Faculty Notes


Associate Professor of Piano Josh Rosen and Stan Strickland released the CD Instinct

Professor Wendy Rolfe gave premieres of “Three Women” for flute and piano by Professor Beth Denisch in Quito, Ecuador, and at the National Flute Association convention. 

The Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra premiered East River Mountain Suite by Bruce Thomas.

Associate Professor of Woodwinds Fred Lipsius penned the book Two-Five Jazz Lines. Visit www.fredlipsius.com. 

Associate Professor Andrea “Ani” Johnson wrote an article for the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association Journal and presented a lecture at the January MIDEM conference in Cannes, France.

Chair of the Music Business/Management Department Don Gorder gave presentations in Barcelona, Spain, and Athens, Greece; and one in Paso Robles, CA, with Drew Chandler ’11.

Professor of Percussion Mark Walker toured Europe with the group Oregon and appears on the group’s CD Family Tree

Professor of Piano Marc Rossi released two new CDs, Mantra Revealed on Innova Recordings, and Resonance on Sony Music. 

Brad Hatfield’s arrangement of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” and Aerosmith’s “Dream On” (orchestrated by Professor Bill Elliott) was performed by Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops, and the Boston University Symphonic Chorus.

Artistic Director of the American Roots Music Program Matt Glaser received the Artist Teacher Award from the American String Teachers Association. 

Professor Sheldon Mirowitz worked on the score to the film First Comes Love, and scored the Museum of Science, Boston film Moons.

Percussion Professor Ed Saindon gave a master class at the Music Conservatory in Antwerp, Belgium. 

Assistant Professor Pratt Bennet has launched Leaps & Bounds, a series of interviews with experts in education-related fields. Visit www.cuttingedgeteaching.com.

Associate Professor Prince Charles Alexander mixed two songs for Alicia Keys’s educational app The Journals of Mama Mae & LeeLee

Assistant Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production Jeri Sykes orchestrated Paragon Park: The Musical, featuring music and lyrics by Adam Brooks ’08. The play received a Moss Hart Award from the New England Theatre Conference. 

Professor Peter Gardner’s book New Directions: Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking is in its second edition, 18th printing. It is used in 20 countries.

Professor Tiger Okoshi brought Bruno Råberg, Daniela Schächter, Mike Tucker, and Mark Walker to teach at the Hokkaido Groove Jazz  Camp in Sapporo, Japan. 

Professor Richard Sebring (a French hornist with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras) is composing music for the Fidelity Investments Oral History Project. 

Associate Professor of Liberal Arts Rebecca Perricone released the CD Burgundy Brew featuring songs written by Songwriting Department Chair Jack Perricone and various collaborators.

Associate Professor George Howard was interviewed by several media outlets about the Pandora Internet Radio Fairness Act.

Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts Suzanne Cope is writing a book for Alta Mira Press on artisanal food. 

Associate Professor of Songwriting Mark Simos wrote the title cuts for Missy Werner’s Three Kinds of Lonesome and Ricky Skaggs’s Music to My Ears albums. 

Associate Professor of Percussion Jerry Leake released the CD Prominence featuring Associate Professor Randy Roos, Associate Professor Stan Strickland, and Associate Professor Paul Stiller.

Assistant Professor of Electronic Production and Design Steve MacLean and percussionist Chris Cutler released the album The Year of the Dragon

Sabato “Tino” D’Agostino won the Goldin Award for Excellence in Education. He also led the Arlington, MA, High School Honors Orchestra on a concert tour of Europe. 

Associate Professor John Stein released the album Bing Bang Boom!, featuring bassist John Lockwood. 

Guitar Professor Freddie Bryant released the CD Freddie Bryant + Kaleidoscope: Live Grooves . . . Epic Tales. He also received a Berklee recording grant for a new project. 

Assistant Professor of Composition Michael Weinstein played French horn with the Boston Pops last summer.

Associate Professor Craig Hlady is heard on the CD Ready, with the Brian Kelley Trio.

Voice Professor Jan Shapiro released Piano Bar After Hours featuring Bob Winter, Tim Ray, Daniela Schächter, Russ Hoffman, and Joey Blake. 

Associate Professor Amy Merrill wrote the new musical Silver Spoon, which will be staged in June at Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier, VT. 

In January, faculty members Steven Kirby (guitar), Ed Lucie (bass), and Mike Connors (drums) toured California giving concerts and workshops.

Associate Professor Jorrit Dijkstra started a record label called Driff Records. Visit www.driffrecords.com. 

Professor Giovanni Moltoni recorded the CD Tomorrow’s Past with the support of a Berklee faculty grant. His group includes Greg Hopkins, Fernando Huergo, and Bob Tamagni. 

Professor Ken Zambello interviewed Pete Townshend on stage at the Berklee Performance Center about his autobiography Who I Am.

Voice Professor Kathryn Wright and Composition Professor Louis Stewart gave master classes and performances at the China Conservatory of Music. 

Bass professor Joe Santerre recently performed with guitarists Jon Finn and Guthrie Govan and was interviewed for www.musicianyou.com. 

Professor Neil Leonard composed “Du Long” (voice, saxophone, electronics) for the National Dance and Music Troupe of China, Beijing. 

Professor of Apostolos Paraskevas premiered two movies: one as a director and one as an actor at a film festival in Greece. His piece “An Orange” was recorded by the duo Lagrimosa Beltà. 

Berklee City Music Program instructor Nadia Washington is releasing a self-titled EP. Visit www.nadiawashington.com. 

Assistant Professor Sergio Bellotti performed at an Italian drum festival and endorses Yamaha drums.

Assistant professor of voice Daniela Schächter appeared on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz show.

Assistant Professor of Piano Yoko Miwa released the CD Act Naturally. Her trio was voted Top Jazz Act for 2012 in a Boston Phoenix muisc poll.

Associate Professor David Thorne Scott and his vocal group Vocalogy released the CD Refilled featuring Assistant Professor Mark Shilansky

Assistant Professor of Guitar Colin Sapp released the CD Songs without Words with the group Choose to Find.

Gregory Pavliv of Cedar Grove, NJ, is the director of training for Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit that provides assistance to public schools. The program has reached more than 200,000 students in the United States. Bruce Springsteen made a recent appearance at an event that raised $800,000. Visit www.littlekidsrock.org. 

Jeannie Gagné, Stan Strickland, Jon Hazilla, and Danny Morris were selected for the Steelgrass Recording Residency in Kauai, Hawaii, in January.