2018 Speakers

Career Jam features a full lineup of influential industry experts. Read more about each speaker below and be sure to check out our schedule page to see when they will be presenting. 

Composer; Talent Coordinator; Executive Producer
Class of 1991 (Composition)
Cristina Abaroa

Cristina Abaroa is the founder of Moon Moosic, a company with more than 20 years of experience in the production of Grammy-winning and Latin Grammy–winning albums. She has participated in the recording of more than 100 albums with credits as producer, songwriter, composer, arranger, production coordinator, musician, backing vocalist, and music copyist.

Naseem Alatrash

An accomplished classically trained musician and improviser in diverse styles, Naseem Alatrash has earned a reputation for fearlessly broadening the horizons of the cello on the world stage.

Media and Operations Manager, Berklee Popular Music Institute
Jeff Appruzzese

Jeff Apruzzese is the media and operations manager for the Berklee Popular Music Institute, which provides students with experiential learning in live music and performance, and is a course instructor for Berklee Online.

Music Producer; Co-Owner, Bridge Sound & Stage; Owner, AR Classic Records
The Arcitype

Raised in New York City in the early 1980s, The Arcitype developed a love for music at age 5 when his father enrolled him in music school and surrounded him with instruments. Moving to Western Massachusetts, he began playing classical piano and later developed a love for the blues.

Assistant Professor, Theater
Joy Arcolano

Joy Arcolano is an assistant professor of theater at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Read more about Arcolano on her faculty page.

General Manager, ArtsEmerson, Emerson College
Bonnie Baggesen

Bonnie Baggesen has worked at Emerson College for 14 years, where she currently serves as general manager for the Office of the Arts. Previously, Baggesen was production manager for the national tours of The Acting Company, with touring credits including Damn Yankees and Sunset Boulevard.

Chief Operations Officer, Global Touring, Live Nation
Gerry Barad

Gerry Barad, chief operating officer of Live Nation Global Touring, a division of Live Nation, has a been a music industry trailblazer for more than 35 years. Barad and his world-class team have promoted and produced most of the top-grossing tours of the last four decades with past and present clients including Beyoncé/Jay-Z, U2, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, and the Rolling Stones.

Senior Alumni Affairs Officer, Berklee
Karen Bell

Karen Bell is the senior alumni affairs officer for Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee, serving as a bridge between the diverse mix of the combined institution’s alumni, its current student body, and the greater college community.

Career Services Advisor, Career Center

Erica Bishop is the career services advisor in the Career Center at Berklee College of Music. Read more about Bishop on her advisor page.

Composer, Facebook
Brent Bourgeois

Brent Bourgeois started playing serious funk and jazz in his mid-teens, and by the mid-1980s was lead singer and principal songwriter in the Island Records band Bourgeois Tagg. He is a music composer and A&R manager of music composers for Facebook.