Faculty Notes

The song “I Just Want to Know for Sure” by assistant professor William Lucey was named eclectic song of the year at the Independent Music Awards.

Professor Jane Miller released the CD Boats. It features Miller (guitars), and faculty members Tim Ray, Lincoln Goines, Mark Walker, Eugene Friesen, and Larry Watson.

Associate professor Ben Houge developed a real-time algorithmic arrangement of the overture to étienne Méhul’s opera Les Amazones for the event at Symphony Hall titled “Le Dîner des Amazones.”

Associate professor Panagiotis Liaropoulos received a Fulbright Scholar Award to record and archive instrumental and vocal folk music of the Small Cyclades island complex in the Aegean Sea.

Associate professor Cindy Scott was featured with Brian Seeger’s Organic Trio at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in May, and will headline at the Lansing Jazzfest in August. She will release a new album this summer.

In April, associate professor Rob Hochschild launched The Media Narrative podcast. Visit themedianarrative.com.

Assistant professor Mike Tucker toured with Arturo Sandoval throughout America, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Mexico, and Korea.

Professor Apostolos Paraskevas released Phoenix, his first solo guitar recording since his recovery from focal dystonia.

Professor Kathleen Howland went to Mumbai, India to present a two-day workshop on neurologic music therapy for the Neurology Foundation and Parkinson’s disease Society of India.

Orichalcum Moods for brass septet by Film Scoring chair emeritus Don Wilkins, is being published by BKJ Publications, the company founded by late composition professor John Bavicchi.

Violin professor Lynn Chang (Boston Conservatory) taught and performed at recent music festivals in Quito, Ecuador, and Guangzhou, China.

Professor Tom Stein is publishing two columns per month on the business of professional music for the careersinmusic.com website.

Professor Dan Moretti released the CD Invoke in June. Performers include Moretti (woodwinds), Mark Shilansky (piano), Steve Langone (drums), Jesse Williams (bass), Bengisu Gokce (violin), Dan Lay (viola), and Marta Roma (cello).

Professor Herman Hampton has partnered with eNable, an interdisciplinary volunteer group at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell that designs and creates assistive devices utilizing 3D printing for individuals with limb differences and physical disabilities, at no cost to the families.

The piece Out of the Fray by assistant chair of Composition Greg Glancey was performed at Outside the Box New Music Festival at Southern Illinois University.

Professor Steve Emery (Boston Conservatory) was invited to the Shenzhen International Trumpet Festival in China as a guest trumpet master.

Piano instructor Jason Yeager released the album All at Onceness, with saxophonist/composer Randal Despommier.

In May, professor Tia Fuller released Diamond Cut. It was produced by Terri Lyne Carrington and features Dave Holland, Jack Dejohnette, Bill Stewart, James Genus, and Adam Rodgers.

Associate professor John Whynot mixed the scores for two feature films and a TV series. He also mixed Bruce Cockburn’s latest CD Bone on Bone.

Don Gorder, Chair of Music Business/Management, participated in a panel discussion at Harvard Business School’s Entertainment and Media Conference.

Professor Mark Walker played drums for Oregon’s recent tour of Europe and recorded with Paquito D’Rivera in June. Walker is planning to record in Japan with Akio Sasajima and Randy Brecker.

Liberal Arts faculty members Kevin Block-Schwenk and Patricia Peknik filmed an updated version of the Berklee Votes video, which encourages students to vote.

Assistant professor Jennie Israel and professor Bryn Austin (Boston Conservatory) will appear in the musical Dancing at Lughnasa at the Gloucester Stage Company in June.

In April associate professor Sharon Broadley-Martin directed the All-Cape Jazz Choir at the All-Cape Jazz Festival in South Yarmouth, MA.

Associate professor Nando Michelin collaborated with Brazilian singer, composer, and bass player Ebinho Cardoso on the album Engenheiros. Faculty members Yulia Musayelyan and Barbara Lafitte appear on the album and Gustavo Borner ’89 mixed it.

Professor Barbara LaFitte toured as oboist for the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra in April playing music by film composer John Williams.

Professor Peter Cokkinias marked his 40th season as the conductor of the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra. He will produce four musicals this summer.

Professor Steve Wilkes created a sound-installation for the Museum of the White Mountains in Plymouth, NH.

Associate professor Teodros Kiros published the novel Cambridge Days, and published two articles in The Palgrave Handbook of African Philosophy.

Assistant professor Catherine Bent released Ideal, a cello-driven collection of original pieces paying tribute to Brazilian traditional music. Visit www.catherinebent.com.

Assistant professor John Escobar was the mix engineer for four music videos for the NPR classical music program From the Top. Escobar recently produced and engineered Julia Mark’s album Gemini.

Professor Larry Sousa (Boston Conservatory) is directing the new musical Another Roll of the Dice by Mark Saltzman.

Professor Bruce Gertz is a member of the advisory board of the International Society of Bassists and a contributing editor to the column “All That Jazz” in Bass World.

Associate Professor Jerry Leake performed in the 2018 Damba Festival in Atlanta, GA, with dagomba master drummer Mohammed Alidu.

Associate professor James Donahue engineered recordings for the Handel and Haydn Society, Apostolos Paraskevas, and cellist Phoebe Carrai. He was also part of a project to create a virtual Byzantine chapel based on the acoustics of churches in Thessaloniki.

Assistant professor Mischa Salkind-Pearl is composing a chamber opera for Boston’s Guerilla Opera company.

Professor Lello Molinari released the CD Lello’s Italian Job, Volume 2 with fellow faculty members Marcello Pellitteri, Dino Govoni, and Sal DiFusco. Visit fatamorganamusic.com.

The painting “Train Study” by professor Jan Donley was included in a juried show at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

Professor Darol Anger will teach and perform at top bluegrass festivals across country this summer and release the new recording titled Music of Our People.

Associate professor Catherine Stornetta (Boston Conservatory) is the national tour pianist for Forbidden Broadway and the musical director for local productions of Cabaret and Madame Defarge.

Associate professor Suzanne Dean recorded at Power Station Berklee NYC with Broadway vocalists and faculty percussionists Casey Scheuerell and Joe Galeota.

This summer Andrew Altenbach, music director of opera (Boston Conservatory) will serve as a guest conductor for three music festivals.

Professor Fernando Brandão is a member of the band Imagine 5, which also includes assistant professor Bertram Lehmann. The band will release their debut album this summer.

Former Berklee trustee Al Reese established a visiting artist series in honor of Bass Department professor Daniel Morris. The series will be organized by Morris to bring top bassists to campus.

Professor Rebecca Marchand (Boston Conservatory) presented a paper at the annual conference of the Society for American Music in Kansas City, MO.

Professor Louis Stewart recently conducted the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and recorded his musical theater work Cambodia Agonistes.

Associate professor of voice Ana Guigui and piano professor Neil Olmstead received a faculty recording grant to record a new song cycle by Olmstead.

Instructor Joseph Foley was the guest principal trumpeter for Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with the Pacific Symphony in performances in California and China.

Assistant professor Elina Hamilton (Boston Conservatory) presented a paper at MIT’s Music and Global Modernity workshop in February.

In March, professor Kathryn Wright adjudicated the Classical Singer International Voice Competition in Guangzhou, China.

Professor Prince Charles Alexander mixed the album Revolution for the French hip-hop group IAM, the fifth certified gold record Alexander has made with IAM.

Assistant professor Jason Palmer is collaborating with Giant Step Arts and will record a live album in June.

The album The Hammer and the Heart by associate professor Susan Cattaneo debuted at number one on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

Assistant professor Pierce Warnecke (Valencia) collaborated on a video with German composer Frank Bretschneider for the ISM Hexadome exhibition.

Assistant professor Jessica Sarin-Perry was named to the board of trustees of Berkshire Choral International for a three-year term.

Associate professor David Valdes Greenwood (Boston Conservatory) recently received a National New Play Network “Rolling World Premiere” for his play The Mermaid Hour.

Professor Ed Saindon traveled to Aruba for concerts and a jazz improvisation clinic in April.

In February, assistant professor Randy Pingrey played trombone with the Grammy-winning band Bon Iver at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI.

Berklee Press has published the book Arranging for Strings penned by professor Mimi Rabson.

Assistant professor Amanda Monaco’s Glitter quartet will perform at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in June and the Iowa City Jazz Festival in July. Visit www.amandamonaco.com.

Assistant professors Jeff D’Antona and Mark Zaleski and their group Planet Radio, released the album Stay Awake. Visit www.planetradiomusic.com.

Professor Marti Epstein was the featured composer on this year’s Trinity Wall Street Time’s Arrow Festival in New York. In June, the BSO Chamber Players performed her trio “Komorebi” in Leipzig, Germany.

Professor Lori Landay gave a presentation at the March 2018 Game Developers Conference about developing immersive tools for autism and music education.

Assistant professor Saul Albert received a 2017 Newbury Comics Faculty Fellowship to direct a workshop with artists, engineers and researchers in London to develop tools for transcribing human social interaction.

The solo piano album Serious Play by professor Laszlo Gardony was among DownBeat magazine’s best albums of 2017 and the Boston Globe’s top 10 jazz albums of 2017.

Associate professor Susan Thompson (of Boston Conservatory) created an original play with her students titled Tales from the Sandman that has received multiple performances.

Retired professor John Stevens won two awards in the 2018 Ravel International Composition Competition.

The one-act comedy The Beautiful Bridegroom by assistant professor Dan Shore (Boston Conservatory) will be staged by Chicago Summer Opera.

Professor Suzanna Sifter has released the CD, Sophisticated Lady, her first solo piano recording.

In May, professor John Hagon celebrated the 60th anniversary of his 1958 conducting debut with performances with the Cape Community Orchestra and Cape Cod Concert Band.

Associate professor Francisco Noya is the music director of the Boston Civic Symphony and the New Philharmonia Orchestra (Newton, MA). He also conducts the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Professor Michael Lewin (Boston Conservatory) won the Best Classical Recording Award at the RoundGlass Music Awards.

Assistant professor Cassandre McKinley released her fifth album, Dragonfly. The songs are a mix of jazz, pop, r&b, soul, and country.

Professor Jimmy Kachulis was a finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition, and contributed two pieces to Boston Conservatory’s Spectrum Performance Project.

Professor Suzanne Hanser spoke at the Beijing Cancer Center and at a UCLA conference on integrative medicine and mental health.

Assistant professor Pratt Bennett provided English as a second language training for faculty members at Johns Hopkins University and Emerson College.