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Faculty Notes

Associate MP&E Professor Jonathan Wyner went to Seoul, South Korea, in February to make presentations on surround-sound production at the invitation of the Korean Audio Society.

Associate Professor Adi Yeshaya arranged music for Whitney Houston's television appearances in the United States, United Kingdom, and Russia and is working on Houston's world tour as a keyboard player. Professor Jetro da Silva (keyboardist and guitarist) also plays on the tour.

Assistant Music Business/Management Professor Allen Bargfrede and Cecily Mak coauthored Music Law in the Digital Age, which was published by Berklee Press in January.

Assistant Professor of Voice Steven Kowalczyk Santoro toured with Sting during the artist's winter TV and DVD special. Santoro has also signed with a label that will release his new CD through Universal Music Group.

Associate Professor of Liberal Arts D.J. Hatfield penned the book Taiwanese Pilgrimage to China: Ritual, Complicity, Community, which was published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Music Business/Management Chair Don Gorder presented the master class "Music: It's Your Business" in four cities in Spain. The classes were part of the Arteria Lecture Series sponsored by Sociedad General de Autores y Editores, the Spanish authors' rights society with which Berklee has partnered for the Berklee Valencia campus.

Percussion Professor Rod Morgenstein is preparing for a new recording by the Rudess/Morgenstein Project, a drums and keyboard duo that includes Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess.

 
  Ear Training Department Chair Allan Chase presents Associate Professor Robin Ginenthal the Distinguished Faculty Member Award
  Phil Farnsworth

Associate Professor of Ear Training Robin Ginenthal was awarded the Performance Division's 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award.

Associate Professor of Composition Larry Thomas Bell has released a new recording of piano music. The CD includes Music of the Spheres, Piano Sonata No. 3, and Fifteen Two-Part Inventions and is the first commercial recording issued by Bell's Casa Rustica Recordings label.

On March 4, Professor of Ensembles Carolyn Wilkins accompanied award-winning Minnesota poet Philip Bryant in the David Friend Recital Hall for readings from Bryant's book Stompin' at the Grand Terrace: A Jazz Memoir in Verse.

The book Building Strong Music Programs: A Handbook for Preservice and Novice Music Teachers by Assistant Professor of Music Education Charlene Ryan, was named as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice magazine.

Music Therapy Department Chair Suzanne B. Hanser wrote the chapter "Music, Health and Well-Being" that was included in the Handbook of Music and Emotion, which was published by Oxford University Press.

The new CD Tides of Yesterday by Assistant Professor of Voice Carolyn Leonhart and saxophonist Wayne Escoffery debuted at 15 on the JazzWeek magazine radio report for March 10. The disc features pianist Toru Dodo '97 and bassist Hans Glawischnig '92.

Associate Professor of Percussion Kenwood Dennard recently traveled to Russia for performances in Stasnye, Holmy, and Moscow with Stanley Jordan (guitar) and Zirque Bonner (acoustic bass).

In February, Assistant Professor of Percussion Sergio Bellotti performed at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York for the Jim Chapin Memorial Teacher Scholarship concert.

 
Assistant Professor Jeff Perry  
Phil Farnsworth  

Assistant Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production Jeff Perry released the CD Jeff Perry Quartet, which features Berklee student Jesse Taitt (piano and keyboards), alumni Mark Poniatowski '86 (acoustic bass), Adam Nazro '05 (drums), and Michael Caglianone (engineer).

Between December 2009 and January 2010, Music Education Professor Peter Cokkinias played with the eastern national touring company for the musical Wicked at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island. He was invited to present a woodwind clinic and conduct the Shasta Symphony Orchestra in Redding, CA, in February. And in March, Cokkinias began his 31st season as the music director and conductor of the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra in Hopkinton, MA.

Associate String Professor Mimi Rabson was featured in the March issue of Strings magazine, along with her composition "Klezzified."

Guitar Professor Mick Goodrick released the CD Live at the Jazz Standard with fellow guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel '90 for the Material Records label. The duo performs five standards, a Bill Frisell tune, and four improvised pieces. Bassist Steve Swallow penned the liner notes.

The CD Bob Nieske's Wolf Soup features Ear Training Department Chair Allan Chase (saxophone) and Professor Jon Damian (guitar). Nieske played bass, and the late Randy Kaye, to whom the recording is dedicated, played drums.

Associate Professor Dave DiCenso wrote the book Universal Rhythms for Drumset, which was published by Alfred Music Publishing.

Professor Joseph Coroniti was invited by the Centre for Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland in Galway to serve as visiting research professor in Irish studies for the spring 2010 semester.

Gamelan Galak Tika and Ensemble Robot performed the piece "Agak Agak" by Assistant Professor Ramón Castillo during the group's winter 2010 season. Scored for Balinese gamelan, electronic wind instrument, guitar, accordion, contrabass, robots, and electronic sounds, the piece has been performed six times.

Associate Professor Gabrielle Goodman published the book Vocal Improvisation Techniques in Jazz, R&B and Gospel Improvisation. It features songs and exercises in the styles of Aretha Franklin, Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, the Clark Sisters, and others and comes with two companion CDs.

Associate Professor of Ear Training John Funkhouser received rave reviews for his new CD Time. The Boston Herald included the album on its list of top 10 CDs for 2009.

Associate Professor of Composition Beth Denisch penned the piece Motherwell Lorca's Bagpipe Lament for solo piano in memory of the late Berklee Professor Leroy Southers. The work won two prizes in the 2009 Utah Composer Guild's Composition Competition: the Certificate of Excellence for Best Short Composition and the Award of Excellence in the Keyboard category. The piece has also been arranged for the New England Bassoon Quartet led by Associate Professor of Woodwinds Margaret Phillips.

Professor of Bass Joe Santerre was featured on the website For Bass Players Only (visit www.forbassplayersonly.com). Santerre was featured in the "Low Achievers" column for the week of December 9, 2009, and was spotlighted in an interview article.

Professor of Piano Marc Rossi released the new CD Transformation on the Altrisuoni jazz label. The disc features Rossi and pianist and jazz historian Lewis Porter in a set of original piano and synthesizer duets and the duo's arrangements of pieces by John Coltrane, George Russell, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancock. The Marc Rossi Group performed at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in January and at Scullers Jazz Club in February with guest artists Siddharth Sriram (Indian and R&B vocals) and Associate Professor Stan Strickland (saxophone, vocals).

The Sweet Thunder CD by trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis '89 features Professor Tiger Okoshi (trumpet), three Berklee alumni, and other musicians. The disc contains an octet version of Duke Ellington's Shakespearean Suite, which is slated for an April 27 release.