Billy Joel’s music director and keyboardist since 1993, David Rosenthal ’81 prodigious career as keyboardist, producer, orchestrator and synth programmer includes work with Rainbow, Happy the Man and Steve Vai. Listen to the full Sounds of Berklee podcast interview here.
The power of music to honor the memory of composer, bassist, and photographer Wes Wehmiller ’92 was on full display March 6 at the Baked Potato in Studio City, California. The annual WesFest tribute reached new heights as music and Wehmiller’s spirit filled the club during this memorable...
Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list recently included Los Angeles-based video game developer Riot Games, debuting at number 13. Currently, six Berklee alumni work there as members of Riot’s audio/music team.
On April 29, President and Michelle Obama hosted an all-star concert at the White House for the fifth annual International Jazz Day celebration. Berklee was well represented among the performers, which included headliners Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Kurt Elling, Pat Metheny, Chick...
Dance performer, choreographer, and hip-hop scholar Duane Lee Holland Jr. is the first full-time faculty member to be hired to teach at both the Boston Conservatory and Berklee following the merger of the two institutions.
The Nashville-based Fisk University has a storied history as one of the nation’s leading black colleges. On February 21, Fisk celebrated its 150th anniversary. As part of Berklee’s Signature Series, a commemorative concert was held at Boston’s Symphony Hall and paid tribute to the university and...
From the left: Steve Ruchefsky, Michael Gaisbacher ’15, Jake Howard ’17, Carolyn Kendrick ’16, Livingston Taylor, Emma Ruchefsky ’19, and Rondi Charleston. In April, Steve Ruchefsky and Rondi Charleston, parents of Berklee student Emma Ruchefsky, hosted a gathering at their home in...
After a 30-year teaching career at Berklee, professor Hal Crook celebrated his last semester with a February 18 concert of original music in the Berklee Performance Center with some of his most illustrious former students.
Students recently packed the David Friend Recital Hall to catch some music business wisdom from Nir Seroussi ’96, president of Sony Music U.S. Latin. Seroussi came to Berklee’s campus to deliver the keynote for the 23rd annual James G. Zafris Lecture for Music Business/Management.
On May 28, 1966, Berklee’s first graduating class totaled 16, with 13 grads receiving bachelor of music degrees in either music education or composition. Fifty years later, the 2016 class numbered 952 graduates who earned degrees and diplomas in a dozen different majors.
On Friday, May 6, the audience at Boston University’s Agganis Arena was abuzz. Anticipation was high for Berklee’s annual commencement concert in which 124 graduating seniors paid tribute to this year’s honorees Rita Moreno, Lucian Grainge, The Isley Brothers, and Milton Nascimento.
Donny McCaslin ’88 shares his insight into the recording process on David Bowie's Blackstar, and how he and his jazz quartet came to be enlisted by the legend on what would become his 25th and final album.
Any discussion about the music industry of today (and of the future), inevitably leads to a certain theme: copyright law and its role in the digital age and new music industry economy. Whether we’re speaking about songwriters, recording artists, record labels, publishers, digital service...
Betsy Newman, senior vice president for student enrollment and engagement, covers Berklee’s vision for 2025 and the recently launched process to develop a career strategy to help the college advance its commitment to students and alumni to fully realize their artistic, creative, and career potential.
During her 29 years in Berklee’s Woodwind Department, professor Wendy Rolfe has carved out a multidimensional musical path. She was the first woman the department hired in 1987, and since that time, she has guided countless flute students through the intricacies of technique and repertoire.
Professor Bill Banfield was a member of the panel of judges for the Pulitzer Prize in music that awarded a Pulitzer to composer Henry Threadgill for his epic work In for a Penny, In for a Pound. Threadgill is the first composer using the jazz language to receive the prestigious award. Banfield also penned the books Ethnomusicoligizing and Pat Patrick: American Musicians and Cultural Visionary.
In May, professor Joe Mulholland released the CD Runaway Train with backing from professor Bob Tamagni (drums), and Bob Nieske (bass).
Talk with Jacques Schwarz-Bart ’94, and you’ll find yourself captivated by his passion for French-Caribbean roots music and his dedication to exploring the mystery of his native Guadeloupe’s gwo ka tradition and the spirituality of Haitian music. In this quest he has found his artistic...
Julia Hoffman ’15 of Berlin, Germany, is working in the artist management division of Jackmode Agency, developing the global careers of renowned techno and house DJs and producers.
Paul Sciaba of Wakefield, MA, released the album Rhythm Changesfeaturing acoustic guitar treatments of jazz and pop standards. He performs with Cool Change around greater Boston.