2017 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 (coming soon) to see when they will be presenting. 

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Media and Operations Manager, Berklee Popular Music Institute

Jeff Apruzzese B.M. '08 is the media and operations manager for the Berklee Popular Music Institute, which provides students with an experiential learning experience in live music and performance.

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Audio Director at Harmonix
Class of 1983

For about 11 years, Eric Brosius B.M. '83 has been the audio director at Harmonix. He has worked on many of the studio's games, including the Rock Band and Guitar Hero titles. Currently, he’s creating audio for a new project.

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Associate Director of New Student and Family Programs, Berklee

An experienced performer, music educator, and administrator, Andy Chau is the former director of career services at the Boston Conservatory and is currently associate director of new student and family programs at Berklee.

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Music Producer

Two-time Grammy nominee J.Views is a poetic kind of electronic producer known for pushing the boundaries in the creative world, constantly innovating the dialog with his audience.

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Theater Director; Musical Theater Faculty at Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Paul Daigneault is the founder and artistic director of SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston, where he has produced more than 100 Boston premieres. He joined Boston Conservatory in 2002.

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Professor of Music Business/Management; Founding Managing Director, Berklee Popular Music Institute

Jeff Dorenfeld, founder of the Berklee Popular Music Institute and professor of music business/management, has more than 12 years of experience in higher education and more than 30 years in the music industry.

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Senior Director, Apple Music
Class of 1986

David Dorn '86 is senior director at Apple Music. His career began in New York City, where he worked as a recording engineer with several childhood heroes, including Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, and Billy Joel.

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Dancer; Modern Dance Instructor at Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Kurt Douglas joined Boston Conservatory at Berklee faculty in 2015 and is an instructor of technique, repertory, and pedagogy for modern dance. He received a 2002 Princess Grace Award and was honored by an invitation to perform for the royal family of Monaco. In 2007, Douglas became the first African American to portray Iago in The Moor's Pavane, José Limón's most famous work. Douglas was named one of Dance Magazine’s "Top 25 to Watch” in the January 2006 issue.

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Instructor at Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Class of 1994

Director Laura Marie Duncan is a Massachusetts native and a proud 1994 graduate of Boston Conservatory with a B.F.A. in musical theater. After some much-needed roaming in California, Texas, and Massachusetts, she finally settled in New York City in 1996.

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Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Electronic Creatives

Laura Alluxe Escudé, a.k.a. Alluxe, an international music producer, controllerist, violinist, and live show designer, has been an important figure in some of the most revered concerts around the globe. She has been a DJ, programmer, and designer for shows by Kanye West, Jay Z, Miguel, Charli XCX, Demi Lovato, and the Weeknd.

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Senior Vice President of A&R, Columbia Records

Featured on Billboard's 2016 Top 40 under 40, Justin Eshak is an analytics whiz who leads Columbia Records' A&R Department.

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Associate Director of Business Affairs/A&R Administration, Sony Music Entertainment

Melody Ewing B.M. '07 is an associate director of business affairs administration and A&R administration at Sony Music Entertainment. She works in the Commercial Music Group—Sony’s catalog division—handling a variety of project management and legal matters for new and historic recordings.

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iOS Engineer, Sync Project
Class of 1995

Chris Farrell B.M. '95 is an iOS engineer at Sync Project. He attributes his success on a wide variety of teams to being a musician.

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Percussion Performer; Educator; Arts Entrepreneur

Named a “one-woman dynamo” by the Boston Globe, Maria Finkelmeier is a percussion performer, educator, and arts entrepreneur based in Boston.

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Senior Vice President of A&R, Columbia Records

Isaac Green, who has been with Columbia since 2008, has signed artists such as Passion Pit, Foster the People, and Madeon.

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Dancer; Hip-Hop Instructor at Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Duane Lee Holland Jr. began his professional dance career at the age of 17, dancing for the first hip-hop theater dance company, Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM). While performing with RHPM, he also taught at such places as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of Utah, Monte Carlo Ballet Company, and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, among others.

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President of Matrix Artists

Jennifer Horton’s clients have included Amber Rose, Ciara, Chris Brown, Elise Neal, members of the Pussycat Dolls, and many more.

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Manager of Public Programs, Chamber Music America

Gina Izzo is a New York–based flutist, the cofounder of RighteousGIRLS, and manager of public programs at Chamber Music America.

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Coordinator of Visual and Performing Arts, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

As the coordinator of visual and performing arts for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Nola Jones's duties include instructional supervision of 400 professional arts education specialists, curriculum planning, and implementation of Music Makes Us.

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Senior Vice President of A&R, Republic Records

Jason Jordan has more than 25 years’ experience in the music industry. He founded legendary punk rock label Watermark Records and his own boutique music publishing company, Earthprogram Music, while attending high school and college and learning the ropes at Rykomusic.

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Berklee Online Music Business Instructor; Former Assistant Chair of Berklee's Music Business/Management Department

John Kellogg is assistant chair of the Music Business/Management Department at Berklee College of Music, and is a practicing entertainment lawyer who specializes in the music industry. He has represented clients such as LSG, the O’Jays, G. Dep, and the late Gerald Levert.

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Executive Vice President of Sports and Entertainment Consulting, GMR Marketing

As executive vice president of sports and entertainment consulting at GMR Marketing, Stephen Knill leads a global team in developing music programs with brand and agency clients.

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Chief Operating Officer of Round Hill Music
Class of 1990

Michael Lau is currently the chief operating officer at Round Hill Music. He spent seven years at Warner/Chappell Music, serving as the senior director of creative IT and marketing development, and previously as the director of strategic marketing. Throughout his tenure, he helped build the advertising and video game division by pitching and licensing Warner/Chappell’s catalog; developed branding and marketing strategies; developed and deployed interactive promo kits; and designed the company’s creative pitching system.

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Head of Business Relations, Auddly

Helienne Lindvall is an award-winning songwriter, musician, and writer for publications including the Guardian. She is head of business relations for Auddly, a music rights management platform.

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Senior Sound Designer; Composer; Discipline Lead at Harmonix

Peter Maguire acts as the discipline principal for the audio department at Harmonix. He has worked on games such as Amplitude, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Fantasia: Music Evolved, and Rock Band VR.

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Senior Manager, Music and Talent at Vevo

Over the past 10 years, performer, programmer, educator, and publicist David McTiernan has worked directly with an enormous range of artists including Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor, Bruce Springsteen, and Ne-Yo, among many others.

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Design Director, Sync Project
Class of 1991

Jeff Miller is a Berklee alumnus and former big agency creative director who’s turned his attention toward the robust mobile and startup scene in Boston as design director at Sync Project.

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Dancer; Instructor; Associate Director of Dance, Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Tommy Neblett has been in the dance profession for over 30 years, first as a performer and then as a choreographer, educator, and administrator. In addition to his work at the Conservatory, he is co-artistic director of Prometheus Dance and the Elders Ensemble.

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Head of Music, Kickstarter

Molly Neuman is the head of music at Kickstarter. Prior to joining Kickstarter, she served as interim president and vice president of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM).

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Actor; Dancer; Singer; Educator

Maurice Emmanuel Parent is an actor, singer, dancer, educator, and mentor who has performed off Broadway, regionally, and internationally.

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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Warner/Chappell Music

Jon Platt is chairman and chief executive officer for Warner/Chappell Music (WCM), the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, overseeing and driving the growth of the company, its diverse roster of songwriters, and its range of creative services.

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Director; Choreographer; Producer

Otis Sallid is a director, choreographer, and producer whose accomplishments in theater, television, and film are known throughout the entertainment industry.

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Director of Event Operations, Danny Wimmer Presents

Virginia Schmitt joined Danny Wimmer Presents, based in Los Angeles, in March of 2016 as the second hire in the company’s Operations Department. As the director of event operations, she focuses on the logistics and nitty-gritty details involved with producing 12–13 large-scale festivals a year.

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Playwright; Actors' Equity Association Stage Manager

Cassie M. Seinuk is an award-winning playwright, Actors' Equity Association stage manager, visual artist, and educator.

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Music Producer; Director; Arranger
Class of 1999

Gil Smith II '99 is the most sought-after international music director, producer, and arranger in the business. Starting off as a classically trained pianist, he began his career as a touring musician before becoming a music director and starting his own company, SAGA Entertainment.

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Partnerships and Marketing, Sync Project

Alex de Raadt St. James has worked as a researcher and writer for health- and tech-focused organizations for over eight years.

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Chair of Theater at Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Sara Stackhouse joined Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2016 as chair of the Theater Division, and she teaches arts management.

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Music and Media Strategist
Class of 2012
Nick Susi

Berklee alumnus Nick Susi has more than four years of experience in digital, creative, and brand strategy in agency and consulting environments, and is currently a strategist at Complex Media, a premier multimedia platform for the most influential young male consumers.

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Senior Editor at The Atlantic; Author of Hit Makers

Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine and a weekly news analyst for NPR's Here and Now.

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Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Main Street Advisors

Paul D. Wachter is founder and chief executive officer of Main Street Advisors, which provides a wide range of financial, strategic business building, and asset management advisory services to high net worth individuals and companies.

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Producer; Arranger; Performer; Music Director; Songwriter
Class of 2011

Will Wells '11 has worked with such renowned artists as Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, RZA and Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean, DJ Premier, Michael McDonald, Sky Blu (of LMFAO), Logic, and many more in the studio and on stage.