Faculty News

Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest 2017

Dedicated to Danilo Pérez, Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest Features Alumni, Students, and Faculty

May 25, 2017

This year’s Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest was dedicated to Danilo Pérez, the Grammy-winning artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), and featured several Berklee alumni while incorporating opportunities for students.

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Berklee India Exchange's Annette Philip Talks to India Today About Her Musical Path

May 5, 2017

Annette Philip, artistic director of the Berklee India Exchange and director of the Berklee Indian Ensemble, recently spoke with India Today about creating music across continents. 

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Berklee presents the new original musical "The Kiss"

Slideshow: Berklee Presents World Premiere Musical The Kiss

May 5, 2017

On April 26-27, the Berklee Performance Center hosted the world premiere of The Kiss, a new musical theater work inspired by Gustav Klimt's painting of the same name, as part of the Signature Series at Berklee.

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Berklee Alumnus and Professor Nominated for 2017 Tony Awards

May 3, 2017

A Berklee alumnus and a professor have been nominated for 2017 Tony Awards in the Best Orchestrations category. 

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PODCAST: Inside Berklee—Boston Conservatory at Berklee President Richard Ortner

May 2, 2017

As he prepares to step down as president of Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Richard Ortner reflects on his time at the Conservatory and the beginnings of the combined institution. 

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Andrew Altenbach conducts a recording session in a Berklee studio

Berklee Finds Harmonic Convergence in Opera Collaborations

April 25, 2017

Within the merger's first year, new ways to collaborate on opera have flourished, from preparing studio quality recordings for a new opera commission, to the creation of an opera summer program housed on Berklee's campus in Valencia, Spain.

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Berklee stage crew students Parker Jackson, Joe D'abate, Yoga Bagaspati, Angie Nguyen, Fares Btoush, and Jay Hamilton

Behind Thousands of Performances Each Year, Stage Crew Students Shine

April 13, 2017

Berklee produces approximately 2,700 events every year, and in addition to the many performers involved, stage crew work-study students make it all possible, learning valuable skills along the way.

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Keynote presentation at the BPC with Talib Kweli, Dave Dorn, and Panos Panay.

Students Find Opportunities, Advice, and Pivotal Experiences at Career Jam 2017

April 13, 2017

With representatives from companies such as Apple Music, Warner Music Group, Sony Music, Vevo, Kickstarter, and more, Berklee’s Career Jam offered students workshops, mentoring sessions, and recruitment tables, all aimed at helping Berklee students launch successful careers.

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PODCAST: Inside Berklee—Peter Eldridge, Rene Pfister, Cheryl Coons

March 28, 2017

The Kiss will premiere at the Berklee Performance Center on April 26 and April 27 and is the first original musical theater production to be part of Berklee’s Signature Series.

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Patrice Rushen '05H

Slideshow: Defining Traditions at Black Music Matters Concert

March 24, 2017

Visiting artists Patrice Rushen '05H, Morris Hayes, and Stokley Williams headlined a recent celebration of black American music as part of Berklee's Signature Series.

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Press Release

Musical The Kiss to Have Its World Premiere at Berklee

March 23, 2017

The Signature Series at Berklee presents the world premiere of the musical The Kiss, with book and lyrics by Cheryl Coons and music by Berklee professor Peter Eldridge. Inspired by the sensual portraits of artist Gustav Klimt, the musical asks the question, “Who is the woman in ‘The Kiss’?”

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Carlos Vives and friends perform at Berklee concert in Bogota, Colombia

Slideshow: Berklee Musicians Perform with Carlos Vives and Other Top Colombian Artists

March 17, 2017

Berklee alumni, student, and faculty musicians recently performed alongside some of Colombia’s most renowned artists, including Carlos Vives, who received Berklee’s Master of Latin Music Award.

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Students pay tribute to Joni Mitchell.

Slideshow: Laurel Canyon Tribute Travels Hippie Highway

March 10, 2017

With a photo backdrop narrated by legendary rock 'n' roll photographer Henry Diltz, Berklee students and faculty performed songs by the LA singer-songwriters of the 1960s and ‘70s who were at the forefront of the Laurel Canyon scene.

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PODCAST: Inside Berklee—Christiane Karam

February 28, 2017

In this episode of Inside Berklee, Christiane Karam B.M. '03, an associate professor in the Voice Department, talks about her musical journey in exploring ways that different cultures intersect and find common ground, and how this journey, in part, led her to found the Middle Eastern Festival, now in its ninth year.

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Press Release

Voltage Connect Conference Brings Together Pioneers of Electronic Instruments

February 23, 2017

Berklee’s first Voltage Connect Conference, taking place March 10 and 11, will examine the development and direction of electronic instruments, from early commercial synthesizers in the 1970s to the present, and bring together major figures in the field.

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Saxophonist and Berklee Professor Tia Fuller

PODCAST: Tia Fuller

February 21, 2017

In this episode of Sounds of Berklee, we feature saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Tia Fuller, a professor in the Ensemble Department who has performed alongside legends such as Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, Jay-Z, Janelle Monáe, and Erykah Badu.

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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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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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India.Arie

Press Release

India.Arie to Perform at Berklee’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

January 19, 2017

Berklee's 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will feature inspiring Grammy-winning guest artist India.Arie; a keynote address from Harvard professor, author, Berklee trustee, and activist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot; and a performance by Bill Pierce, chair of Berklee's Woodwinds Department.

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Artist's rendering of Dennis Montgomery III

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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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