Faculty Notes

The album Life in Real Time by professor Laszlo Gardony was included in the list of the 10 best jazz albums of the year by the Boston Globe. It features Bill Pierce, Stan Strickland, John Lockwood, and Yoron Israel. Visit lgjazz.com.

Jonathan Holland

Composition professor Jonathan Holland received a 2015 commission from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University.


Professor Wendy Rolfe was featured at the First International Flute Festival “Perla del Pacifico” in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She performs regularly with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society.

Professor Peter Alhadeff was a keynote speaker at SIM Sao Paulo, Brazil, in December. The subject was “Fair Trade, Cutthroat Competition, and the Future of Music.”

Professor Jane Miller authored the book Introduction to Jazz Guitar, and opened a recent show for fellow guitarist Larry Carlton.

Assistant professor Lyle Brewer released the albums Lyle Brewer and Juno.

The manuscript Just Allies: A Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolenceby professor Sheila Katz will be published in the fall by the University of Texas Press.

The book New Directions: Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking by professor Peter Gardner is in its 20th printing, and is used at universities in more than 20 countries.

Assistant professor Ben Houge composed music for Chivas Regal’s 18 Ultimate Cask Collection whisky launch event in London. Read articles Houge authored about the experience at newmusicbox.org.

Francisco Noya

Associate professor Francisco Noya conducted the Classic FM Radio Symphony in Bulgaria, featuring Astor Piazzola’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.” He conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra and is the artistic adviser and conductor of the New Philharmonia of Newton, MA.

Pieces from the “Boston Train” painting series by associate professor Jan Donley were featured in Masque and Spectacle journal. Visit jandonley.com.

Associate professor Jerry Leake appeared with the Global Jazz Institute in Panama with Wayne Shorter. Last fall he presented a clinic on North and South Indian drumming and published the novel Sand and Ceremony. Visit rhombuspublishing.com.

Composition professor Marti Epstein released Hypnagogia, the first CD of her chamber music, which is available through CD Baby.

Associate professor Lorree Slye recorded “Patriotic Medley,” which she performed at Washington D.C. club Blues Alley on Veteran’s Day.

Associate professor Sharon Broadley-Martin was featured in a Boston Magazine article about workout playlists. She is a certified trainer and fitness and swimming instructor.

Assistant professor Jennifer Andrews had her work “Erasure” featured in the Ginosko Anthology 3, published by MatHat Press.

The installation “Pan Verdadero (True Bread)” by professor Neil Leonard will be featured at the Boston Cyberarts Gallery through February 28.

In March, professor John Funkhouser will tour South Africa giving concerts and master classes in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban.

Assistant professor Marshall Gilkes received Grammy nominations in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album and Best Instrumental Composition categories.

Assistant Professor Michael Figuccio won the Nelson Butters Award at the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society Science Symposium.

Associate professor David Thorne Scott and assistant professor Paul Pampinella lead the Vintage Vocal Quartet. Their video for the song “Undecided” is posted on You Tube.

Associate professor Lance Van Lenten published the second edition of his books Creative Jazz Exercises: Volumes 1, 2 and 3.

Film scoring assistant chair Alison Plante composed and produced a work for orchestra that was conducted and recorded by the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra and narrated by radio host Meghna Chakrabarti.

In June, professor Tom Stein will launch a new MOOC (massivie open online course) on Canvas Network titled Concert Production: Artistry & Business Development.

Associate professor Jorrit Dijkstra released three CDs, including a solo album titled Never Odd or Even, with funding from a Berklee faculty development grant. Visit jorritdijkstra.com.

Professor Felice Pomeranz will appear at this summer’s Jazz Harp Federation festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In November 2015, professor Kris Adams presented a workshop based on her book Sing Your Way Through Theory to the Society for Music Education in Dublin, Ireland.

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.

Assistant professor Alonzo Harris worked on a holiday album featuring Alicia Keys, Tyrese, Brandy, and others. He was musical director for the Apple Music Festival in London, JayZ’s Tidal music show, Tommy Hilfiger’s 30th anniversary VIP party, and an American Music Awards red-carpet event.

Assistant professor Scott Morrisette completed his Ph.D in information systems.

Professor Gaye Tolan Hatfield and associate professor Brad Hatfield are the composers for the show The Young and the Restless.

Dean Darla S. Hanley was elected president of the National Association for Popular Music Education.

Professor Ed Saindon published the book The Complete Guide To Improvisation, Volume 2. Visit >edsaindon.com.

In November 2015, Jim Kelly and Jim Odgren led a workshop in the Dominican Republic with alumnus Javier Vargas.

Michael Bierylo

In the fall of 2015, Michael Bierylo, chair of Electronic Production and Design, together with professor Richard Boulanger, and dean Kari Juusela performed and lectured in Krakow, Poland; Shanghai, China; St. Petersburg, Russia.

Associate professor Kevin Block-Schwenk conducted a series of Berklee alumni interviews that are available through Berklee’s Career Development Center.

Associate professor Joe Stump released the instrumental guitar album The Dark Lord Rises.

Associate professor Fernando Brandao released the CD Sem Tradução (Without Translation), featuring faculty members, students, and alumni.

Professor Michael Farquharson is working on a Brazilian music album for Larry Monroe (with Matthew Nicholl and Donna McElroy), plus a rock album by Damien Bracken and Jason Camelio and an album of original music with Nicholl.

Professor Jimmy Kachulis had his piece “Bye Bye Brazil” recorded by marimba player Nanae Mimura on her recording Universe.

Professor C. Scott Free had a piece recorded by Kyoto Composers Jazz Orchestra and released on the CD Today’s Lineup. He and Neil Olmstead performed live on WERS 88.9 FM.

The single “I’m Back” by professor Walter Beasley spent two weeks at number one on the Billboard contemporary jazz chart.

In June 2015, associate professor Loudon Stearns presented Every When at Once: A Space Opera, bringing performers from different time zones together to play simultaneously via the Internet.

Associate professor Ned Rosenblatt directed the 2016 Maine All-State Vocal Jazz Choir. In February, his Advanced Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform at the American Choral Directors Conference.

Professor Bob Winter performed with the Boston Pops last summer and released a solo piano CD.