Alumni Affairs/See All BT IssuesBerklee Today Fall 2013

A Magazine for Contemporary Music and Musicians

Berklee Beat

It Must Be Fall

By Mark Small

During the Labor Day weekend, U-Haul trucks and cars packed with musical gear, suitcases, desk lamps, and more to be carried into dorm rooms, signaled fall’s arrival in Boston.

Bonnie Hayes

Comings and Goings

By Mark Small

Bonnie Hayes has been named the chair of the college’s Songwriting Department.

Lifting Spirits at the Newport Folk Festival

By Mary Hurley

Just like a raise-it-to-the-rafters gospel song, the audience’s refrain of “Wow! These kids can sing” was repeated often during the August 1 appearance of the Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir at the Newport Folk Festival.

The Woodshed

Mitch Coodley '75

Layering Guitar Parts

By Mitch Coodley

Over the past 50 or 60 years, guitar styles have changed through the influences of each new generation. And yet the basics of guitar playing—in particular, rhythm guitar parts—continue to underpin the current trends of picking, strumming, and the use of effects.

Expert Testimony

Robert Etoll

Robert Etoll '73

By Mark Small

If you ever watch TV or go to the movies, you’ve heard music and sound design elements created by Robert Etoll as he ratchets up the impact of a movie trailer or a TV promo spot.

Regional Spotlights

Dow Brain ’88

Boston Beat

By Michael Gaskins

Dow Brain ’88

Quincy Jones (left) and Will Wells during a session at Capitol Records Studios.

Auspicious Beginnings

By Peter Gordon

After graduating from Berklee in May 2011, Will Wells faced a quandary common to many of his peers: where to begin his career.

From the left: Britnie Stingelin, Mallory Zumbach, Josh Gruss, Michael Lau, and Neil Gillis.

New York Spotlight

By Arielle Schwalm

Round Hill Music is a boutique-size music publisher based in New York City that’s staffed with a team of people who are passionate about music.

Aaron Kaplan ’96

L.A. Newsbriefs

By Justine Taormino

Aaron Kaplan ’96

This summer featured a flurry of activity among members of Berklee’s L.A. community. Elik Alvarez ’00 won the Goldspirit award in the Best Documentary Score category at the International Film Music Festival in Córdoba, Spain, where he...

Charlie Worsham

Nashville Notes

By David Petrelli

Since graduating from Berklee, Charlie Worsham has been building a successful career one brick at a time. For more than a year, Worsham has been signed on the Warner Music label.


Courtney Hartman ’12

Things We Can't Forget

By Courtney Hartman

Last winter I spent six weeks on tour in South and Central Asia with my bluegrass band Della Mae.

Lead Sheet

Envisioning Berklee in 2025

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By 2025, what should Berklee become? The world around us is changing faster than ever; and over the past 10 years, music and the music industry have experienced truly disruptive change. What will it be like 10 years from now?

Global Groove

On the Road Again

by Jason Camelio

Students from the "It's All in the Song" performer and songwriter workshop in front of Santa Monica High School at the close of the August program.
One of the best ways to introduce music students to the Berklee teaching methodology is to bring the classroom to them. This was the concept envisioned by Gary Burton and Larry Monroe in the Berklee on the Road education series, which is offered in various locations.

Playing It Forward

Reaching for New Stars

by Jim Ricciuti

Thank you to all who gave to Berklee last fiscal year and whose names are listed on the following pages. With gifts that range from $1 to $1 million, you help Berklee provide a more affordable and life-changing experience for students.

Faculty Highlights

by Ryan Fleming

John Funkhouser

When you first meet someone as personable and mild-mannered as assistant professor John Funkhouser, the phrase “trial by fire” may not immediately jump to the fore.

Professor Ed Saindon gave a masterclass at London’s Royal Academy of Music, which was hosted by Neil Percy, the academy’s head of percussion. 

Professor Apostolos Paraskevas released the albums Tragedies, The Ritual, and Songs, Elegies and Dances

Alumni News

by Mark Small

Miguel Kertsman

Miguel Kertsman ’86 is on the phone from his native Recife, Brazil. It’s mid September, and he is at the tail end of a vacation that reunited him with family members, but he also managed to squeeze some business into the trip.

Frank Macchia of Burbank, CA, completed a sample library called Cinematic Tension FX on Native Instruments Kontakt with the company Sampleism. He will release the CD Grease Mechanix in January featuring an allstar band. Visit

Ben Camp of Laguna Niguel, CA, co-wrote Victoria Justice’s single “Gold” with Peter Thomas,  Jason Weiss ’12 and Sam Shrieve ’11. He also co-wrote “Mind Is Blown” for MainStreet with Shrieve and Joren van der Voort. Ethan Mentzer '04, van der Voort, and Camp have also worked with Angi3 on her upcoming EP.