Career Jam 2019 Speakers
President, Epic Records
“Godmother of the music industry” Sylvia Rhone has launched the careers of and worked with dozens of genre-spanning, world-renowned artists throughout her career. From her work with MC Lyte, En Vogue, and Brandy to Missy Elliott, Das EFX, Dream Theater, Tracy Chapman, Metallica, Jason Mraz, and many, many more, Rhone’s impact on the music industry has been wide-reaching and profound.
Co-President, Elektra Music Group
Gregg Nadel was named co-president of Elektra Music Group on June 18, 2018. Elektra Music Group is a standalone, fully staffed label group that includes Elektra Records, Fueled by Ramen (FBR), Roadrunner, Low Country Sound, and Black Cement Records.
Vocalist, Songwriter, Producer
New Zealand–born pop star Kimbra is a musical force innovating the shape of pop today as a songwriter, musician, producer, and adventurous performer.
CEO, LRMR Management;
Founder and CEO, SpringHill Entertainment
Maverick Carter is CEO of SpringHill Entertainment, an entertainment and content company that he and LeBron James launched in 2008 and that develops creative content across a variety of platforms including digital, documentary, and feature films and television; and he is also CEO of its athlete empowerment company, Uninterrupted.
Video Game Composer
(Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts)
Composer and pianist Yoko Shimomura joined Japanese video game production company Square in 1993 after graduating from Osaka Music School. Prior to her employment with Square, she worked for Capcom, where she composed the majority of the score to the legendary fighting game Street Fighter II: The World Warrior.
Credited for turning Bad Boy Records into Combs Enterprises, she achieved success overseeing the portfolio of brands under the Combs empire, including spirits, fashion, fragrance, content, and the Capital Preparatory Schools.
Senior Vice President of A&R and Creative Director,
With 10-plus years of experience in the music business, Trinidadian-born Randall "Sickamore" Medford has been heralded as the new generation’s favorite A&R rep.
Industry Speakers (listed alphabetically):
Boasting an influential decade-long career rooted in brand and entertainment marketing, Ashaunna Ayars is the branding mastermind behind campaigns for some of the world's top music stars and brands.
Brandon Baier is the lead recruiter at iZotope, an Emmy-winning audio software and hardware company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Nikisha Bailey has been a music industry professional in New York City for eight years. With a background in audio engineering, she has worked at Sony Studios, Def Jam Recordings, Atlantic Records, and is currently the head of A&R administration and operations for Artist Partner Group (APG).
Grammy-winning engineer Denise Barbarita is the owner and head engineer of MONOLisa Studios in New York City. She works on album projects and audio post-production for film and television.
John Bastianelli is the executive vice president of product management at PreSonus Audio Electronics. He previously served as senior director of product management for M-Audio.
As a multi-instrumentalist performer, composer, conductor and educator, Derek Beckvold has performed a wide range of music across North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, as well as extensively in Boston.
Dayna Bloom is a Tony Award–winning producer and the founder of AF Creative Media, a media group that works across all platforms including social, theatrical, and experiential.
Will Calhoun '86 is a two-time Grammy Award–winning musician, composer, and producer best known as the drummer of the groundbreaking rock band Living Colour.
Vocalist Susan Calloway has gained thousands of fans for her vocal work for the bestselling video game franchise 'Final Fantasy.' A singer-songwriter, she is working on songs for a new album to be released later this year. The soulful power of her voice resonates with video gamers, musicians, and music fans around the world.
Carla Dirlikov Canales is a critically acclaimed opera singer who has performed at opera houses, concert venues, and festivals around the world.
Juan C. Cardenas, or JC for short, is a 2018 Berklee College of Music graduate and an aspiring entertainment attorney from Quito, Ecuador. Currently, he works in the Business and Legal Affairs Department at Sony Music Entertainment in New York, where he focuses on copyright administration and licensing.
Gustavo Celis is a recording engineer, mixer, and producer who has worked with Eric Clapton, Beyoncé, Ricky Martin, Roger Waters, Celine Dion, Shakira, and others. He has received two Grammy Awards, seven Latin Grammy Awards, and two TEC Award nominations.
Gordon Chambers is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, and recording artist.
Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang was a triple-major in ballet, astrophysics, and philosophy at the University of Utah before pursuing studies in cultural and arts management at American University. She currently serves as executive director of the stellar Kate Weare Company.
Elisa Clark is an award-winning artist and educator from the Washington, D.C., area, who trained at the Maryland Youth Ballet prior to receiving a B.F.A. from the Juilliard School under Benjamin Harkarvy.
Zach Cox is an associate data scientist in Spotify's User Fraud department, where he helps to reduce the impact of stream manipulation (artificial streams), thus protecting royalty calculations for authentic artists and rights holders.
Lee Dannay is a 30-year veteran of the music industry, including 15 years at Sony Music as a senior A&R executive for both Epic and Columbia Records, and five years at Warner/Chappell Music Publishing.
Frank DeCicco is the head of college marketing at Sony Music and oversees the Sony Music U team, which is made up of 80 students across the United States and supports all labels under Sony with artist development initiatives.
Caroline “Baroline” Diaz is the senior director of A&R for Interscope Records. Notable artists on her roster include DaBaby, Lil Poppa, and Yhung T.O. She has made her way from Columbia Records, where she previously signed Polo G and also worked with Yung Bleu and Lil Tjay.
Emmy Award winner, six-time Emmy nominee, and two-time Grammy nominee Ramin Djawadi B.M. '98 is an acclaimed film and television composer best known for his work on Game of Thrones, Westworld, Iron Man, Pacific Rim, and other titles.
Victoria Dorn is an audio-focused software engineer at Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE).
Brian Dubb is a passionate, energetic, and visionary entrepreneur who thrives on empowering teams and leading from the front. With more than 20 years of industry experience in startups in music, content, agri-tech, early AI, and travel, he spent his formative years as a professional songwriter, recording artist, and performer.
Charity Everett is a creative technologist, storyteller, performer, and research fellow at MIT's Open Documentary Lab and Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. She explores the connection between humanity and technology.
Susan Genco is co-president of the Azoff Company, working alongside industry veteran Irving Azoff. Her responsibilities include oversight and management of a diverse portfolio of entertainment companies, along with the company’s strategic and legislative efforts.
Pete Giberga is a 25-year veteran of the record business. As the head of A&R at 300 Entertainment, he has helped guide the careers of Highly Suspect, Cheat Codes, Maggie Lindemann, Conrad Sewell, and other artists.
Lynn Gonzalez is the senior vice president of business and legal affairs for East Coast labels at Universal Music Group, and is the lead attorney for Def Jam Recordings.
Courtney Harrell has penned songs for Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Mary J. Blige, and many more. Her work has been featured on several hit films and television shows, and her success has led to a Grammy Award and multiple nominations.
Lysa Hetrick B.M. '18 is the creative development associate for North America at MassiveMusic. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, MassiveMusic is an innovative global music agency creating sonic solutions for brands such as Nike, Google, Budweiser, the Premier League, Samsung, and more.
Arnetta Johnson and the trumpet began their relationship when she was 13, and she's now poised to introduce both young musical audiences and jazz aficionados to a hot new musical experience.
Robert Jordon is an artist, educator, and socially motivated freethinker who uses music to improve peoples lives.
With her captivating multi-octave voice and persuasive cross-cultural message, vocalist and songwriter Mayssa Karaa B.M. '12 defines a new era of musical inclusion. Her songs tell of a journey connecting her origins in the ancient land of Lebanon to her adopted home of Los Angeles, California.
I Am Snow Angel (a.k.a. Julie Kathryn) fuses digital and organic elements, creating a sound that is at once ethereal and earthly.
Evyen Klean is currently the music supervisor on Game of Thrones. He also supervises other HBO shows Chernobyl and Deadwood, among others.
Lamont Leak is a television producer and music industry consultant. In his current position as a talent producer for NBC’s The Voice, he has been instrumental in discovering new talent for the past four seasons of the Emmy Award–winning show.
Brian Lee is a Tony Award–winning producer based in New York but originally from Toronto. He is the cofounder of AF Creative Media, which is currently developing several new projects for Broadway, the West End, and off Broadway. He is also the founder and artistic director of the award-winning nonprofit theater company Steppin’ Out Theatrical Productions.
Joe Longthorne is a cofounder (along with Benjamin Simpson) of Simpson & Longthorne Theatricals, a boutique theatrical firm providing services in producing and general management.
Elmo Lovano is a professional musician, musical director, producer, and the founder and CEO of Jammcard: The Music Professionals Network.
Mike Martin is general manager of marketing at Casio America and an accomplished musician, sound designer, and product manager.
Christian Paul Meadows is a professional musician, producer, filmmaker, and head of community at Jammcard: The Music Professionals Network.
Lindsey Medina is the director of marketing for Danny Wimmer Presents, where she oversees all elements of festival marketing—from driving ticket sales to on-site branded integrations to media coverage—for more than 10 festivals each year.
Ariane Michaud (B.F.A. ’16, contemporary dance) is a dancer, digital media strategist, and management consultant for the arts. She has consulted for various individuals, organizations, and tech startups on social media strategy, event planning, and crowdsourcing.
Suraya Mohamed is the producer of programming and partnerships at NPR Music. She serves as the project manager for Jazz Night In America, a weekly radio series with companion concert and documentary short videos, and Slingshot, public radio’s emerging artist series.
Carlye Nyte is a video game sound designer who works at Camouflaj in Bellevue, Washington.
Jane O'Neil is a seasoned full-cycle recruiter with close to 15 years of experience hiring top talent and building the Arnold brand, one candidate at a time.
Jim Odom founded PreSonus Audio Electronics in 1995 to take advantage of the burgeoning growth of professional and semiprofessional digital audio products markets. Started in a garage, PreSonus is now a global brand and market leader with sales channels in over 60 countries.
Francesca Panetta is executive editor of virtual reality at The Guardian and currently a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.
With more than 30 years of casting experience in the Boston area, Angela Peri is the owner and founder of Boston Casting, Inc. She's a member of the Casting Society of America and an original member of the Massachusetts Production Coalition.
Christopher Perry is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in music therapy. Whether working with adults with developmental disabilities, children with special needs, early intervention programs, or children with autism, he has a passion for connecting with others through music.
Kate Rancka came from a background in classical voice and musical theater performance before diving into the entertainment industry.
Justin L. "J." Rhodes is a Billboard, Stellar, and Dove award-winning and platinum-selling music producer from Dallas, Texas. He has produced many talented artists including Lecrae, the Game, Talib Kweli, Black Thought, and Rick Ross.
Bella Riccio, also known as JADE the Producer, is a songwriter and producer whose style pulls from hip-hop, R&B, and synth pop. Her authentic poetic lyrics and moody, rhythmic, heavy beats create a dark and vibey landscape of sonic imagery.
Ian Rifkin is a talent consultant and senior manager of internship programs and campus recruiting for Universal Music Group.
Ashley Rodriguez is a Puerto Rican American singer, dancer, and television personality. For the last three years, she has toured as a featured background dancer and singer for pop superstar Lana Del Rey, performing at some of today’s biggest global music festivals.
Music director Arnie Roth is a Grammy-winning artist known for his work with performers including Il Divo, Diana Ross, Jewel, the Irish Tenors, and Charlotte Church, among others.
Anže Rozman is a composer of concert music and music for media from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Since January 2018, he has been working as a composer at Hans Zimmer’s Bleeding Fingers in Santa Monica, California.
Britt Ryan is the associate producer of the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island.
As executive vice president of Interscope Geffen A&M, Nir Seroussi is responsible for signing and developing new talent while working across the company's roster to expand artists' global reach.
Ben Simpson is a cofounder (along with Joe Longthorne) of Simpson & Longthorne Theatricals, a boutique theatrical firm providing services in producing and general management.
Ninah Solidum supports the university relations and recruiting program at Dolby Laboratories, specifically focusing on creating an educational, professional experience for interns with the Dolby U internship program.
Anita Stokes currently leads the university relations and recruiting efforts at Dolby Laboratories, helping to bridge the gap between various departments and academia with the Dolby U internships and entry-level employee programs.
Kara Talve is a composer for film and television from Long Island, New York.
Paul D. Wachter is the founder and CEO of Main Street Advisors. Founded in 1997, Main Street Advisors provides a wide range of financial, strategic, business-building, and asse-management advisory services to a select group of high-net-worth individuals and companies, primarily in the entertainment and sports industries.
Lauren Wirtzer Seawood is the president of UnitedMasters, a music distribution startup that helps artists grow their business and connect with fans while retaining the rights to their master recordings.
Dr. Lisa Wong is a pediatrician, musician, and passionate arts and arts education advocate who lectures internationally on arts and health.
Elijah Wood most recently toured with Shania Twain on her Now tour, which traveled through North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand until the end of 2018.
Dwayne “DW” Wright has played or toured with artists including the Backstreet Boys, Beyoncé, Eminem, The Roots, Future, Queen Latifah, and many more.
Amanda Yesnowitz has been recognized for her excellence in lyric writing with the 2018 Kleban Prize, the Jonathan Larson Award, the Dramatists Guild Fellowship, and other accolades.
Allison Zatarain is the general manager of Instant Records, manager of artist services at the Orchard, founder of the Instant Love Project, and an artist manager.
Mark Amentt is the director of sales for Casio America and an accomplished bassist and clinician.
Faculty and Staff Speakers (listed alphabetically):
Prince Charles Alexander is a professor in the Music Production and Engineering Department at Berklee College of Music.
Joy Allen is chair of the Music Therapy Department at Berklee College of Music.
Bill Banfield is the director of Africana Studies and a professor in the Liberal Arts Department at Berklee. A composer, jazz guitarist, and recording artist, Banfield has written works that have been commissioned by several leading orchestras, recorded by prominent labels, and performed by luminaries such as Bobby McFerrin, Delfeayo Marsalis, Regina Carter, Billy Childs, and Nneena Freelon, among others. Banfield served as a W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow at Harvard in 2002 and was invited by Toni Morrison to serve as a visiting Princeton Atelier artist in 2003.
Erin Barra in an associate professor in the Songwriting Department at Berklee College of Music.
Joe Bennett is the vice president for academic affairs—strategic initiatives at Berklee College of Music.
Aja Burrell Wood is an ethnomusicologist, educator, and curator with a background in development and violin performance.
Tonya Butler is assistant chair of the Music Business/Management Department at Berklee College of Music.
Alissa Cardone is an associate professor in the Dance Division at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Terri Lyne Carrington is a Grammy-winning drummer, producer, and composer; the founder and artistic director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice; and the Zildjian chair in performance at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.
Jeanine Cowen is a professor in the Film Scoring Department at Berklee College of Music.
Jeff Dorenfeld is the founder of the Berklee Popular Music Institute and a professor in the Music Business/Management Department at Berklee College of Music.
Kelly Downes is the chief equity officer and Title IX coordinator in the diversity, equity, and inclusion office at Berklee College of Music. She has been at Berklee since March 2018. She was a practicing lawyer for several years, focusing primarily on investigations, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and intimate partner violence.
Melissa Ferrick in an associate professor in the Songwriting Department at Berklee College of Music.
Sarah Ford is an interim project manager and associate producer in the Theater Division at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Tomo Fujita is an associate professor in the Guitar Department at Berklee College of Music.
Bonnie Hayes is chair of the Songwriting Department at Berklee College of Music.
As associate vice president for career and digital strategy, Stefanie Henning leads the team responsible for promoting Berklee’s mission and institutional identity in support of recruitment and advancement goals, and the annual goals of the institution.
Lori Landay is a professor in the Liberal Arts Department at Berklee College of Music.
Sean McMahon is assistant chair in the Film Scoring Department at Berklee College of Music.
Amanda Monaco is an assistant professor in the Guitar Department at Berklee College of Music.
Emilien Moyon is the program director of the Master of Arts in Global Entertainment and Music Business program at Berklee's campus in Valencia, Spain.
Panos A. Panay B.M. '94 is the founding managing director of Berklee's Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) as well as a passionate entrepreneur and active startup mentor in the creative media space.
Kim Perlak is the chair of the Guitar Department at Berklee College of Music.
Annette Philip is the artistic director of the Berklee India Exchange at Berklee College of Music.
Alison Plante is the chair of the Film Scoring Department at Berklee College of Music.
Heather Reid has extensive leadership experience in academic libraries, information technology, and publishing.
Colin Sapp is an assistant professor in the Guitar Department at Berklee College of Music.
Whether as an MC, vocalist, songwriter, producer, director, arranger, educator, or activist, Danielle “Queen D.” Scott is sure to come correct. At a young age, Scott discovered her true creative identity in the expression of hip-hop.
Jason Stokes is an assistant professor in the Music Production and Engineering Department at Berklee College of Music.
Michael Sweet is an associate professor in the Film Scoring Department at Berklee College of Music.
Mila Thigpen is the chair of the Dance Division at Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
David Tronzo is a professor in the Guitar Department at Berklee College of Music.