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A Magazine for Contemporary Music and Musicians

Berklee Beat

Sean Jones

New Department Chairs and Trustees at Berklee

Berklee welcomes new chairs and trustees to the college.

A greeting to remember

A Gathering to Remember

Berklee's first-ever alumni reunion.

Lalah Hathaway '90 and Bill Banfield interview

Ready for Another Great Year

A snapshot of student convocation and opening day festivities.


Soundbreaking: The Campaign for Berklee

By Cindy Albert Link

On June 12, President Roger Brown announced the launch of “Soundbreaking: The Campaign for Berklee.” This campaign has the ambitious goal of raising $100 million, with half for scholarships and financial aid for students.

Soundbreaking has a Berklee-like quality,” says Berklee...

The Woodshed

Mark Simos

The Woodshed: Composing Independent Melodies

By Mark Simos

Mark Simos, an associate professor in Berklee’s Songwriting Department, presents a lesson from his new book Songwriting Strategies: A 360° Approach, published by Berklee Press.

Expert Testimony

David Schwartz

Expert Testimony: Given by Composer David Schwartz '74

By Mike Keefe-Feldman

David Schwartz broke through as a TV composer of note with the Grammy-nominated theme song to Northern Exposure, and has since earned Emmy nominations for his work on Wolf Lake, Deadwood, and the comedic cult sensation Arrested Development.

Regional Spotlights

Women of the World (from the left): Giorgia Renosto, Annette Philip, Ayuma Ueda, and Débòrah Pierre

World Beat

By Michael Gaskins

An a cappella group with global roots takes its positive message to an ever-larger audience.

Guitarist and author Eric  Normand ’89

Nashville Pros

By David Petrelli

Guitarist and author Eric Normand ’89

Vocalist Shawna Corso ’11

L.A. Newsbriefs

By Justine Taormino

Vocalist Shawna Corso ’11

Claus Reichstaller (left) and  Camilo Dornier ’81

German Jazz Connections

Kurt Maas ’65

Composer and producer Phil Giffin ’76

The Music of Baking

By Sara Evans

Composer and producer Phil Giffin ’76


Alan Reese

Thoughts for Entrepeneurial Musicians

By Alan Reese

Insights for musicians looking to get better at financial planning and managing risk.

Feature Article

Financials and the Contemporary Artist

By Nils Gums

A look at revenues and expenses for an artist in the new-music economy.

Lead Sheet

Preparing to Change the Game

by Jeff Dorenfeld

In recent years, Berklee has created academic institutes to offer students focused studies in specific areas of the contemporary music universe.

Global Groove

Hittin' the Road

by Jason Camelio

Berklee in Puerto Rico reached an amazing climax with 20 students receiving scholarships for online classes, summer performance programs, and full-time enrollment.
It was another busy summer for Berklee students and faculty, who performed, taught, and competed from Latin America to Europe.

Faculty Highlights

by Ryan Fleming

Annette Philip

Annette Philip

For better or worse, competition and strife are characteristics of music’s brightest stars. But these qualities have no place in the world of Berklee voice instructor Annette Philip. “Of course the industry is competitive,” she concedes, “...

Piano instructor Jason Yeager will hold a CD release event at the Regattabar in Cambridge, MA, on October 24 for his CD, Affirmation. Visit 

Professor Darol Anger released the CD Mr. Sun: The People Need Light, featuring Tony Trischka, Grant Gordy, and numerous Berklee alumni. He also played in an all-star performance last summer at the Colorado Rockygrass festival. 

Alumni News

by Mark Small

Philip Catherine

Philip Catherine Image Credit:  Wim Van Eesbeek

Sitting in a coffee shop in downtown Brussels, Belgium, on a rainy Saturday, legendary European jazz guitarist Philip Catherine ’72 tells me it would take effort to figure out how many recordings he’s played on....

Michael Druxman of Corrales, New Mexico, released the CD Last Call, featuring Tim Sleigh ’77.

Violinist Benjamin Smeall of Green Bay, WI, posted a version of the Andean folk song “Jaku ripusun Witaweñita” on YouTube.