John Stein


Associate professor John Stein and the Mingotan Project released the album Emotion, featuring associate professor John Lockwood on bass. The album fuses elements of jazz, klezmer, and Afro-Argentinian music. Visit

Sheryl Bailey

Associate professor Sheryl Bailey was voted a “Rising Star” in the 2013 Downbeat Critics Poll. Her organ trio, the Sheryl Bailey 3, released the album A Meeting of the Minds on the Cellar Live label, featuring Ian Froman and Ron Oswanski. In January the band was reviewed in Jazz Inside. Visit

Jon Hazilla

Professor of percussion Jon Hazilla released the book Rhythmic Reflections on Creative Teaching

David Scott


In March, associate professor David Scott was the guest vocal performer at the first annual Wyoming All State Jazz Festival, where he also directed the All-State Jazz Choir.

Barbara LaFitte


Professor Barbara LaFitte was appointed to the board of the Boston Woodwind Society, which supports cultural and educational projects and performing opportunities for students and professional woodwind musicians. 

Laszlo Gardony

In January, piano professor Laszlo Gardony performed in the NEA Jazz “Masters on Masters” concert series, opening for the Gary Bartz Quartet. Additionally, the Boston Globe ran a full-page article on Gardony.


Jonathan Holland


The Detroit Symphony Orchestra performed the piece “Shards of Serenity” by associate professor Jonathan Holland as part of its EarShot Classical Roots Readings. The work was commissioned by the Chicago Sinfonietta in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation. 

Lauren Passarelli


Guitar professor Lauren Passarelli’s Beatles ensemble was featured on a CBS Sunday Morning feature, which spotlighted the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first American tour.

Winnie Dahlgren


Associate professor Winnie Dahlgren founded the educational project No Boundaries, which culminated with a trip to Morocco in January, together with alumni and current students. The group worked with local music institutions in Casablanca, Rabat, and Marrakech. For more information, visit

Working in Los Angeles

Mark Small

First One In, Last One Out

Tariqh Akoni and Josh Groban