Faculty

e.g. "Tuba"

Larry Bell

Associate Professor, Composition
lbell1@berklee.edu | 617 747-6023

Ramon Castillo

Assistant Professor, Composition
rpcastillo@berklee.edu | 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
ocela@berklee.edu | 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
tchang2@berklee.edu | 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
aecohen@berklee.edu | 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)
bdenisch@berklee.edu | 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
mepstein@berklee.edu | 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
rfeldman@berklee.edu | 617 747-8591