Alumni Affairs/See All BT IssuesBerklee Today Spring 2013

A Magazine for Contemporary Music and Musicians

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Encore Gala Breaks Previous Fundraising Records

By Beverly Tryon

Once again, Berklee’s 18th annual Encore Gala offered a musical extravaganza that drew more than 900 guests to Boston’s Westin Copley Place Hotel for a good cause. The college’s flagship fundraising event, the Encore Gala raises scholarship funds for the Berklee City Music Program (BCMP). The...

A New Take on Symphonic Music

Since its debut in 2008, the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra (BCSO) has set out on a course to distinguish itself from other Boston-area orchestras. The ensemble has nearly 100 members and is the first full symphonic group ever assembled at Berklee. Possessing a distinct Berklee twist,...

Idol Judge in the Classroom

By Liz Lupton

Top songwriter, producer, record and publishing executive, and TV personality Kara DioGuardi brought her incomparable songwriting and production experience to Berklee during the fall 2012 semester. DioGuardi developed and taught the course “Hit Songwriting” that paired student songwriters and...

The Woodshed

The Woodshed: Micro-Improvisation in Traditional Irish Music

Classical musicians interpret the notes on the page very literally and limit improvisation to an occasional cadenza. Conversely, jazz musicians get their kicks from straying from the written page, using the chords as a starting point for macrolevel improvisation. Irish traditional musicians,...

Expert Testimony

Expert Testimony - Given by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter/producer Jim McGorman 
to Mark Small

By Mark Small

After leaving Berklee in 1995 with a degree in music production and engineering, Jim McGorman moved to Los Angeles. Within two years, he was touring with established artists. A multi-instrumentalist and singer, McGorman started his career by playing guitar and keyboards and singing backup for a...

Regional Spotlights

Bob Malone: Road Warrior

By Peter Gordon

For an indie artist, the path to lasting success is often long, built on perseverance and a commitment to the music. Exhibit A is Bob Malone ’87.

Throughout his time at Berklee, Malone was constantly gigging, doing solo appearances, piano bars, original bands, and essentially paying for...


Entrepreneurial Spirit Required

In addition to being the president of Wheaton College in Massachusetts, I am also a professional cellist. I have performed in Carnegie Hall and currently perform with the Klemperer Trio of London, England. While I did not begin to play the cello until I was 13, within a year of taking up the...

Lead Sheet

The State of the College

“It all starts with attracting the best students in the world—motivated, creative, and talented,” President Roger H.

Playing It Forward

Grant Aids Creation of Berklee Archive

by Adam Renn Olenn

Recently, Berklee received a two-year, $125,000 grant from the National Archives and Records Administration to establish a historical archive.

BGJI to Tour Africa

by Mary Hurley

This year, Berklee will enhance its presence in Africa. Thanks to a $200,000 grant from the U.S.

Faculty Highlights

by Mary Hurley

In a fall 2012 concert, Berklee Professor of Voice Donna McElroy delivered an electrifying rendition of “America the Beautiful.” Her performance brought a capacity audience at the Berklee Performance Center to its feet. The show featured performers inspired by the music of Ray Charles, so it was...

In January, faculty members Steven Kirby (guitar), Ed Lucie (bass), and Mike Connors (drums) toured California giving concerts and workshops.

Voice Professor Jan Shapiro released Piano Bar After Hours featuring Bob Winter, Tim Ray, Daniela Schächter, Russ Hoffman, and Joey Blake. 

Alumni News

by Adam Renn Olenn

“It wasn’t until we were sitting in the seats that I realized we could actually win,” says Ruslan Sirota ’03 of his experience at the 2011 Grammy Awards.

Robert Parr of Argyle, TX, is in preproduction for “Live In The Vineyard,” a broadcast of performances from Alanis Morissette, Adam Lambert, and others. He also worked with Martin Harley, Black Sky, and Russ Hewitt, and he recently opened the recording studio called the B Room. 

Kim MacRae of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, performed her poem “The Consequences of Going to Michael’s Pub on June 16, 1978” at Thin Air, as part of the Winnipeg International Writers Festival.