Alumni Affairs/See All BT IssuesBerklee Today Spring 2018

A Magazine for Contemporary Music and Musicians

Berklee Beat

Berklee’s Global Network Evolves

By Mark Small

In late October, representatives from Berklee’s international network partner institutions gathered at Berklee’s Valencia, Spain, campus for three days of presentations, information sharing, and networking. The confab drew leaders representing partners from Asia, Europe, North and South America...

Encore Gala Raises Funds for BCMP Scholarships

The Berklee Encore Gala rocked the Boston Marriott Copley Place on October 21, 2017, raising nearly $2 million to benefit the Berklee City Music program.

Celebrating a Legacy

By Mark Small

In October 2017, a new edition of the storied Only Chrome-Waterfall Orchestra played to a packed house at the Berklee Performance Center to celebrate the 80th birthday of former faculty member and composer/arranger Mike Gibbs ’63.

Heavy Weather and Higher Ground

In his November 2017 state of the college address, President Roger H. Brown stressed that Berklee must seek “higher ground” to meet challenges that confront higher education institutions.

The Voice of Bollywood at the BPC

By Tori Donahue

In December, the Berklee Indian Ensemble welcomed its first female artist in residence, Bollywood playback superstar Shreya Ghoshal.

Sailing Past $100 Million

By Cindy Albert Link

With 17 months remaining, the college’s Soundbreaking campaign has already sailed past its target goal of raising $100 million.

Endowed Music Therapy Field Training Fund Established

By Davis Wimberly

Presidential advisory council member Tee Taggart and her husband, Jack Turner, have initiated funding to develop the Endowed Music Therapy Field Training Fund.

Barr Foundation Partners with Berklee

By Mary Giurleo

The Barr Foundation provides a $300,000 planning grant to establish a new institute at Berklee to collaborate with Boston’s foremost medical, educational, and technology institutions.

Creative Independence for the Visually Impaired

By Ginny Fordham

After receiving a generous grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Berklee will build on its past success by creating a version of the music notation program Finale that will be accessible to the blind.

The Woodshed

The Woodshed: Writing a Canon

By Beth Denisch

Everything you always wanted to know about canons (but were afraid to ask).

Expert Testimony

Expert Testimony

By Peter Gerstenzang

Peter Gerstenzang ’77 offers a guide to making a short, snappy film to showcase your band and songs.


Calypso, Country, and a Fulbright

J. Hunter Moore ’77 describes his circuitous path to Trinidad and Tobago, where he received a Fulbright U.S. Scholars grant last year, and how fulfilling the grant has proven to be.

Lead Sheet

Career Services and Alumni: Building Community

By Melissa Levine

During the last two years, the Berklee Career Center has undergone a transformation, providing a more holistic model of career preparation for students as they prepare for life after Berklee.

Faculty Highlights

by Mark Small

With 44 years of experience as an educator, professor Jon Damian views writing and teaching performance arts as comparable to dance, musical performance, or acting. “It’s all show business,” he says.

by Lucía Burbano

Émilien Moyon, the program director in the Global Entertainment and Music Business program at Berklee’s Valencia campus, is fascinated by reinventing patterns and formulas that often fall into obsolescence once they’ve proven to be successful.

Recently, Berklee established two scholarships to honor the contributions of former faculty members Mili Bermejo and Bill Pierce, as well as Martin Luther King Jr.

Don Gorder, chair of Music Business/Management, gave the keynote address, “The U.S. Music Industry: Good News, Challenges, and the Future,” at the music industry forum at Communication University of China, in Beijing in November.

Assistant professor Orlando Cela released the album Shadow Etchings in February on Ravello Records. It features new music for flute written specifically for Cela.

Alumni News

Photos from alumni events in Miami and New York City.

by Mark Small

Sometimes taking a chance leads to completely unanticipated opportunities. Such was the case for vocalist Sarah-Jane (Pugh) Scott ’10, now a rising performer, recording artist, and television personality in Germany.

by David Petrelli

Husband-and-wife musical team Mare Wakefield and Nomad Ovunc (both ’04), came to Berklee from different parts of the world with different aspirations. Then a chance seating arrangement in a Berklee ear training class brought their worlds together. Wakefield recalls the first time she heard Ovunc...

by Peter Gordon

The ability to grow and adapt, as well as to innovate and thrive among uncertainty, are the hallmarks of Terry Wollman ’80, a producer, composer, musical director, radio host, and stellar guitarist.

It’s been a whirlwind for singer/songwriter Panagiotis Koufogiannis B.M. ’12, whose “life changed completely” after he won the Greek version of The X Factor in July 2017.

by Justine Taormino

Percussionist and composer Orpheo McCord ’02 was preparing to release his debut solo album last year when the catastrophic Thomas Fire hit Southern California, forcing his family to evacuate their Ventura County home. “The flames came to within yards of our house,” McCord recalled. Their home...

Pianist Lee McClure of New York City published a CD and online score for his Jazz Preludes for Piano.

Drummer Edward Michalik of Harrisburg, PA, has been performing with the Funky Rooster Band.