Alumni Affairs/See All BT IssuesBerklee Today Spring 2013

A Magazine for Contemporary Music and Musicians

Berklee Beat

Lizz Lupton

Idol Judge in the Classroom

By Liz Lupton

Lizz Lupton Image Credit:  Kelly Davidson


A New Take on Symphonic Music

By Mark Small

The Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra onstage at Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory of Music. Nearly 100 strong, the ensemble is the first full symphonic group ever assembled at Berklee. Image Credit:  Phil Farnsworth

Encore Gala Breaks Previous Fundraising Records

By Beverly Tryon

Acclaimed funk masters the Family Stone ended the evening with a high-energy dance set. Image Credit:  Phil Fansworth

Phil Wilson

Jazz Festival Dedicated to Phil Wilson

By Mark Small

Phil Wilson Image Credit:  Kelly Davidson

John Scofield

NPR Shares the Berklee Love Globally

John Scofield '73 Image Credit:  Henry Hayes

Now in its second year, The Checkout—Live at Berklee brings top Berklee alumni to a New York radio and worldwide Web jazz audience,
thanks to New York’s WBGO-FM and the NPR Music website.

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.

Expert Testimony

Jim McGorman '95

Expert Testimony - Given by 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.

Regional Spotlights

Bob Malone '87

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.


Ronald Crutcher

Coda: Entrepreneurial Spirit Required

"In addition to being the president of Wheaton College in Massachusetts, I am also a professional cellist," says Ronald Crutcher.

Feature Article

Attitude or Altitude?

By Richard Niles

Richard Niles

Global Groove

A Wealth of Diversity

by Jason Camelio

berklee admissions team
In recent columns, I’ve showcased the range of Berklee’s collaborative work abroad with alumni, partner institutions, and young musicians to bring the college to the world.

Playing It Forward

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.

On The Other End of the Line

by Dana Pellitteri

Step onto Berklee’s campus and you’ll find one of the most diverse student bodies of any college in the world. The students are some of the most talented, creative, and passionate I’ve ever met.

Faculty Highlights

by Mary Hurley

Donna McElroy

“My two favorites are Ray—and Donna McElroy,” says Berklee Vice President for Special Programs Rob Rose of the song’s interpreters. “Both are different. McElroy is one of the best singers I’ve ever heard in my life.”

Associate Professor Craig Hlady is heard on the CD Ready, with the Brian Kelley Trio.

Guitar Professor Freddie Bryant released the CD Freddie Bryant + Kaleidoscope: Live Grooves . . . Epic Tales. He also received a Berklee recording grant for a new project. 

Alumni News

by Adam Renn Olenn

Ruslan Sirota

“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.

by David Petrelli

For so many local alumni in Music City, the year 2012 was successful, inspiring, exciting, scary, and entertaining. As we look forward to all the promise of 2013, let’s recap what some alumni have been up to.

Roger Aldridge of Olney, MD, had his guitar piece “Donut Music” recorded on the CD All We Know Is Now by Keith Calmes.

Jon Catler of New York City, released the album Footsteps with the Fretless Brothers. He also released an album with Willie McBlind called Live Long Day. Visit