Faculty Notes

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.

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.

Assistant professor Pratt Bennet completed his seventh year leading the Training Transformational Teachers program by launching a new program and giving the keynote address to professors at the Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs conference.

In November, Boston Conservatory professor Jim Dalton presented a paper on free style versus strict style just intonation in the music of Lou Harrison at the 17th International Music Theory Conference titled Principles of Music Composing: Ratio Versus Intuitio, in Vilnius, Lithuania.

In the fall, professor Tom Stein gave master classes at International School of Beijing, and Zhengzhou University. He and fellow faculty members Kevin Harris, Larry Watson, and Rick DiMuzio traveled to Chongqing, China, in December for master classes and concerts.

The album Pathways by assistant professor Yoko Miwa and her trio spent four weeks in the top 10 on the national jazz radio charts. Miwa also was profiled in both DownBeat magazine and the Boston Globe.

As the composer-in-residence for the Capitol Hill Chorale in Washington, D.C., professor Kevin Siegfried recently premiered his works “Music of the Spheres” for choir and glass harmonica, and “Appalachian Carols,” based on the music of folk singer Jean Ritchie.

Composition Department chair Richard Carrick made his debut as both composer and conductor at the George Enescu Festival in Romania, premiering his work Akko with the Hyperion Ensemble. He also premiered a work at the Pacific Rim Festival in Santa Cruz, CA, in October.

Professor Prince Charles Alexander played flute with the French hip-hop group IAM at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France, marking the 20th anniversary release of the group’s award-winning album L’Ecole Du Micro D’Argent, which is the best-selling French hip-hop album to date. Alexander coproduced and mixed it.

Assistant professor Jimena Bermejo-Black received the Somerville Arts Council Grant to present an original movement piece and to curate and perform a music, poetry, and dance work at the Distillery Gallery in South Boston. Bermejo-Black is also serving as the as director of the dance program at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.

Professor Suzanne Clark gave lectures titled “Guitar Bands Are on Their Way Out” and “Sgt. Pepper Turns 50” at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts for the 50th anniversary of the release of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album by the Beatles.

Associate professor Annette Whitehead-Pleaux and her group Team Rainbow received a presidential commendation for outstanding contributions to the profession of music therapy at the American Music Therapy Association Conference in November.

Professor Peggy Codding presented at the American Music Therapy Association National Conference in St. Louis, MO, in November. She was also a contributor to a Massachusetts Cultural Council podcast series and the keynote speaker at a Berklee music education symposium.

In December, assistant professor Michael Hendrix released his fourth full-length record, Can It Find Us Here? under the name R.M. Hendrix.

Associate professor and violinist Sara Caswell was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Improvised Jazz Solo category for her performance on “Can’t Remember Why” from the album Whispers on the Wind by Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge.

Professor Laszlo Gardony contributed his top-10 list to the JazzTimes article “40 Essential Jazz Solos.” He also shared his early impressions of Thelonious Monk’s music for a Village Voice article marking Monk’s 100th birthday.

On October 21, professor David Weigert was the music director for a performance by an 11-piece ensemble of faculty and alumni at the WGBH studios. The event, a celebration of the 200th birthday of Bahá u’lláh sponsored by the Baha’i Faith, was attended by 600 people.

“Saints and Angels,” a quartet composed by professor Jon Damian for the staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was played widely by Bill Frisell’s quartet during the group’s recent European tour.

In November, the City Council of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, honored professor Jetro da Silva for his contributions as a music educator and artist and nominated him as the first ambassador of the Ordem dos Músicos do Brasil.

Professor and guitarist Mark White and the Mark White Octet released an 18-song CD titled Can’t We Be Friends? The music is dedicated to the late jazz bandleader Dave Pell. The musicians heard on the album include Arnie Krakowsky, Ken Reid, Rick Hammett, Jon Garniss, Scott DeOgburn, Mark Poniatowski, and Kenny Hadley.

Professor Suzanne Hanser co-authored a research article in Global Advances in Medicine and Health, entitled “Inpatient Massage Therapy versus Music Therapy versus Usual Care: A Mixed-methods Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial.”

Professor Linda Chase composed the oratorio The City Is Burning, which was performed at New England Conservatory’s Brown Hall on October 29. Associate professor Stan Strickland and chair of the Harmony Department George Russell Jr. were among the work’s soloists.

A profile of voice professor Peter Eldridge appeared in the October 2017 issue of JAZZed magazine.

Associate Professor Melissa Ferrick is attending the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Professor John Stein appeared on the cover of the Spanish guitar magazine Cutaway. He also completed a tour in California.

The album, United by piano instructor Jason Yeager and assistant professor of strings Jason Anick, was named among the best CDs of 2017 by DownBeat magazine. Faculty members Jason Palmer, George Garzone, Jerry Leake, John Lockwood, and alumnus Clay Lyons, played on the recording.

Assistant professor Alonzo Harris was the musical director and keyboardist for the band H.E.R. in the group’s first headlining tour of America, Canada, and Dubai.

Assistant professor Kevin Harris recently performed in December at venues in China and South Korea, and at the 55 Bar in New York City and the Panama Jazz Festival. He has worked with fellow faculty members Jason Palmer, Bob Gullotti, Tia Fuller, and Terri Lyne Carrington as well as Richie Barshay and Rudy Royston.

The album Get Up and Go by assistant professor Vadim Neselovskyi and his trio received 4.5 stars in DownBeat and appears on the magazine’s “Best of 2017” list. His composition “Prelude for Vibes” was performed by the Symphony Orchestra of Graz in Graz, Austria on New Year’s Day.

Professor Rod Morgenstein will tour America with the Dixie Dregs in March and April. Morgenstein was part of the original five-man line up that will be playing together again for the first time in 40 years.

Assistant professor Victoria Large’s short story “Tidying Up” was published in the December 4 edition of Crack the Spine literary magazine.

Marimolin, comprising professor/marimbist Nancy Zeltsman and professor/violinist Sharan Leventhal, recently premiered “La Resistencia” by assistant professor Leo Blanco at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, IN. Assistant professor Sergio Bellotti also presented a workshop at the convention.

Professor Maggie Scott has been selected to receive the Ninth Annual Distinguished Faculty Award for the Professional Performance Division.

Assistant professor Mike Tucker now plays saxophone in trumpeter Arturo Sandoval’s band.

Assistant professor Peter Bufano composed original music for Big Apple Circus’s 40th anniversary production, which ran at New York’s Lincoln Center through January 7. The show is currently touring across the country.