Faculty Notes

  Associate Professor Gaye Tolan Hatfield (right) and actor Matthew Broderick after the premiere of Finding Amanda at the Tribeca Film Festival. Hatfield wrote and sang music for the film.

The music of Associate Professor Apostolos Paraskevas was performed at California State University, Fresno, in April. Recently, his works have also been performed at the Polytechnic Institute of Athens, Greece; the Guitar Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia; the Manhattan School of Music, and at Oberlin College.

Professor Mike Scott was elected as the vice president of the American Federation of Teachers of Massachusetts executive board in May.

Associate Professor John Stein toured Brazil in June and will release his new CD, Encounterpoint, on the Whaling City Sound label in August.

Assistant Professor Pam Kerensky was inducted into Epsilon Pi Tau, the International Honor Society for Professions in Technology.

The vocal group Syncopation, featuring Instructor Christine Fawson and Associate Professor David Thorne Scott, released the new CD Wonderful You.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed the orchestral piece Hansel and Gretel by Associate Professor Larry Bell in March.

Piano Professor Laszlo Gardony released the CD titled Dig Deep with his trio that includes Associate Professor John Lockwood (bass) and Assistant Chair Yoron Israel (drums).

The song "Berlin Wall" by Guitar Professor Jon Finn was used in the film Refusenik. Professor Joe Santerre (bass) and Associate Professor David DiCenso (drums) played on the track as well.

Ensemble Professor Carolyn Wilkins published the new book Tips for Singers: Performing, Auditioning and Rehearsing with Berklee Press.

Associate Professor Jeff Dorenfeld and John Czajkowski '98 received the 2008 Best Online College Course Award from the University of Continuing Education Association for their Berkleemusic.com Concert Touring course.

In May, Music Production and Engineering Associate Professor Prince Charles Alexander presented music technology lectures at Ashland High School in Ashland, MA.

Assistant Professor of Voice Didi Stewart and singer Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship opened for the band America at the WODS Oldies Summer Concert Series June 14 at Boston's Hatch Shell.

Associate Professor Charlie Sorrento released the new CD Sorrento: All I Ever Wanted, featuring songs he wrote and performs.

Associate Professor Apostolos Paraskevas  

Bass Professor Bruce Gertz celebrated the release of his new CD, Reptilian Fantasies, with a concert at Scullers in April.

In March, Guitar Professor John Baboian performed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in South Africa and gave workshops and performances at the University of Cape Town.

Associate Professor Gaye Tolan Hatfield wrote several pieces for the film Finding Amanda (starring Matthew Broderick and Brittany Snow). Assistant Professor Sharon Broadley-Martin sang with Hatfield on the soundtrack.

Music Therapy Chair Suzanne Hanser presented seminars at the Harvard Medical School and at Kings College London School of Medicine. Hanser also served as a contributing author for the book I Hope They Know: The Essential Handbook on Alzheimer's Disease and Care.

In May, Liberal Arts Professor Peter Gardner lectured at a conference sponsored by the Swiss Association for Intercultural Education at Fribourg University in Switzerland.

Bassist and Assistant Professor Lenny Stallworth is touring Europe and Asia with jazz saxophonist Kenny Garrett. Stallworth will also perform with Roy Hargrove, RH Factor and bassist Ron Carter in Paris.

Music Education Professor Peter Cokkinias produced and directed Berklee's recent concert tribute to Paul Whiteman. He will also mark his 29th season as the music director and conductor of the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra.

In May, pianist and Associate Professor Bruce Katz performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with John Hammond. He also played at the Puerto Escondido Blues Festival in Mexico and at the Blues Foundation's Blues Music Awards in Tunica, MS.

Brass Professor Tiger Okoshi released his new CD, Tiger Okoshi Plays Standards, in Japan on the A-60 jazz label. Okoshi also received an award from the Japan Society of Boston for his efforts to further relations between the U.S. and Japan. Actor Richard Gere was the event's keynote speaker.

Professor Oscar Stagnaro and Associate Professor Rick DiMuzio performed on the new CD by alumna Eleonora Bianchini, Como un aguila en lo alto.

Professor Mitch Seidman served as the music director for the Third Annual Grafton Fine Arts & Music Festival.

Liberal Arts Professors Joseph Coroniti and Peter Gardner presented a series of lectures and workshops at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Amity University in New Delhi, India.

Associate Professor Darrell Katz released the new CD The Same Thing on Cadence Jazz Records featuring Katz's group the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra. The group recently performed with saxophonist Oliver Lake.

Associate Professor Jonathan Bailey Holland will be the composer in residence for the 2008-2009 season of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The Dallas Black Dance Theatre will perform Primary Movements, a ballet the group commissioned from Holland.

Ensemble Professor Larry Watson released his new CD, American Fruit with African Roots featuring numerous alumni. Two songs from the disc were used in Before They Die!, a documentary on the survivors of the Tulsa race riot.

In March, Assistant Professor Mikael Ringquist toured Italy performing Osvaldo Golijov's La Pasi?n Seg?n San Marcos. In April Ringquist performed Ravi Shankar's Concerto for Sitar with Shankar's daughter Anoushka Shankar playing sitar in Littleton, MA.

Voice Instructor Christiane Karam was among the 20 singers chosen to work with Bobby McFerrin at a professional training workshop and performance at Carnegie Hall in May.

Woodwinds Professor Wendy Rolfe has been playing with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque Orchestra, and Boston Cecilia and Cantata Singers.

Bass Professor Dave Clark performed with the Armen Donelian Trio at local venues in May.