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Welcome!

We’re so glad you want to know more about the Cali School of Music.

The John J. Cali School of Music is a comprehensive, professional school of music centered on preparing the creative leaders of tomorrow. The school is dedicated to a premier artistic and academic education offering exceptional conservatory-level training in best-in-class facilities.

Students choose from majors in performance, jazz studies, composition, music education, recording arts + production, and music therapy, studying with world-class musicians dedicated to their artistic and personal growth.


Campus Visits

  • For university tours, open houses and admissions counseling, see Montclair State University Admissions.
  • For individual visits to the Cali School, call 973-655-7610.
  • Request a Visit Day

    A great way to learn more about the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University is to experience it for yourself.  We invite you to spend time with us and meet students, faculty and staff as well as participate in classes and ensembles.  Experience what it is like to be a music major in the Cali School of Music.  Request a Visit Day and let us plan a day that is meaningful for you!

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On Campus Events by Area

Below find events that are happening on campus this semester. We hope to see you soon!

Brass

Fall 2023 Brass Nights!
Cali School brass students present a lively and varied program of solo works.
The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday October 19 at 8PM
Leshowitz Recital Hall
And
Thursday December 7 at 8PM
Recital Hall G55

Register for one or both events here: https://bit.ly/brass-nights-2023

Contact Ray Riccomini for information about upcoming events.

Bands

Contact Dr. Thomas McCauley for information about upcoming events.

Choral Activities

Contact Dr. Heather J. Buchanan (buchananh@montclair.edu) for information about upcoming events

Music Education

Contact Marissa Silverman for information about upcoming events.

Music History

Contact Laura Dolp for information about upcoming events.

Music Theory + Composition

Contact Aaron Helgeson for information about upcoming events.

Music Therapy

Learn More about the Music Therapy Program or ask for further information, by contacting Dr. Brian Abrams.

Conducting

Contact Dr. Thomas McCauley for information about upcoming events.

Jazz Studies

Contact Oscar Perez for information about upcoming events.

Opera

Contact Karen Driscoll for information about upcoming events.

Symphony Orchestra

Student Testimonials:

“The highlight of my time here at Montclair State was when I had the opportunity to perform with the Kronos String Quartet through the amazing Immersive Residency Program.  It was a dream come true for me.  I come from rock n’roll and started with the guitar.  When I first heard Kronos play Purple Haze, it blew my mind.  To be able to play with Kronos on stage at Merkin Hall was something out of a story book. ”
—Randy León, MM. Cello Performance 2023

“The John J Cali School of music has been a place where I’ve been able to blossom as a musician through the various opportunities that have been made accessible to me. Whether it’s masterclasses, residencies, or even my private lessons, the Cali school has given me the tools and experiences to excel beyond my expectations. ”
—Daniella Renteria, BM Violin Performance 2024

Contact Kathryn Lockwood for information about upcoming events.

Piano, Organ, Harpsichord

Contact David Witten for information about upcoming events.

Percussion

Contact Barry Centanni for information about upcoming events.

Recording Arts + Production

Contact Bryan Powell for information about upcoming events.

Strings

Student Testimonials:

“The highlight of my time here at Montclair State was when I had the opportunity to perform with the Kronos String Quartet through the amazing Immersive Residency Program.  It was a dream come true for me.  I come from rock n’roll and started with the guitar.  When I first heard Kronos play Purple Haze, it blew my mind.  To be able to play with Kronos on stage at Merkin Hall was something out of a story book. ”
—Randy León, MM. Cello Performance 2023

“The John J Cali School of music has been a place where I’ve been able to blossom as a musician through the various opportunities that have been made accessible to me. Whether it’s masterclasses, residencies, or even my private lessons, the Cali school has given me the tools and experiences to excel beyond my expectations. ”
—Daniella Renteria, BM Violin Performance 2024

Contact Kathryn Lockwood for information about upcoming events.

Voice

Contact Lori McCann for information about upcoming events.

Woodwinds

6th Annual Clarinet Day
February 11, 2024 with
Guest Artist David Shifrin

Contact Benjamin Barron for information about upcoming events.


3D Tour of the Cali School of Music’s Chapin Hall

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Concerts

Every year in October, the Cali School celebrates the opening of the school year by presenting Kaleidoscope concerts, where our student and faculty soloists, chamber groups and large ensembles perform. We also present more than 300 daytime and evening concerts and masterclasses by students, faculty and guest artists throughout the year. See Concerts and Events for the most up-to-date listings.