As of this writing, more than 215,000 people from around the world have signed up to take Berklee’s online course offerings this spring. New developments at the college have spurred a surge in online enrollment.
In February 2013, six members of the Berklee College of Music faculty and administration traveled to Colombia. They immersed themselves in a weeklong series of high-energy, well-attended master classes, audition and interview (A&I) sessions, meetings, and evening receptions.
Professor Apostolos Paraskevas was featured in England’s Classical Guitar magazine discussing his rehabilitation from focal dystonia. Visit www.apostolosparaskevas.com.
Woodwind Professor Barbara LaFitte played in pit orchestras for productions of Peter Pan (Wang Center) and The Great Gatsby (NEC’s Jordan Hall and Tanglewood). She will perform as the principal oboist in the Boston Ballet’s Chroma and Coppélia.
Professor Bruce Gertz released the new CD Open Mind on the Open Mind Jazz label. He also recently played at the Kennedy Center and recorded with the Matt Savage Trio.
The student ensemble Vintage Vocals and Associate Professor David Thorne Scott performed the music of the Pied Pipers and the Modernaires at two swing dances with the Beantown Swing Orchestra.
Chair of Music Business/Management Don Gorder participated in panel discussions and made presentations at Harvard Business School; English High School in Bogotá, Colombia; and the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association Faculty Summit.
Al Di Meola of Westwood, NJ, recorded All Your Life, an acoustic guitar tribute featuring the music of the Beatles, at Abbey Road Studios in London. Visit www.aldimeola.com.
Alan Palanker of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, has been the music director for John Davidson, Melba Moore, Nicholas King, Ariana Savalas, and Avery Sommers. Visit www.alpalmusic.com.
Alec Tackmann of Rochester, MN, toured throughout the United States and Europe with Davina and the Vagabonds and will play at this year’s Monterey Jazz Festival. Visit www.alectackmann.com
In March 2012, Alessandro Lombardo of Trezzo Sull’Adda, Italy, featured drummer Steve Gadd on his YouTube channel.
Alf Clausen of Canyon Country, CA, is a newly elected member of the ASCAP (or American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Board of Directors, in the writer member at-large field.