David Harris

Assistant Professor of Harmony David Harris toured with the group Debo Band this summer, performing traditional and original Ethiopian music. Highlights included a sold-out concert at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts courtyard concert series, and performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival with Feni Dika, traditional Ethiopian dancers and musicians. The ensemble also gave concerts and workshops at the Lowell Folk Festival.

Larry Bell

Associate Professor of Composition Larry Bell conducted his work Baroque Concerto at the Boston Early Music Festival in June.

Greg Osby

 

Ensemble Professor Greg Osby appeared at the Village Vanguard jazz club in New York City for a six-night run August 9-14. During the stint, he featured alumni performers Melissa Aldana '10 andKendrick Scott '02 as well as pianist and composer Marc Copland and bassist Steve LaSpina.

 

Beth Denisch

 

Composition Professor Beth Denisch will premiere her piece Yanvalou on November 13 with the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra. Denisch has also received an invitation to be the composer in residence at the University of Missouri from November 10-12, and keynote speaker for the Women in the Arts Conference.

 

John McGann

String Professor John McGann recently premiered a new piece written for mandolin, string quartet, and rhythm section with the ensemble Classical Tangent at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA.

John Stein

 

Associate Professor of Harmony John Stein released his 10th album, Hi Fly, which features various faculty colleagues and students.

 

Carolyn Wilkins

Ensemble Professor Carolyn Wilkins received a Fulbright Specialist Programme grant for her trip to Grahamstown, South Africa. During her visit, she attended the International Association of Popular Music's 16th Biennial Conference and participated in the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival. Wilkins also performed with four of South Africa's top jazz musicians, directed a student ensemble, and presented workshops on jazz improvisation techniques.

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Kim Pflunger

Studio manager Kim Pfluger and lead engineer Keith Asack of Quincy, MA, opened Keep the Edge Studios, a 2,200-square-foot facility, in September. The studio also offers youth-centered music programs. Visit www.keeptheedgestudios.com.

Juri Ify Love

 

Pianist Juri Ify Love of Dedham, MA, spoke at the "Women United for the Advancement of African Countries Conference" in July. She also runs a nonprofit organization called Genuine Voices, which brings music to youth detention centers. Her students were granted community passes to perform at Boston GreenFest 2011 in August.

 

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