Berklee Beat

Catch up with the latest Berklee happenings of 2014. You'll read about convocation and Opening Day featuring Grammy-winning alumni Miles Walker and Lalah Hathaway, a homecoming of 400 alumni for Berklee's first-ever alumni reunion, the second graduating class of 108 at Berklee's Valencia campus, new faces at the helm of three Berklee departments, additions to the Board of Trustees, and more.

Marc Elbaum

Marc Elbaum of Meredith, NH, has a song featured in Ernest Thompson’s Academy Award–winning film Time and Charges. The song “When Love Is Good” was written and produced by Elbaum, David Henderson, and Thompson. Shawnn Monteiro performed it. For more info, visit

Ready for Another Great Year

A snapshot of student convocation and opening day festivities.

Roger Aldridge

Composer Roger Aldridge of Olney, MD, has a selection of original tunes, extended pieces, and ensemble scores available at the American Music Center. Visit


Preparing to Change the Game

Jeff Dorenfeld

In recent years, Berklee has created academic institutes to offer students focused studies in specific areas of the contemporary music universe. Currently, there are eight areas of focused study that include Berklee’s Global Jazz Institute, Interdisciplinary Arts Institute, and the Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, to name a few.

Commencement 2011

On May 6 and 7, Berklee celebrated the annual right of passage of another class leaving the college with students ready to make their way in the music industry. The 2011 graduating class, 908 strong, celebrated with the traditional commencement concert on the evening of May 6 followed by formal commencement exercises the next morning.

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Matthew Witek

Drummer Matthew Witek and bassist Katie Thiroux '08 are living in Quito, Ecuador, and teaching at the Instituto de Música Contemporáea.