Faculty Notes

  Associate Professor Janice Pendarvis



Assistant Professor of Voice Christiane Karam took part in the documentary The Music Instinct: Science & Song, hosted by Bobby McFerrin and Dr. Daniel Levitin '80. On June 24, the documentary premiered on PBS and featured Yo-Yo Ma, Daniel Barenboim, Oliver Sacks, and a host of world-renowned scientists and musicians.

Brass Instructor Christine Fawson and Associate Professor of Voice David Thorne Scott of the group Syncopation performed with the Boston Pops on July 4 as part of the Independence Day festivities. The performance was broadcast on television and radio.

The Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium commissioned Professor Bill Banfield and David Baker, the chair of the jazz department at Indiana University, to cowrite the American popular music curriculum's Master Narrative map that will be the guide for the consortium's initiative. The curriculum will connect the threads of American popular music traditions, focus on American music heritage and its influencers, and provide a cultural context for how and why the music was made. On November 4, Banfield and Baker will present their narrative at the consortium's summit in New York. Banfield's CD Spring Forward on the Inova label, has been aired on smooth jazz stations across the country.

MP&E Professor Stephen Webber installed equipment and tuned the rooms for the recording studio at the Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha Learning Center on the Kauai Island in Hawaii. The mission of the facility is to preserve the language, music, and culture of Hawaii. Webber also engineered the inaugural session in August.

The Sociedad Artístico Musical de Magallón commissioned Composition Chair Gregory Fritze to write the concert band piece that earned the performing ensemble the gold medal at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade, the Netherlands. This is the third time that a Spanish band has won first prize playing a work by Fritze.

Assistant Professor of Piano Nando Michelin released his eighth U.S. album, Reencontro. Featured players include bassist Esperanza Spalding and other Berklee alumni.

Assistant Professor of MP&E Jeff Largent updated the equipment in his project studio in Norwell, MA, to accommodate client needs. Largent opened Mixology Studios in 1997.

Associate Professor of Strings John McGann appeared with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood on August 22 in a program of Irish, Spanish, Brazilian, and Eastern European music.

Liberal Arts Professor Peter Gardner taught a two-week graduate course in intercultural communication at Astrakhan State University in Russia.

Associate Professor of Ensembles Dave Samuels received the KoSa Lifetime Achievement Award and was cited for his "innovative approach to jazz vibraphone and marimba" and "influential explorations in Afro-Caribbean music."

During his sabbatical, Associate Professor of Liberal Arts Michael Heyman is conducting research for The Anthology of World Nonsense, a volume he is co-editing with Kevin Shortsleeve of Christopher Newport University.

Professor Peter Cokkinias played clarinet with the Boston Pops Orchestra in concerts at Tanglewood, Hyannis, and Nantucket. Additionally, Cokkinias and Associate Professor of Voice Sharon Brown began Berklee's first musical theater season with a full production of Parade. Cokkinias also recorded woodwind parts for Professor Stephen Webber's new CD/DVD Scratch Symphony.

Lauren Passarelli was recently promoted to the rank of professor of guitar.

Professor Stephen Webber  

Associate Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production Mirek Kocandrle plays bass for the Boston-based soul and r&b band Jordan Valentine and the Sunday Saints, who were runners-up in the Boston Phoenix's 2009 Best Music Poll.

Associate Professor Lincoln Goines (bass), Professor Terri Lyne Carrington (drums), and bassist Esperanza Spalding are featured on the recording Big Neighborhood by guitarist Mike Stern.

Associate Professors Alain Mallet and Dave Samuels were featured in an article on the National Public Radio website for Marion McPartland's Jazz Piano show.

Associate Professor Dan Moretti released Tres Muse, on Foundation Jazz Records. The recording features Moretti's tenor saxophone playing in a pianoless trio setting.

Suzanne Davis was recently promoted to the rank of associate professor of piano. In July, she performed at various venues in Paris and at the Mortefontaine Jazz Festival.

Associate Professor of Piano Bruce Katz toured with Gregg Allman, Maria Muldaur, and the John Hammond Band and performed onstage at the Cincinnati Blues Festival. His new album, Project A, was released on Anzic Records in August.


Associate Professor of Guitar Richie Hart released the CD Old School New School in June. The album features several Berklee alumni.

Associate Professor of MP&E Prince Charles Alexander recently worked with reggae legends Toots and the Maytals on the group's forthcoming album. Alexander recorded horn parts, programmed drums, and mixed the album.

Associate Professor of Voice Janice Pendarvis performed with Steely Dan as a background vocalist for the group's European tour. She also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman singing with country star Billy Currington and contributed a chapter to the second edition of the book Secrets of Voice-Over Success.

Assistant Professor of Voice Daniela Schachter held a CD release party on September 28 at the Berklee Performance Center for her album Purple Butterfly. Schachter was also featured in a jazz documentary on the music of composer Jimmy Van Heusen.

  Assisstant Professor Tomo Fujita performs at Fenway Park

Liberal Arts Chair Camille Colatosti presented a talk on Berklee's liberal arts program at the Consortium for the Liberal Education of Artists. Last spring she was part of the peer academic team that visited the New England Institute of Art and evaluated its re-accreditation effort for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Music Therapy Chair Suzanne Hanser is a visiting research fellow at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in London, England. Hanser also co-authored a report on the practice of complementary therapies that was published in the Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology.

Harmony Professor Stephen Dale wrote all the arrangements and selected players for the biannual October jazz liturgy service at a Trinitarian Congregational Church in Concord, Massachusetts.

Associate Professor of Voice Gabrielle Goodman won the 2009 New England Urban Music Award for best jazz singer. She also appeared on the Grammy-nominated CD Somewhere Far Away by Professor Julius Williams. In July, Goodman conducted workshops in Càdiz, Spain, based on lessons from her forthcoming book Vocal Improvisation.

Assistant Professor of Guitar Tomo Fujita played the National Anthem before the Red Sox game at Boston's Fenway Park on October 2.