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  Associate Professor Apostolos Pareskevas edited and recorded 13 Laments for Solo Guitar.

Associate Professor of Voice Gabrielle Goodman toured as a backup singer with legendary vocalist Roberta Flack. One performance brought Goodman to Hawaii for a special event dedicated to Maya Angelou, which Oprah Winfrey and Ashford & Simpson attended. Goodman's JMT/Verve CDs Travelin' Light and Until We Love have been re-released and can be found at Tower Music Online and at select stores throughout the United States.

Faculty trombonist Robynn Amy is the only American and one of only three women chosen to perform with the European Jazz Youth Orchestra. The international group, consisting of the world's best jazz musicians under the age of 30, will tour Europe this spring.

Chair of Composition Gregory Fritze went to Spain to receive first prize at the Second Concurso Bienal de Composicion de Musica para Banda Ciudad de Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Fritze received 6,000 euros, and a performance of his winning piece Pico del Tiede in Tenerife, Spain, will be given this year.

Associate Professor Kevin McCluskey recently returned from a club tour of London, England, where he met with the directors of the Royal College of Music, the London Music School, and the London Centre of Contemporary Music to plan workshops for the 2006 academic year. Since 2001, McCluskey has been consulting with the Royal College of Music as it develops its new career resource center. For the second year, McCluskey will lead a Berklee jazz trio to San José, Costa Rica, for a week of master classes and concerts in March.

Professor Jetro da Silva played keyboards with Stevie Wonder; Earth Wind & Fire; and Jamie Foxx for Wonder's annual House Full of Toys event at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

String Department Chair Matt Glaser and his band the Wayfaring Strangers traveled to Utah to perform with the Utah Symphony in November 2005.

Contemporary Writing and Production Instructor Jerilyn Sykes and her band Preoccupied Pipers released their fifth album, The Trout Supershow. The 90-minute, two-CD set features 18 band members playing 42 power-pop songs. Sykes, the band's founding member, contributed woodwinds, vocals, and arrangements. For more information, visit

Voice Instructor Kristin Cifelli was honored at the Independent Music Awards when her tune "Show Them" was named best song. Her album So Long My Love was nominated for best album. Cifelli was also a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2005.

In January, Associate Professor of Composition Apostolos Pareskevas recorded 13 Laments for Solo Guitar, an anthology of new music by Berklee composers for classical guitar. The sheet music and recording will be available through Clear Note Publications. Visit

Associate Professor of Woodwinds Harry Skoler composed several jazz etudes for an advanced clarinet method book published by Carl Fischer Music to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Vandoren Company. Skoler is an endorsee for Vandoren reeds as well as Buffet-Crampton clarinets.

Vox One (from the left): Paul Stiller, Jodi Jenkins, Paul Pampinella, Yumiko Matsuoka-Young, and Tom Baskett  

Guitar Instructor Chris Buono released Solitaire, a solo CD of free, live electronic improvisations. He recently wrote feature articles for Guitar One magazine spotlighting faculty guitarists Don Lappin, David Tronzo, and David Fiuczynski and continues to write a column for Just Jazz Guitar magazine.

Award-winning a cappella group Vox One released Pure Imagination, the group's first album in seven years. Vox One members include Berklee faculty members Jodi Jenkins, Yumiko Matsuoka-Young, Paul Stiller, and Paul Pampinella, and alumnus Tom Baskett. Visit

Composition Professor Thomas McGah and Associate Professor Robin Ginenthal were guests on the Boston Neighborhood Network television program Literary Limelight in November. Ginenthal (vocals) and Rob Bethel (cello) performed three ancient Christmas carols arranged by McGah for voice and cello during the broadcast.

Percussion Instructor Sergio Bellotti and Professor Skip Hadden performed together at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Columbus, Ohio, in November 2005. They also presented their workshop "Generations of Ideas: the Spaces Between the Notes" at the New England Music Expo in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Drummers Collective in New York City.

Music Business/Management Department Chair Don Gorder moderated a panel entitled "Entrepreneurship" at the NEMO Music Festival in October 2005.

Faculty guitarist Lauren Passarelli and alumna Cindy Brown '83 coproduced Passarelli's first instrumental guitar record, Back to the Bone, featuring Passarelli's acoustic and electric guitar compositions.

Accordionist and composer Peter Bufano of the Film Scoring Department was nominated for a New York Innovative Theater Award in the Outstanding Original Score category for his score From the Gutter to the Glitter for the Bindletstiff Family Cirkus. A 14-song CD of the work is available at

Composition Department faculty members Julius Williams, Armand Qualliotine, and Thomas Hojnacki traveled to Prague, Czech Republic, to record an album of orchestral music in November. The disc, to be released by Albany Records, contains Midnight Tolls by Williams; Symphony No. 1 by Hojnacki; and Mystic Valley Autumn: a Concerto for Vibraphone, Harpsicord, and Chamber Orchestra (1998-99) by Qualliotine. Williams served as the conductor for the recording.