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President Lee Eliot Berk congratulated nine faculty members who received 2002-2003 ASCAP Awards. Pictured are (back row, left to right) Ken Cervenka, Bruce Gertz, Lee Eliot Berk, Beth V. Denisch, Arthur Welwood and (front row, left to right) C. Scott Free, Jay Kennedy, Julius P. Williams, and Gregory Fritze. Not pictured in the photograph is ASCAP Award recipient and faculty member Tamar Diesendruck.
Photo by Emily Singer

Associate Professor Sheldon Mirowitz received an Emmy nomination for his score to the PBS series Evolution. He also scored the Hallmark Channel's four-hour Western miniseries Johnson County War and the documentary The Nazi Officer's Wife.

The Fantasy Records release Theme and Variations of music Professor Emeritus John LaPorta's recorded between 1956 and 1958 is receiving rave reviews. LaPorta was also featured in Autumn Eve: A Tribute to Woody Herman in Hollywood, CA, in October 2002.

Associate Professor and harpist Felice Pomeranz was a clinician and performer at the Eighth World Harp Congress in Geneva, Switzerland. Together with Performance Division Dean Matt Marvuglio on flute, she performed at Geneva's Victoria Hall.

Assistant Professor and bassist John Funkhouser played with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra for Chronicle on Boston's WCVB-TV. The group includes Associate Professor Bob Pilkington and Assistant Professor Dan Smith. Funkhouser and Assistant Professor Jeff Galindo played on the Live at the Block CD by James Merenda and the Masked Marvels.

Piano Assistant Chair Jetro da Silva appeared with Whitney Houston on ABC's Good Morning America in December.

Assistant Professor and pianist Greg Burk recorded Checking In with bassist Jon Robinson and percussionist Bob Moses.

Associate Professor and drummer Kenwood Dennard, Steve Gadd, and Victor Wooten played at a concert in New York for the 25th anniversary of the Drummers Collective. Dennard also toured Europe with the jazz group Tuba Tuba, led by tuba player David Bargeron.

Associate Professor Lisa Thorson sang at a tribute to Anita O'Day to benefit Self-Esteem Boston's programs for women in shelters and recovery programs. O'Day also sang at the event.

Assistant Professor Beth Denisch was commissioned by the Equinox Chamber Players of St. Louis to write music for woodwind quintet and percussion for National Women's History Month.

Professor and flutist Wendy Rolfe was a featured soloist at the American Guild of Organists concert at Boston's Old West Church.

Associate Professor and bassist Bruno RŒberg and his group Ascensio, with Associate Professor Marcello Pellitteri on drums, toured Sweden and Norway to support their new recording Ascensio.

MP&E Assistant Professor Tony Hoover, hosted a full slate of special sessions for the 144th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in December, 2002.

Associate Professor Wayne Wadhams is seeking unusual classical works for his Boston Skyline label. Visit

MP&E Professor Bill Winn was in Paris in November with Herbie Hancock for a UNESCO show.

Music Business/Management Chair Don Gorder participated in a panel discussion at Harvard Law School in November.

Guitar Professor Charles Chapman's MP3 on the Just Jazz Guitar magazine website has become the site's third-most-popular download.

General Education Professor Peter Gardner gave a lecture and workshop at the Boston Architectural Center on cultural differences in verbal communication styles. He will give a workshop at the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing, China, in March. Professor Pat Pattison has written a course on lyric writing for, and recently presented seminars in Miami, Chicago, Nashville, and Canada. In November, he spoke at the TAXI Road Rally in Los Angeles.

As faculty advisor for the student guitar club G.A.R.A.G.E. (General Association of Really Astute Guitar Enthusiasts), Professor Jon Damian raised $600 during Guitar Week. The club will make an annual scholarship award to needy students through its continued efforts.

Assistant Professor and saxophonist Dino Govoni's new release In the Library features Associate Professor Bob Kaufman (drums), Henry Hey (piano), and Mike Pope (bass).

Associate Professor and drummer Bob Kaufman's CD Dreaming Out Loud featuring Jerry Bergonzi (saxophone) and Professor Bruce Gertz (bass) comes out this spring.

Associate Professor and bassist Tom Stein and Assistant Professor and pianist Dennis Cecere played for Bowzer's Rock and Roll Party, backing John "Bowzer" Bauman of Sha Na Na, Sam the Sham, Merilee Rush, and the Crystals.

Assistant Professor and guitarist Jane Miller completed a songbook for her album The Other Room. She and Associate Professor Lauren Passarelli worked with author SONiA on a recording for her children's book Roy G Biv.

Al Kooper and the Funky Faculty, featuring faculty members Robert Doezema (guitar), Daryl Lowery (woodwinds), Jeff Stout, (trumpet), Tom Stein (bass), and Larry Finn (drums), headlined at the Hot Club during the Waterfront Festival in Providence, RI, in September.

Associate Professor and trombonist Bob Pilkington played concerts with his band Fractal featuring Professor Greg Hopkins (trumpet), Assistant Professor Shannon LeClaire (alto sax), and Assistant Professor Mark Shilansky (piano).

Associate Professor and guitarist John Baboian played on Somebody Come and Play and Better To Have Loved with vocalists Jan Peters and Ida Zecco respectively.

Professor and guitarist Jeff Friedman released a CD of his original compositions entitled SLO & LO. The disc features Associate Professor Joe Mulholland (keyboards), Professor Michael Farquharson (bass, recording engineer, and coproducer), and alumni Andy Plaised (drums), and Eric Mingus (vocals). Visit the website for more on the project.

Professor and trumpeter/composer Greg Hopkins released a new CD with Woodwind Chair Bill Pierce, Professor Mick Goodrick (guitar), and Gary Chaffee (drums). Hopkins is currently planning a CD with his group Tre Corda (with Tim Ray on piano and Associate Professor Eugene Friesen on cello) and writing a piece for jazz group and orchestra.

MP&E Assistant Professor Barry Marshall produced three albums released by Berklee alumni artists Philip Hamilton, Patricia and Ana Lucia Vlieg, and Clara Lofaro.

Professor and guitarist Garrison Fewell's CD City of Dreams was named top jazz CD by critics of Musica Jazz magazine. Fewell toured Europe last year, giving concerts and clinics at various jazz festivals with a host of jazz musicians.

Professor Peter Cokkinias recently conducted the MetroWest Symphony Orchestra in a program of music from Hansel and Gretel, Handel's Messiah, and The Nutcracker. He also accompanied the Three Tenors in concert, playing clarinet.

Assistant Professor Peter Payack gave several presentations at MIT's SKY ART Conference 2002 in Delphi, Greece, this past October.

Assistant Professor and guitarist Apostolos Paraskevas was commissioned by the Athens Concert Hall to write a piece for the Hellenic Contemporary Orchestra and conductor Theodore Antoniou. Paraskevas has published several of his classical guitar works with companies in the U.S., Germany, Sweden, and England.

Assistant Professor and guitarist/singer Thaddeus Hogarth will release It Might As Well Be Now in April on Higher Ground Records.

Percussion Department Equipment Manager and vibist Matthias Lupri released the CD Same Time Twice with Mark Turner, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Reuben Rogers, and Greg Hutchinson. WGBH recorded Lupri's Regatta Bar performance for NPR's JazzSet show.

Associate Professor Tiger Okoshi hosted an episode of Black Entertainment Television's BET on Jazz that aired in December and January. Since July 2002, he has been taping programs locally for a Japanese jazz radio show called Tiger's Melting Pot that airs weekly in Kobe, Japan.