Composition Faculty

Larry Bell

Associate Professor, Composition | 617 747-6023

Ramon Castillo

Assistant Professor, Composition | 617 747-6024

"When I compose music, I don't think about all the rules I was taught in my classes, but with every single note I have some awareness of why I chose that particular pitch and that particular rhythm."

Orlando Cela

Assistant Professor, Composition | 617 747-6526

"I wish for my students to understand that, in any musical collaboration, they should bring the best out of every person they work with. They must understand that not even a conductor has all the right answers, and that's OK."

Tiffany Chang

Assistant Professor, Composition | 617 747-6439

"Every skill and concept in music is connected. When you absorb ideas like a sponge, that’s what makes that large web clearer and clearer."

Alla Elana Cohen

Associate Professor, Composition | 617 747-8370

"The main thing in teaching composition is to create an atmosphere in which the natural gifts of the students flourish."

Beth Denisch

Professor, Composition
Also affiliated with:: Berklee Online (available courses) | 617 747-2809

"My job as a faculty member is to teach students new skills and how to access resources that will help them find their own voices. Through exposure to new musics, and through modeling and experimentation, students experience which materials, styles, and techniques resonate within them and they then 'make it their own.' I think Berklee students have more of an opportunity to do that than students of other schools where they may be exposed to less varied styles of music."

Marti Epstein

Professor, Composition | 617 747-8167

"You have to develop really good writing skills before the technology will work for you in the way it's supposed to. And live performance, the human element, is so intangible, but so necessary and so exciting."

Peyman Farzinpour

Assistant Professor, Composition

"I like my classes and individual lessons to be both rigorous and laid back. It's important for students to learn the material at a high level, yet have fun doing so and not feel overwhelmed. "

Ronny Feldman

Professor, Composition | 617 747-8591

Scott Fessler

Professor, Composition | 617 747-8170

"There's a huge universe of possibilities generated from 12 pitches and a few other concepts. It's kind of mind boggling. I try to bring that enthusiasm with me when I walk in on the first day of classes every semester."

Arnold Friedman | 617 747-8185

"I want to open up more possibilities for my students, more doors for their creativity."

Greg Glancey

Assistant Chair, Composition | 617 747-6492

"When we learn how to recognize and comprehend structural elements in music, we can then begin to understand from the inside out how and why a piece of music works, and by extension how it might have been composed, how it might be performed, heard, or even taught."

Jonathan Bailey Holland

Professor, Composition | 617 747-2865

"I think a lot of times, especially in theory classes, you just look at the details endlessly and you lose track of what the whole piece is about. I try to keep a balance as much as possible."

Derek Hurst

Associate Professor, Composition | 617 747-8733

"Is Bach 'great' just because people say so? An educated musician should be able to listen to and appreciate music in its context."

Isaiah Jackson

Professor, Composition | 617 747-8841

Alexandros Kalogeras

Professor, Composition | 617 747-8160

"Music has a lot to do with economy: reusing, recycling, giving new faces to older materials. Music is built out of blocks; nothing goes to waste. Everything is coherently and logically organized and related to each other."

Geneviève Leclair

Assistant Professor, Composition | 617 747-2003

"An orchestral performance requires a community of people to communicate and contribute something of themselves in service of their community's inner life."

Dennis Leclaire

Professor, Composition | 617 747-8254

"In my Western Music classes, I love to make students aware of music that they've never heard before; they're always surprised when they find out that there's very little new under the sun. When they listen to some of the music from the Middle Ages, they often say, 'Wow—these are the kinds of things we're doing now.'"

Rosey Lee

Professor, Composition | 617 747-2847

"I hope my students understand that music is like a spoken language, and musical events are just like daily life. For example, counterpoint. This term may be scary for a lot of people, so I tell my students, 'You're listening to me, and you're sitting there with your heart beating, and you're still breathing. You have at least three things going on together simultaneously, and they all cooperate by themselves naturally. That's three- or four-part counterpoint.' If Bach can do it without a laptop, you can as well."

Allen LeVines

Professor, Composition | 617 747-8256

"I have an intense desire to find out about music I do not know, to read books I have not read, to discover places I have not been."

Panagiotis Liaropoulos

Assistant Professor, Composition

"I try to inspire in the minds of the students the creative approach, not just the approach of the performer who has to deal with a set of notes."

Andrew List

Professor, Composition | 617 747-8177

"Music is an aural tradition. I encourage my students to listen carefully and develop their own reactions to, and ideas about, the music we listen to."

Margaret McAllister

Associate Professor, Composition