Sabato "Tino" D'Agostino

Sabato “Tino” D’Agostino won the Goldin Award for Excellence in Education. He also led the Arlington, MA, High School Honors Orchestra on a concert tour of Europe. 

Mark Simos

Associate Professor of Songwriting Mark Simos wrote the title cuts for Missy Werner’s Three Kinds of Lonesome and Ricky Skaggs’s Music to My Ears albums. 

Rebecca Perricone

Associate Professor of Liberal Arts Rebecca Perricone released the CD Burgundy Brew featuring songs written by Songwriting Department Chair Jack Perricone and various collaborators.

Peter Gardner

Professor Peter Gardner’s book New Directions: Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking is in its second edition, 18th printing. It is used in 20 countries.

Pratt Bennet

Assistant Professor Pratt Bennet has launched Leaps & Bounds, a series of interviews with experts in education-related fields. Visit

Matt Glaser

Artistic Director of the American Roots Music Program Matt Glaser received the Artist Teacher Award from the American String Teachers Association. 

Mark Walker

Professor of Percussion Mark Walker toured Europe with the group Oregon and appears on the group’s CD Family Tree

Fred Lipsius

Associate Professor of Woodwinds Fred Lipsius penned the book Two-Five Jazz Lines. Visit 

Faculty Notes

Ryan Fleming

Christopher Peterson

Word has reached us that Christopher Peterson ’79 of Springfield, MA, passed away on June 15, 2006. He was 49 at the time of his death. Peterson was an accomplished acoustic and electric bassist and arranger.