Faculty Notes

Compiled by April Buscher '12

  Bill Banfield
  Bill Gallery

Professor of Liberal Arts Bill Banfield was part of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize selection committee for music. Banfield and the four other committee members selected Chinese composer Zhou Long for the prize for his music to the opera Madame White Snake, which Opera Boston premiered in 2010.

Harmony Professor Kristine Adams released Sing Your Way through Theory: A Music Theory Workbook for the Contemporary Singer, published by Gerard and Sarzin Publishing Co.

Voice Professor Gabrielle Goodman released her new album Songs from the Book. The album is a compilation of soulful r&b and gospel songs from Goodman's book Vocal Improvisation.

Associate Professor of Professional Music Kevin McCluskey produced the annual Jazz Revelations Records CD Octave. McCluskey also traveled to Colombia to present workshops.

Piano Professor Laszlo Gardony released his album Signature Time. The disc features Associate Professor of Voice Stan Strickland, Associate Professor of Bass John Lockwood, and Assistant Chair of Percussion Yoron Israel.

Chair of Music Therapy Suzanne Hanser published the article "Home-Based Music Strategies with Individuals Who Have Dementia and Their Family Caregivers" in the spring issue of the Journal of Music Therapy. Hanser was also a visiting instructor for the Harvard Medical School continuing education course "Building Resilience." Additionally, Hanser delivered a keynote address for the "Music, Emotion, and Health" research symposium in Oslo, Norway.

Assistant Chair of Film Scoring Alison Plante scored the feature-length documentary American Meat.

Liberal Arts Professor Peter Gardner published an article on cultural differences in verbal communication styles in the book Tips for Teaching Culture: A Practical Approach to Intercultural Communications.

Sheldon Mirowitz  

Ensemble Professor Dave Hollender penned the book Beyond Bluegrass Banjo for Berklee Press.

Associate Professor of Voice Janice Pendarvis has been touring with the O'Jays since 2010 and more recently worked with producer Tony Visconti. Additionally, Pendarvis sang with 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Leon Russell, and Darlene Love at the March 20 induction ceremony. She also sang with Timeless Voices aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship during the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage in March.

Vocal Professor Mili Bermejo and String Department Associate Professor Eugene Friesen collaborated on the CD Love Songs of the Americas, which was released this spring. The project was funded by a Berklee recording grant and enlisted the talents of faculty and students performing with the Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra.

Film Scoring Professor Sheldon Mirowitz wrote scores for the film McGowan for PBS, and for Undiscovered Worlds, the kickoff show for the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science. Mirowitz scored the HBO film Raising Renee, which received its premiere at the Independent Film Festival Boston in May and won the Audience Award. He also performed at the "Sounds of Silents" film festival at Coolidge Corner Theatre with students who cowrote a score for the silent film It.

Music Business and Management Associate Professor Pam Kerensky played bass on the track "Sunny Day" with Cambridge-based blues/rock band Caged Heat on the new Twisted Rico compilation titled The Scandalous Years.

  Felice Pomeranz
  Phil Farnsworth

Ensemble Professor Walter Beasley performed at the 2011 Playboy Jazz Festival at the famed Hollywood Bowl with the group Harmony 3, featuring Beasley and Ronnie Laws on saxophone and guitarist Stanley Jordan.

Liberal Arts Professor Fred Bouchard wrote a column in DownBeat magazine on Tom Everett's years directing Harvard University's bands as well as several reviews in the New York City Jazz Record and the Boston Musical Intelligencer. Additionally, Bouchard penned the liner notes for a Cedar Walton Quintet recording and made a cameo appearance in Bret Primack's Importance of Jazz Education video shot during Jazz Education Network conference in New Orleans.

Associate Professor Felice Pomeranz was recently named chair of the board of directors of the American Harp Society.

Guitar Professor Dan Bowden released the new album No Better Time Than Now, which features a mix of blues, gospel, and roots-inspired original music. Fellow faculty members Ed Lucie, Alizon Lissance, and Casey Scheuerell are featured on bass, keyboards, and drums, respectively, and Lucie contributed two compositions.

Ensemble Professor Ken Zambello arranged "Hedwig's Theme" by film composer John Williams and "Shoulder to Shoulder" by Carly Simon for the band and chorus of the L.D. Batchelder School in North Reading, MA. Zambello accompanied the chorus on piano for its performance of "Shoulder to Shoulder."

Professor of Strings John McGann performed at Cleveland's Severence Hall with the group Wayfaring Strangers, and at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA, with Classical Tangent.

Dean of Professional Education Division Darla J. Hanley was elected to the National Jazz Education Network Board of Directors. Her term will run from 2011 to 2014.

Assistant Professor of Harmony Hey Rim Jeon was featured in a biographical documentary on the Korean Broadcasting System, Korea's National television network. The documentary chronicled Jeon's experiences and aspirations as Berklee's first Korean faculty member and can be viewed with English subtitles at www.jazzjeon.com.

Suzanna Sifter  
Phil Farnsworth  

Piano Professor Suzanna Sifter penned the book, Berklee Jazz Keyboard Harmony: Using Upper Structure Triads that was published in May by Berklee Press.

Associate Professor of Piano Greg Wardson collaborated with Mifflin Lowe on a work entitled Beasts by the Bunches. An original suite for voice and orchestra with lyrics by Lowe and with music by Lowe and Wardson, the piece will be performed by Lowe and the Missouri Symphony Orchestra this summer.

Guitar Professor Jim Kelly released the new CD Would Be Soundtracks, recorded at the college and funded through a faculty grant. The disc features Kelly's original pieces for solo acoustic guitar.

Associate Professor of Songwriting John Stevens taught at the June 18 New York Songwriting Day 2011, part of the Tony Conniff Songwriter's Workshop series. Stevens gave a presentation on the songs of John Lennon and joined fellow presenters Eric Beall '84, Alex Forbes, Steve Tarshis, and Tony Conniff on a panel critiquing songs by workshop attendees.

Professor Tiger Okoshi played trumpet on the new recording Sweet Thunder by alumnus Delfeayo Marsalis '89. Also featured were alumni Mark Gross '88, Victor "Red" Atkins '90, and Branford Marsalis '80.