Faculty Notes

Compiled by Mia Rioux '09

  Professor Donna McElroy

Music Production and Engineering Professor Stephen Webber premiered his composition for orchestra Stylus Symphony at the Berklee Performance Center on November 28. Performers included faculty members Tiger Okoshi, Eguie Castrillo, and Peter Cokkinias. Visit www.stylussymphony.com. Webber has released a book titled DJ Skills: The Essential Guide for Mixing and Scratching.

String Department Chair Matt Glaser recently toured with the Turtle Island Quartet (TIQ) and guitarist Leo Kottke for TIQ's Winter Solstice tour.

Associate Professor Bill Elliott wrote arrangements of film music for the televised concert Movies Rock on December 7. Elliott arranged the tracks "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" for Beyoncé and "White Christmas" for Tony Bennett.

Associate Professor Kris Adams opened for jazz singer Sheila Jordan in October at the Acton Jazz Café and did an on-air interview with her on WICN-FM.


Tony Bennett (left) and Associate Professor Bill Elliott  

Guitar Professor Jon Damian published The Chord Factory: Build Your Own Guitar Chord Dictionary with Berklee Press/Hal Leonard. Damian is also seeking guitars and keyboards in playable condition for students at the Lekol Mat?nwa School in Haiti, where he will serve as a music curriculum consultant in February.

Assistant Professor Alla Elana Cohen released her book Perfect Pitch for You published by Len Rhodes Music. It presents Cohen's system for developing pitch recognition and recall. Visit www.lenrhodesmusic.com.

Professor Jetro Da Silva performed at the Live & Loud concert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as Whitney Houston's keyboardist. Da Silva was also recently ordained as a minister and is a graduate student at Andover Newton Theological School.

Percussionist and Associate Professor Mark Walker appears on the CD 1000 Kilometers by the group Oregon. The CD earned two Grammy nominations, including one in the Best Instrumental Composition category for the track "Deep Six," which Walker penned. Walker also played on Paquito D'Rivera's CD Funk Tango, which earned a Latin Grammy nomination.

Associate Professor Michael Bierylo mixed the score for the documentary film Traces of the Trade, which will be included at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Professor Scott McCormick released a new piece of music software in November titled MusicGamesOne published by his software company Musical Hearing. The program uses a video-game format to teach music theory fundamentals.

Voice Professor Donna McElroy released a new CD titled Fly to Forever featuring a mix of standards and original songs.

Associate Professor John Stein performed at Scullers Jazz Club in November to celebrate the re-release of his CD Green Street.

Contemporary Writing and Production Instructor Nina Ott received a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts for music composition.

Voice Professor Lisa Thorson performed JazzArtSigns, a multimedia, interactive, and improvisational jazz piece in Philadelphia at the Independence Starts Here festival in November.

Assistant Professor Peter Payack has recently received the first-ever Poet Populist award for the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Bass Professor Bruce Gertz released his book Let's Play Rhythm in Bb and Eb editions.

Music Business/Management Department Assistant Chair John Kellogg appeared on two panels at the Future of Music Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., in September and moderated a panel for the annual Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association Conference in Canc?n, Mexico. Kellogg was also the featured guest speaker for the Bandier Program Lecture Series at Syracuse University and produced a biweekly radio commentary on music business for 106.9 FM in Syracuse.

Associate Professor David Thorne Scott and Assistant Professor Mark Shilansky released the CD Dyad and toured Massachusetts, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas to promote the album.

Associate Professor John McGann appeared in November at the NYU Skirball Center to honor the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship award winners.

Associate Professor August Watters released the CD Sip a Little New with the New England Mandolin Ensemble. Watters has also performed with classical mandolinist Carlo Aonzo.

Music Synthesis Professor Richard Boulanger premiered his composition wiiSoundQuest in Seoul, South Korea, and is completing a book for MIT Press. He is also a consultant for the One Laptop per Child project. Visit www.laptop.org.

Brass Instructor Robynn Amy will be a trombone clinician for the 2008 Monterey Jazz Festival and will visit 30 schools in Monterey County to work with students, nominate band members, and teach at the summer jazz camp.

Assistant Professor Mitch Seidman played and provided commentary on guitars formerly owned by George Benson, Wes Montgomery, and Grant Green for the Skinner Auction of Fine Musical Instruments in Boston in October 2007.

Chair of the Ear Training Department Steve Prosser is completing a book and CD package titled Intervallic Ear Training that focuses on the acquisition of intervals in a nontonal context.

Percussion Instructor Sergio Bellotti joined acclaimed percussionist Alessandra Belloni in the musical Tarantella (Spider Dance) for three nights in December at Manhattan's Theater for the New City. Bellotti will tour the East and West Coasts in January and February with the group Spajazzy.

Liberal Arts Professor Pat Pattison recently presented songwriting seminars in Los Angeles, Nashville, Austin, Toronto, Vancouver, Australia, and New Zealand.

Associate Professor Lauren Passarelli completed her 13th tour with her Beatles cover band All Together Now. Passarelli has also released six new singles with the group Two Tru, featuring Cindy Brown '82, and Bass Professor Danny Morris.

Assistant Professor David Limina played piano and Hammond Organ on the recent CD release, Hope Radio, with Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters. Limina also contributed to the CD by Lori McKenna titled Bittertown.

The Albany record label has devoted a series to the works of Associate Professor of Composition Larry Bell, who has received the Rome Prize and Charles Ives Scholarship, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations.

Ensemble Assistant Professor Orlando Aruán Ortiz performed with Wallace Roney III '81 on the CD Notes on Canvas by Arturo Stable.

Assistant Professor Steve MacLean released a double CD titled Bridges. The discs contain 20 original pieces featuring MacLean on guitar and electronics.

Professor and percussionist Steve Wilkes relleased the CD People in the Sun featuring nine songs cowritten and sung by his wife Ginny Fordham '80. Visit www.fordhamwilkes.com.