Faculty Notes

  Professor Richard Lowell
  Phil Farnsworth

For the third year in a row, Associate Professor of Harmony Wayne Naus performed the national anthem on trumpet for the November 12 Veterans' Day pre-game show at TD Banknorth Garden for the Boston Bruins game against the Florida Panthers.

Associate Professor of Voice David Thorne Scott and Assistant Professor of Brass Christine Fawson played a series of concerts at Scullers Jazz Club, the Center for Arts in Natick, Ryles Jazz Club, Monument Music, and Mechanics Hall in Worcester.

Assistant Professor of Piano Nando Michelin released two CDs this fall: Reencontro and Entre Amigos.

Associate Professor of Jazz Composition Richard Lowell was the musical director and conductor for the newly released CD Common Thread featuring vocalist Amanda Carr and the Ken Hadley Big Band. Lowell also penned four arrangements for the disc.

Assistant Professor of Voice Dale Pfeiffer is recovering after successful open-heart surgery on November 2, 2009. She is at home recuperating and can be contacted via e-mail at dpfeiffer@berklee.edu.

In November, Assistant Chair of the Music Business/Management Department John Kellogg traveled to Aruba to moderate a panel on music marketing and licensing at a Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association conference. The panel included the former COO of LaFace Records, Mark Shimmel; Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company CEO Peter Primont; and San Francisco entertainment lawyer and educator Michael Ashburne.

Berkleemusic.com Professor Michael Hamilton recently completed a tour of Brazil with Baraka Mundi and a second in Sweden presenting music from his gospel album God's Will.

MP&E Professor Stephen Webber and his turntable ensemble completed the Scratch Ambassadors Tour of Finland sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Piano Professor Lazlo Gardony presented clinics and concerts with faculty members John Lockwood (bass) and Yoron Israel (drums) at Belmont University in Nashville and at the Renaissance Center in Dickson, TN.

Assistant Professor of MP&E Prince Charles Alexander has been mixing the new album for reggae legends Toots and the Maytals in Jamaica, New York, and Boston. The album will be available in 2010.

Professor Julius P. Williams and Alexander Koblyakov in Shanghai  

Professor Julius P. Williams and Alexander Koblyakov, dean of the Moscow Conservatory in Russia, served alongside notable composers from Shanghai Conservatory of Music as jurors for the Rivers Awards Composition Competition in Shanghai, China on December 7, 2009.

Ensemble Professor Ken Zambello has been selected as an official voter for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Associate Professor of Piano Suzanne Davis performed in Paris, France, and at the Mortefontaine Jazz Festival with French trumpet player Jerome Fouquet's quintet.

Associate Professor of Voice Armsted Christian was featured on two websites: www.thejazznetworkworldwide.com and www.stayinthelight.ning.com.

Guitar Professor Julien Kasper released the CD Trance Groove, featuring keyboardists Assistant Professor Matt Jenson and T Lavitz, Jesse Williams and James Driscoll on bass, Berklee alumni Zac Casher and Rob Avsharian on drums.

Associate Professor of Composition Larry Bell and Casa Rustica Recordings will release a new CD featuring Bell's piano music. The disc is available through CD Baby and most music download websites.

Associate Professor Michael Sweet and his company Audio Brain received an Emmy Award for their work on the Bejing Olympics.

Ensemble Professor Jetro da Silva played keyboards for Whitney Houston's recent performances on Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and the 2009 American Music Awards and can be heard on backing tracks for Houston's performance on Dancing with the Stars.

Professor of Guitar Mike Idhe just released his second CD of lap steel guitar instrumentals containing 11 selections of classical, jazz, and pop tunes arranged with a tuning devised by former Berklee faculty member Bill Leavitt.

Associate Professor of Liberal Arts Fred Bouchard reviewed the 2008 Berlin Jazz Festival for DownBeat magazine and the 2009 Barranquilla Jazz Festival for All About Jazz.

Associate Professor of Strings Mimi Rabson published two arrangements for string quartet with String Letter Publishing.

Barbara LaFitte, oboe instructor and coordinator for the Professional Performance Division, recently performed in concerts with the Boston Pops and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra backing Arlo Guthrie, James Taylor, and Ben Folds. LaFitte is also the principal oboist for the Boston Ballet.

  From the left: Tim Ray, Professor Mili Bermejo, Dan Greenspan, and Associate Professor Eugene Friesen

Professor of Voice Mili Bermejo was the recipient of a 2009-2010 Berklee Recording Grant and will work on a project with Associate Professor of Strings Eugene Friesen entitled Love Songs from the Americas, which will feature romantic songs from a variety of lyrical traditions and cultures.

Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts Jennifer Andrews had two stories and an interview published in the April and September 2009 issues of Pank magazine and a story published in Ginosko Literary Journal.

On November 22, in Boston's Faneuil Hall, the Boston Classical Orchestra premiered a new work from Composition Department Professor Andrew List, Earth Song for Cello and Orchestra, featuring cello soloist Emmanuel Feldman.

The Voice of America Uzbek language service published an online interview with Associate Professor of Harmony Craig Macrae.

Assistant Professor of Piano Hey Rim Jeon appeared at the Jarasum International Jazz Festival in Kapyong, Korea, in October with her group that includes Dave Liebman (saxophones), Professor Terri Lyne Carrington (drums), and John Lockwood (bass). She was also one of 10 Korean jazz pianists invited to play at the MAC Jazz Festival for the Hundred Fingers concert.

Professor Skip Hadden and Assistant Professor of Percussion Sergio Bellotti were involved in performances and clinics for PASIC 2009, the Percussive Arts Society's annual convention in Indianapolis, IN.

Contemporary Writing and Production Professor Rich Grudzinski has released Bailando en Agua Oscuras, a salsa CD featuring his band Son de Boston.

In November, Associate Professor of Music Therapy Donna Chadwick presented "Thriving as a Lifelong Clinician" at the American Music Therapy Association conference in San Diego, CA. Her presentation examined factors that affect longevity for therapists and offered strategies to promote long-term satisfaction in the field of music therapy.

Members of the Composition Department, Kari Juusela, Elena Lucas, and Julius Williams were part of an exchange between Berklee and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. They met with Russian cultural leaders and performed at a contemporaray music festival called Moscow Autumn 2009.