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So what about you?  
Assistant Professor Alizon Lissance has released an enhanced CD containing 12 of her original songs and a video.  

Professor of Piano JoAnne Brackeen performed with Ravi Coltrane, Ugonna Okegwa, and Rodney Green at New York City's JVC Jazz Festival. She also contributed to a new book, Jazz Improvisation: Advice from the Masters.

The Funky Faculty band, including Berklee's Bob Doezema, Tom Stein, Jeff Stout, Daryl Lowery, and Larry Finn, played a sold-out show with Al Kooper at B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill in New York City to celebrate the release of Kooper's new record, Black Coffee.

Assistant Chair of MP&E Daniel Thompson published a new textbook, Understanding Audio, with Berklee Press/Hal Leonard. Five-time Grammy-winning producer/engineer Elliot Scheiner says the book is "probably the best primer on recording fundamentals and techniques that I've ever read."

Associate Professor Kevin McCluskey and Berklee students Mike Tucker, Mike Oien, and Roy Assaf toured Costa Rica, performing a sold-out concert at the Eugene O'Neill Theater.

Professor of Jazz Composition Greg Hopkins premiered his piece Alaska Ritual, which featured a small jazz group with an 85-piece orchestra. A studio performance by Hopkins's Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra was broadcast coast-to-coast on XM Satellite Radio.

Flute players Mia Olson, acting chair of harmony, and Matt Marvuglio, dean of the Professional Performance Division, released their new CD, Meditations in a Contemporary World.

The University Continuing Education Association selected Getting Inside Harmony 1 by Film Scoring Department Assistant Chair Michael Rendish as the best online college course for the year 2005.

Piano Professor Neil Olmstead gave a piano improvisation clinic earlier this year at the International Association of Jazz Educators conference.

Assistant Professor of Composition Michael Weinstein published his piece Serenade for 12 Instruments with Boosey and Hawkes, which is available through Hal Leonard. Weinstein is currently writing a chamber symphony commissioned by the American Composers Forum New England and the New England Orchestral Consortium.

Assistant Professor of Percussion Mike Ringquist will be heard on the soundtrack of an upcoming Francis Ford Coppola movie.

Associate Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production Dan Moretti released his new CD Passing Place. Visit

Contemporary Writing and Production Instructor Sarah Brindell released her second album Live at the Paradise Lounge. For more information, visit

Assistant Professor of Voice Marlon Saunders released the album A Groove So Deep: The Live Sessions. Visit

Four Soliloquies for Double Bass by Associate Professor of Composition Scott Fessler was performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra bassist Edwin Barker at the University of North Texas.

Associate Professor of Harmony Tom Hojnacki conducted the Claflin Hill Symphony in the premiere of his piece Concerto for Orchestra: Toccata, Tango, and 'Toons.

MP&E Assistant Professor Anthony Hoover was inducted as a fellow into the Acoustical Society of America.

A song by Professor Jimmy Kachulis was recently featured prominently in the soap opera The Young and the Restless.

Assistant Vice President for Experiential Programs and Institutional Assessment Jay Kennedy received his doctorate in higher education administration from Boston College.

Woodwind Professor Wendy Rolfe performed and gave a master class at the XV International Flutists Festival in Quito, Ecuador.

Pianist and Professor of Ensemble Jetro da Silva released his new CD, Live, featuring John Blackwell, Ebenezer da Silva, Ron Savage, Ron Mahddi, and Lenny Stallworth.

Understanding Audio  
Assistant Chair of MP&E Daniel Thompson  

Professor of Voice Anne Peckham released a new book and CD, titled Vocal Workouts for the Contemporary Singer, through Berklee Press.

Music Business/Management Chair Don Gorder moderated the panel "Entrepreneurship in Music Industry Programs," at the annual Music Entertainment Industry Educators Association conference.

Associate Professor of Ear Training Scott deOgburn performed at Heineken Jazz Fest 2005 in Puerto Rico, the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, and the Phoenix Jazz Festival in Japan.

Faculty harpist Felice Pomeranz released a new DVD Jazz Beginnings: An Introduction to Jazz Harp. For more information, visit

Faculty guitarist Chris Buono has become a regular contributor to Guitar One and Just Jazz Guitar magazines.

Assistant Professor of Composition Apostolos Paraskevas released a new CD, The Garden of Eden, which includes four original guitar concertos. He is touring Indonesia and Brazil this fall.

Assistant Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production Andrea Pejrolo released a new book, Creative Sequencing Techniques for Music Production: A Practical Guide to Logic, Digital Performer, Cubase, and Pro Tools for the British publisher Focal Press. Visit

The Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra recently performed the world premiere of Of Place and Time by Film Scoring Department Professor Joe Smith in Hartford, Connecticut.

Associate Professor of Guitar Bruce Saunders released the book Melodic Improvising for Guitar.

Associate Professor Beth Denisch presented her paper "Empowering Music Students through Non-Sexist Teaching Strategies," at the Feminist Theory and Music Conference.

Assistant Professor of MP&E Tony Carbone released his new CD, Sound of Colors.

Associate Professor of Percussion Nancy Zeltsman released her CD Sweet Song, which was funded in part by Berklee and recorded in the college studios.

Assistant Professor of Guitar Ben Sher toured the U.S. East Coast and internationally with his Brazilian jazz group TudoBem.

Associate Professor of guitar Jon Wheatley has released a new CD titled Guitar on the Loose in London.

Assistant Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production Ron Reid performed and made presentations at a conference held at the University of the West Indies in Barbados.

Assistant Professor of Composition Alla Cohen is one of two teachers in the U.S. to receive ASCAP's Award for a Distinguished Member for her work training young composers.

Piano Instructor Rebecca Cline released her Latin jazz CD Enclave. For more information, visit

Assistant Professor of Harmony Alizon Lissance released her first solo CD So What About You. Visit