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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Replacing the Silence Phil Farnsworth Carl Beatty's New Role By Rob Hayes One of the most important tasks for the coming phase of Berklee's development is to engage more closely with alumni and key fgures the music and entertainment industries. To prepare for this phase, Carl Beatty, who has served as chief of staff to President Roger Brown since 2005, will lead the effort to reach out to Berklee alumni and to leaders in the music industry. Beatty's professional history, both inside and outside of Berklee, uniquely qualifes him for his new role. Before becoming Brown's chief of staff, Beatty served for years as a faculty member in the MP&E Department where he met many students who have since launched their careers. Before coming to Berklee, Beatty was a respected recording engineer working with artists ranging from Herbie Hancock to the B-52s. Many at Berklee have invested a great deal of energy in fostering connections with employers of students and graduates, high-profle visiting artists, and recruiting trustees such as Howard Shore '69, Paul Simon, Christopher Guest, and the late Phil Ramone. While the college has much to show for these efforts, all has been been Carl Beatty accomplished without the beneft of a key leader spearheading the undertaking. Beatty will continue to report to President Brown and work closely with the Offce of Academic Affairs and with Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement Cindy Albert Link and the alumni relations team. He will also arrange to bring more top artists and alumni to campus and assist in recruiting new trustees and advisory council members. Additionally, Beatty will coordinate with the Career Development Center and the offces of Experiential Learning and External Affairs to assure close integration of their efforts. The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) premiered its new original score to Buster Keaton's comic masterwork Our Hospitality (1923). On May 6, the BSFO performed the score live to picture in its home away from home, the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA. Then, on May 15, they gave it a Nantucket, MA, debut at the Nantucket Dreamland Theater. Proceeds from ticket sales for that event benefted the Nantucket Community Music Center. Launched in 2010, the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra was the idea of then-Berklee Film Scoring Chair Dan Carlin. It continues today as the course "Scoring Silent Films," taught by Professor Sheldon Mirowitz, who has scored such feature flms as Outside Providence and Missing in America. Between four and six student composers write and conduct the music for an eight- to 10-piece student ensemble, live to picture. The BSFO has been recognized by the Boston Society of Film Critics for the excellence of its contributions to the Coolidge Corner Theatre's "Sounds of Silents" series. Buster Keaton in Our Hospitality Our Hospitality is the sixth silent masterwork for which the BSFO has created a score to be performed live-to-picture. Previous projects include creating and performing new soundtracks for the silent flms Sunrise, It, Battleship Potemkin, Piccadilly, and Faust. Mirowitz is now in discussions with industry leaders regarding the BSFO's next major silent flm composition and performance project. Rob Hayes is Berklee's assistant vice president for External Affairs Summer2013 5

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