Professor Francine Trester completed two song cycles commissioned by the Mirror Visions Ensemble and Nahant Music Festival and an orchestral work for the Rivers School Conservatory.
Professor Darrell Katz and his group OddSong released Jailhouse Doc with Holes in Her Socks, featuring four saxophones, marimba, violin, and vocalist for JCA Recordings.
Professor Beth Denisch was commissioned to compose “Fisherman’s Bay,” for string orchestra and percussion by the Musical Arts Youth Orchestra of Swampscott, MA. The Concord Women’s Chorus commissioned “The Tree House” for women’s chorus, oboe, cello and piano.
Professor and guitarist Lauren Passarelli released A Parallel Sunrise, her ninth disc of original music. Her tribute group AfterFab recently headlined at the first annual Beatles Festival in London, Ontario, Canada.
Associate professor Elena Roussanova Lucas recently had her composition “Festival Celebration Music in a Russian Style” performed by the Omaha Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Wilkins.
Associate professor D.J .Hatfield created a sound installation titled “Tgilen! O Ngiha no Riyar” (“Listen! The Voice of the Ocean”) for the International Austronesian Arts Award in Taitung City, Taiwan.
Associate professor and percussionist Jerry Leake released the album Crafty Hands featuring professor Randy Roos, and instructor Steve Hunt. Leake also published the novel Second Chance.
Professor Julius P. Williams conducted the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra on the Centaur Records CD Moments of Arrival. Among the featured works are Williams’s “InEquities in a Society (An Ode to Trayvon)” and the title work by Elena Roussanova Lucas.
Associate professor Tim Huling orchestrated and produced music for the Motiongate amusement park in Dubai. He also composed a tone poem depicting the story of an African American child before the Civil War.
Professor Sal DiFusco and Tsai Wenchen launched a comprehensive educational guitar website called GuitarLeading.com.
The new edition of Acoustic and MIDI Orchestration for the Contemporary Composer: A Practical Guide to Writing and Sequencing for the Studio Orchestra, cowritten by Andrea Pejrolo, has been published by Focal Press.
Professor Ellen Francese received a faculty grant to introduce service learning into the curriculum across the college.
Associate professor Bernardo Hernandez conducted the Conservatory of Santo Domingo Big Band during the Dominican Jazz Festival 2016. An orchestral arrangement he created for vibraphonist Victor Mendoza was performed by Orchestra L’Amistad in Valencia, Spain.
The jazz composition “Friendship Oak” by professor Scott Free appears on new recording Rock You by the Kyoto Composers Jazz Orchestra.
Professor and guitarist Giovanni Moltoni released the CD Just Another Night: Live Trio with bassist Fernando Huergo, drummer Marcello Pellitteri. Visit giovannimoltoni.com.
Assistant professor Adam Szetela had poems and stories published in Evening Street Review, Mount Hope, and I-70 Review.
Associate professor Lefteris Kordis received a four-star review in DownBeat magazine for his album Mediteranna: Goddess of Light.
Associate professor Suzanne Dean raised $1,500 for wildlife conservation through sales of her EP Come to Paradise. She was nominated for an Independent Music Award.
Associate professor Margaret McAllister organized a concert honoring composer Gunther Schuller with students from Berklee and Boston Conservatory at Berklee. British pianist Martin Jones performed her piece Lila in November.
Music Business/Management Department chair Don Gorder gave the keynote presentation on copyright at Communication University of China in Beijing and was part of a panel discussion at the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Monterrey, Mexico.
Professor John Stein released Color Tones with faculty members Fernando Brandão (flutes), and John Lockwood (bass), Phil Grenadier (trumpet), and drummer Zé Eduardo Nazario.
Professor Danny Harrington performed on Harry Carney’s baritone saxophone during in a November 2016 event during which iconic instruments were donated to Berklee’s Africana Studies Department by former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick.
Alonzo Harris played two shows with hip-hop artist Dej Loaf, in England and was the musical director for a segment of the Made in America Festival and for the season finale of MTV’s Wonderland.
Professor Rod Morgenstein released Profit with his band the Jelly Jam featuring Dream Theater bassist John Myung and King’s X guitarist Ty Tabor.
Assistant professor Orlando Cela has produced Music Gazing, a series about classical masterpieces with the Philharmonic Society of Arlington for Arlington Community Media.
Associate professor Tim Ray released the CD Windows featuring bassist John Lockwood and drummer Mark Walker. Ray has also toured during the fall with vocalist Tony Bennett.
Professor Peter Cokkinias played clarinet for the touring company of Wicked in the fall of 2016, and in concerts with the Boston Pops Orchestra.
The Esterhazy String Quartet premiered new quartets by composers Andrew List, Marti Epstein, Dennis Leclaire, and Arnold Friedman during the group’s annual residency at Berklee last fall.
In 2016, professor Ralph Peterson released the CDs Dream Deferred and Triangular III which were critically hailed by the Jazz Journalists Association, PopMatters, and DownBeat magazine.
Assistant professors Rene Pfister and Jeri Sykes, and professor Peter Cokkinias presented a student production of the musical In the Heights at the BPC.
Professor Tom Stein recently presented a series of concerts and workshops in Dalian and Beijing, China with faculty members Kevin Harris and Rick DiMuzio.
Associate professor Jan Donley has five paintings on display at the Stewart Clifford Gallery in Provincetown, MA.
Associate professors Mimi Rabson (violin) and David Harris (electric tuba) and drummer Phil Neighbors as the band Triarky released the recording Shakin’.
Assistant chair of Harmony Tom Hojnacki performed with Aretha Franklin at the Blue Hills Bank Concert Pavilion. His piano sonata, The Stars, was premiered by Stella Owen.
Professor Joe Coroniti, editor in chief of FUSION magazine, published a collaborative feature in memory of professor Henry Tate. Visit fusionmagazng.org.
Professor Kathleen Howland was a speaker at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine inaugurating a new special interest group on art and neuroscience.
Professors Jim Odgren and Dave Santoro released a video of their jazz quintet playing “The Sign” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY2hoIkeGBc.
Liberal Arts Department chair Simone Pilon will have her article “Developing Intercultural Learning among Students in Short-Term Study Abroad Programs” published in an upcoming issue of NECTFL Review.
Professor Tiger Okoshi played traditional Japanese music with the Kitanodai Gagaku ensemble at the UNESCO World Music Festival in Hamamatsu, Japan, in November.
Associate professor Freddie Bryant celebrated the release of his CD Monk Restrung at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola.
Assistant professor Marty Walsh is chronicling his life as a Los Angeles studio musician. Visit martywalsh.com/blog.
Jason Palmer released the album Beauty ’n’ Numbers: The Sudoku Suite on the Steeplechase label. He also taught at the 2016 Banff Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music and will serve as music director for a series of Esperanza Spalding concerts.