Faculty Notes

  Associate Professor Dan Moretti
  Assistant Professor Susan Cattaneo

Chair of Composition Greg Fritze received the Reneé Fischer Prize for his composition Quidditch. Fritze's composition Magallón was selected for the World Music Contest in the Netherlands, and the Brazilian Wind Orchestra recently played his Sinfonia de Valencia.


Music Education Department Chair Cecil Adderley was a contributing author to the book Musical Experience in Our Lives: Expanding the Boundaries of Music Education.


Associate Professor of MP&E Alex Rodriguez produced, engineered, and composed music for the audio book René y el pigmeo en la selva by Emma Romeu.


Assistant Professor of Guitar Tomo Fujita is recording his latest CD with legendary drummers Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie, and Steve Jordan, as well as bassist Will Lee. Fujita toured Japan with guitarists Takeshi Yamaguchi and Yousuke Onuma in May.


Professor of Ensemble Carolyn Wilkins completed a CD of original music to accompany the release of Stompin' at the Grand Terrace: A Jazz Memoir in Verse by poet Phillip Bryant.


Percussion Instructor Sergio Bellotti recently gave clinics in Italy with world-renowned drummer Bernard Purdie.


Professor of Ear Training Yumiko Matsuoka held a release party for her album To Every Thing There is a Season in May featuring Acousticity, Syncopation, and Boston Jazz Voices. Proceeds from the benefit event went to Ken Greenhouse, the former chair of Berklee's Voice Department, who suffers from ALS.


Associate Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production Daniel Moretti received the MacColl Johnson Fellowship for Jazz Composers from the Rhode Island Foundation to further his work with Italian musicians. Moretti also released the album Foundations on the Foundations of Jazz label he formed with Curt Ramm and Bill Cunliffe.


Professor of Liberal Arts Peter Gardner gave two presentations on intercultural education at an annual colloquium at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He also taught a two-week graduate course on intercultural communication at Astrakhan State University in Russia.


Associate Professor of Strings John McGann is recording his second album of original and traditional Irish music with legendary accordionist Joe Derrane.


In June, Assistant Chair of Voice Bob Stoloff performed as a featured guest with the Mystic Chorale at the Tremont Temple under the direction of Nick Page.


Professor of Woodwinds Wendy Rolfe recently performed with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, with Boston Baroque at the Festival Casals in Puerto Rico, and with New York's Clarion Orchestra at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Rolfe was also added to the Fulbright Commission's senior specialist roster.


Assistant Chair of Music Business/Management John Kellogg was quoted in the article "Is Music Dead or About to Blow Up?" in the June issue of Ebony magazine. Kellogg was also featured in the Ebony Power 150 list of African-American organizational leaders for his work as the president of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA).


Professor of Music Business/Management Peter Alhadeff served as the chair of the 2009 MEIEA Conference at Berklee, where Assistant Professor Pam Kerensky, Associate Professor Martin Dennehy, and MP&E Associate Professor Prince Charles Alexander made presentations.


Professor of Guitar John Baboian performed at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, FL with vocalist, dancer, and actor Ben Vereen.


Associate Professor of Guitar Tim Miller performed with jazz drummer Paul Motian and his group at New York's Village Vanguard in April.


Assistant Professor of Music Education Dominick J. Ferrara recently received his doctorate in music education from Rutgers University.


Assistant Professor of Songwriting Susan Cattaneo released the CD Brave and Wild featuring 11 of her original alt-country songs. Visit www.susancattaneo.com.


Professor of Percussion Mark Walker played at a private party hosted by President Barack Obama at Blair House in January with Professor of Bass Oscar Stagnaro and alumnus Diego Urcola (trumpet). Walker has recorded albums with the WDR Big Band, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Xiomara Laugert, and other artists and toured Estonia and Lithuania with the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet.


Associate Professor of MP&E Prince Charles Alexander received a City Music Mentoring Program Recital Performance and Recognition award in May recognizing his service to local youth. Alexander also chaired a panel discussion and presented a paper on hip-hop technology at the 2009 Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association joint conference in New Orleans in April.


Associate Professor of Music Education Nalora Steele received a distinguished alumnus award from the Jefferson City, MO, Public Schools Alumni Association.


Professor Wayne Naus released a new music-minus-one CD titled Touch The Spirit. It is a collection of patriotic and spiritual tunes arranged for trumpet and orchestra with synthesizer realizations by Brad Hatfield.


Professor of Percussion Ed Saindon performed and gave a clinic at the Music Conservatory in Paris in May.

Professor of Piano Laszlo Gardony performed at the Hungarian Jazz Celebration Festival, Hungarian Radio Concert Hall, and the Budapest Jazz Club in March.

Chair of Music Therapy Suzanne Hanser contributed a chapter to the book Music, the Breath and Health: Advances in Integrative Music Therapy. She was also a contributing writer to the book Prayers for the Journey: A Jewish Healing Guide for Women with Cancer and served as a panelist at a Brandeis University confab.


John Holt commissioned Associate Professor of Composition Francine Trester to compose two works for his upcoming album Facets 3: New American Music for Trumpet on Crystal Records.


Instructor Ramón Castillo's composition Agak-Agak is featured on Gamelan Galak Tika's album Bronze Age Space Age, which premiered at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Castillo's Gargantuan for violin premiered at the Beeline Festival at MIT. He also traveled to Russia to perform at the U.S. Consulate as part of the Educational Bridge Project.


Professor of Music Education Peter Cokkinias received the Berklee Presidential Award for excellence in teaching in the Berklee City Music Saturday mentoring program. Cokkinias has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and at the Providence Performing Arts Center.


Associate Professor of Liberal Arts Lori Landay published "Having but not Holding: Consumerism & Commodification in Second Life" in the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research. Landay was the keynote speaker on virtual subjectivity at the New Media Consortium Symposium, where she screened her digital video The Falling Woman Story.


Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts William Banfield released the new album Spring Forward in June.


Associate Professor Jane Miller contributed a lesson article in Acoustic Guitar magazine for the June 2009 issue. Miller will contribute the bimonthly column "Jazz Perspective" in Premier Guitar magazine.