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Adrian Ross '96
Photo by Paul Foley

It seems hard to believe that we are well into 2004. I would like to wish everyone the best for the new year!

There were several outstanding events toward the end of last year that I would like to highlight. On September 22, 2003, the New York Alumni Chapter was privy to a special clinic at the Apple Store in Soho that dealt with digital video work-flow. The event was led by Rob Campbell and Niko Plaitakis of MacNRG/Visual Mercenary and explored ways for people to create a music video using Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro. The speakers covered an abundance of material in the clinic, and attendees were left with exciting new solutions for entering the video arena. Thanks to Visual Mercenary and Debra Herman and Joff Jones '77 for giving us the opportunity to be involved.

The next day, in Massachusetts, the Boston Alumni Chapter hosted a clinic on Logic Audio 6 led by Music Synthesis Associate Professor Jeff Baust. The clinic covered all areas of the new software application and answered the audience's many questions. Look for another technology clinic later this spring.

Last years' alumni reception at the AES Convention was held on October 12 at the Holiday Inn Martinique on Broadway. It drew a capacity crowd and featured music by a trio led by Stephan Kammerer '95. Alumni and staff alike were on hand as Brian Garten '95 and Aya Takemura '94 received Distinguished Alumni Awards, congratulations to both.

From the left: MP&E faculty members Stephen Webber, Jeff Baust, Andy Edelstein, and Richard Mendelson conducted a clinic on home studio design on October 30 in Boston.

On October 26 the New York Alumni Chapter held a Singer/Songwriter Showcase at the Living Room's new location. The Berklee crowd broke the place in with an evening full of great performances. On the bill were Clare Cooper '78, Deena Coppola '00, Brooke Fox '98, Ian Jeffries '98, Clara Lofaro '02, the Divine Maggies, Josh Preston '99, Dave Sherman '94, Amy Ward '97, and Antje Zumbansen '99. Thanks to everyone who supported the event and to the performers who brought down the house.

On October 28, a group of soon-to-be alumni attended an event called "Life after Berklee: The Move to LA." It was hosted by Peter Gordon, director of the Berklee Center in Los Angeles, who covered topics ranging from where to live and the cost of living to effective ways to present yourself and finding employment or performance opportunities. Gordon stressed the importance of networking and the resources of the Berklee Center in Los Angeles.

On October 30, the Boston Alumni Chapter held a panel discussion modeled after a popular clinic in Los Angeles entitled "How to Design Your Home Studio." It was just as popular on the East coast, and attracted nearly 60 alumni. Music Production and Engineering Department faculty members Richard Mendelson, Stephen Webber, Andy Edelstein, and Music Synthesis faculty member Jeff Baust discussed the constantly changing world of home recording. They suggested ways to layout home studio space, optimal equipment for different scenarios, and how to stretch your budget.

From the left: MP&E Chair Rob Kaczko with Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Brian Garten '95, Aya Takemura '94, and MP&E Assistant Chair Dan Thompson at the October AES reception

On November 16, the Boston Alumni Chapter was treated to a special lecture on Rembrandt by professor Henry Augustine Tate followed by a tour of the exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts. The afternoon also featured a lunch buffet and live music from the Berklee String Quartet.

The year concluded with a pair of holiday alumni socials in Boston and New York. A noreaster was not enough to keep New Yorkers from attending their year-end reception on December 7. Approximately 60 partygoers enjoyed a festive evening featuring the Chulo Gatewood '79 trio. Thanks go to Lisa Hearns '96 and everyone who didn't let a little snow get in the way. The Boston Alumni Chapter united for a seasonal gathering on December 11, followed by one of the best shows in some time: the all-star Singers' Showcase.
Celebrating 20 years, the showcase featured a star alumni lineup that included Sherma Andrews '94, Deanna DelaCioppa '96, Trina Hamlin '90, Lalah Hathaway '90, Robin McElhatten '99, Ellen O'Brien '85, Jeff Ramsey '90, Darcel Wilson '86, and several alumni instrumentalists. It was a night to remember!

Kicking off the new year, the New York Alumni Chapter hosted the IAJE Alumni Reception on January 23 and about 200 alumni turned out. In honor of his retirement, President Lee Eliot Berk was presented with a special book containing signatures, personal letters, and photos from the New York alumni chapter. The event also featured a performance from the Greg Hopkins Quintet and the a cappella vocal group Syncopation.
That's it until next time!

-Adrian Ross '96
Director, Alumni Affairs

Upcoming Events:

  • New York Tax Preparation for Musicians, February 18
  • San Francisco Alumni Showcase February 29
  • Florida Alumni Showcase, March 4
  • Boston Alumni Reception at State Music Educators Conference March 11
  • Minnesota BT Recognition Award and Reception, March 16

Click here to see all upcoming Alumni Events.

Click here to contact your chapter president.

That's it for now. Stay in touch!

- Adrian Ross '96 Director, Alumni Affairs