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Get There from Here: Career Advice from Disney Concerts Manager Royd Haston

Royd Haston

Royd Haston, Manager, Disney Concerts

Royd Haston, manager for Disney Concerts, is someone whose job I am envious of. I have for the past 10 years tried to get my hands and eyes on as many film scores as possible so I can learn the techniques from the masters. Royd gets to handle some of these scores every day and also send them out to orchestras to perform in public for our viewing and listening pleasure. Royd himself is a talented composer and a heck of a guy.

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In Memoriam: Matt Marvuglio

Dear members of the Berklee community,

Matt MarvuglioOn August 5, I received the very sad news that longtime colleague Matt Marvuglio passed away. Matt’s presence and career at the college spanned more than four decades, beginning with his time as a student, then continuing in several vital administrative roles. He chaired the Woodwind Department, served as dean of the Professional Performance Division, and most recently, assumed the new role of dean of Performance Division Institutes.

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 7 Things You Need to Know Before You Move to NYC – Gyaan from an Indian in the Big Apple

“Gyaan:” Sanskrit word, roughly translated as “knowledge.” Used colloquially for “Street-Smarts.” 

Shilpa Ananth, Berklee Alumna ’13

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Connections, Confidence, and Kindness: Learning the Film Composition Industry from James Sale

Film Composer James Sale

Film Composer James Sale

James Sale B.M. ’91 is a composer and conductor who has had a long career working in film. His scores can be heard in Hotel Transylvania 2 and The Lego Movie and he recently was a conductor for Transformers: The Last Knight. James and I met playing hockey in Burbank and struck up a close bond over all this film music. He was kind enough to chat with me about his Berklee experience in the Film Scoring Department, pushing through doubt, believing in yourself, and treating fellow players with kindness. 

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Three Weeks of Business Studies in Valencia

I’m writing this post in Munich, in between flights, Helsinki bound. I spent the last three weeks at the Berklee Valencia Campus during their Summer Study Abroad program. My name is Hannes Andersson, a recording engineer/songwriter/producer currently finishing my masters degree in Music Technology at the University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland. During my studies I’ve made sure to cover every step of the way when bringing an idea out to the world as a Finnish’d record (sorry).

My studies at Valencia, which consisted of two courses in Music and Entertainment Business, focused on some later stops on this trail: the current technological landscape of the music business and entertainment law.

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