Alumni News

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star in Damien Chazelle's 'La La Land'

Behind Oscar-Nominated Films, Alumni Expertise

February 16, 2017

Many Berklee alumni worked on music and sound in support of some of this year's Academy Award–nominated films, including most of the films nominated for a 2017 Best Picture Oscar.

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PODCAST: Inside Berklee—David Mash

February 15, 2017

After more than 40 years as an integral leader at Berklee, Senior Vice President for Innovation, Strategy, and Technology David Mash, who Rolling Stone has called the "leading evangelist for the marriage of music and technology," reflects on his work and the Berklee community leading up to his retirement this spring.

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Berklee Alumni Recognized at 59th Grammy Awards

February 13, 2017

Berklee Alumni were recognized across genres at the 59th annual Grammy Awards. Lalah Hathaway ’94 joined the exclusive ranks of those—such as Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles—who have won R&B Grammys four years in a row, while Donny McCaslin '88 accepted on behalf of the late David Bowie '99H.

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NPR Music Features Charlie Worsham '06 in 'Songs We Love'

February 9, 2017

NPR Music recently placed rising country music star and 2006 Berklee alumnus Charlie Worsham’s new song, “The Beginning of Things,” on its running list of the year's best songs.

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Pablo Munguía

Pablo Munguía: Making Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Halftime Show Sound Great

February 5, 2017

What goes into producing the world's most watched musical event, the Super Bowl Halftime Show? Pablo Munguía, multi-Emmy-winning program director at Berklee’s Valencia, Spain campus and 1997 alumnus, discusses the nature of his intense live audio work on his 11th Super Bowl.

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Students pose in front of an "Empower" sign at Indiegogo headquarters.

Every Berklee Career a Startup: Students Explore Silicon Valley over Winter Break

February 1, 2017

This winter break, Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) gave students perspective on the careers and creative headspace of Silicon Valley leaders at companies such as Google X, Facebook, Pandora, YouTube, and Sony Interactive Entertainment.

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Banda Magda

PODCAST: Banda Magda

January 31, 2017

Rising world music outfit Banda Magda is soon to release a much-anticipated new album, Tigre, and will perform at Berklee’s Red Room at Cafe 939 on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, as part of The Checkout—Live at Berklee, a series in which alumni return to perform a concert for broadcast via New York jazz station WBGO-FM/wbgo.org.

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Cobi Makes Debut on Fallon's Tonight Show

January 24, 2017

Cobi (aka 2008 Berklee graduate Jacob Michael) made his late-night television debut on Monday night, performing his breakout hit “Don’t You Cry For Me” live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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Artist's rendering of Dennis Montgomery III

Berklee Faculty, Alumni Join Pastor Who Served with Martin Luther King for Gospel Broadcast

January 11, 2017

Could there be a more crucial moment to bask in the glory of Gospel music? Berklee musicians provide the salve. 

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Firas Hassan Works to Save and Spread Syrian Music

January 9, 2017

By going to Berklee College of Music's campus in Valencia, Spain, Syrian musician Firas Hassan not only saved himself, but perhaps he may have helped save some of his culture's music.

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Esperanza Spalding

From Bowie to a 'New Breed,' Berklee Artists Climb 'Best of 2016' Lists

December 22, 2016

2016 was a banner year for Berklee artists contributing to albums that made strong showings in “best of” lists from some of the country’s most respected music journalism authorities.

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Tia Fuller

Slideshow: Berklee Women Shine at Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

December 20, 2016

Several Berklee alumni, students, and faculty performed at this year’s Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, which was dedicated to women in the jazz world.

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Radio Days: Former BIRN Engineers Blaze Paths to Success after Berklee

December 15, 2016

Former Berklee Internet Radio Network (BIRN) engineers credit their time at the college station for helping them succeed in studio careers at outlets such as Converse Rubber Tracks, Disney, and Inspire Entertainment. 

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Sierra Hull '11, 2017 Grammy nominee

Berklee Alumni Receive Slew of 2017 Grammy Award Nominations

December 7, 2016

Berklee alumni could take home as many as 31 Grammy Awards at the 59th annual ceremony on Sunday, February 12, 2017. The Recording Academy nominated 29 alumni as well as two composers who have studied with Berklee Online.

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Berklee Alumni Recognized at 17th Annual Latin Grammy Awards

December 5, 2016

Three Berklee alumni were recognized at the 17th annual Latin Grammy Awards this year: Gustavo Farías ’84, Gustavo Celis ’94, and Lewis Pickett ‘09.

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Students learn from Marta Roma, Berklee Global Jazz Institute post-graduate intern

From Classrooms to Top Festival Stages, Internships Call Global Jazz Graduates

December 2, 2016

After completing a global jazz–focused master’s degree program, Lee Seung-Ha '15 '16G and Marta Roma '15 '16G teach and work behind the scenes at some of the world’s top jazz festivals.

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Betty Who '13

Five All-Stars from Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Program

December 2, 2016

Who first sought out the Berklee boost in their teenaged years at Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program?

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From Pop Star to Berklee, Vasuda Sharma Makes Music Her Way

November 28, 2016

After success in India and hits with the band Aasma, Vasuda Sharma '12 wanted something more: she wanted to be better, not just bigger, so she came to Berklee to learn and grow as a musician.

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Still shot from the HBO series 'Westworld,' scored by Berklee alumnus Ramin Djawadi '98

Scoring Westworld: Ramin Djawadi ’98 Blends the Futuristic and the Historical

November 22, 2016

Acclaimed composer Ramin Djawadi '98 plays with two worlds—the sci-fi future and the Old West—in scoring HBO's Westworld. The Berklee alumnus is also known for his scoring work on HBO's Game of Thrones.

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Daniel McDermott, CEO of Brighton House Associates; photo by Dave Green

From Berklee to Business, Investment CEO McDermott ’02 Sets the Beat

November 21, 2016

After finding his groove as a drummer at Berklee, Daniel McDermott ’02 is CEO of Brighton House Associates, an alternative investment firm serving more than 26,000 investors.

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