The Rose Quartet rehearsing

String Students

More information about The Graduate String Quartet Fellowship contact Kathryn Lockwood at

More info on Graduate Quartet Residency

Degree options offered at Montclair State University:

Cali Collective

This two-year fellowship program within the Artist Diploma Program prepares young professional classical musicians for careers integrating performance, teaching community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership.  Monthly performances in partnership with Music for All Seasons.  Full tuition plus a modest stipend.


This two-year master’s degree will challenge you in all areas – not just strings.  Master of Music students are encouraged to be curious and resourceful, because however great one’s musicianship the successful musician can only sustain a satisfying career through constant artistic and professional renewal, drawing from a diverse range of professional challenges and opportunities that a musical life presents.

Bachelor of Performance

The B.Mus. program in Performance focuses on the mastery of technical skills, broad solo and ensemble experience, and the nurturing of artistic growth to help students reach their full potential.  As a string student at Cali, you are offered extensive performance opportunities in the symphony orchestra, chamber music and solo.  The string area is small and intimate.  You’ll never be rostered off and you’ll never get lost in the crowd.

Music Ed

Our five-year program will prepare you for all facets and levels of music teaching careers in New Jersey’s public schools, private or out-of-state schools. We offer the highest quality, comprehensive preparation for New Jersey’s music education licensure. Upon successful completion of the BMus program, you will receive initial licensure from the state of New Jersey. Music education majors comprise the largest concentration within the Cali School. You will have first-class performing opportunities that we hope will lead you to be active in your musical field throughout your life.

Music Therapy

Established in 1969, our program is one of the country’s oldest and most distinguished. It features closely supervised clinical work each semester at highly reputable New Jersey facilities as well as schools, nursing homes and hospitals in New York City.

Masterclasses Spring 2024
String Masterclasses 2024

Wed | Feb 7 | 11:30am-1pm
Immersive Residency Artist
Vijay Gupta – Violin Masterclass
Leshowitz Recital Hall

Participants can anticipate a transformative experience that goes beyond traditional musical instruction, delving into the intersection of music, social justice, and personal growth, as Gupta shares insights on harnessing the power of music for positive change and fostering empathetic connections.

Wed | Feb 14 | 11am-1pm
Brent Edmondson – Bass Masterclass
Room 230

Sharing his extensive musical career, technical expertise, and diverse roles as Principal Double Bass of the Lancaster Symphony and the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, performer with renowned orchestras, global tour member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and bassist, composer, music producer, and founder of bass-focused summer programs with all of our string students.

Wed | Feb 28 | 12-1:30pm
Katie Lansdale – Violin Masterclass
Leshowitz Recital Hall

Widely acclaimed as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator, violinist Katie Lansdale has performed globally, won Grand Prizes at prestigious chamber competitions, collaborated with renowned artists, including Yo Yo Ma, and founded the acclaimed Locrian new music group in New York, while also directing the Promisek Bach+ Festival; currently a faculty member at the Hartt School and Boston Conservatory, Lansdale is a champion of musical connections to children and communities through initiatives like Music for 1000 Children.

Time for Three
Immersive Residency Artists
Tue | Mar 6
Violin/Bass Masterclass 11am-1pm

Wed | Mar 7
Chamber Masterclass 10am-12pm
Leshowitz Recital Hall

Participants can expect a dynamic and innovative learning experience, blending classical and contemporary styles, as the acclaimed ensemble imparts insights on technique, improvisation, and musical expression.

Wed | Mar 20 | 10:30am-Noon
Hsin-Yun Huang – Masterclass Viola
Leshowitz Recital Hall

Hsin-Yun Huang, a leading violist of her generation, has performed globally with renowned ensembles, including the Berlin Radio Orchestra and Brentano String Quartet, while actively commissioning new works and promoting music education through her initiative VivaViola!


Wed | Apr 10 | 10:30am-Noon
Wolfram Koessel – Cello Masterclass
Leshowitz Recital Hall

Cellist Wolfram Koessel, known for his critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut, has established himself as a sought-after musician with a diverse career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, performing internationally in prestigious concert halls; he is a member of the American String Quartet, serves on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, and has collaborated with renowned artists across the globe.

Office hours: Kathryn Lockwood, Strings Area Coordinator, just email at any time.