Alumni Affairs/See All BT IssuesBerklee Today Spring 2014

A Magazine for Contemporary Music and Musicians

Berklee Beat

Good Reasons to Celebrate

By Beverly Tryon

The 19th Annual Encore Gala lifts spirits and raises funds for Berklee City Music.

A Milestone for Singers Showcase

Marking three decades of great vocal performances.

Melissa Howe

Melissa Howe Named Chief of Staff

The former String department chair is now serving as right-hand-woman to President Brown.

Zildjian Percussion Facility Dedicated

Dedicating a new percussion facility underwritten by Zildjian.

Bringing Color to a Black-and-White Classic

It’s rare to find a youthful crowd in a line that snakes around the corner waiting to see a movie released 90 years ago. But that was the case for the sold-out screening of Harold Lloyd’s classic 1923 comedy Safety Last! with a new score provided by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO).

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Master's Degrees in Boston in 2015

Graduate studies will be offered at Berklee Boston in the fall of 2015.

From the left: Vice President for Enrollment Mark Campbell, Xu Shuya, President Roger Brown, Zhang Xianping, and Senior Vice President for Innovation Strategy and Technology David Mash gathered in Shanghai, China, in December 2013 to sign a memorandum of

And So We Grow

Six new partner institutions join the Berklee International Network of schools.

The Woodshed

Composer Alan Silvestri

The Woodshed: Forrest Gump Turns 20

By Mark Small

July 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the blockbuster movie Forrest Gump. The film swept the nation and the Academy Awards, winning six Oscars, including one for best picture.

Expert Testimony

Tierny Sutton

Expert Testimony: Given by jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton '87 to Mark Small

By Mark Small

Of the many great jazz vocalists, Tierney Sutton is notable for her individual perspective on music from the Great American Songbook. She’s recorded nine albums with the Tierney Sutton Band that have received five Grammy nominations.

Regional Spotlights

Nashville Pros

By David Petrelli

Movers and shakers in Music City

New York Spotlight

By Arielle Schwalm

The buzz from alumni in the Big Apple

Boston Beat

By Michael Gaskins

Notable Berklee alumni in the Hub

Sharon Farber ’97

L.A. Newsbriefs

By Justine Taormino

Alumni achievements in the City of Angels

Film Scoring Chair George S. Clinton was named an SCL ambassador in New York.

A Strong Showing

By Peter Gordon

In November 2013, The Hollywood Reporter published its roster of the “Industry’s Top Music Schools.” Berklee was ranked number one on a list that included such renowned institutions as Juilliard, University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles, Eastman School of Music,...


Jack De Pietro

Coda: Responding to the Changes

By Jack De Pietro

Jack DePietro '76 applies a knowledge of music to the lessons of life.

Lead Sheet

Reaching Out

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Berklee vigorously addresses substance abuse, sexual assault, and mental health issues.

Playing It Forward

Celebrating Berklee's Faculty Pioneers

The men and women who laid Berklee's educational foundation

Faculty Highlights

by Adam Renn Olenn

Ensemble Department Assistant Chair Sean Skeete

Drummer and Ensemble Department assistant chair guides students to inner expression.

Professor Lauren Passarelli released two albums, Tender Ramble and Always & Forever, as well as the e-book Adorable Dachshunds: A Picture Book.

Associate Professor Ivan Sever completed a Pro Tools training course and is a certified Avid user .

Alumni News

by Mark Small

Former president Jimmy Carter and Karin Ryan '03

Karin Ryan '03 is incorporating music with human rights work at the Carter Center.

In January, Jerry Tachoir and Marlene (Desbiens) Tachoir ’77 released the album Stories (by the Jerry Tachoir Group), with songs written by Marlene and featuring Roy Vogt, Danny Gottlieb, Rich Adams ’82, and Beth Gottlieb. Visit

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut of Baltimore, MD, and his trio released the album Journeys. His touring band has featured bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Evan Sherman. Visit