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Merger Signed with Boston Conservatory

At a celebration on January 20 in the Berklee Performance Center, Berklee and the Boston Conservatory (TBC) signed a merger agreement. The combined institution will be called Berklee College of Music with the conservatory becoming the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

New Record: $2 Million for Encore Gala

By Laurie McFarlane / Beverly Tryon

The Encore Gala delivered a diversity of entertainment and ignited more than 900 guests to raise a record-breaking $2 million for the Berklee City Music Program.

Helping Berklee City Music Scholars Cross the Finish Line

By Beverly Tryon

Through a generous gift from David and Lori Sprows to the Berklee City Music Program, additional financial support of scholarships to cover housing costs will go a long way toward helping students complete their undergraduate studies and earn their bachelor’s degrees.

American Roots Music Prize

By Ginny Fordham

With a gift intention of $150,000, Bill Haney created the Eisenson Family Prize for American Roots Music at Berklee, a new endowed fund which will provide for an annual visit by an outstanding roots musician to Berklee.

BGJI Assistantship Endowed

By Mirek Vana

With a generous gift, Bodo Liesenfeld has established the first endowed assistantship program at Berklee. Liesenfeld serves as the advisory board chair for the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), and the new Liesenfeld BGJI Endowed Assistantship Program will promote research and program...

New Alumni Affairs Director

Fritz Kuhnlenz was recently named the director of Alumni Affairs. Kuhnlenz comes to Berklee from the office of development and alumni relations at Boston University, where he held various positions over the course of four years.

Music sans Film

By Ed Symkus

The recent Berklee Alumni Composer Consortium, billed as a night of “contemporary art music, featured music from alumni Frank E. Warren ’76, violinist Helen Sherrah-Davies ’80, and cellist Kari Juusela ’77, as well as a tribute to Oscar-winning composer Howard Shore ’69.

Berklee + Pops + Vampire

As a warm-up to Halloween, professor Sheldon Mirowitz and eight of his top film scoring students collaborated with conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra to produce the music for a sold-out, silent film concert at Boston’s Symphony Hall on October 30.

The State of the College

In a September 30 presentation to the members of the Berklee community in Boston and streamed live to Valencia, president Roger Brown made a solid case that the health of the college is strong.

Expert Testimony

Expert Testimony: The Mind of a Musical Director

By Rob Mathes

Rob Mathes ’84, an in-demand music director for large-scale musical productions, tells what it takes to be a musical director.


What's the Real Value of Streaming Services?

By Lisa Occhino

Lisa Occhino '13, founder of SongwriterLink and managing editor for Sonicbids, delves into the developing role of streaming services within the music industry and what it means for artists.


A Lesson in Determination

The late Pete Huttlinger, a Nashville-based guitarist, showed grit and determination in squarely facing lifelong health challenges to keep playing at the top of his form throughout his life.

Regional Spotlights

On Broadway: Alex Lacamoire '95

By Lesley O'Connell

As the music director and orchestrator of the much-buzzed-about show Hamilton, Alex Lacamoire is at a new career peak.

On TV and on the Move: Louis Cato '04

By Mark Small

In between a cowriting session with Londoners via Skype and an early-afternoon rehearsal for a December episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Louis Cato ’04 took a few minutes to talk about his unfolding career as part of Stay Human, the Colber show's house band, and as a multi-...

Musical Storyteller: Joel Goodman '84

By Peter Gordon

Emmy Award-winning composer Joel Goodman ’84 has found a unique niche in the world of film and TV music, scoring more than 125 films and television programs that have received four Oscar nominations, 15 Emmy awards, and more than 25 Emmy nominations.

L.A. Newsbriefs

By Justine Taormino

New projects from the award-winning duo Freckles, the trio Move N Play Music, and Emily Dale '12 (Emily Arrow).

Nashville Pros

By David Petrelli

22-year-old Ashlyn Willson '15 has become the walking example of the kind of young artist that has kick-started Nashville’s recent renaissance, establishing a reputation as an exceptional songstress, producer and track-writer.

The Woodshed

The Woodshed: Focus on the Framework

By Bob Reynolds

Bob Reynolds, a freelance saxophonist living in Los Angeles, share's tips on feel, structure, and limitations for improvising.

Lead Sheet

Blaze Your Own Trail

By Sean P. Hagon

Sean P. Hagon, the chair of Professional Music, describes how the changes to the professional music major prepare students for many career options in the contemporary music industry.

Faculty Highlights

by Ryan Fleming

For decades, Professor Bob Doezema has played a vital role in the classroom and in the development of Berklee's curriculum and the Five-Week Summer Performance Program.

Suzanne Dean Phil Farnsworth

The CD Come to Paradise by associate professor Suzanne Dean and featuring Casey Scheuerell will be released in April.

Associate professor Andy Edelstein and his Rapid Eye Music studio were featured in the June 2015 issue of Mix magazine.

Alumni News

by Peter Gordon

Jazz keyboardist, composer, and record producer Jeff Lorber has been a vital musical force throughout a lengthy and successful career.

Lisa Miller Villani of Brockton, MA, retired after teaching in the Brockton Public Schools for 35 years. She and her husband Louis Villani operate Track Shack recording studio, and both perform with the Boxwood Saxophone Quartet.

Reid Lindgren of Rozet, WY, operates his own recording studio. Visit