This summer, Associate Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production Ron Reid performed with his Sunsteel Sextet at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Reid also played at the International Belgian Percussion Festival with Assistant Professor Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project.
Music Education Professor Peter Cokkinias played woodwinds in George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess revival at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. In July. Cokkinias also performed at Boston's Colonial Theatre in the pit orchestra for Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. Cokkinias has also begun his 33rd season as the music director and conductor of the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra.
Associate professors Gilson Schachnik and Fernando Huergo received a Berklee faculty grant to record the new CD Mozik. The disc blends Brazilian rhythms and forms with early fusion sounds popularized by Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. In addition to Schachnik (piano) and Huergo (bass), the CD features Mauricio Zottarelli '02 (drums), Gustavo Assis-Brasil '01 (guitar), and Yulia Musayelyan (flute).
Berklee is pleased to announce that Sean Peter Hagon is the new Chair of the Professional Music Department – effective August 1, 2014. Sean is the former Director of Continuing Education at New England Conservatory wher
Assistant Professor of Harmony Steven Kirby conducted an educational clinic titled "Triad Pairs: A Resource for Expanding Improvisational Vocabulary" at the Jazzschool for Music Study and Performance in Berkeley, CA.
String Department Chair Melissa Howe, Woodwinds Professor Barbara LaFitte, and Composition Professor Ronald Feldman performed during this past summer's Boston Landmarks Orchestra season. The orchestra presents free classical music concerts to a diverse audience at various local-area landmarks.
Professional Music Professor Tom Stein was a visiting professor at Modern Muzik Akademisi and Robert College, both in Istanbul, Turkey. Stein taught classes and workshops on a variety of topics, including music theory in performance to marketing to artist development.
Composition Professor Apostolos Paraskevas and Mathew Tucciarone directed the film I Finally Did It, which premiered at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. The film received a Gold Level Award at the 2010 California Film Awards and a Silver Screen Award at the 2010 Nevada Film Festival.
Assistant Professor of Percussion Sergio Bellotti was invited to teach four master classes at the KoSA International Percussion Workshop, Camp, and Festival. The July events featured drummers Neil Peart, Jimmy Cobb, and Zoro.