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Berklee College of Music Inc.

 1140 Boylston Street
 Boston, MA 02215
[P] (617) 747-6938
[F] (617) 247-8788
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LAST UPDATED: 12/13/2018
Organization DBA Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Berklee College of Music
Former Names Berklee School of Music (1975)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes


Mission StatementMORE »

Founded in 1945, Berklee College of Music educates, trains, and prepares students for leadership and successful careers in the performing arts and related professions. In 2016, Berklee College of Music completed a merger with the Boston Conservatory uniting two of the world’s preeminent institutions and setting the stage to create a transformative model for performing arts education. With a new 2025 vision "to transform arts education and empower artists to better our world,” Berklee is positioned to become the world’s leading training ground for 21st century leaders in music and the performing arts. By forging new connections among art forms, musical traditions, technologies, and institutions, Berklee will create a dynamic global network that fosters innovation, collaboration, and community.

Mission Statement

Founded in 1945, Berklee College of Music educates, trains, and prepares students for leadership and successful careers in the performing arts and related professions. In 2016, Berklee College of Music completed a merger with the Boston Conservatory uniting two of the world’s preeminent institutions and setting the stage to create a transformative model for performing arts education. With a new 2025 vision "to transform arts education and empower artists to better our world,” Berklee is positioned to become the world’s leading training ground for 21st century leaders in music and the performing arts. By forging new connections among art forms, musical traditions, technologies, and institutions, Berklee will create a dynamic global network that fosters innovation, collaboration, and community.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year June 01, 2018 to May 31, 2019
Projected Income $283,000,000.00
Projected Expense $283,000,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Berklee Institutes (Various)
  • Berklee Online
  • City Music
  • Graduate and Post-Graduate Programs

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Mission Statement

Founded in 1945, Berklee College of Music educates, trains, and prepares students for leadership and successful careers in the performing arts and related professions. In 2016, Berklee College of Music completed a merger with the Boston Conservatory uniting two of the world’s preeminent institutions and setting the stage to create a transformative model for performing arts education. With a new 2025 vision "to transform arts education and empower artists to better our world,” Berklee is positioned to become the world’s leading training ground for 21st century leaders in music and the performing arts. By forging new connections among art forms, musical traditions, technologies, and institutions, Berklee will create a dynamic global network that fosters innovation, collaboration, and community.

Background Statement

Berklee was founded in 1945 on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than 70 years, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business, leading the way with the world’s first baccalaureate studies in jazz, rock, electric guitar, film scoring, electronic production, and many other genres and fields.

Developing the artistry of our students is the foundation of our curriculum. We believe that the lessons and qualities derived from that work—the self-discipline needed for excellence, the empathy required of art making, and the openness and inquisitiveness essential to creativity—are critical to achievement in any pursuit, artistic or otherwise.

Berklee has grown tremendously in recent years. In addition to its main campus in Boston, MA, the college now includes Berklee Online (BOL), the world’s largest non-profit online music school, and an international campus in Valencia, Spain. In 2016, Berklee merged with the Boston Conservatory (now Boston Conservatory at Berklee), uniting two preeminent institutions to create a transformative model for performing arts education.

Berklee enrolls over 5,500 undergraduate and graduate students at its two campuses and over 900 students in its online degree programs. At the pre-college level, Berklee City Music makes music education accessible to over 46,000 underserved teens in 47 locations in the U.S. and Canada. As a testament to Berklee’s strength, its alumni and faculty have received over 275 Grammys, 88 Latin Grammys, and several Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, and Golden Globes. Notable alumni include Quincy Jones, Branford Marsalis, Diana Krall, Melissa Etheridge, and Esperanza Spalding.

With a new 2025 vision "to transform arts education and empower artists to better our world,” Berklee is positioned to become the world’s leading training ground for music and the performing arts.

Impact Statement

Boston Conservatory Joins Berklee. Berklee merged with The Boston Conservatory on June 1, 2016, uniting two venerable institutions to become the world’s most comprehensive and dynamic training ground for music, dance, theater and the performing arts. The combined institution is poised to become the leader in exploring new and original art forms, breaking down boundaries that isolate genres and unleashing the tremendous creative potential of the global arts community.

Expanded Educational Opportunities/Access. Berklee increased its post-graduate, graduate and undergraduate educational programs, degrees and fellowships (Boston and Valencia, Spain campuses and online). Through a recently formalized partnership with Harvard University, Berklee now offers a five-year dual degree that leads to a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard and a Master of Music or Arts degree from Berklee. The college also offers an online MBA in music business in partnership with Southern New Hampshire University.

Berklee City Music. This donor-supported youth development and arts education program harnesses the power of contemporary music and technology to reach and transform the lives of young people from underserved communities, helping them develop musically, academically, socially and emotionally while providing access to college scholarships. The program reaches 46,000 students annually through diverse initiatives, including the City Music Network (consortium of community organizations across the U. S. and Canada committed to delivering quality contemporary music instruction to youth from underserved communities), City Music Boston, Amp Up NYC® (partnership bringing music education programs to 60,000 public school students in New York city) and the PULSE Music Method® (an innovative online music curriculum).

Needs Statement

Berklee is raising funds for the following:

(1) Create a global laboratory for musical discovery and artistry via Berklee’s creative collaborations between faculty and students, music institutes, online offerings, growing global presence and new facilities in Boston and Valencia, Spain.

(2) Promote the power of music to change people’s lives for the better via teaching students to use their artistry to inspire individuals and strengthen communities, providing music education programming (such as Berklee City Music, Amp Up NYC and PULSE) to urban schoolchildren, Berklee’s music therapy program, and the new Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, which serves over 160 individuals with special needs each Saturday on the Berklee campus.

(3) Transform the current model of higher education through a range of strategies—including more scholarships, increased financial aid, online education, and articulation agreements—to enable access and affordability for students.

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Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Higher Education
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities -
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs

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Berklee Institutes (Various)

Berklee provides nine institutes for students to deepen their focus in particular areas. Students participating in these programs enjoy a range of multidisciplinary studies concentrating on history, performance, composition, improvisation, the social power of music, and many other topics. Institutes include:
  • American Roots Music (America's cultural heritage, including country, folk, bluegrass, Cajun & Tex-Mex)
  • Berklee Global Jazz Institute
  • Berklee India Exchange
  • Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute (collaborations with artists across the globe and disciplines (i.e., dance, theater, video/sculpture installation, experimental performance, robotics, virtual reality and emerging genres)
  • Berklee Popular Music Institute
  • Mediterranean Music Institute
  • Planet MicroJam Institute (Mixing Eastern and Western music elements)
  • Effortless Mastery Institute (students reclaim their inner voice & their connection to music via overcoming physical/mental barriers)
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Category  Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served College Aged (18-26 years) US& International
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Berklee Online

Berklee Online provides access to Berklee’s critically acclaimed curriculum from anywhere in the world. The college’s world-renowned faculty teaches these award-winning online courses, offering a variety of programs, degrees, certificates and courses to meet student's interests, needs, time flexibility and finances. Berklee's online bachelor's degree (120-credit, fully-accredited programs) is still its most affordable and flexible option for higher education. Students can transfer credits to on-campus degree programs, receive financial aid, study full-time or part-time, and earn credit for prior learning experiences, at a 60 percent lower tuition cost than the on-campus programs. A Bachelor of Professional Studies is now offered in seven majors, including its latest–guitar and songwriting.
Berklee increased its offerings to 62 college-credit certificate programs and 162 courses. Courses can be transferred to a degree program, providing a lower-cost option.
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Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Performing Arts
Population Served General/Unspecified US& International College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Program success is measured by the number of new applicants, the number of students who complete their courses, and the number of students who earn degrees and professional certificates.
Program Long-Term Success  Over the long-term, program success is measured by the number of students who enroll over the years and the number of courses, degrees, and professional certificates that are completed. In addition, courses and certificates are added each year to meet the growing interest and needs of students. 
Program Success Monitored By 
Students enroll in courses, professional certificate programs, and degree programs. Successful completion is passing the requirements of the course(s), which are taught by faculty members.
Examples of Program Success  Receiving awards from UPCEA each year since 2005 is recognition of Berklee Online's course quality, and a credit to the outstanding work of Berklee's faculty and continuing education division. 

City Music

Berklee City Music® is a non-profit organization that leverages the power of contemporary music to empower youth from underserved communities to develop musically, academically, socially, and emotionally. Founded over 20 years ago by Berklee College of Music, the organization reaches over 90,000 students annually through a variety of programs and initiatives including City Music Network, City Music Boston, Amp Up NYC, and the innovative PULSE® online music method. By using culturally relevant music as a vehicle for holistic youth development, Berklee City Music helps young people flourish as students, musicians, and—perhaps most importantly—confident and well-rounded individuals ready to shape the world.

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Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  To provide rigorous music education annually that helps students increase their skill sets in music and other academics, improve cognitive, emotional and social growth, and develop leadership skills (commitment, confidence, critical thinking, self-discipline, focus, leadership, literacy, problem solving, respect, responsibility and teamwork) so that each child will thrive in music, at home, at school and in life despite socioeconomic barriers.
Program Long-Term Success 
As the world’s leading creative youth development program, Berklee City Music will leverage the power of contemporary music, dance, and theater to foster the holistic development of young people, particularly those in underserved communities. Building on the Berklee brand, resources, and unique pedagogical methods, we will provide cutting-edge tools, curricula, and teacher support that further the advancement of innovative performing arts programs. We will encourage innovation, collaboration, and community to help young people become confident and well-rounded individuals ready to shape the world.
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is measured by the success of its students. Student progress is measured via self-assessments, completed work, teacher assessments, and surveys.
Examples of Program Success 

Berklee City Music has been nationally recognized as a recipient of the prestigious 2008 Coming Up Taller Award, an initiative of the Presidents Committee on the Arts and the Humanities to recognize and support outstanding community arts and humanities programs.


City Music and the Berklee PULSE music method were featured at Quincy Jones’ Musiq Consortium Summit in New York City, and chosen as a national model program to be featured in its work to bring more music education to students across America. Quincy Jones has become the lead advocate for the program’s expansion on a national level.

 Berklee has received ceremonial recognition from the Higher Education Partnership and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino for its City Music Program and for demonstrating best practices for grades K–12 in partnering with the Boston Public Schools.

Graduate and Post-Graduate Programs

Berklee’s graduate programs and course offerings have expanded greatly since beginning in 2012 at the Valencia, Spain campus and in the Fall Semester, 2015 at the Boston campus. Beginning in the fall of 2016, students could choose from more than 30 graduate degree programs (Master of Music, Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration [in partnership with Southern New Hampshire University], and Master of Fine Arts), graduate certificate programs at Berklee’s Boston and Spain campuses and at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and post-master’s degree fellowships and diplomas. Also new in FY17, students can pursue a dual degree, whereby they can earn a Bachelor of Arts at Harvard College and a Master of Music or a Master of Arts at Berklee.
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Category  Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served College Aged (18-26 years) General/Unspecified
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Roger H. Brown
CEO Term Start Mar 2004
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
President Brown brings a rich array of professional and life experiences to his job. Skills accrued playing recording sessions as a drummer in New York, administering United Nations humanitarian operations in Southeast Asia and Africa and founding a company with his wife (Linda Mason), which employs more than 24,000 people and serves more than 80,000 families, have contributed to his effective leadership at Berklee.
After earning his bachelor's degree from Davidson College (Phi Beta Kappa), Brown spent a year in Kenya teaching math and moonlighted by playing drums with an award-winning Kenyan gospel choir. He enrolled in an M.B.A. program at Yale University, but interrupted his studies to help alleviate a humanitarian crisis on the Thai-Cambodian border. Brown administered the Land Bridge food distribution operation under the auspices of CARE and UNICEF. The effort that Brown, Mason, and others staged fed 25,000 people per day, averting starvation for countless Cambodians. While in Southeast Asia, Brown made recordings with musicians in refugee camps to preserve their traditional Cambodian music that Khmer Rouge rulers had suppressed.
After finishing his Yale MBA, Brown and Mason co-directed an innovative Save the Children Federation initiative for famine relief in Sudan, serving more than 400,000 people. This effort became a blueprint for future large-scale U.N. relief efforts.
In 1986, Brown and Mason launched Bright Horizons, the largest worldwide provider of worksite childcare and early education. Bright Horizons operates over 750 high-quality child development centers for employers worldwide. Brown and Mason received the Ernst & Young/USA Today Entrepreneur of the Year award, the White House's Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership and honors as Visionary Social Entrepreneurs at the Social Venture Network’s Hall of Fame Celebration. In 2013, Bright Horizons was one of Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For for the 14th time.
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Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
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Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Lee Eliot Berk Sept 1970 May 2004
Mr. Lawrence Berk Sept 1945 May 1970

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Eileen Alviti Vice President of Human Resources Eileen Alviti serves as a strategic partner with campus leaders by providing proactive and innovative guidance and support to all academic and administrative units throughout the college within all facets of human resources management. This includes organizational design and development, talent management, and employee relations; employment law compliance; benefits and compensation analysis; rewards and recognition; and HR information systems, all in support of the college's mission, values, and strategic plan. Prior to her role at Berklee, Eileen held key HR leadership positions at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for almost 20 years.
Mr. Kevin Anderson Assistant Vice President for Facilities

As assistant vice president of Facilities, Kevin Anderson ensures that the office is an efficient, responsive, and customer-oriented operation overseeing custodial duties, maintenance, capital improvements, and repair of all of Berklee’s physical assets.

Anderson is also the proud chairman of the annual Berklee Golf Classic, which has raised over $200,000 in scholarship money for many deserving students. He has been with Berklee for 12 years.

Ms. Krystal Prime Banfield Associate Vice President, Education Outreach and Social Entrepreneurship Krystal Banfield oversees Berklee’s City Music’s programming as well as establishing strategies to achieve its vision to become the world’s leading creative youth development program in contemporary music, dance, musical theater, creative entrepreneurship, and music production. With a passionate commitment to excellence in the arts as a published educator, a concert singer, and an award-winning community and youth arts advocate, Banfield has more than 30 years as an executive in higher education administration, nonprofit arts management, and instruction. Her accomplishments include product, resource development, and management of the interdisciplinary middle-level band music and technology-based curricula series BandQuest® (distributed by Hal Leonard), creation of elementary school curriculum Composers Suitcase®, management of teaching artists in multiple arts disciplines, galvanizing fund support, and scaling creative arts and academic initiatives across the U.S.
Mr. Jay Barnes Assistant Vice President for Digital Learning --
Mr. Carl Beatty Assistant Vice President of Artist and Music Industry Relations

Carl Beatty began his career at Mediasound, a recording studio in New York City, which led to a successful freelance career. He has worked with a variety of artists, ranging from Sesame Street to the Ramones, Tom Jones to the B-52's, and Luther Vandross to Joan Jett, to name just a few.

In 1989, Beatty started a new phase in his career when he moved to Boston to teach engineering at Berklee. Fifteen years later, he shifted to his administrative tenure at Berklee, assuming the role of chief of staff in the Office of the President.

Beatty now serves as assistant vice president for artist and music industry relations. His professional history, both inside and outside of Berklee, has uniquely qualified him to act as a liaison between the college and alumni, artists, and music industry connections.

Mr. Joe Bennett Vice President for Academic Affairs—Strategic Initiatives Joe Bennett is vice president for academic affairs—strategic initiatives at Berklee. In this role, he leads and coordinates strategic projects relating to curriculum research, technologies including virtual and augmented reality, campus integration, and new program development. His academic research focuses on the creative practice and psychology of songwriters. As an expert witness forensic musicologist, Bennett advises music lawyers, publishers, artists, and songwriters on matters of plagiarism and musical similarity. Prior to coming to Boston, he was the dean of music and performing arts, and professor of popular music at Bath Spa University in Bath, England. He holds a Ph.D. in music from the University of Surrey and a national teaching fellowship from the Higher Education Academy.
Mr. Damien Bracken Dean of Admissions

From Dublin, Ireland, Damien Bracken began his work at Berklee in the summer of 1986. He took a key leadership role in designing the college’s unique audition and interview (A&I) process and continues to innovate with the introduction of online auditions and interviews.

Bracken received his bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from Trinity College in Dublin, where he took a major in music and a minor in philosophy. At Trinity, he acted as music director for the renowned Players Theatre, was named Young 20th Century Composer of the Year in 1980, and led his own rock band, No Exit, as vocalist, pianist, and composer. Upon graduation from Trinity, he moved to New York City, where he worked as an arranger and producer. He has composed extensively for theater and film.

Bracken is also an associate of the London College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Mr. Roger H. Brown President --
Ms. Deborah Cavalier Senior Vice President of Online Learning and Continuing Education

Debbie Cavalier was part of the leadership team that founded Berklee's online school 12 years ago. Prior to this, Cavalier was the dean of Online and Continuing Education at Berklee, a music publishing executive at Warner Bros. Publications, and a music educator. She holds a master's degree in education from Cambridge College.

As a music education publishing veteran, Cavalier has penned more than 100 music education methods books and arrangements for Carl Fischer, Alfred Publishing, and Warner Bros. Publications. She is the leader of the award-winning kids/family band Debbie and Friends, performing concerts and producing cartoons for TV, cable, retail outlets, and on a host of apps for children. Debbie and Friends' music is part of the 2011 Grammy Award-winning CD for Best Children's Album.

Ms. Christina Davis Associate Dean, Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As the associate dean for the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Christina Davis works closely with staff to develop and implement strategic programming, communication and outreach, and education, and provides leadership and support in developing the center's signature programs. Additionally, she collaborates with and serves as a liaison for faculty and staff across the institution to develop, plan, execute, and support strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, including professional development and the institution’s diversity and inclusion framework.

She earned her bachelor's degree in English with a minor in women's and gender studies from the College of New Jersey and her Master of Arts in student affairs administration from Michigan State University.

Mr. Neil Donohoe Dean of Theater, Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Over the past 30 years, Neil Donohoe, Boston Conservatory at Berklee's dean of theater, has shepherded the undergraduate musical theater program into one of the foremost programs in the country and created the M.F.A. program in musical theater. He now oversees the new degree in contemporary theater. He has directed critically acclaimed new works and reimagined revivals for the Boston Conservatory, in Boston, and throughout the United States.

In addition to his work at the conservatory, Donohoe has staged numerous concerts, guest artists, and the nationally televised Fourth of July celebrations for the Boston Pops. He has also created annual productions for the Vincent Club, raising money for the Women’s Care Division of Massachusetts General Hospital.

Ms. Kelly Downes Chief Equity Officer and Title IX Coordinator --
Ms. Lacretia Johnson Flash Assistant Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion

Lacretia Johnson Flash brings more than 20 years of higher education experience to her role as assistant vice president for diversity and inclusion. She provides strategic leadership for diversity and inclusion initiatives at Berklee and oversees the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Throughout her career, Flash has led institutional diversity and inclusion efforts, and contributed to the national conversation on diversity and multicultural change in higher education organizations through her research and experiences as an administrator and leader.

In addition to coordinating and integrating institutional diversity and inclusion efforts at Berklee, Flash has a passion for facilitating the education and learning of all members of the Berklee community to deepen our collective awareness and effectiveness around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Mr. David Gregory Vice President for Technology Resources David Gregory is responsible for information technology services and academic technology services for the college. Gregory held the positions of vice president for information technology at Smith College and chief information officer at Colgate University. Prior to Colgate, he formed Media Station, a startup of software engineers, digital artists, and musicians who created interactive digital media products and educational games for Disney, Harper Collins, Mattel, and Hasbro. Gregory was a professor of computer arts at the University of Michigan School of Music and a faculty member at Arizona State University and Colorado College. Gregory has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree (music composition) from the University of Michigan.
Ms. Kim Haack Deputy Chief of Staff, Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Kim Haack, deputy chief of staff , works closely with Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Executive Director Cathy Young on strategic initiatives, merger integration, Conservatory operations, and external affairs partnerships and programming.

Haack joined the Conservatory in 2006 after a successful 14-year career in theater management, and she served as an associate producer overseeing national and international productions of the longest running play in the country, Shear Madness. She worked as an independent consultant in the areas of audience development and arts marketing before coming to the Conservatory to lead their career and community engagement initiatives, and establish their first external relations leadership role.

Ms. Darla S. Hanley Dean of Professional Education Division

Darla Hanley holds a Ph.D. and M.M. in music education research from Temple University and a B.M. in music education and vocal performance from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. She is an experienced arts leader who specializes in educational administration, vocal jazz, popular music education, music for children, and creative movement.

Hanley has previously worked as a Pre-K-12 music educator, and, as an author, clinician, and consultant, she has extensive experience working with teachers and students all over the world. She is an active member of numerous professional organizations and associations. Hanley enjoys leading Berklee’s Professional Education Division and facilitating students’ education.

Ms. Stefanie Henning Associate Vice President for Career and Digital Strategy

As associate vice president for career and digital strategy, Stefanie Henning leads two different departments at Berklee. The Career Center provides expert guidance, cutting-edge resources, and professional development for students and alumni in partnership with the offices of Academic Affairs and Alumni Affairs. The Digital Strategy team is responsible for promoting Berklee’s mission and institutional identity in support of the annual goals of the institution by developing innovative websites and applications that serve Berklee's community.

Henning started her career as an agent at International Creative Management (ICM) and has an extensive background in marketing and business development. She has served in executive roles in the entertainment and tech industries at organizations that include Fox Television Studios, Universal Music Group, and Macromedia (now Adobe).

She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

Mr. Richard M. Hisey Chief Financial Officer; Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

As the senior vice president of administration and finance and chief financial officer, Mac Hisey serves as the chief business officer of the college, with overall responsibility for operations, finance, and administration, including: accounting and finance; legal and compliance; human resources, diversity and inclusion; real estate and facilities; campus safety and security; procurement and vendor management; risk management; and investment management of the college’s endowment and pension plan. Hisey has more than 30 years of experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations spanning banking, insurance, investment management, and higher education in a number of senior business, operational, financial, and administrative roles.

Hisey serves on the board of the Boston Consortium for Higher Education and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Boston Society of Security Analysts. He received an M.B.A and a B.A. with Distinction in Soviet and East European Studies from the University of Connecticut, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Ms. Cathy Horn Assistant Vice President, Concert Operations

Cathy Horn leads the team responsible for nine of Berklee’s performance venues and the events in those venues, of which there are over 2,500 each year. Departmental services include venue booking and scheduling, production, marketing, ticketing, and front-of-house operations. She also serves as adjudication director for the Berklee High School Jazz Festival and artist liaison for the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival.

Horn has a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications and public relations from Boston University. She recently earned a Certified Venue Professional (CVP) designation from the International Association of Venue Managers.  

Beyond her role at Berklee, Horn is on the executive board of Hyde Park Main Streets and is the founder of a community group called Keep Hyde Park Beautiful.

Ms. Melissa Howe Chief of Staff
Melissa Howe comes to the Office of the President following many years on faculty and five years as chair of the String Department. Teaching has been an integral part of her life as a musician. “Performing music, teaching music, and reflecting on music create a very constructive and creative feedback loop,” Howe says. Her evolving roles at the college have broadened her understanding of the meaning of music and music education in today’s world. As faculty, her mission was to guide each student toward self-discovery and technical mastery. As department chair, she supported several hundred students and their faculty, seeking out the right tools to enable students to lay their foundation for their life’s work. Now, as chief of staff, she ensures that the mission and vision of Berklee—to educate, train, and develop students to excel in music as a career—plays out everywhere in the daily life of the college. To do this she works as an active and integral link between President Roger H. Brown and the college as a whole, ensuring that the institution’s strategic initiatives are on track and executed efficiently and thoughtfully.
During her tenure she has actively engaged in the many faces of Berklee’s contemporary music scene, having recorded viola for a food opera, presented Berklee’s first Video Game String Quartet concert, and played concerts as diverse as the Beatles, White Album, a Harry Belafonte tribute, and the Brahms Clarinet Quintet. Howe trained at Oberlin Conservatory and Boston University. Beyond her role at the college, she performs with ensembles such as the Boston Ballet, the Boston Pops, and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, as well as with contemporary artists such as Björk, Aerosmith, Ben Folds, Amanda Palmer, and Rascal Flatts.
Ms. María Martinez Iturriaga Executive Director, Berklee Valencia María M. Iturriaga is the executive director for Berklee College of Music at the campus in Valencia, Spain, where she plays a leading role in the campus's academic, enrollment, and institutional strategies. Iturriaga joined Berklee in 2008 and was at the forefront of establishing the college’s first international campus. She holds a master’s degree in performing arts administration from New York University, a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid. Prior to Berklee, she worked with AEA Consulting in New York, and in external affairs and as a music agent on projects in the U.S., U.K., and Spain. She is a member of the Abram Wilson Foundation Advisory Board and the Comité Protector de la Música del Reciclaje, chaired by Queen Sofía of Spain.
Ms. Lori Johnson Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Advising and Success

Lori Johnson assumed her duties as the inaugural dean of student advising and success in July 2016. Working with partners across campus, she and her team are responsible for the collaborative development and design of new, innovative, and comprehensive approaches to student advising and success programs and services that support and enhance the Berklee student experience. She provides leadership and direction to academic advising, international student services, study abroad, disability services, student success, the registrar, and core music tutoring.

Johnson is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Forum on Education Abroad, the National Academic Advising Association, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She is also serving her second term on the national advisor board for the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

Mr. Christoper Jones Assistant Vice President for Administrative Technology Services

As assistant vice president for administrative technology services, Christopher Jones partners with leadership to drive the transformation of Berklee’s business processes and systems in order to implement a modern, consolidated portfolio of administrative applications. Jones joined Berklee in 1998, helping to implement and improve student services, including Berklee’s first online registration process. More recently, he has expanded project management and business analysis disciplines at the college and laid the foundation for data-driven decision-making to drive the broader technology strategy.

Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Colorado College. He is a drummer, and a wildlife and macro photography hobbyist.

Mr. Christopher Kandus-Fisher Vice President for Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion Chris Kandus-Fisher earned his undergraduate degree at Ashland University in Ohio, his master's degree in higher education with a concentration in administration from the University of Akron, and his doctorate in higher education leadership at Nova Southeastern University. Kandus-Fisher has conducted research on how to best educate students who identify as members of Generation Z through an evaluation of instructional environments and techniques within post-secondary classrooms. Additionally, Kandus-Fisher has been published regarding the topics of student mental health, campus safety, organizational development, and strategic planning.
Mr. S. Jay Kennedy Vice President for Academic Affairs; Vice Provost

Jay Kennedy is vice president for academic affairs/vice provost. He joined Berklee in 1994 as chair of the Contemporary Writing and Production Department.

Kennedy has composed and produced music for hundreds of television commercials (Coca Cola, McDonald's, Pontiac, Levi's, Nike, etc.). His music has been heard in feature films (Wayne’s World, Lethal Weapon 2), television series (One Tree Hill, Felicity), and he was a 2002 Grammy Award finalist for arrangements on Virtuosi by Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone. He continues to be active as a composer and arranger with commissions and published compositions for concert band, percussion ensemble, and marching band.

He has been a frequent adjudicator for marching band, drum corps, and indoor percussion competitions for many years. He composed the theme for the Drum Corps International (DCI) broadcasts and was elected to the DCI Hall of Fame in 2007 for longtime contributions as an adjudicator, educator, judge administrator, and arranger.

Kennedy received the doctor of philosophy degree from Boston College and master of music and bachelor of music education degrees from Northwestern University.

Mr. Mike King Vice President of Enrollment Marketing and Management Mike King is the vice president for enrollment management and marketing at Berklee and the chief marketing officer at Berklee Online. He oversees admissions operations and recruitment, student financial services, enrollment marketing, and enrollment data and analysis for Berklee College of Music's undergraduate and graduate programs in Boston and Valencia, Spain; Boston Conservatory at Berklee; Berklee Online; and Berklee's summer programs. He is also an educator who has authored and teaches three courses at Berklee Online: Online Music Marketing; Music Business Trends and Strategies; and Music Marketing 101. Additionally, King authored Music Marketing: Press, Promotion, Distribution, and Retail for Berklee's publishing division, Berklee Press.
Ms. Sharon Kramer Dean of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Accreditation

Sharon Kramer directs Berklee's assessment, accreditation, and institutional research, with a focus on strengthening data-based decision-making and planning, building a culture of continuous evaluation, and enhancing student learning and success. She directs internal and external surveying of students, alumni, faculty, and staff; analysis of longitudinal data and outcomes assessment; and benchmarking Berklee against peers and competitors. She also oversees federal, state, and international compliance reporting.

Kramer earned a B.A. in art history from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from Harvard University.

Mr. Robert C. Lagueux Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs

Robert Lagueux is responsible for faculty development, graduate programs, and academic partnerships. He received his bachelor’s degree in music and history from Harvard University and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in music history from Yale University. While at Yale, he worked extensively with the Yale Graduate Teaching Center and was editor and coauthor of Becoming Teachers, the university’s official teaching guide for graduate students.

As a Fulbright scholar in Hong Kong, Lagueux supported the city’s transition to a four-year, American model of higher education, providing resources and guidance on general education, faculty and graduate student teaching, and programs for first-year students. He has offered workshops on teaching and learning in China, Thailand, and Vietnam.

A percussionist and drummer, Lagueux has published and presented on a variety of topics around teaching, learning, and music history, most recently in the Journal of Music History Pedagogy.

Mr. Phil Lima Assistant Vice President of Benefits, HR Compliance and Enterprise Risk Management

Phil Lima is the principal advisor for the design and delivery of Berklee College of Music’s employee benefits programs and the fulfillment of the college’s significant human resource–related compliance requirements. He also facilitates the college's enterprise-wide risk management system and serves as staff to the Board of Trustees' audit and risk committee.

Lima works closely with the college’s partners in various purchasing and risk management consortia, along with college counsel and external consultants and vendors. Beyond his role at the college, he performs regularly as an operatic and concert baritone. He has appeared as a soloist with opera companies and orchestras in Germany, Italy, Korea, Ukraine, and across the United States.

Ms. Cindy Albert Link Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement

As senior vice president of institutional advancement, Cindy Albert Link brings three decades of development and marketing experience Berklee. Albert Link, who was assistant vice president, capital giving in development at Princeton University, had previously been associate dean of external relations at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management. Prior to that, she was executive director, alumni affairs and development at the Yale School of Management.

A graduate of Princeton University, Albert Link founded the women’s gymnastics team and was a dancer/singer in the Princeton Triangle Club, the university’s 120 year-old, student-run music theater club. She earned a master's degree in public and private management from Yale University’s School of Management.

Mr. Mike Magee Assistant Vice President, Institutional Advancement

Mike Magee is assistant vice president of institutional advancement, where he helps the college forge new relationships focused on music business and live music. He also oversees institutional advancement services and the Berklee Fund, fostering college advancement through strategic use of technology and research, and in order to grow annual philanthropic support.

Magee is a 1999 graduate of Emerson College who joined Berklee in 2004. A veteran of the Boston and New York City music scenes, he is also an avid motorcyclist, working as an instructor with various law enforcement agencies to train personnel in the safe operation of motorcycles at high speed.

Mr. Tommy Neblett Dean of Dance, Boston Conservatory at Berklee Tommy Neblett has been in the dance profession for over 35 years as a performer, choreographer, educator, artistic director, and administrator. In addition to being interim dean of dance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, he is co-artistic director with his wife, Diane Arvanites, of Prometheus Dance and the Elders Ensemble (post-professional dancers ages 62–95). They have received a creativity grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, six artist fellowships in choreography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and a citation for outstanding artistic achievement from former Governor Deval Patrick. Their work has been performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow, and Bates Dance Festival, as well as throughout the East Coast and in Spain, France, Denmark, Venezuela, and Ecuador. Neblett has taught at the Conservatory since 1994, as well as at Boston Ballet, Harvard University, Emerson College, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and the Oure Idraetshojskole in Denmark.
Ms. Betsy Newman Senior Vice President for Student Enrollment and Engagement

As the senior vice president for student enrollment and engagement, Betsy Newman is committed to advancing with her team student services, programs, experiences, and supports across a student’s entire life cycle at Berklee. Newman provides strategic vision and direction to enrollment management, including admissions, enrollment operations, and student financial services; student advising and success, including academic advising, disability services, international student services, peer advising, registrar, retention, and tutoring; student affairs, diversity, and inclusion, including counseling, diversity programs, equity and Title IX systems, residential life, student activities, and wellness services; and, career strategy and services, including career development and internships.

She received her undergraduate degree (B.S. in finance) from Babson College, master’s degree (Ed.M. in higher education administration) from Harvard University, and a doctorate (Ed.D. in higher education management) from the University of Pennsylvania with dissertation distinction for her research on creative entrepreneurship and leadership with specific focus on how the educational ecosystem influences students' development of their creation-driven and entrepreneurial mindsets.

Mr. Matthew Nicholl Interim Dean of Professional Writing and Music Technology; Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives Matthew Nicholl, associate vice president for Global Initiatives, is a pianist, composer, and arranger. He holds degrees from the University of North Texas in music theory and piano. He joined the faculty of Berklee’s Harmony Department in 1996 and was chair of the Contemporary Writing and Production Department from 2002 to 2016. He has composed soundtracks for films, advertising, and numerous TV shows. Nicholl has also written several books about music and has released three albums. He has performed and taught in multiple countries including Australia, Brazil, China, India, and Israel, among others, as well as all over North America.
Ms. Carin Nuernberg Vice President of Online Education As vice president of online education, Carin Nuernberg oversees the development, administration, and expansion of online education programs for Berklee, including graduate and undergraduate degree programs, instructor-led courses and certificate programs, massive open online courses (MOOCs) and programs, and campus events for online students, in addition to the college’s book publishing operation, Berklee Press. She joined Berklee in 2001 as a foundational team member of the online school, and under her leadership, Berklee Online has won the best online college course award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) for an unprecedented eight years in a row, in addition to the award for strategic innovation in online education and the International Program of Excellence for Spanish- and Portuguese-language programming.
Mr. Tod Oliviere Assistant Vice President for Student Financial Services

Tod Oliviere oversees all financial aid, scholarship, and student employment programs at Berklee. For the past fifteen years, he has worked to recruit, retain, and graduate a diverse group of student musicians. Oliviere is dedicated to addressing the affordability concerns of our students, families, prospects, and the Berklee community as a whole by working with senior management to increase scholarships, grants, work-study, and to develop new pathways for students to earn a Berklee education.

Under his leadership, the budget for institutional aid has more than doubled to over $40 million. Through this expansion, Oliviere has worked with his colleagues to develop an awarding plan that supports students consistent with the college's comprehensive enrollment strategy and its goals for student success and retention. Prior to joining Berklee, he worked in the database marketing industry and as a professional musician.

Mr. Panos A. Panay Vice President, Innovation and Strategy; Managing Director, Berklee ICE

Panos A. Panay B.M. ‘94, vice president for Innovation and Strategy, leads strategic initiatives at Berklee College of Music and also serves as the founding managing director of the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE). For BerkleeICE, he spearheaded the founding of the Open Music Initiative, which brings together over 170 leading music, media, technology industry organizations and academic institutions to create an open protocol for uniform identification of music rights owners.

Prior to Berklee, Panay was the founder and CEO of Sonicbids, where he created the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online. Earlier in his career he was an international talent agent for artists such as Chick Corea and Pat Metheny.

His awards include Fast Company's "Fast 50"; Inc Magazine's "Inc 500”; Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40”; and is a Mass Hi-Tech All Star.

Mr. Christopher Reade Assistant Vice President; Dean of Campus Life Chris Reade currently serves as the assistant vice president and dean of Campus Life. In this role, he is responsible for providing strategic leadership and administrative direction for the Campus Life team, which includes Community Standards, Housing Operations, Residential Education, Student Activities, and New Student and Family Programs. Prior to his position at Berklee, he served as dean of students at the Boston Conservatory, and has also held positions at the Aspen Music School and the School for the Museum of Fine Arts. He has also served on the advisory board and the board of directors for the Boston Opera Collaborative.
Ms. Heather Reid Dean of Learning Resources Heather Reid has extensive leadership experience in academic libraries, information technology, and publishing. At Harvard University, she held positions in library systems development and academic technology management. Upon leaving Harvard, she joined a major publisher of academic and research databases where she oversaw product creation and maintenance. Prior to joining Berklee, Reid was senior director of data systems at Copyright Clearance Center, which provides copyright management solutions for publishers. Reid has served as chair of the National Information Standards Organization and been active in the development of many information standards. She has served as an advisor to the U.S. Copyright Office on data systems and data management.
Mr. Thomas P. Riley Vice President for External Affairs

Tom Riley’s career at Berklee began in 1986 as director in the office of the president. In this capacity, he worked closely with President Lee Berk to expand the college’s reach by laying the groundwork for the Berklee International Network, Berklee City Music, Berklee in L.A., and a range of summer programs.

From 1995-2003, as assistant vice president for Operations, Riley worked as Executive Vice President Gary Burton’s senior staff advisor, and led the strategic planning process. During this time, he assumed leadership of college communications, oversaw the launch of, managed Berklee Press, and was part of the team that planned the online college.

As vice president for external affairs and communications, Riley provides strategic direction for brand management, marketing and communications, public relations, social media, digital strategy, and Berklee Presents.

Riley was previously employed as a director at Market Facts, Inc. in Chicago, where his market research clients included Coca-Cola, Volkswagen, and the Ford Motor Company, among others. Prior to this, he worked professionally as a musician (saxophone and arranger). He holds a bachelor of music degree from Berklee College of Music, and an MBA from Miami University.

Mr. Ron Savage Dean, Professional Performance Division

Ron Savage B.M. ‘84 was hired to teach ear training at Berklee in 1993, and over the next four years also taught in the Percussion and Ensemble departments. He was appointed chair of the Ensemble Department in 2000, and served in that role for 17 years, until his appointment as interim dean and now dean.

During his tenure at Berklee, he has conducted over 10,000 admissions auditions and participated in more than 60 Berklee on the Road events, including 23 Berklee at Umbria Jazz Clinics. Earlier this year, he received the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Community Service Award from the NAACP chapter in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Savage is also a passionate community advocate. He and his wife, Lois, founded the Abundant Life Music Instruction (ALMI)/Ron Savage Music Academy in 1999, which is committed to providing inner-city youth with affordable music lessons and instruments. He serves on the board of the All Dorchester Sports and Leadership program in Dorchester, Massachusetts. More recently, he founded the Cambridge Jazz Festival with Larry Ward.

Mr. Michael Shinn Dean of Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Michael Shinn has joined Boston Conservatory at Berklee as dean of music and oversees faculty, students, and curriculum development. Prior to this appointment, he was chair of keyboard studies at the Juilliard School and senior advisor for educational and artistic programs at Juilliard Global Ventures.

Shinn and his wife, Jessica, founded and direct the pianoSonoma Music Festival, a unique festival that brings together artists in residence and adult musicians of all backgrounds to collaborate and perform in Sonoma County, California.

Shinn has spoken about the future of arts education and the role of the arts in society at SXSW EDU and the Pebble Beach Authors and Ideas Festival.

Mr. Lawrence J. Simpson Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; Provost Larry Simpson is senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. In this role, he is responsible for Berklee’s three academic divisions (Professional Performance, Professional Writing and Music Technology, and Professional Education), institutional research and assessment, graduate studies, concert operations, special programs, the library and learning resources, experiential learning, and faculty development. He also serves as the executive producer for the Beantown Jazz Festival. He currently serves as the board chair of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). Prior to coming to Berklee, he served as president of the Eastern Campus (twelve years) and the Metropolitan Campus (one year) of the Cuyahoga Community College District in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds master of science and Ph.D. degrees in social psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Jerry Smith Assistant Vice President, Academic Technology Jerry Smith, assistant vice president for academic technology, manages and oversees the resources, operations, and support for academic facilities, including planning, scheduling and usage, budgeting, equipment purchasing, staffing, and maintenance. He works with deans, chairs, and faculty and partners with Technology Resources to support Berklee's academic programs with appropriate equipment, software, and staffing. A 1985 graduate of Berklee, Smith has been instrumental in designing and integrating technology systems, and managing operational support for classrooms, technology labs, and production suites for the Boston and Valencia campuses.
Mr. Tony Sulprizio Assistant Vice President, Technology Training and Support

As assistant vice president for technology training and support, Tony Sulprizio is responsible for support and training for students, faculty, and staff in the use of technology for instructional, business, and administrative purposes, and serves as a principle architect of college strategy for providing effective and efficient technology training and support.

Sulprizio is an accomplished technology executive with extensive management experience in higher education, creating and maintaining productive service-oriented organizations, focusing on customer service, and aligning IT services with organizational priorities. He previously worked at Tufts University for over 20 years in several different leadership roles. A former air traffic controller and U.S. Air Force veteran, he holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental management from Bridgewater State University.

Ms. Beverly Tryon Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Beverly Tryon oversees the advancement of long-term strategies and management for the Office of Institutional Advancement and brings over two decades of development experience. As a Berklee alumna, she is also responsible for developing the strategic vision for Alumni Affairs so as to foster strong connections between alumni and the college. In her prior roles at Berklee, Tryon built the college’s first office for corporate relations, spearheaded the development of the Center for Experiential Learning, and launched the annual Encore Gala.

She holds a master’s degree from Boston College, is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and has previously served as a board member for the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium. Prior to her work at Berklee, she worked as a luthier and guitar repair specialist at E.U. Wurlitzer Music in Boston.

Mr. Stephen Webber Executive Director, BerkleeNYC; Dean of Strategic Initiatives Stephen Webber is an Emmy-winning composer, musician, producer, and engineer. He earned a bachelor's degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas and a master's degree in guitar performance. He served as professor and assistant chair of Berklee’s Music Production and Engineering Department, and is the founding director of Berklee’s Master of Music in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation program in Valencia, Spain, where he also served as the campus’s director of academic technology. Webber wrote the bestselling book Turntable Technique: The Art of the DJ, and he has designed multiple award-winning online courses and performed and conducted master classes in Australia, China, India, Germany, Italy, Finland, Greece, and across North, Central, and South America.
Mr. Bill Whitney Vice President for Real Estate Bill Whitney, Berklee's vice president for real estate, is responsible for managing campus planning, major capital projects involving substantial rehabilitation and new construction, and overseeing physical plant operations. He also is responsible for acquiring property for the college, whether by purchase or lease. He manages leasing college-owned property to retail and office users. Prior to joining Berklee, Whitney held positions in planning and development with a privately held, Boston-based company that owns, manages, and develops real estate; the New England Aquarium; and the Boston Redevelopment Authority. He holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Fordham University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Michigan.
Ms. Cathy Young Executive Director, Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Cathy Young brings more than 34 years of experience as an artist and educator to her role as executive director of Boston Conservatory at Berklee. During the course of her career, she has performed with leading American dance companies, established her own dance company and served as its artistic director, gained national recognition as a choreographer and teacher of jazz dance, taught as a professor of dance, cofounded Ursinus College's dance program, and served as the Conservatory's dean of dance.

As executive director of the Conservatory, Young identifies and builds new relationships, both domestically and abroad, that strengthen the Conservatory’s offerings and raise awareness of its unparalleled value. She works closely with Berklee President Roger H. Brown and colleagues to develop new, innovative programs and student opportunities to shape the Conservatory’s ever-brighter future as part of the larger Berklee institution, which also includes Berklee College of Music’s Boston and Valencia, Spain, campuses and Berklee Online.


Award Awarding Organization Year
Goya Award Goya Cinema Awards (los Premios Goya, Spain's main national annual film awards) 2016
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) 2016
Director's Choice Award International Composers' Competition 2013
Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz 2013
Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz 2005
Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz 2002
Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz 1997
Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz 1993
"Emmy" Awards: Multiple The Television Academy, National Academy of Arts & Sciences and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences --
Academy Awards ("Oscars"): Multiple Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences --
Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre ("Tony" Awards): multiple The American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League --
ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards: multiple American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers --
Best Online Courses: 2005-2015 University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) --
Boston Music Awards: Multiple Boston Music Awards --
Golden Reel Awards: Multiple Motion Picture Sound Editors --
Grammy Awards: 266 National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences --
Latin Grammy Awards: 85 Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences --
The Golden Globes: Multiple Hollywood Foreign Press Association --


Affiliation Year
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) --
Council for Advancement and Support Education (CASE) --
Major Orchestral Librarian's Association --
MENTOR: National Mentoring Partnership - Respondent --
Music Library Association --
National Alliance for Musical Theatres - Voting Member --
National Association for Music Education --
National Association for Schools of Music --
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) --
Pro Arts Consortium --
The Chronicle of Higher Education --
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
New England Association of Schools and Colleges 2013


Berklee has numerous collaborations (and affiliations), including the following list: Society of American Archivists, Association for Recorded Sound Collections, International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives, American Musicological Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, Society for American Music, ASCAP, Audio Engineering Society, National Guild for Community Arts Education, Boys & Girls Club, Sociedad Latina, Hyde Square Task Force, Berklee International Network (19 partner institutions in 18 countries), Berklee On The Road (partner institutions around the world), AMP UP NYC (partners: Little Kids Rock and New York City public school system), Berklee City Music Network (more than 40 youth music education partners across U.S. and in Canada), Boston public schools, Lawrence public schools, Mass. Cultural Council, Boston After School & Beyond, and the Grant Professional's Association.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 687
Number of Part Time Staff 140
Number of Volunteers 197
Number of Contract Staff 872
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 618
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 77
Caucasian: 669
Hispanic/Latino: 103
Native American/American Indian: 71
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 129 (unreported), 7 (multi-racial), 25 (non-resident alien)
Gender Female: 701
Male: 998
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? No
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Ms. Susan Whitehead
Board Chair Company Affiliation Whitehead Institute
Board Chair Term Mar 2016 - Mar 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. David Abrams Abrams Capital Management Voting
Mr. G. Leonard Baker Jr. Sutter Hill Ventures Voting
Mr. Michael A. Brown Line 6 Voting
Mr. Roger H. Brown Berklee College of Music Voting
Mr. David Clem Lyme Properties Voting
Mr. John Connaughton Bain Capital LLC Voting
Ms. Cynthia K. Curme Boston Symphony Orchestra Voting
Mr. Michael R. Eisenson Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC Voting
Mr. Emilio Estefan Grammy-winning producer Voting
Ms. Gloria Estefan Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Voting
Mr. Dean F. Goodermote Grid Analytics Voting
Mr. David Gross-Loh Bain Capital Voting
Mr. Joshua Gruss Round Hill Music Voting
Mr. Nils Gums The Complex Group Voting
Mr. Dan Harple Shamrock Ventures, BV Voting
Ms. Kristine Moyer Higgins Health Dialog (retired) Voting
Mr. Charles Hirschhorn AEG/AXS TV LLC Voting
Mr. Steven Holtzman Decibel Therapeutics Voting
Mr. Bill Kaiser Greylock Partners Voting
Mr. Joel Katz Global Entertainment and Media Practice for Greenberg Traurig Voting
Ms. B. J. Krintzman Law Offices of B. J. Krintzman Voting
Ms. Laura Kunkemueller Boston Company Asset Management, LLC Voting
Ms. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot Harvard Graduate School of Education Voting
Ms. Miky (Mie Kyung) Lee CJ Group Voting
Mr. Martin J. Mannion Summit Partners Voting
Mr. Demond Martin Adage Capital Management Voting
Mr. Marc Mayer Schroders Voting
Ms. Jane L. Mendillo Harvard Management Company (retired) Voting
Mr. Frederick T. Miller The Chatham Group, Inc. Voting
Mr. Peter Muller PDT Partners Voting
Mr. Anthony Pangaro Millennium Partners—Boston Voting
Mr. Alex Rigopulos Harmonix Voting
Mr. Steven Ruchefsky MDSolarSciences Voting
Mr. Jeff Shames MIT Sloan School of Management Voting
Mr. Darius Sidebotham Private Wealth Management Voting
Mr. David Scott Sloan Holland & Knight Voting
Ms. Susan Solomont The Philanthropic Initiative Voting
Ms. Susan Whitehead Whitehead Institute Voting
Ms. Marillyn Zacharis ArtsEmerson Voting
Mr. Barry Zubrow ITB LLC Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Vivian C. Beard President, Vivian Male Productions NonVoting
Mr. Scott Benson President, XOFF Records, Inc. NonVoting
Ms. Patricia Casale Vice President (retired), AOL Time Warner NonVoting
Mr. Neal J. Curtin Partner, Bingham McCutchen, LLP NonVoting
Mr. William M. Davis Director, Credit Suisse First Boston, LLC NonVoting
Mr. Mike Dreese Chief Executive Officer, Newbury Comics, Inc. NonVoting
Mr. William E. Falconer Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Allan T. McLean CLU, ChFC Vice President, William J. Lynch & Associates NonVoting
Mrs. Rhoda Sapers Retired Nurse Administrator NonVoting
Ms. Craigie Zildjian Chief Executive Officer, Avedis Zildjian Company NonVoting

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Bryan Abreu Freelance Producer and Musician --
Ms. Krystal Prime Banfield Dean, Berklee City Music, Berklee College of Music --
Mr. Roger H. Brown President, Berklee College of Music --
Mr. Ted Cutler The Interface Group --
Mr. Andrew Davis Founder, Music Empowers Foundation --
Mr. Paul Deninger Senior Managing Director, Evercore --
Mr. Louis Hernandez Jr. Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Avid --
Mr. Steven Holtzman President and Chief Executive Officer, Decibel Therapeutics --
Mr. Quincy Jones Multiple Grammy Award-Winning Artist, National Ambassador for City Music --
Mr. Tim Lautzenheiser Vice President of Education, Conn-Selmer --
Mr. Malcolm MacLeod Chair, The Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship Foundation --
Mr. David Mash Senior Vice President for Innovation, Strategy, and Technology, Berklee College of Music --
Mr. Jose Masso Announcer and Producer, ¡Con Salsa!; Director of Community Relations, Massport --
Mr. Giles McNamee Managing Director, McNamee Lawrence & Company --
Mr. Henry Panion III PhD Grammy-Award winning composer, arranger and producer and educator --
Ms. Sharmila Ray Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company --
Mr. Carmichael Roberts Jr. Trustee and General Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners --
Mr. Jeff Shames Trustee, MIT Sloan School of Management --
Mr. David Sprows Chief Information Officer, Wellington Management --
Mr. Clayton Turnbull President, The Waldwin Group, Inc. --
Mr. Neal A. Vachhani Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company --
Mr. Jeffrey C. Walker Chairman, New Profit --
Mr. J. Curtis Warner Jr. Founder, Berklee City Music; Associate Vice President, Community and Government Relations, Berklee College of Music --
Mr. Lee Whitmore Vice President, Education, Outreach and Social Entrepreneurship, Berklee College of Music --
Mr. T. Murray Wilson Stanway Capital Partners --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Daniel E. Auerbach Managing Partner and Senior Managing Director, FIL Capital Management (Hong Kong) Limited --
Ms. Vivian C. Beard President, Vivian Male Productions --
Mr. T. Kevin Beatty Chief Investment Officer–Global Equity, MFS Investment Management --
Mrs. Elizabeth Boland Chief Financial Officer, Bright Horizons Family Solutions --
Mr. Paul Buttenwieser Psychiatrist and Novelist --
Mr. James Champy Coauthor of Reengineering the Corporation --
Mr. Paul Ciriello Managing Partner, Fairhaven Capital Partners --
Mr. Bruce Clarke Chairman, Arrowstreet Capital --
Mr. Jeff Davis Chief Investment Officer, Lee Munder Capital Group --
Mr. Paul Deninger Senior Managing Director, Evercore Partners --
Mr. John Doelp '79 Senior Vice President, A&R Operations, Columbia Records --
Ms. Debbie Edmundson Berklee parent and supporter --
Mr. Matthew E. Epstein Director, Goulston & Storrs --
Mr. Fereydoun Firouz Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Stallergenes Greer --
Ms. Atsuko Toko Fish Trustee, Fish Family Foundation and Founder, Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative --
Mr. Lawrence K. Fish Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Citizens Financial Group --
Mr. James C. Foster Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Charles River Laboratories --
Mr. Stefan M. Gavell Executive VP & Global Head of Regulatory and Industry Affairs, State Street Corporation --
Mr. Eric R. Giler Chief Executive Officer and Board Member, WiTricity Corporation --
Mr. Chris Halaby Chief Executive Officer, Muse Research, Inc. --
Mr. Elliott D. Hillback Jr. Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs (retired), Genzyme --
Ms. Lisa Hilton Pianist and Composer --
Mr. William A. Holodnak Chief Executive Officer and President (retired), J. Robert Scott --
Mr. Frank Ingari President and Chief Executive Officer, NaviNet, Inc. --
Mr. Robert Jones Partner, Ropes and Gray --
Ms. Olivia Kim Executive Director, CJ Media & Entertainment --
Ms. Teresa Koster Division President, Gallagher Koster --
Ms. Ann Kreis Global Ambassador --
Mr. Ted Kurland President, Ted Kurland Associates --
Mr. James Kuster Managing Director and Head of M&A, Citizens Capital Markets, Inc. --
Mr. Jim LaTorre Principal, Northern Cross, LLC --
Mr. John Layng Senior Advisor, Five Mile Capital Partners, LLC --
Mrs. Jane Levitt Program Coordinator and Community Volunteer --
Mr. Jim Lucchese Chief Executive Officer, The Echo Nest --
Mr. William J. Lynch III Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Lynch and Associates --
Mr. Hassell McClellan Associate Professor of Finance and Policy, Boston College --
Mr. Allan T. McLean CLU, ChFC Senior Vice President , Lynch & Associates --
Mr. Stephen Oristaglio Co-Chief Investment Officer, SCS Financial Services, LLC --
Mr. David E. Patrick '79 Chief Executive Officer, Apperian, Inc. --
Mr. Jason P. Rhodes Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer, Epizyme, Inc. --
Ms. Hortensia Roig General Secretary, Escuela de Empresarios (EDEM) --
Mr. Paul Sagan President and Chief Executive Officer (retired), Akamai Technologies, Inc. --
Mrs. Aviva Sapers Chief Executive Officer, Sapers and Wallack --
Mr. Henry E. Schniewind '02 Psychiatrist and Performing Jazz Pianist --
Mrs. Harriett "Tee" Taggart Principal, Taggart Associates --
Ms. Chandrika Tandon Chairman, Tandon Capital Associates, Soul Chants Music, Grammy-nominated artist --
Mr. Eric M. Wetlaufer Senior Vice President, Public Market Investments, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board --
Mrs. Linda Wisnewski Chair and Foundation President, VOICE 4 Girls --
Mr. Andy Youniss President and Chief Executive Officer, Rocket Software, Inc. --
Ms. Tania Zouikin Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (retired), Batterymarch Financial Management, Inc. --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 35
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 11
Male: 29
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Academic Affairs
  • Audit
  • Campus Planning and Development
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Institutional Advancement
  • Investment
  • Trusteeship

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year June 01, 2018 to May 31, 2019
Projected Income $283,000,000.00
Projected Expense $283,000,000.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

Audit Documents

2017 Audited Financials

2016 Audited Financials

2015 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $389,732,730 $276,118,541 $259,550,477
Total Expenses $306,314,468 $255,926,122 $246,924,942

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $1,003,746 $926,399 $926,939
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $1,003,746 $926,399 $926,939
Individual Contributions $75,717,751 $11,155,098 $17,877,600
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $291,210,067 $238,337,769 $229,862,830
Investment Income, Net of Losses $17,243,286 $23,110,781 $7,549,647
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $1,906,665 $1,595,670 $1,770,003
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $2,651,215 $992,824 $1,563,458

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $267,429,092 $209,977,537 $200,666,716
Administration Expense $31,476,456 $39,902,528 $39,367,731
Fundraising Expense $7,408,920 $6,046,057 $6,890,495
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.27 1.08 1.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses 87% 82% 81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 9% 44% 33%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $750,666,699 $628,070,205 $634,104,159
Current Assets $79,889,194 $66,791,702 $59,603,404
Long-Term Liabilities $280,730,733 $252,566,195 $261,130,671
Current Liabilities $106,914,761 $120,291,456 $108,898,805
Total Net Assets $363,021,205 $255,212,554 $264,074,683

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 4.5%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose 50%: scholarships; 50%: global laboratory-musical discovery/artistry, promoting music to change people’s lives for the better. and transforming higher education
Campaign Goal $100,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.75 0.56 0.55

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 37% 40% 41%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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