Alumni Affairs/See All BT IssuesBerklee Today Spring 2018

A Magazine for Contemporary Music and Musicians
Volume 
29
Number 
3
Spring
2018

Berklee Beat

Alumni Happening

Photos from alumni events in Miami and New York City.

Valencia Performance Scholarships Established

The Berklee Valencia, Spain, campus offers a new way for musicians around the world to join the global music community as performers, practitioners, and leaders. Curricular offerings include four master’s degree programs, three summer programs, and two undergraduate programs.

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...

An Eclectic Journey

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.

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.

Here, There, Everywhere

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.

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.

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.

Regional Spotlights

Nashville Pros

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...

West Coast News

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...

Coda

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.

Global Groove

Émilien Moyon: Always Looking Forward

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.

Soundbreaking

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.

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.

Assistant professor and trumpeter Jason Palmer was one of the five selected for the inaugural class of artist fellows for the city of Boston. He also made the album Live at Wally’s Café for Newvelle Records.

Two recordings by bass professor Bruce Gertz, Singularity and Blue Cube, received three and four-star reviews respectively in the December 2017 issue of DownBeat magazine.

Alumni News

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.

Pianist Gordon Nicholson of Vaud, Switzerland, released two piano jazz albums: Vidondee, Soft Whispers of Jazz and Something for Bill on CD Baby.

Keyboardist Alan Hewitt of Vero Beach, FL, has been touring with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees the Moody Blues since 2010. Visit alanhewitt.com.