Alumni Affairs/See All BT IssuesBerklee Today Summer 2013

A Magazine for Contemporary Music and Musicians


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Glimpsing Berklee's New Tower

By Mark Small

Browse photos of the new building's views, studios, dorm rooms, and dining hall.

Berklee Beat

Music Legends Fête the Class of 2013

By Mark Small

Willie Nelson, Carole King, and Annie Lennox greet the class of 2013.

Standing Strong

By Mark Small

Reflecting the true spirit of Boston, Berklee student Callie Benjamin aided the injured immediately after the April 15 bombings.

Orchestral Additions

By Adam Renn Olenn

Berklee’s String and Brass departments recently added faculty members who are members of one of Boston’s most storied institutions: the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Carl Beatty’s New Role

By Mark Small

Carl Beatty, who has served as chief of staff to President Roger Brown since 2005, will lead the effort to reach out to Berklee alumni and to leaders in the music industry.

Replacing the Silence

By Rob Hayes

The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) premiered its new original score to Buster Keaton’s comic masterwork Our Hospitality (1923). On May 6, the BSFO performed the score live to picture in its home away from home, the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA. Then, on May 15, they...

Expert Testimony

Steven Corn

Steven Corn '84

By Mark Small

Steven Corn ’84 is the CEO and cofounder of BFM Digital, a California-based digital music distributor. The company represents hundreds of independent artists, labels, publishers, and other content creators to a network of more than 250 music services.

Regional Spotlights

Boston Beat

By Karen Bell

Ben Maitland-Lewis ’05 is passionate about serving the needs of independent artists, especially those from the Berklee community. His company, Indie Ambassador, is a music media and technology company, and their first product is

New York Spotlight

By Arielle Schwalm

Spotify is a groundbreaking global music streaming service available on multiple platforms. It has offices all over the world, including one in New York that employs four Berklee alumni.

L.A Newsbriefs

By Justine Taormino

For Los Angeles alumni, 2013 opened with a celebration.

Nashville Notes

By David Petrelli

Ordinarily, I write these columns from home or from one of my favorite local coffee establishments in Nashville. Today, however, I’m coming to you from Key West, FL, the site of the 18th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival.

Brendon Small’s Galaktikon Headlines WesFest

By Peter Gordon

WesFest 8, the eighth annual benefit concert in support of the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship Fund at Berklee was held at the Roxy in Los Angeles on March 3.


Hammer and Chisel Work

By Neda Shahram

Under a spell similar to that of a sculptor, I imagine the future of my work. For me the “sculpting process” has been my undergraduate experience, which ultimately revealed that my career would be in entertainment law.

Lead Sheet

Entering the World of MOOCs

By Debbie Cavalier

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This year, Berklee Online celebrates 11 years of teaching music online, and Coursera is the latest innovative step.

Global Groove

Women Who Rock Around the World

By Amanda Gouldthorpe

Berklee musicians joined with ICOM students at the closing of the Classic Rock Showcase in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Playing It Forward

Colombian Kinship

By Cindy Albert Link

In February 2013, six members of the Berklee College of Music faculty and administration traveled to Colombia. They immersed themselves in a weeklong series of high-energy, well-attended master classes, audition and interview (A&I) sessions, meetings, and evening receptions.

Faculty Highlights

by Adam Renn Olenn

Professor of Percussion Joe Galeota teaches classes that introduce students to the culture and advanced ensemble playing of African music.

Aided by the Newbury Comics Faculty Fellowship, Professor Steve Wilkes documented the sounds of Cape Cod. He released Sound Signals, a two-CD set of field recordings and electronic remixes, plus Fordham Wilkes: Upstream, with vocalist Ginny Fordham.

From the left: Janice Pendarvis, Vaneese Thomas, Jimmy Cliff, and Nicki Richards

Associate Professor Janice Pendarvis sang on David Bowie’s album The Next Day. She appeared in the film Twenty Feet from Stardom and performed on Late Show with David Letterman with Darlene Love, Jimmy Cliff, and Shawn Klush.

Alumni News

by Mark Small

I woke up still laughing the morning after a concert featuring Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers (SCR) in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Pianist Lulu Martin of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is teaching music students in a program by Funarte, a Brazilian government arts entity. He is touring with Ithamara Koorax and has written television music. Visit

U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer Steve Giove of Okinawa, Japan, led an all-star, 17-piece Marine Corps band in a performance at Berklee’s annual High School Jazz Festival in Boston on March 2. Among the military musicians was fellow alumnus Gunnery Sergeant Jim Wallace ’99.