Alumnotes

By 
Ryan Fleming


Class of:

USA Songwriting Competition Winners

Established in 1995, the USA Songwriting Competition selects winners from 15 different song categories including pop, rock, country, r&b, jazz, world, folk, and more.

The results of the 17th Annual USA Songwriting Competition were recently announced and members of the Berklee community made an impressive showing.

 

Mike Schmid ’01 contest overall first-prize winner and first prize, children’s music category

Colin McCaffrey ’90 first-prize   winner, jazz category

Wendy Jill Cohen ’92 finalist, children’s music category

Gernot Wolfgang ’89 finalist, instrumental music category

Catie Offerman (current student) finalist, country music category

Leni Stern ’80 honorable mention, world music category

Andy Bianco ’88 honorable mention, jazz category

Class of: 1957

Pianist Hal Galper of Cochecton, NY, released the trio album Airegin Revisited. It features Jeff Johnson and John Bishop. Visit www.halgalper.com. 

Class of: 1965

Michael Correra of Miami Beach, FL, is a commercial real estate agent with Piquet Realty. 

Class of: 1968

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

Class of: 1971

Gabriel Heiser (aka Gabe Hizer) of Antioch, TN, started a new band called Zen Poets. Visit www.zenpoets.com. 

Class of: 1973

BJ Snowden of Billerica, MA, had her song “In Canada” performed by the Suspects for the soundtrack of the film The Misadventures of the Dunderheads, which aired on the Starz channel in November. 

Class of: 1974

In February, Ken Hatfield of Astoria, NY, will release the album For Langston, a song cycle based on the poems of Langston Hughes. Visit www.kenhatfield.com. 

Class of: 1975

David Frank of Topanga, CA, and Mic Murphy comprise the duo the System. They will soon release a new album entitled System Overload. Visit www.davidfrankmusic.com. 

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. 

Nika Rejto of Lafayette, CA, released the vocal CD Little Wizdoms. Visit www.nikarejto.com. 

Jeannie Deva (formerly Lieberman) recently published her third book, Singer’s Guide to Powerful Performances, using e-Book technology. 

Visual artist Roberta Fabiano of Stony Brook, NY, displayed her art work as an installation at the Cutting Room in New York City. Visit www.robertafabiano.com.

Class of: 1976

Mark Fitzpatrick of Port Charlotte, FL, published the book Guitar for Two Hands, an instruction book for left- and right-handed players. Visit www.guitarfortwohands.com. 

Rick Smith of Concord, CA, built a project studio called Liberty Hill Studios  and will release new music in 2013.  

Class of: 1977

Roger Gamache of Mashpee, MA, is the director of the big band Stage Door Canteen. Twelve members throughout the band’s history have been Berklee alumni. Visit www.stagedoorcanteen.net. 

Saxophonist Harrison Goldberg of Gualala, CA, and his group Lavender Fog released the double CD Landscape of a Dream. Visit www.lavenderfog.com. 

Bob Miller of Rochester, NY, and his group Nimrod Wildfire released the album Corporate Refugee, featuring guitarist Matt Backer ’80. Visit www.nimrodwildfire.com. 

Class of: 1978

In October, saxophonist Ken Field of Cambridge, MA, performed Erik Lindgren’s Extreme Spirituals with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. Field’s latest CD was released in November. Visit www.kenfield.org.

Bob Sinicrope of Milton, MA, is the president-elect of the Jazz Education Network. He is in his 40th year at Milton Academy. 

Class of: 1979

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 www.freenotemusic.com/site/bios/jon_catler.html.