Faculty Notes

Faculty Notes


  Phil Wilson (left) receives the International Trombone Association Lifetime Achievement Award from Don Lucas
  Hey Rim Jeon


Dean of the Professional Writing Division Kari Juusela released an album of his original compositions entitled Tri-Polar Order.

Assistant Professor of MP&E Toby Carbone placed the songs "One Outrageous Love" and "I Know What I Want" in the Japanese film Michael Jackson Commemorated.

In August, Professor of Brass Phil Wilson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Trombone Association at the International Trombone Festival at the University of Texas at Austin.

The concert band piece "Flor de Azahar" by Composition Chair Gregory Fritze was performed by Asociación Músico-Cultural La Lira netting the group first prize at a band competition in Valencia, Spain, in July. For the fourth time, music by Fritze has been played by the winning band.

Associate Professor of Strings Mimi Rabson published string orchestra versions of her original Latin songs and two arrangements of James Brown songs with String Letter Publishing.

Joe Lovano, who holds the Gary Burton Jazz Chair at Berklee, won three Jazz Journalist Association awards for his CD Folk Art, his first album of original pieces.

Cellist and Associate Professor Eugene Friesen is featured on five recent CDs: Colorful Transitions with pianist Tim Ray, Steering by the Stars with Trio Globo, Improvisations on Bach with Three Part Invention, and Love Songs of the Americas with Mili Bermejo and the Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra, and Miho: Journey to the Mountain with the Paul Winter Consort.

Professor of Liberal Arts Bill Banfield contributed songs to the CD Songs for the Soul featuring the Mallarmé& Chamber Players and Nnenna Freelon. Banfield has also been commissioned by Sweet Honey in the Rock to write the music to Affirmations, a symphony with text written by the group.

Music and lyrics by Associate Professor of Harmony Michael Wartofsky were featured in the first New York reading of Running Back, a new musical cowritten with award-winning playwright Marcus Gardley.

Professor of Harmony Kristine Adams recently taught vocal workshops in Perugia, Italy, and Bologna. She also recorded improvised music for voice, drums, and sequences in France.

Assistant Professor of Composition Carmen Moral was named an honorary professor by the Conservatory in Lima, Peru, for her international work in music.

Professor of Piano Neil Olmstead gave a presentation entitled "Healthy Instrumental Practice for the Jazz Pianist: Alignment in Motion" at the Performing Arts Medicine Association in Aspen, CO, in July.

Associate Professor of Harmony Darrell Katz arranged, conducted, and produced the CD A Wall Flower in the Amazon by the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra. The group includes other Berklee faculty members.

Associate Professor Mirek Kocandrle played bass on the new album Van Van &Cleo May by Jordan Valentine &the Sunday Saints. The band includes Berklee alumni Paul Tomashefsky, Dave Lewis, and Paul Ahlstrand.

Assistant Professor Hey Rim Jeon, a pianist, together with Professor of Percussion Terri Lyne Carrington and Associate Professor of Bass John Lockwood performed at a Korea Day celebration in July.

Assistant Chair of Music Business and Management John Kellogg served on a judging panel for the contemporary instrumental music contest of the NAACP's ACT-SO (the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) competition in Kansas City. Kellogg is a regular judge on the local Community Auditions TV program.

Associate Professor of Strings John McGann performed in an all-star concert celebrating Irish music legend Joe Derrane in Fairfield, CT. He played at Tanglewood with the group Classical Tangent and is preparing for a recording of baroque music arranged for mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin, and mandocello.

Associate Professor of Ear Training Paul Del Nero has played bass with Mose Allison for the past 24 years. The duo played as a trio with Professor Bob Gullotti (on drums) at Boston's Scullers Jazz Club and at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival in Vermont.

Professor Carolyn Wilkins released her book Damn Near White in October with the University of Missouri Press.

In June, Woodwinds Professor Wendy Rolfe was a guest artist and clinician at the International Flute Festival in Quito, Ecuador, and performed at the National Flute Association Convention in Anaheim, California. In July, she performed at the Buzzards Bay Musicfest in Marion, MA.

Assistant Professor of Guitar Kenneth J. Taft penned the book Developmental Arpeggios for Guitar.

Professor of Guitar Mike Ihde played the first live Doo Wop Show at the Venetian and the Palazzo Resort-Hotel-Casino, Las Vegas.

Professor of Voice Mili Bermejo recnetly sang material from her Love Songs of the Americas CD on the Eric in the Evening program at WGBH-FM.

Associate Professor of Harmony and guitarist John Stein recently completed a tour of Brazil. On tour he also recorded two songs for broadcast on the popular Jô Soares TV show.

Professor of Guitar Jack Pezanelli is the featured guitarist on Phantoms of Love by Cuban singer/songwriter Havana Carbo and Playing through the Blues, an instructional release by Associate Professor Fred Lupsius.

Assistant Chair of Contemporary Writing and Production Andrea Pejrolo engineered, mixed, and co-produced the album Us an'Them that features original arrangements of 16 different anthems written by Garry Dial, Terre Roche, and Richard De Rosa.

Liberal Arts Professor Michael Heyman traveled to South Africa, Kenya, and Uganda on a Newbury Comics-Berklee faculty fellowship to research The Anthology of World Nonsense, which he is co-editing with Kevin Shortsleeve.

Assistant Professor of Guitar Tomo Fujita authored the book Playing by Ear and Feeling, which has sold more than 17,000 copies since February.

Professor of Voice Kathryn Wright conducted master classes in Beijing, China, during May and June at the China Conservatory.

Film Scoring Professor Sheldon Mirowitz scored the HBO film Raising Renee, which will air in 2011. Mirowitz is currently scoring a documentary on MCI founder Bill McGowan for PBS.

Associate Professor of Percussion Michael Mangini participated in 22 drum clinics this summer at locations in Italy, Japan, and Croatia. He also toured with Eddie Jobson's UKZ band.

Professor of Piano Laszlo Gardony performed at the Cambridge River Festival with the Stan Strickland Quartet and at Regattabar with the Shelley Neill Group. He also performed at the Bar Harbor Jazz Festival.

Associate Professor of Composition Apostolos Paraskevas presented his new movie I Finally Made It! at the Iserlohn International Music Festival in Germany on August 17.

Associate Professor of Songwriting Brad Hatfield was nominated for a primetime Emmy for the song "How Lovely to Be a Vegetable," which was used in the TV show Rescue Me and was cowritten by the series creator Peter Tolan.

Associate Professor Suzanne Clark, a bassist, toured Sweden in July with Stämbandet, a Scandinavian vocal ensemble directed by Professor Allen LeVines.

Assistant Professor of Bass David Buda and Voice Instructor Andrea Capozzoli performed at the Blue Note in New York.

Associate Professor of Piano Suzanne Davis penned the book Jazz Piano Comping for Berklee Press. Davis also performed at the Provincetown Jazz Festival with bassist John Lockwood and Percussion Professor Robert Kaufman.

Professor Mitch Seidman (guitar) released released the CD Triangulation: Live in Vermont with drummer Claire Arenius and bassist Jamie MacDonald.