Faculty Notes



  From the left: Drummer Steve Jordan, Assistant Professor Tomo Fujita, and bassist Will Lee
  Assistant Professor Mark Simos



Assistant Professor of Composition Elena Roussanova Lucas attended the world premiere of her orchestral composition Moments of Arrival in Moscow, Russia, in May. Professor Julius Williams conducted the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory Symphony Orchestra in the premiere performance.

Assistant Professor of Music Business/Management Andrea Johnson moderated a panel discussion at the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association conference in Miami, and cohosted an event featuring speaker Alex Lieu at the college.

Assistant Professor of Songwriting Mark Simos will present a series of weekend seminars on songwriting in Auckland, New Zealand, on July 31; on August 8 in Melbourne, Australia; and on August 14 in Sydney, Australia. Visit www.cmcproductions.com.au

Brass Chair Tom Plsek received a positive review in Cadence magazine for his trio performance with Joe Morris and John Voigt on the CD MVP LSD.

Associate Professor of Guitar Jane Miller contributed lessons to the April and September issues of Acoustic Guitar magazine. Miller writes "The Jazz Box," a monthly column in Premier Guitar magazine.

Professors Jon Finn (guitar) and Joe Santerre (bass) recorded the CD Bull in a China Shop with the Jon Finn Group.

Assistant Professor Stephen MacLean released his fourth album, Expressions on Piano.

Associate Professor of Ear Training August Watters performed with Rich Greenblatt (vibes) and Bruce Gertz (bass) at a John F. Kennedy Library Foundation fundraiser in May.

Advance Music has published the book Advanced Ear Training for Musicians by Professor Stephen Prosser.

Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts Peter Payack received an award for distinguished teaching at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, where he is an adjunct faculty member.

Associate Professor of Percussion Mikael Ringquist played two sold-out performances of Osvaldo Golijov's La Pasión Según San Marcos at Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Associate Professor of Liberal Arts Fred Bouchard wrote the liner notes for the album Turn Up the Quiet by guitarist and Associate Professor John Stein and singer Ron Gill.

Assistant Professor of Guitar Tomo Fujita released the new CD Pure featuring nine original instrumental pieces. Fujita is backed on the disc by bassist Will Lee and drummers Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie, and Steve Jordan. Visit www.tomofujita.com.

Assistant Professor of Composition Carmen Moral received the honorary professor award from the Conservatory of Lima, Peru, for her international work in music.

Professor Marc Rossi had his new piano piece "Dream Catcher" premiered in New York by the Bulgarian concert pianist Tania Stavreva.

Associate Professor of Guitar Jon Wheatley performed at the Integrity Jazz Festival in Minot, ND, and the Tommy Gallant Jazz Festival in Portsmouth, NH.

Electronic Production and Design Professor Michael Bierylo received the Newbury Comics Faculty Fellowship and traveled to Berlin, Germany, to conduct research on the German electronic music scene.

Music Education Professor Faith Lueth served as the chair for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference in Boston.

Assistant Professor of Music Education Charlene Ryan gave a presentation on performance anxiety at the MMEA conference and presented two papers at the National Association for Music Education conference in Anaheim, CA.

Bassist and Contemporary Writing and Production Assistant Professor Mark Poniatowski released his first CD, The Mark Poniatowski Situation. It features fellow faculty members Daniel Ian Smith, Dino Govoni, and Joe Mulholland.

The 1975 hit "Run Joey Run" by Songwriting Chair Jack Perricone was fetured on the TV show Glee in May. Perricone and Dianne Warren were interviewed in June on NPR's Talk of the Nation show with Neil Conan.

Jazz Composition Professor Bob Pilkington and Associate Professor of Ear Training John Funkhouser took part in the 100th birthday celebration of pianist Mary Lou Williams.

Assistant Professor of Percussion Sergio Bellotti completed a residency at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in May. His group Spajazzy toured Europe and performed at the Bari in Jazz Festival.

Associate Professor of Music Education Elizabeth Allison recorded keyboard and vocal parts for the CD Float by singer/songwriter Dana Pomfret.

Assistant Professor of Piano Frank Carlberg released the new disc Tivoli Trio. Carlberg also premiered Big Enigmas, a 10-part song cycle featuring settings of poems by Ken Mikolowski at the Gowanus Jazz Fest in Brooklyn, NY.

Contemporary Writing and Production Professor Rich Grudzinski and his band Son de Boston played at the sixth annual Boston Salsa Congress.

Liberal Arts Professor Peter Gardner gave a webinar presentation to students and professors at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

Guitar Professor Bruce Saunders was the featured artist at the Ibagué Jazz Festival in Ibagué, Colombia, in May.

Associate Professor of Songwriting Brad Hatfield had his song "Good Old Days" appear in the film Iron Man 2. Hatfield's orchestral arrangement of "At Last" was performed by Shannon Allen and the Boston Pops Orchestra at Symphony Hall in May.

Associate Professor of Woodwinds Fred Lipsius released the new CD Only Love Exists. Visit www.fredlipsius.com.

Guitar Professor Lauren Passarelli engineered and mixed Pamela Ressler's Opening the Door to Meditation album at PassaBrown Studios.

Music Business/Management Chair Don Gorder moderated a panel discussion at the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association international conference at the University of Miami. He also received a distinguished alumnus award from the North Platte Public Schools Foundation in North Platte, NE.

Associate Professor of Voice Duane Moody appeared as a guest artist and sang the role of the young Joe Louis in the premiere of the opera Shadowboxer at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Assistant Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production Wendy Klein received a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts to create presentations featuring music by Duke Ellington in the Providence public schools.

Brass Department Professor Tiger Okoshi produced music for a new CD by the Japanese-born singer Mizuho. In March Okoshi and faculty members Daniela Schachter (voice), Mark Walker (drums), Mike Tucker (saxophone), and Bruno R?berg (bass) provided jazz coaching at the Hokkaido Groove Camp in Sapporo, Japan.

Assistant Professor of Guitar Ken Taft played with the pit orchestras for three musicals and has recorded three CDs. He endorses Hamer guitars, Maxon pedals, and Black Diamond guitar strings.

Composition Professor Marti Epstein premiered her recent works Bloom for wind ensemble and English horn; liquid, fragile for clarinet and string trio; unRaveling for flute, violin, viola, cello, and harp; and Weather Patterns for chorus and solo cello.

Associate Professor and mandolinist John McGann performed with the Boston Pops in June and will play at Tanglewood with Classical Tangent in August. He also appears on the new CD by Irish accordionist Joe Derrane.

Associate Professor Kevin McCluskey was the executive producer for the CD Birds of a Feather on Jazz Revelation Records. McCluskey is the faculty adviser for the student-run label.