Faculty Notes

MP&E Chair Rob Jaczko and Assistant Chair Dan Thompson took students to London on a trip underwritten by the Wayne Wadhams Trust. They attended sessions at Abbey Road Studio and British Grove Studios with David Hentschel and Hugh Padgham. 

Assistant Professor Amanda Monaco and the Queens Jazz OverGround presented a jazz festival in Queens, NY, with Berklee students and Monaco’s quartet Formula One. 

Assistant Professor Catherine Bent visited Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and played on Rádio Nacional with Conjunto Época de Ouro. 

Professor Bill Banfield serves as a cultural correspondent for NPR radio host Tavis Smiley. Banfield’s Symphony 11: Songs/Stories premiered in Switzerland. Additionally, Banfield lectured at a music institution in Cuba.

Associate Professor Michael Johnson’s song “Shelter” was commissioned for the ECHO Habitat for Humanity Choir Festival in Colorado. He also released the single “Resolve.”

Professor Kathleen Howland provides music therapy for Metrowest Homecare & Hospice Service. She has been a speaker for councils on aging and at the Guadalajara Jazz Festival.

Assistant Professor Yoko Miwa scored the film Midlife, which featured alumni and student performers.

The Berklee World Strings performed Professor Bruno Råberg’s “Triloka” under Mimi Rabson’s direction. Råberg also toured Finland with Jussi Reijonen as well as several alumni. He also played in Sapporo, Japan, with Tiger Okoshi, David Gilmore, and Mark Walker.

Professor Bruce Gertz appeared on the CDs The Heart of a Champion with Trio-Now and Moonlight Alley with the Nick Goumas Quartet. 

The Rochester Chamber Orchestra and conductor Arild Remmereit performed Beth Denisch’s “Fire Mountain Intermezzo.”