Don Breithaupt

In March, Don Breithaupt of Bolton, Ontario, Canada, and his band Monkey House will release the albumHeadquarters. Guests musicians include Steely Dan veterans Michael Leonhart and Drew Zingg and guitarists Rik Emmett and Kim Mitchell. Visit

Keith Tyrone Jefferson

Keith Tyrone Jefferson of Charlotte, NC, the former musical director for James Brown, heads the nonprofit organization A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas. The organization's educational performance project will include an annual music festival, performances by the JBs, and workshops in the style of James Brown. Visit

Submit Your News and Events to the Faculty and Staff Newsletter

Are you interested in having your news and events featured on the Valencia Campus Faculty and Staff Newsletter? Contact your department chair who will be able to help you submit your news to the Valencia intranet so that they appear on the newsletter. If you have any questions regarding the process please contact Brian González.

Lenora Zenzalai Helm

Lenora Zenzalai Helm of Durham, NC, released the album I Love Myself When I'm Laughing in October 2011.


Drummer Zoro of Brentwood, TN, penned a book for Alfred Publications titled The Big Gig, a motivational career guide for independent musicians. For more information, visit

Aaron Loo

Aaron Loo of Beverly Hills, CA, is working on the original musical I Ching, which is based on the life of Madame Mao and the Gang of Four. He is also producing a documentary about retired L.A. studio musician Ollie Mitchell, and another titled Between the Yin and the Yang. Visit

Digital Strategy and Communications Welcomes New Project Manager Kimberly Hampton

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to announce a staff update in Digital Strategy and Communications.

Please welcome Kimberly Hampton as project manager for the Digital Strategy team, reporting to me.

Kimberly will oversee the planning, organization, and scheduling of the day-to day and long-term production and development of projects and related mobile applications. She will be working with all of your departments on web-related projects to support your annual goals and initiatives.  

The Enrollment Division Announces Eight New Hires

Enrollment has welcomed eight new hires to the division since April 2014.  Please see below for departmental information on each of our new staff members.

Win a Trip to Topnotch Resort in Stowe, VT with Berkleefest's "Take Me to Topnotch" Contest

Berklee's Summer in the City series and Topnotch Resort in Stowe, VT are partnering this summer for two day-long festivals, Berkleefest, on July 26 and August 30 in Stowe, Vermont. As a special deal, Topnotch is running a contest throughout the summer on Instagram and YouTube for Berklee students and alumni to win a two-night stay at the resort any time in the 2015 season.


Dennis Keating

Dennis Keating of Rancho Cordova, CA, is working on a Louis Armstrong tribute and will embark on a 10-month Korean cruise ship gig to Japan and China. He is also a freelance musician in Las Vegas and northern California. Visit