Jackson Schultz – President
Professor, Jazz Composition
Jackson began teaching at Berklee in 1978. He is one of the founding fathers of the BAFT and has served a leadership position on the Executive Committee since its inception.
Danny Harrington – Executive Vice President
Danny has been teaching at Berklee since 1979 and holds three degrees; a BS in Business Administration, BM from Berklee College and a Masters in Music from the University of Rhode Island. He has released 2 Solo CD's, Risa's Waltz in 1991 and Live at the Firehouse Theatre in 2001. He has performed with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Herb Pomeroy, Nick Brignola, the Four Tops, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and Diana Ross, and is an artist for Vandoren Woodwind Products International. He has been on the Executive Committee of the Faculty Union since its inception in 1986.
Jeff Perry – Secretary/Treasurer
Associate Professor, Contemporary Writing and Production
Jeff has a B.M. from Berklee, a M.M. from DePaul University, and has been teaching at Berklee since 1997. He has performed extensively in the New England area on trumpet and bass, has released several CD’s as a leader and a sideman, and has been involved with extensive private studio instruction since 1985, currently at Music Maker Studios in Brighton, MA.
Prince Charles Alexander – Grievance Officer
Professor, Music Production and Engineering
Prince Charles Alexander is an independent record producer & engineer. He received his M.S., Northeastern University and his B.A., Brandeis University. His client list includes Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child, P. Diddy, Alicia Keys, the Notorious B.I.G., and Luther Vandross. The recipient of three Grammy Awards and seven Grammy nominations, and the winner of a Victoire de la Musique (French Grammy equivalent), he has more than 40 platinum and gold certifications from the RIAA. He is a member of the NARAS Grammy Committee Board of Governors, the Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing, the Audio Engineering Society, and the American Federation of Musicians Local 802. A former Virgin Records recording artist, his instruments include wind synthesizers, flute, saxophone, and keyboards
Marti Epstein – Vice President, Full-Time Faculty
Dr. Marti Epstein's music has been performed all over the world by ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony and Ensemble Modern. She has been an Executive Committee member since 1996 when she won a Massachusetts Federation of Teachers Excellence Award for her role in the 1996 contract negotiations. She has previously served as the Vice President for Part Time Faculty and the Grievance Officer.
Wendy Rolfe – Vice President, Part-Time Faculty
Wendy Rolfe has been teaching flute, and ensembles at Berklee since 1987, and has also taught in the Liberal Arts and Harmony Departments. She has served on the BAFT Executive Committee since 1999. In addition to being one of the United States' leading performers on historical flutes, she has been a leader in commissioning and performing new works for the flute. Dr. Rolfe also performs, records and tours with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque (two Grammy nominations) and New York's Concert Royal. In addition, she performs with Toronto's Tafelmusik (2006 Canada's Juno Award), the New York Collegium, the Cape Cod Symphony, Boston Cecilia, and the American Classical Orchestra. Recordings include CDs for Decca, Analekta, and Telarc, and for films for Disney/Touchstone and PBS (Ken Burns). In 2005, she released "Images of Brazil", a CD recorded in Sao Paulo with a Berklee Faculty Fellowship. She has toured the USA with a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is on the Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster. Dr. Rolfe frequently tours Brazil, giving solo recitals and master classes, has been guest artist at the International Summer Festival in Brasilia, Brazil, and at the International Flute Festivals in Quito, Ecuador, and Lima, Peru. Dr. Rolfe holds the DMA and MM from the Manhattan School of Music, and the BM from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She has served on the Boards of Directors of the National Flute Association (also past Chair and current member of the Cultural Outreach, and now a member of the Historical Flutes and Jazz Big Band Competition Committees), the Greater Boston Flute Association, and the Pappoutsakis Competition, and is a Member of the Corporation of the Boston Early Music Festival.
Peggy Codding – Professional Education
Professor of Music, Music Therapy
Dr. Peggy Codding was a member of the Graduate Faculty and Chair of Graduate/Undergraduate Studies in Music Therapy at Ohio University in Athens for 14 years and a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for 3 years prior to joining the Berklee faculty in 1999. She is a Board Certified Music Therapist and has been Certified in Music Education, - K-12, and Special Education, - Visually Impaired. She completed her Ph.D and M.M. at Florida State University in Tallahassee, a B.M.E at Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma, and a clinical internship at Northwest Texas Psychiatric Pavilion and Kilgore Children's Psychiatric Center in Amarillo, Texas. Peggy has lectured internationally in China and Japan and has been a member of the International Symposium for Research in Music Behavior since 1988. She is published in refereed journals, books and monographs in music therapy and related fields and has frequently presented regarding music therapy in correctional psychiatry, children with special needs, and music and childbirth. Peggy has served as clinical Consultant to correctional and criminal justice programs and educational and medical settings. She has been a guest of the Kyoto International Center for Music Therapy and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Boston Minstrel Company, a volunteer music service organization providing music to area shelters and correctional facilities. Peggy teaches courses in music therapy to include research, assessment, and exceptional children.
Dennis Cecere - Performance
Dennis Cecere, an independent producer in the pop and rock recording market, is an alumnus of the Berklee College of Music. He's played piano in concerts with the Silver Bullet Swing Orchestra, and performed with the Boston Big Band, Full House, Big Dig, Hip Pocket Orchestra, and Timelight. He's played back-up for the Shangra-Las, the Platters, the Drifters, the Coasters, the Marvelettes, Johnny Preston, and Lou Christie. The musical director, sound engineer, and arranger for Big Dig , he's also been a performer and arranger for numerous record labels. He's also composed radio jingles for local and national clients, including Chevrolet and Toyota.
Michael Abraham - Professional Writing and Technology
Associate Professor, Music Production and Engineering
Michael Abraham received his B.S. at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, and is an alumnus of the Berklee College of Music. A former engineer and member of the technical staff at the Bose Corporation, he is currently the vice president of engineering for KOI Audio. He produced, recorded, and performed music for Bose/Mercedes Benz Recordings, and is a professional performing saxophonist.
Elizabeth Seitz – Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Professor, Core Music
Elizabeth Seitz joined the Conservatory in 2005 and serves as a professor of core studies in music history.
Seitz received her Ph.D. from Boston University, completing a dissertation discussing the early works of Manuel de Falla and his relationship to the Impressionist movement in France. She has given papers on a variety of topics, including Schubert, MTV, and Tito Puente. She has taught at New England Conservatory, Washington University, Tufts University, Brown University, and Boston University. In addition to teaching, Seitz participates in a wide range of community outreach programs and is a frequent lecturer at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, Rockport Chamber Series, Tanglewood, and elsewhere. She has written a musicological murder mystery titled Dissertation Most Deadly.
Helen Deborah Lewis – Theater, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Assistant Professor, Theater
Helen Deborah Lewis joined the Conservatory in 2010 and is an assistant professor of theater, teaching modern drama, dramatic theory and literature, and queer/gender studies.
Lewis's research interests include musical theater, 19th-century American theater, queer performance, gender studies, popular entertainment, theater pedagogy, and performance historiography. Lewis has taught previously at Marlboro College, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Tufts University. She has presented at numerous national academic conferences, including the American Society for Theatre Research annual conference, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, the Canadian Association for Theatre Research conference, and the Popular Culture Association national conference. At Tufts, Lewis received the award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.
Lewis earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. in drama studies from Tufts University and holds a B.A. in theater arts from Brandeis University.
Denise Pons-Leone – Dance, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Ms. Pons began her dance training in New Orleans, LA with Joseph Giacobbe and the Delta Festival Ballet. She has been coached by Michael Smuin, Mark Morris, Bruce Marks, Natalia Dudinskaya, Edward Villella, Dinna Bjorn, Georges Garcia, Bojan Spassoff, Bruce Wells, and Anna-Marie Holmes. She received the Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship and attended Texas Christian University. She has performed with New Orleans Delta Festival Ballet, Fort Worth Ballet (now Texas Ballet Theater), San Francisco Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, Ballet Oklahoma, and Boston Ballet 1981-1995, promoted to soloist in 1985).
In 1990, Ms. Pons was selected by Mark Morris and Mikhail Baryshnikov as one of the eight founding members of the White Oak Dance Project. Through her professional career she has performed the roles Black Swan Pas de Deux, Firebird and leads in Les Sylphides, The Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote. Ms. Pons has taught extensively throughout the United States and France. Her background also includes extensive training in tap, jazz, flamenco, and modern dance, and she is a certified teacher and mentor for Zena Rommett Floore Barre Technique®.
Professor, Liberal Arts
In Baltimore, Stephanie Reich Policy was assistant to the mayor and city council president, and the founder of the D.B.C.C., and Employer Child Care Sponsorship Consortium. After moving to the Boston area, she has served as a consultant at Harvard's Kennedy School, Harvard University and as a policy advisor to Deval Patrick gubernatorial campaign. In addition to her work at Berklee, she has been on the faculty of Tufts University and Lesley University. Her Berklee courses include College Writing I, College Writing II, and Urban Sociology, and she is the faculty editor and student editor advisor, FUSION magazine. She is also a TRIAD member.
David Thorne Scott
Associate Professor, Voice
David Thorne Scott received a B.A., Magna Cum Laude in English and music from Drew University, an A.A.A. in Professional Music from the School for Music Vocations, and a M.M. in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Miami. His debut jazz album, Shade, was chosen as a Top 5 Vocal Jazz CD of 2004 by the Jazz Education Journal. He has performed with Richie Cole, Gloria Estefan, Hal Galper, Phil Mattson Darmon Meader, and Jon Secada, is a founding member of jazz vocal group Vocalogy, and was a member of the jazz vocal group Syncopation. He was a finalist in the professional division of the 2003 Boston Area Song and Aria Festival sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing. His singing Arrangements have been published by Hal Leonard and UNC Jazz Press, and he is a member of the Philovox Choir, which records the music of the E.C. Schirmer Publishing Company.
Professor, Music Education
Peter Cokkinias received his B.M. and B.M.Ed. from the Hartt School of Music, his M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music, and his D.M.A. from the University of Cincinnati. He has performed with the Boston Ballet, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, and Boston Lyric Opera, and was the music director and conductor of the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra for 29 years. He has been a Woodwind doubler for Broadway shows at the Colonial Theater, Wang Center, and North Shore Music Theater, and previously taught at Tufts University, as well as grades K-8 in the Melrose Public School System.
Assistant Professor, CWP
Jeri Sykes received her B.M. at the Berklee College of Music, her B.F.A. at University of California, Santa Barbara, and her M.F.A. at University of California, Davis. She is a reed player -- flutes, clarinets, saxophones, oboe -- performing in musical theater, jazz bands, and classical ensembles. An arranger and performer for the bands Lawsuit and Preoccupied Pipers, her recordings include Emergency Third Rail Power Trip (1995), Jokes About the Medical Profession (2003), and The Trout Supershow (2006). In addition, she has done composition, lighting, and sound designer for theater. She is also a private teacher of woodwind instruments, and a faculty member at the Brookline Music School.
Tom Stein is a freelance bassist, guitarist, vocalist, arranger, producer, and director. His instruments include bass, guitar, voice, and appalachian mountain dulcimer. He has performed with Al Kooper and the Funky Faculty, Blues after Dark, the Coasters, the Drifters, Barbara Eden, Roy Head, the Marvellettes, the Platters, Pat Upton, and Dennis Yost, and his recordings include Al Kooper's Black Coffee (2005 Favored Nation/Sony Records) and Adriana Rozario. He is the administrator of John Lennon Songwriting Contest and Multi-Media Tour Bus, and a member of the Fulbright Specialist Roster (U.S. State Department). He is the founder and CEO of Music Connectivity.
Associate Professor, Composition
Maragaret McAllister did Undergraduate work in film scoring, Berklee College of Music, Graduate studies in classical composition and music theory, Boston University. Studied with Theodore Antoniou, Milton Babbitt, Lukas Foss, Oliver Knussen, Toru Takemitsu, and Joan Tower. She received fellowships and residencies from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Festival at Sandpoint, Scotia Festival of Music, Centres Acanthes, Avignon, and the June in Buffalo Festival. Commissions and performances from many professional solo artists and performing ensembles, including the New Millennium Ensemble, Alea III, Boston Composers String Quartet, Tapestry, Krousis, Pandora's Vox, Ives Quartet, Seraphim Singers, as well as on National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Margaret is the cofounder of Crosscurrents, a new music platform dedicated to performing the works of young and emerging composers, the Artistic director and founder of Hyperprism, the contemporary concert series at Boston College, the Co-President of Composers in Red Sneakers, and a faculty member at Boston College. Margaret ahs also had works published by Anniesland Music, Glasgow, and available on the MDG label.
Assistant to the President
Associate Professor, Harmony
Will Silvio has been the Assistant to the President since 2002. Will is also a part-time Faulty member in the Harmony Department. He is a specialist in the Faculty Contract Agreement and is available to answer any and all questions faculty may have.