Faculty Notes

  Assistant Professor Rebecca Cline

Ensemble Instructor Danielle Scott was nominated in the Best Female MC/Rapper category as part of the Mass Industry Committee (MIC) awards, a hip-hop award show that took place on August 5.

Associate Professor of Piano Bruce Katz performed at the Oslo Jazz Festival in Norway and at festivals in Texas and Oklahoma with the John Hammond Quartet. Katz also toured throughout Europe and America with Gregg Allman and Friends.

Songwriting Professor Jimmy Kachulis had one of his songs placed in the final season of the TV show The Sopranos.

Percussion Professor Ed Saindon's new book Exploration in Rhythm, Volume 1, Rhythmic Phrasing in Improvisation was published by Advance Music. Additionally Saindon recorded a CD of his original compositions with fellow faculty members David Clark and Mark Walker.

Don Gorder, chair of the Music Business/Management Department participated in a panel discussion on digital rights management at MIT in June.

Music Therapy Professor Karen Wacks was profiled in a Harvard University publication regarding her involvement in the Berklee music therapy trip to Africa.

Liberal Arts Assistant Professor Amy Merrill attended a reading of her musical in June, produced by the Nora Theatre Company.

Songwriting Assistant Professor Mark Simos released the CD Clifftop Notes, Volume 2: Big Ears completing his trilogy of traditional and original old-time fiddle tunes.

Composition Associate Professor Beth Denisch attended the performance of her compositions Night Train and Fire Mountain Intermezzo by the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin in Moscow.

Associate Professor of Guitar Jon Wheatley received accolades in JazzTimes and the New Yorker for his work on Stardust & Beyond: A Tribute to Artie Shaw and Daryl Sherman's Guess Who's in Town.

Professional Music Professor Linda Gorham participated in the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards clinic on financial planning at the Sheraton Boston Hotel August 4.

Jazz Composition Professor Jeff Friedman performed with soul star Howard Tate at the National Heritage Museum. Friedman also wrote two original compositions for the CD No Place to Hide by Assistant Professor Daniel Ian Smith and the New World Jazz Composers Octet. Friedman is completing a commission for the Harvard Jazz Band dedicated to the late Herb Pomeroy.

Assistant Professor of Strings Mimi Rabson recently led a seminar at Bates College in Maine for K-12 string teachers on including improvisation in their curriculum.

Associate Professor Felice Pomeranz and Performance Division Dean Matt Marvuglio were featured artists and clinicians at Trinity College London in June. Pomeranz also appeared at the Lyon & Healy International Jazz and Pop Harpfest in Utah in August.

Percussion Associate Professor Larry Finn toured Japan in May with faculty members Tomo Fujita and Anthony Vitti and recorded a new CD with Al Kooper. In June, Finn performed with r&b legend Lou Pride.

The Chamber Works CD includes compositions by faculty members Richard Applin, Rosey Mej-Kuei Lee, Thomas McGah, and Yakov Gubanov and performances by faculty members Gubanov, Melissa Howe, Mimi Rabson, and Louis Stewart.

Associate Professor of Music Synthesis Neil Leonard presented an electronic music festival in Italy this summer while touring with three alumni from the Music Synthesis Department. He also performed at the CD release concerts for Giuliano Perin's CD Passion and Reason.

Associate Professor of Music Business/Management Jeff Dorenfeld coauthored a new online concert/touring course for Berkleemusic.com with Berklee alumnus John Czajkowski.

Assistant Professor Rebecca Cline received a composer's grant from Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to compose a three-movement work titled Clay, Iron, Water. Her Latin-jazz ensemble Enclave will premiere the piece.

Ear Training Professor Mitch Seidman was a featured guitarist in the 2007 Classic American Guitar Show at the Jazz Bar in Lake Grove, New York.

Piano Professor Laszlo Gardony performed at the W.C. Handy Festival. His festival performance from 2006 was released on a new CD.

Associate Professor Kris Adams taught workshops in Brazil at the Souza Lima Conservatory and the Espa?o Musical and recorded with local musicians in Cabo Frio.

Liberal Arts Professor Bill Banfield completed the book Black Notes and Cultural Codes: Makings of Black Music Philosophy and recorded a new CD titled Spring Forward.

Assistant Professor of Guitar Thaddeus Hogarth and his group recently opened for the Average White Band at the Webster Theater.

Assistant Professor of Guitar Chris Buono performed on the new Graham Haynes CD titled Full Circle. In November, Guitar Player magazine will begin featuring his articles.

Professor of Harmony Scott McCormick completed a two-day presentation for the faculty of the College of Pharmacy at Touro University California titled "Effective Teaching Strategies: Active Learning Experiences."

Brass Department Chair Tom Plsek has been appointed to the board of the International Trombone Festival.

The CD Melao by Assistant Professor of Percussion Francisco Mela features faculty members and alumni and was named Best Album of 2006 by All About Jazz New York.

Assistant Professor Francisco Noya conducted five pops concerts by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra throughout the state of Rhode Island from July to September.

Professor Julius Williams wrote an arrangement of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" that was performed by famed baritone Robert Honeysucker and soprano Louise Toppin and a youth choir and orchestra. The event was a gala concert held at Boston's Symphony Hall to mark the 25th anniversary of Project Step.

Assistant Professor David Scott published his arrangements of the standards "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" and "Stardust" with Hal Leonard Publishing.