The August 30 convocation welcomed this semester’s entering students, including addresses from alumnus and keynote speaker James Morales ’06, student Ryfer Cohen, and staff Betsy Newman, Jay Kennedy, Larry Simpson and Roger H. Brown.
In early August, with his single “See You Again” from the Furious 7 movie soundtrack still perched near the top of the Hot 100 (where it spent 12 weeks at number one), singer/songwriter Charlie Puth ‘13 returned to campus to talk to students enrolled the summer program.
Casey Driessen ’00 has been named as the director of the master’s degree program in contemporary performance with production concentration at the Valencia campus. Driessen has gained renown playing five-string fiddle on tours by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Tim O’Brien, and Darrell Scott.
Watching assistant professor Vessela Stoyanova ’00 perform live with her band Bury Me Standing, one realizes that she is probably the only faculty member whose style blends elements of traditional Balkan vocal music, punk, and odd meters. Oh, and she plays it all on a MIDI-controlled marimba...
Professor Ken Zambello, who has taught history of rock classes since 1990, was interviewed by Perry Eaton, culture writer for Boston.com, about Janis Joplin’s final performance at Harvard Stadium in 1970.
Professor Nancy Zeltsman directed the 13th Zeltsman Marimba Festival at Rutgers University. Recognized as a premiere annual marimba event, it educates performers and highlights marimba repertoire.
Film composer Andrew Simon McAllister creates music in a range of styles for dramatic features, documentaries, and video games, including Shooting for Socrates, the Planet of the Apemen miniseries, the BBC World War I drama 37 Days, and MTV’s My Super Sweet 16.
Richard Niles of Mission Viejo, CA, is the U.S. representative of the German company Instant Music Licensing, whose software allows easy and fast licensing of music. He also just published a book titled From Dreaming to Gigging: Jazz Guitar in 6 Months. Visit richardniles.com.
Joe Doyle of Nashville, TN, had his song “Back to Bethlehem” recorded by Kenny Rogers for Rogers’s new album Once Again It’s Christmas. Visit joedoylesongs.com.