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A Magazine for Contemporary Music and Musicians

Berklee Beat

Class of 2017: “Strong, Talented, and Prepared”

The May 12–13 commencement weekend brought together more than 1,000 graduates and their families as well as this year’s honorees: Lionel Richie

Celebrating the King

By Beverly Tryon

American Crew, a Revlon brand, sponsored Elvis Legacy Week at Berklee in early April to pay a special tribute to music legend Elvis Presley. The weeklong celebration included guest speakers and panel discussions by those who knew the King well, and included educational showcases, styling...

Digging the Roots

By Virginia Fordham

The American Roots Music Program at Berklee, established in 2009, recognizes the diversity of styles in America’s music. Included are blues, gospel, folk, Cajun, western swing, polka, bluegrass, country, and innovative blends by contemporary artists. Embracing them all, the Roots Music program...

Farewell to the Chief

By Mark Small

On March 5, Gary Burton fans in Boston got a last chance to hear “The Chief” as he is nicknamed, perform in the Berklee Performance Center (BPC)  with Japanese jazz and classical piano phenom Makoto Ozone ’83. during their Boston stop on Burton’s farewell tour. Throughout his long and fruitful...

Career Jam Offers Students Access to Industry Leaders

By Stefanie Henning

One year ago, connecting students with music industry heavyweights such as hip-hop artist and social activist Talib Kweli; David Dorn ’86, Apple Music’s senior director; and international music producer, violinist, and live show designer Laura Alluxe Escudé, wasn’t on anyone’s radar.

A New Era of Giving at Berklee

By Mirek Vana

Nelson L. Huang and his wife Phoebe Chen Huang recently became the first Chinese-American parents of a Berklee student to make a major gift to the college. The gift from the Huangs, parents of student Max Chen ’20, signals a new era of giving at Berklee and underscores the global character of...

A Celebration of Colombian Culture

By Mark Small

A March trip to Bogotá, Colombia, strengthened ties between the college and the music-rich South American nation through myriad events. “Colombia is one of four nations that Berklee has decided to focus attention upon, along with China, India and Brazil,” noted president Roger H. Brown, “because...

Boston Conservatory Marks 150 Years

On May 9, members of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee community packed Boston’s Symphony Hall for a gala celebration of the conservatory’s 150th anniversary. There is much to celebrate. Founded just two years after the end of the Civil War, the conservatory’s history lists a number or firsts....

Electronic Music Stars Plug in for Voltage Connect Conference

On March 10 and 11, Berklee’s Electronic Production and Design Department (EPD), hosted the inaugural Voltage Connect Conference. The event was inspired by David Mash, Berklee’s senior vice president for Innovation, Strategy, and Technology. Mash, who retired in May, founded the music synthesis...

Berklee Style

By Patricia Peknik



Jazz Has Arrived in Colombia

By Oscar Acevedo

When I graduated from Berklee in 1983, my home country, Colombia, was one of the least likely places for a jazz musician to launch a career. Except for a couple of bars and a pizza place in the northern part of Bogotá, there wasn’t much of a jazz club scene. The rise of the drug cartels and the...

Regional Spotlights

Taking Flight

By Elizabeth Fasana

Lessons in music theory and artistry transcend Berklee’s classroom walls and sometimes beam across the musical spectrum. With direct and indirect help from experienced and compassionate professors, Berklee alumni continue to find their niches in the music world. Two cases in point are ...

Here, There, Everywhere

By Mark Small

Like many young musicians, drummer Jason Patera ’98 dreamed of a career as a rock star. But the day after he got his driver’s license, a cruise through Chicago’s River West neighborhood to an arts academy radically altered his plans. The music store that he worked for sent him on a delivery run...

West Coast News

By Justine Taormino

In March, Scott Gershin ’84 became the director of sound editorial for the Sound Lab, a new department within Technicolor, a digital technology leader in the media and entertainment world.

WesFest Success Continues

By Peter Gordon


When bassist Aubrey Harris earned her degree on May 13, she became the third student, spanning three generations of the Harris family, to graduate from Berklee.

Her grandfather, Les Harris, graduated in 1957, and was a member of Herb Pomeroy’s first recording band. He served as a faculty...

Nashville Pros

By David Petrelli

Zach Broocke ’01 knows that when it comes to making a living in the music business, diversification is key. His songs have been featured in a range of settings from a Morgan Freeman movie to Ultimate Fighting Championship commercials to surfing documentaries. Broocke has also produced projects...

Expert Testimony

Expert Testimony

A look back at a life in music 

The Woodshed

Lead Sheet

Faculty Highlights

by Mark Small

After more than four decades of guiding Berklee students toward their artistic goals, piano professor Stephany Tiernan ’74 is now concentrating on her own personal musical journey in earnest. She spent 26 years in leadership roles in Berklee’s piano department, 10 as assistant chair to Paul...

Professor Dan Moretti was recently inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. He is currently touring with Nile Rodgers.

Professor Bruce Gertz released two solo bass albums in April. Visit to hear his music and see his videos.

Alumni News

by Mark Small

It’s a dream to possess a deep musical talent that traverses multiple styles and abilities. For Aubrey Logan ’10, being a top-notch vocalist and performer, virtuosic jazz trombonist, and gifted pop songwriter affords her many angles in diverse musical work. But that package became hard to...

Matteo Nahum ’15 (Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games) is working in Valencia on various audiovisual projects. He also recently won the Musica Jove composition contest in Valencia with a work for strings and winds. Visit

Composer Joel Goodman of Topanga, CA, penned the scores for the documentaries Shadowman and Hell on Earth, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. He also scored Obit, which received theatrical debuts in Los Angeles and New York.