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Hitting Career (and Life) Goals: 3 Things I Learned from Composer Mike Patti

Flim composer Mike PattiMike Patti is a wonderful composer who has given back to the community tenfold with this hard work on creating Cinesamples cinematic sample library. Somehow with his free time he also runs Hollywood Scoring. I got the chance to chat with Mike over the summer and discuss how he got involved in samples, how to find a work/life balance, and how to stay patient.

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In Memoriam: Andy McGhee

Dear members of the Berklee community,

Teaching keeps me up to date and around good players. If you’re going to be a teacher and talk about something all day, you gotta be able to do it.

Andy McGheeThose are the words of former longtime Berklee faculty member Andy McGhee, who passed away on October 12 in Atlanta. With Andy’s passing, Berklee lost one of the seminal figures in its development. He would have been 90 years old on November 3.

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Maria Finkelmeier’s Guide to Successful Entrepreneurship

Maria Finkelmeier

Percussionist, educator, composer, and entrepreneur Maria Finkelmeier

Maria Finkelmeier, who the Boston Globe has described as  a “one-woman dynamo,” came to Berklee to drop knowledge about the many successes–and failures–of her lifetime that made her a great entrepreneur. From percussion to public art exhibitions, Finkelmeier has been creative in her engagement with art and its diverse audiences around the world.

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From Student to Intern to Living The Dream

Alicia Callier M.A. ’16, a Berklee Valencia global Entertainment & Music Business alumni, recently got a job at Harmonix as a product manager last year through her ICE Fellowship. Harmonix is one of the world’s leading independent gamedevelopment studios, best known for creating the blockbuster video game franchise Rock Band. This past year, Alicia attended her first PAX West festival, a gaming festival, with the Super Beat Sports product management team. Super Beat Sports is one of Harmonix’s games.

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Jessica Rivera Reminded Me Why I Study Music Business

By Chandler Dalton

Chandler DaltonI walked into Jessica Rivera’s live podcast interview with a full day of anxiety on my shoulders. Rivera, the Executive Vice President and Head of East Coast Operations at Universal Music group, was on campus to host a student song screening, and recorded a live podcast interview beforehand to talk about her work and past accomplishments. With a long to-do list that took all my energy to write, I sat in David Friend Recital Hall ready to zone out. Two hours later, I was a vibrant music student with enough energy to power the entire campus coursing through my veins. Seriously, you could’ve set me up with a life-sized hamster wheel and Berklee would’ve saved a pretty penny on their electricity bill.

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