Faculty Notes

  Lisa Thorson

Contemporary Writing and Production Chair Matthew Nicholl, Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production Dan Moretti, and Professor of Bass Oscar Stagnaro coauthored the book Essential Grooves for Writing, Performing, and Producing Contemporary Music. The book was published by Sher Music Company.

Assistant Professor of Percussion Sergio Bellotti and Five-week Summer Performance Program faculty member Tino D'Agostino presented a master class on teaching improvisation at Boston's annual Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) convention.

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies Lori Landay took second place for her digital video "Click: Interactive & Immersive Art" in the International Virtual Worlds-Best Practices in Education Machinima Contest. Previously the video won an award at a University of Western Australia contest in 2010.

Associate Professor of Film Scoring Claudio Ragazzi composed the scores for two films presented at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011: The Last Mountain directed by Bill Haney and To Catch a Dollar directed by Gayle Ferraro.

Associate Professor of Strings Mimi Rabson published her own arrangements of Cole Porter's "Night and Day" and "Anything Goes" as well as Duke Ellington's "Echoes of Harlem" and "I'm Just a Lucky So and So."

Professor of Voice Donna McElroy performed at a benefit concert for the First Response Center in Nashville, TN. The Metropolitan Interdenominational Church founded the organization to provide a range of HIV and substance-abuse services.

Professor of Professional Music Tom Stein has traveled over the past year to several countries to conduct educational workshops and residencies, including one at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey.

Woodwind Associate Professor Frank Tiberi advanced in rank to professor.

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Assistant Chair of Music Business/Management John Kellogg is the president of the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA) and oversaw the organization's recent conference in Los Angeles.

Professor of Voice Lisa Thorson received an award from the National Spinal Cord Injury Association at the RISE Above Paralysis Gala. She was recognized for her work for 30-plus years as a performer, educator, and advocate for people with disabilities.

Assistant Professor of MP&E Tony Carbone placed two songs in the film Michael Jackson Commemorated. It opened in 150 theaters in Japan on the first anniversary of the singer's death.

In November 2010, Assistant Professor of Piano Kevin Harris made his third tour of Italy with his group the Kevin Harris Project. In December the group played at the Havana International Jazz Festival in Cuba.

Harmony Department Assistant Chair Tom Hojnacki conducted the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra in works by Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky, and in the premiere of his own composition The River Runs, the Mountains Rise.

Assistant Professor of Ensemble Jason Palmer was named an artist fellow in music composition for 2011 by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The award includes an unrestricted cash grant. Palmer is recording his second CD for the SteepleChase Productions label with saxophonist Mark Turner '90, guitarist Nir Felder '04, and drummer Kendrick Scott '06.

Vice President for Technology and Education Outreach David Mash released Decades, a two-CD retrospective album of his original instrumental compositions that range from 1973 to 2009. Assistant Vice President for International Programs Greg Badolato played saxophone. Mash played guitars, and keyboards, and programmed other musical parts using Logic Studio.

Associate Professor of Ear Training Richard Greenblatt headlined the International Vibraphone Festival in Zurich, Switzerland.

  Susan Cattaneo

Assistant Professor of Songwriting Susan Cattaneo completed her second album, Heaven to Heartache, featuring several notable players from Nashville and Boston. The disc was released in Europe in January, named album of the week on RTé Radio 1 in Ireland, and featured on the Bob Harris Country hour on the BBC in the UK. The first single, "Girls Night Out," began being aired on American country radio stations in March.

Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production Jerry Gates presented seminars on various writing techniques in Pescara, Italy.

Professor of Strings John McGann has been named as the artistic director of the Center for American Roots Music. McGann recently performed a series of concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Classical Tangent and played on the album Sleepless by jazz violinist Jason Anick. McGann's duo album with Joe Derrane, Grove Lane, was voted the top traditional Irish recording of 2010 by the weekly newspaper the Irish Echo. McGann and Artistic Director of the American Roots Music Program Matt Glaser cowrote the new book Beyond Bluegrass Mandolin, which was published by Berklee Press.

Professor of Music Business/Management Peter Alhadeff was the guest speaker at the Carroll School of Management's Honors Program at Boston College on January 24. His presentation was titled "The Music Trade in the New Millennium."

Assistant Professor of Piano Nando Michelin released his album Como Árboles; Music to Poems by Mario Benedetti, recorded at Berklee's studios by Assistant Professor of MP&E Ted Padduck. The album features a number of Berklee faculty and alumni performers.

Professor of Ensembles Jetro da Silva played keyboards for Whitney Houston on her 2010 world tour.

Assistant Chair of Liberal Arts Michael Mason completed his Ph.D. in higher-education administration in March. His dissertation examines the role of mentoring in doctoral programs and its impact on preparation for senior-university leadership.

Associate Professor of Harmony Michael Wartofsky wrote and arranged the music for Car Talk: The Musical!!! The first production created for the renovated Modern Theatre in downtown Boston, the show had six performances in March and April.

Music Therapy Chair Suzanne Hanser recently delivered the opening address at the Music, Culture, and Health Symposium in Oslo, Norway. She also lectured at Bar-Ilan University and the University of Haifa, Israel.

Associate Professor of MP&E Prince Charles Alexander accompanied 16 students on a visit to Atlanta, GA, in March. The students visited recording studios, a TV show, a radio conglomerate, performance-rights organizations, and attended panel discussions hosted at Kennesaw State University.

In December 2010, Professor of Liberal Arts Peter Gardner presented a paper at a symposium for the Swiss Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research at University of Fribourg in Switzerland titled "Silent and Spoken Voices: Perceptual Construction of Communication Styles of East Asian Students in the English-Speaking University Classroom."

Assistant Professor of Songwriting Mark Simos cowrote seven songs with Australian rock icon Jimmy Barnes for his album Rage and Ruin. The song "Floodlight" appeared on a compilation album to benefit the Queens Island Flood relief effort.

Assistant Professor of Harmony Alonzo Harris was the musical director and keyboardist for the live recording of the single "Go" by r&b legend Betty Wright. This year the song was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance category.