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...
Assistant professor Ana Gulgui was part of the faculty team chosen for the Guilford Recording residency via Berklee’s faculty development program. They will record a musical version of Alice In Wonderland, composed and adapted by Rene Pfister.
Percussion instructor Thomas Schmidt was a featured performer and lecturer at professor Alex Kalogeras’s festival École de Naxos on the Cycladic island of Naxos, Greece.
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.
Pedro Santa Cruz MM’13 founded the music production company Oso Pardo in Santiago de Chile. He is creating music for three TV series, including an animated show to be broadcast next year on the Brazilian network O Globo. He has also scored TV commercials, short films, and informational videos.
Loïc Souriant ’82
Bassist Loïc Souriant of Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, released the album Bass Traveler.