Faculty Notes

The Rochester Chamber Orchestra and conductor Arild Remmereit performed Beth Denisch’s “Fire Mountain Intermezzo.”

Professor Tom Stein writes for Turkey Tribune and Young Celebrity News. He was appointed to the 2013–2018 Fulbright Specialist Roster. 

Music Therapy Chair Suzanne Hanser published articles on managing pain in the Journal of Urban Culture and Research and Music and Medicine: Integrative Models in the Treatment of Pain

Professor Kris Adams led a vocal jazz workshop at the Fara Music Festival in Italy, performing with Jonathan Kreisberg ’88, Gregory Hutchinson, Reuben Rogers ’04, and Kevin Hayes.

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

With funding from a Berklee grant, Professor Garrison Fewell is completing the book Outside Music, Inside Voices. He released the albums Tribal Ghost and Estuaries and performed at the Clusone Jazz Festival in Italy. 


Professor Julius Williams won the Trilogy Opera Company’s George Walker Award. 

Assistant Professor Melissa Ferrick released the album The Truth Is with Darcel Wilson and Paula Cole. 

Assistant Professor Kevin Harris released the album Museum, Vol. 1.

American Roots Artistic Director Matt Glaser received the American String Teachers Association’s 2013 Artist Teacher Award. 

Matt Glaser
Matt Glaser

Professor Yumiko Matsuoka published a book of a cappella arrangements titled The Water Is Wide

Assistant Professor Kevin Bleau performed “Don’t Be Yourself, Be Me” from his musical If You Want My Body in New York City with Marni Raab and Michele McConnell. 

Professor Lauren Passarelli released the e-book Guitar Insights via Amazon.com. She also released Honeywine, her first digital-only album.

Professors Neil Leonard and Joanne Brackeen were chosen by Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Red Hot organization to record with an all-star group in Havana, Cuba. 

Assistant Professor Hey Rim Jeon is a member of the board of the Korean Cultural Society of Boston. 

Assistant Professor Vadim Neselovskyi wrote music for the film The Never Bell, and released the CD Music for September.

Professor Mike Ihde studied Hawaiian style lap steel guitar in Oahu, HI, with Alan Akaka. 

Mike Ihde
Mike Ihde

Assistant Professor Vessela Stoyanova and her band Bury Me Standing released their debut album.

Professor Wendy Rolfe performed with the Mercury Orchestra in Houston, TX; at the International Flute Festival in Quito, Ecuador; the Buzzards Bay Musicfest; the National Flute Convention in New Orleans, LA; and with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

Professor Julien Kasper performed on Painting on Silence by Andrea Balestra ’07, with Scott Henderson, Steve Trovato, and Carl Verheyen.

Professor Darrell Katz and the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra released the CD Stories with David Harris, Bob Pilkington, Rebecca Shrimpton, and Norman Zocher. 

Associate Professor Ed Lucie released a CD featuring Steve Kirby. 

Through a faculty grant, Assistant Professor Ben Houge and other Berklee faculty presented the third “food opera” at Bondir Restaurant in Cambridge, MA. Enrique Gonzalez Muller was the engineer. 

Professor Tiger Okoshi will bring the Kitanodai Gagaku Ensemble to the Berklee Performance Center on October 15. 

Professor Jon Damian presented concerts and workshops in Australia, including a show with his “Rubbertellie” guitar and live mural painting. 

Professor Greg Fritze orchestrated the new national anthem of Nepal. Sharad Gurung ’97, who is the son of Amber Gurung (the anthem’s composer), presented Fritze with an award.

Greg Fritze (left) and Sharad Gurung ’97
Greg Fritze (left) and Sharad Gurung ’97

Professor Michael Farquharson performed with Lorne Lofsky and Stan Samole at Canada’s Jazz on the Mountain Festival. He also moderated a master class with Jimmy Haslip, Charnett Moffett, and Holly Cole. 

Brad Hatfield penned arrangements and performed with Susan Tedeschi ’91 and the Boston Pops on July 4. Jon Finn, Richard Flanagan, Melissa Howe, and Barbara LaFitte, also played.

Associate Professor Darol Anger recorded an album featuring Joe Walsh, Lukas Pool ’12, Courtney Hartman ’12, and Sharon Gilchrist. 

Film Scoring Chair George S. Clinton composed and recorded the score for John McNaughton’s Harvest.

Associate Professor Jane Miller released the album Three Sides to a Story, which was recorded by Lauren Passarelli.

Assistant Professor Rebecca Cline released the book Latin Jazz Piano Improvisation: Clave, Comping, and Soloing for Berklee Press.

Rebecca Kline
Rebecca Kline

Professor Karen Wacks traveled to Uganda with Musicians for World Harmony. The group studied music therapy to address post-traumatic stress disorder among ex-child soldier survivors. 

Professor Maggie Scott is holding a CD release party on October 29 at Sculler’s in Allston, MA. 

Ensemble Professor John Pierce’s quintet with Brad Hatfield, Gaye Tolan Hatfield, Stan Strickland, and Bob Tamagni performed in Virgin Gorda at Jazz on the Hill. He also played on the CD Eula! with Eula Lawrence, Jon Hazilla, and Tim Ray. 

Bob Doezema, Jeff Stout, Daryl Lowery, Jesse Williams, Al Kooper and Tom Arey ’02 shared a bill with the Zombies at the Keswick Theatre outside Philadelphia.

MP&E Chair Rob Jaczko and Assistant Chair Dan Thompson took students to London on a trip underwritten by the Wayne Wadhams Trust. They attended sessions at Abbey Road Studio and British Grove Studios with David Hentschel and Hugh Padgham. 

Assistant Professor Amanda Monaco and the Queens Jazz OverGround presented a jazz festival in Queens, NY, with Berklee students and Monaco’s quartet Formula One. 

Assistant Professor Catherine Bent visited Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and played on Rádio Nacional with Conjunto Época de Ouro. 

Professor Bill Banfield serves as a cultural correspondent for NPR radio host Tavis Smiley. Banfield’s Symphony 11: Songs/Stories premiered in Switzerland. Additionally, Banfield lectured at a music institution in Cuba.

Associate Professor Michael Johnson’s song “Shelter” was commissioned for the ECHO Habitat for Humanity Choir Festival in Colorado. He also released the single “Resolve.”

Professor Kathleen Howland provides music therapy for Metrowest Homecare & Hospice Service. She has been a speaker for councils on aging and at the Guadalajara Jazz Festival.

Assistant Professor Yoko Miwa scored the film Midlife, which featured alumni and student performers.

The Berklee World Strings performed Professor Bruno Råberg’s “Triloka” under Mimi Rabson’s direction. Råberg also toured Finland with Jussi Reijonen as well as several alumni. He also played in Sapporo, Japan, with Tiger Okoshi, David Gilmore, and Mark Walker.

Professor Bruce Gertz appeared on the CDs The Heart of a Champion with Trio-Now and Moonlight Alley with the Nick Goumas Quartet.