Alumni Affairs/See All BT IssuesBerklee Today Spring 2019

A Magazine for Contemporary Music and Musicians



New Law Could Help Cash Flow to Artists

By Danielle Dreilinger

With the Music Modernization Act, the biggest change to music copyright law in a generation has arrived. Here’s what you need to know.

Career Retrospective

Mark Small

Composing Berklee’s Story

By Rob Hochschild

Berklee Today first began rolling off the presses in 1989, and for 27 of the 30 years that followed, the magazine had one editor: classical guitarist, composer, and recording artist Mark Small ’73.


Hearing Women

By Erin Barra / Becky Prior / Sharon Kramer

In the summer of 2015, a report came out in Canada that explored women’s careers in the music industry. We’ve long known that women are underrepresented in the field, but we didn’t know exactly what this looked like, or how women felt about it. We decided it was time to find out, and last summer...


Berklee Online

By John P. Kellogg, Esq.

Digital streaming services and playlists are booming. Here’s what you need to know about their growth, and how they help listeners find your music.

Berklee Press

By Mark Simos

My new Berklee Press book, Songwriting in Practice: Notebooks, Journals, Logs, Lists, addresses some often-undiscussed “housekeeping” aspects of songwriting: back-office practices and supporting tools to help you connect inspiration and craft to the business and professional side of your...

Berklee Beat

Six Receive Alumni Achievement Awards for 2019

By Danielle Dreilinger

Berklee recognized six groundbreaking graduates with its Alumni Achievement Award April 4: Will Calhoun B.M. ’86, Gustavo Celis B.M. ’94, Ramin Djawadi B.M. ’98, Nir Seroussi B.M. ’96, Ebony Williams (B.F.A. ’05, contemporary dance), and Amanda Yesnowitz (B.F.A. ’96, musical theater).

Career Jam 2019

Career Jam 2019 Focuses on Women in the Arts

By Colette Greenstein

On April 5, Berklee hosted its annual Career Jam, which provided an opportunity for students to network with artists and industry leaders, apply for jobs and internships, and hear from successful alumni and industry experts on a range of subjects, from 21st-century entrepreneurship to exploring...

Star-Studded Commencement to Honor Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott, and Alex Lacamoire

By Bryan Parys

This year’s commencement honorees boast a combined 19 Grammys and more than 62 million albums sold. On May 11, President Roger H. Brown will present Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, and Alex Lacamoire B.M. ’95 with honorary doctorates during the ceremony, and all three will be celebrated in a...

American Master Award Goes to Kathy Mattea

By Katie Gibson

On March 18, Berklee honored Kathy Mattea with its American Master Award at a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee.

Brown Reports on Past Year’s Progress, Announces Thrive Scholarship

By Katie Gibson

In his annual State of the College and Conservatory address, President Roger Brown reflected on the past year’s progress following a difficult moment for Berklee, and also shared an exciting new initiative to help students realize their full creative and academic potential.

Berklee Awards Honorary Doctorate to Sylvia Rhone

By Katie Gibson

For four decades, Sylvia Rhone, president of Epic Records, has been a powerful force in the music industry. In recognition of her career, Berklee gave Rhone an honorary doctorate April 5, while she was on campus to give the keynote address at Career Jam.


The Legacy of Fletcher Bright

By Ginny Fordham

Businessman, philanthropist, and noted bluegrass fiddler Fletcher Bright first met Matt Glaser, artistic director of Berklee’s American Roots Music Program, more than 25 years ago when Bright wrote him to ask about the fiddle style of Vassar Clements.

The FAB Makes Magic Happen at Power Station at BerkleeNYC

By Gavin Berger

The Power Station at BerkleeNYC, which just finished a year as New York’s premier recording studio, has officially entered refurbishment mode.

Van Otterloos Give $500,000 to the Music and Health Institute

By Davis Wimberly

Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo have long recognized music’s power to heal.

Faculty Highlights

by John Mirisola

Berklee's New Department Chairs: (l-r) Dave Limina (Piano), Kim Perlak (Guitar), Tanya Darby (Brass)

We caught up with the college’s four new department chairs to talk about their vision for their departments.

In April, Notefornote Music released the album Love is on the Line by Associate Professor Ana Guigui. She will have a CD release performance at the Cutting Room in New York City in May, featuring players from the original Blues Brothers Band.

Professor Barbara LaFitte toured with the Boston Pops in Florida in February, and in Texas in March, performing the music of John Williams ’80H. On New Year’s Eve, she performed with Seth MacFarlane at Symphony Hall in Boston.

Alumni News

by Kim Ashton

Sophia Lazopoulou

Sophia Lazopoulou was already an established vocalist in Greece when she decided to go to Berklee in 2002, at age 28, to study voice performance.

by Jed Gottlieb

Rob Lewis

Fresh off Christina Aguilera’s Liberation tour, Rob Lewis returns to Berklee as a visiting artist.

by Bryan Parys

Lula Wiles

The folk trio Lula Wiles is often asked which one of the members’ names inspired the band name. But as the group’s Instagram bio points out: “None of us are named Lula.” Or Wiles.

by Bryan Parys

Claudia Eliaza and the Sensory-Friendly Movement

Picture yourself in a theater. The lights go down, but not quite as much as you expect. The actors and musicians begin the first song but, hey, does it seem quieter than usual?

by Kelundra Smith

Brian Simmons

When people think of children’s piano lessons, they might imagine an apprehensive beginner plunking out endless scales while an exacting teacher sits waiting to catch mistakes.

Drummer Scott A. Kohler B.M. ‘78 of Branson, MO, released the original album Unfinished Business with his band Ashby Ostermann Alliance.

Linda Lorence Critelli B.M. of Bergenfield, NJ, was elected president of the New York chapter of the Recording Academy, which bestows the Grammy Awards, in June.