Assistant professor of piano Chihiro Yamanaka released the album Monk Studies on Blue Note Records in June. It features Mark Kelley ’02, Deantoni Parks ’02, and music by Thelonious Monk.
Assistant professor Ruth Mendelson traveled to Mongolia to record indigenous musicians for a film she is scoring about Mongolian shamans.
Assistant professor of MP&E Tony Carbone was inducted into the Legends of Vinyl Hall of Fame in May for his work in the dance music record industry.
Professor Felice Pomeranz performed and gave harp workshops in Paris, Oslo, and Athens in April and will be a clinician and performer in San Francisco this summer.
Composition professor Larry Thomas Bell and String Department chair David Wallace presented a retrospective of the music of Vincent Persichetti at the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center in March.
Professor Joseph Coroniti was a visiting professor in the music department at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, for a lecture series on the film composer as dramatist.
Assistant professor of guitar Amanda Monaco released Glitter on Posi-Tone Records in April. Visit www.amandamonaco.com.
Berklee Press reissued professor Jim Kelly’s two books and audio tracks in a single package titled Berklee Guitar Style Studies by Jim Kelly.
Professor Peggy Codding presented a paper entitled “Music Therapy as a Coping Strategy for Survivors of Mass Trauma,” to the Madsen International Symposium for Research in Music Behavior at the University of Texas at Austin in March.
Assistant professor Alonzo Harris was the musical director for an off-Broadway concert review of the life and music of singer Phyllis Hyman in New York City.
In June, Professional Education Division dean Darla Hanley will be in residency at the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy in Estonia.
Jan Donley, who became a full professor in March, signed with Emerald City Literary Agency to represent her newest manuscript for a young-adult illustrated novel.
Retired professor John Stevens was a semi-finalist in the Ravel International Composition for his piece Paris Quintet, Op. 909.
Guitar professor Lauren Passarelli released Guitar Insights, Myths and What Matters, the second ebook in her Guitar Insights Series.
Composition Department chair Richard Carrick performed in the premiere of his piece “La Scéne” at the Library of Congress in February. Other works by Carrick were performed in Stockholm, New York City, and Boston.
Don Gorder, chair of the Music Business/Management Department, gave a presentation on Paul McCartney’s quest to recapture the rights to the Beatles catalog at the MEIEA Educators Summit in April.
Professor Lello Molinari was chosen for a residency at Hearstudios Recording in Camden ME, where he recorded volume two of Lello’s Italian Job with faculty members Marcello Pellitteri, Dino Govoni, and Sal DiFusco.
Associate professor of voice Patrice Williamson released Comes Love, with associate professor of guitar Jon Wheatley. The album celebrates the collaboration between Ella Fitzgerald and guitarist Joe Pass.
Associate professor John Whynot was the mixer for Mychael Danna’s score for The Last Tycoon and Alias Grace with a score by Mychael and Jeff Danna. Whynot also mixed the forthcoming album by Bruce Cockburn ’65.
Assistant professor Rishabh Rajan created Sound Design with Ableton Analog as an iBook publication. It is available through iTunes.
Music therapy professor Suzanne Hanser published the article “Surviving Cancer with Music by Your Side” in Coping magazine. She also presented a workshop for piano teachers at M. Steinert & Sons Performance Center.
Professor Dave Howard released the album Infinite Blu, which was coproduced by professor Michael Johnson. The Dave Howard Initiative will tour Italy and Amsterdam this summer.
Assistant professor Marshall Gilkes served as a guest conductor and soloist with the US Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note in April.
During the summer, Liberal Arts Department assistant professor Jennifer Andrews will take the lead in developing a writing program at Port Townsend School of the Arts in Washington State.
Professor John Stein released the album Wood and Strings. In a duo setting, Stein (guitar) is accompanied by Dave Zinno (acoustic bass).
Professor Tom Stein was approved for listing on the Fulbright Specialist Roster for Serbia. He will set up a conference on using music as a tool for economic development.
Associate professor Natalie Haas released an album with Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser, titled Ports of Call. It features original compositions and dance tunes from around the North Atlantic.
Associate professor Jonathan Wyner developed the online ear-training tool Pro Audio Essentials I with a team at iZotope. It won a TEC award in the audio education technology category.
Professor Lori Landay penned the chapter “Minecraft: Transitional Objects and Transformational Experiences in an Imaginary World” for the book Revisiting Imaginary Worlds.
Assistant professor Renato Milone is helping to develop the new major Writing and Producing Music for BerkleeOnline. Milone created classes titled “Practical Production” and “Remote Production.”
Assistant professor Steve Heck recently marked his 25th year as a faculty member.
Assistant professor Ralph Jaccodine was named to the board of directors of Right Turn, an organization helping musicians struggling with addictions.
Piano professor Joanne Brackeen has upcoming performances at jazz festivals in Hartford, CT, Newport, RI, New York City, and Monterey, CA.
Assistant professor Michael Williams published his book Pervert-Schizoid-Woman with Bleakswan Publications.
Assistant professor Manuel Kaufmann penned two arrangements for the Swiss Youth Orchestra led by Fritz Renold ’87. They were played at the April Jazzaar Festival and featured Billy Cobham and Bobby Watson.
Associate professor Annette Whitehead-Pleaux received the Presidential Service Award from the American Music Therapy Association. She recently co-edited the textbook Cultural Competence in Music Therapy: Music, Health, and the Individual.
Associate professor and vocalist Janie Barnett released the album You See This River. Associate professor Mark Simos and bassist Richard Hammond ’96 contributed to the album.
Professor Mark Walker penned the composition “Walkin’ the Walk” for the album Lantern by the group Oregon.
Assistant chair of composition Greg Glancey was ranked in College Magazine among the top 10 most inspiring music professors. In April, his composition Effervesce was premiered at the Adams International Flute Festival in Ittervoort, the Netherlands.
Professor Barbara LaFitte played English horn with the Boston Pops Orchestra on the soundtrack to Boston, a documentary about the Boston Marathon.
Instructors Jason Anick (violin) and Jason Yeager (piano) released the album United. Also heard on the album are fellow faculty members George Garzone, Jerry Leake, John Lockwood, and Jason Palmer.
In June, guitar professor Sheryl Bailey released Departure, a duo album with bassist Harvie S ’70.
Professor Dan Moretti was recently inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. He is currently touring with Nile Rodgers.
Professor Bruce Gertz released two solo bass albums in April. Visit openmindjazz.com/omjradio to hear his music and see his videos.