–7
with Special Guests Sonita Alizadeh, Toni Blackman, Dr. Elliot Gann

Don’t miss this deep dive Hip Hop Residency week where you will be immersed in beatboxing, rapping, and R&B.  Join us as we explore the intersections of Hip Hop in education, activism, and healing through a variety of performances, workshops, lectures, and community cyphers. 

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Oct 31–Nov 6

Leading American string quartet Cavani Quartet is thrilled to shape the musical lives of the next generation through seminars that feature audience engagement and a “teamwork” approach to rehearsal techniques. Join us as Cavani motivates all with their dedication to interact with all audiences, striving for empathy and connectivity between cultures and nations.

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Nov 7–9

A MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, the acclaimed musician Rhiannon Giddens uses her art to excavate the past and reveal bold truths about our present.  During this residency, Giddens will unpack what it means to be a musician and a composer and how to empower the next generation to break free of Western chains, challenging what has always been done.

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Feb 6–12

Caroline Shaw is a musician who moves among roles, genres, and mediums, trying to imagine a world of sound that has never been heard before but has always existed.  During this residency, Shaw will bring students of different disciplines together—strings, voice, composers and media; putting them all together like a great chef for a brilliant discovery of just what is possible when you think outside the box. 

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Feb 15–17

The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is proud to inspire people through music and share the joy of singing. Touring globally, the group performs an extensive repertoire both in its a cappella concerts and in collaborations with leading orchestras, conductors, and soloists. Versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression are central to the ensemble’s performance and education ethos.

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Mar 20–26

As an artist-led collective, Decoda seeks to create a more compassionate and connected world through music and training the next generation of musical artists to rethink and reimagine their role in society.   As passionate advocates for music in communities crossing standard venues and economic thresholds, Decoda will explore and inspire students and concert attendees. 

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2021–22 Cali Immersive Residencies