Berklee today

JUN 2013

Berklee today is the official alumni publication of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a forum for contemporary music and musicians.

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PLAYING IT FORWARD Mass. Ave. Transformation Still Making a Difference Following years of a comprehensive institutional master planning process, the college identifed its most pressing needs and undertook construction of a new building at 160 Massachusetts Avenue last spring. The mixed-use development of a 155,000-square-foot, 16-story building will include 370 beds for student housing on the top 12 foors, enabling the college for the frst time, to house all its entering students. These students will enjoy expanded practice and ensemble space, community rooms and, in another frst, a ftness center. The lower levels feature foorto-ceiling glass to showcase performances taking place within the building. With an eye toward meeting Berklee's constant need for fexible space, the 400-seat dining hall is designed to be used as a performance venue. Also enclosed by glass, the street level will include a new restaurant, further completing the revitalization of this area. Although hidden from public view from its underground location, the new two-story Technology Center will once again demonstrate Berklee's leadership in music technology. The center offers a dazzling array of facilities. For example, the scoring stage in studio one will accommodate a string orchestra, musical theater orchestra, and other large ensembles and allow live scoring to visual media. A second studio on level one can be linked to the scoring stage for larger sessions and expand the opportunities for scoring to visual elements. A second level contains production suites containing mix and production studios enabling students to develop, produce, design, and complete projects in advanced professional production facilities. An additional tracking and mixing studio with isolation booths, together with a "mix-to-pix" dub stage that allows students to mix music, sound effects, and dialogue to picture, will be among the most comprehensive studio complexes in the country. It is hard to overstate the transformational impact of this building on the educational offerings afforded to Berklee students, the sense of 10 Berklee today by Mary Hurley Construction is progressing on Berklee's 160 Massachusetts Avenue building. community that will be created by concentrating vital activities in one location and the positive effect of the project on the immediate neighborhood and the city as a whole. Marjorie O'Malley is assistant vice president for Institutional Advancement Namesakes The following individuals among the many generous donors who have stepped forward to support the 160 Massachusetts Avenue project by naming or creating facilities within the building. Anonymous Diana Baxter and Thomas Krahn Ernie Boch Jr. '82 Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Foundation Donna and James Chambers Lori and Peter Comeau Dinah and Fred Gretsch Lisa K. Hilton Timothy and Natalie Hyland Pam Kohlberg and Kurt Greer Chuck McDermott Robert and Megan O'Block Ivan and Tina Rafowitz Teri and Morton Salomon James and Virginia Scully For information about naming opportunities at Berklee's 160 Massachusetts Avenue building, contact Marjorie O'Malley at (617) 747-2569 or Before her untimely passing in 2006 at the age of 52, Berklee trustee Phoebe Zaslove Milligan excelled in her career as an investment-banking executive. A trailblazer, Milligan was the frst woman to become a managing director at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. Those close to her noted an almost magical ability to intertwine her love of music with successfully managing investors' money. Berklee became the benefciary of her success in the business world and her passion for music. Her longtime friend, Lawrence J. Sapanski—himself a successful fnancier— and his wife, Robin, established the Phoebe Zaslove Milligan Memorial Scholarship Fund at Berklee, a scholarship award made annually to recognize and support students who "exemplify great passion, intensity, and ambition for music." This endowed scholarship, to which Sapanski is a regular contributor, has now reached $500,000. Sapanski credits Milligan with introducing him and Robin to the pool of young talent at Berklee by inviting them to attend the Berklee Encore Gala. "The creativity and passion we saw in the student performers at the gala refected the strengths Phoebe possessed," Sapanski says. "We are pleased to honor Phoebe's legacy with a scholarship that supports up-andcoming musicians." Music was a part of Milligan's life since childhood, classical music rather than jazz was her frst love. Growing up in New York, she received training at Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music and gave her frst piano recital at the age of nine. She later studied music at the University of Kentucky and then Boston University, where she earned her bachelor of fne arts degree. During her student years, she performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She later began her career in investment banking when she joined First Boston as an options trader in 1978. During her lifetime, Milligan shared her time and resources with Phil Farnsworth by Marjorie O'Malley Phoebe Zaslove Milligan Berklee. Funny, irreverent, outspoken, and larger than life, she quickly gravitated to Berklee after taking a position at State Street Global Advisors. She loved jazz—especially the music of vibraphonist Gary Burton. As a member of Berklee's board of trustees and life of the party at the annual Encore Gala, Milligan's skills and enthusiasm buoyed Berklee City Music and other programs. Christian Li, a pianist of great promise from Horseheads, NY, is the most recent recipient of the scholarship in Milligan's name. A largely selftaught jazz pianist until his college years, Li has been chosen for highly selective jazz programs at Berklee and elsewhere. Stock trading and music making motivated Milligan to become a patron of the musical arts in Boston and New York. And the Phoebe Zaslove Milligan Memorial Scholarship Fund ensures that her spirited generosity will live on and continue to make a difference in the lives of talented young musicians. For more information about creating or supporting scholarships at Berklee, contact Cindy Albert Link via e-mail at or by phone at (617) 747-3094. Mary Hurley is an assistant director in MIT's Offce of Foundation Relations.

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