Debi Adams, Director of Alexander Technique

Q&A with Debi Adams

Debi Adams joined the Conservatory faculty in 2002 and guides hundreds of students each year in learning the Alexander Technique. She also directs the Conservatory’s Alexander Teacher Training Course, which allows graduate students to earn an Alexander teaching certificate while they complete their degrees, as well as the Alexander Technique Summer Intensive. Adams explains what the Alexander Technique is, why she was drawn to it, and what students can expect to learn in her teacher-training program.

Debi Adams Director of Alexander Technique
Marchánt Davis

Marchánt Davis on Pushing Boundaries and Telling Stories that Matter

To say that 2019 was a banner year for alumnus Marchánt Davis (B.F.A. '13, musical theater) is an understatement. He starred alongside Anna Kendrick in the satire The Day Shall Come—his first lead role in a feature film—which he landed just six months after graduating from the Graduate Acting Program at NYU Tisch. Whether on the big screen or the stage, you’ll find Davis in fiercely original, provocative projects of depth and social significance.

Marchánt Davis Class of 2013 B.F.A., Musical Theater
Headshot of Randall Zigler

Q&A with Randall Zigler

Randall Zigler joined the Conservatory in 2019 as a professor of double bass and contemporary classical music. His work spans orchestral and chamber music, contemporary music (including numerous world premieres), and education. Zigler shares his thoughts on maintaining a multifaceted career, the changing landscape of contemporary classical music, and the importance of access and exposure to classical music for all ages and communities.

Randall Zigler Associate Professor of Double Bass , Contemporary Classical Music

Q&A with Danny Pelzig

Faculty member Danny Pelzig knows that in the performing arts, versatility is key. He has made a career out of performing, directing, and choreographing at the highest level in theater, ballet, opera, and on the concert stage. Pelzig discusses his career, his journey back to Boston and the Conservatory, and his teaching philosophy.

Danny Pelzig Professor of Dance, Contemporary Dance
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Student Spotlight: Julia Kornick

Voice student Julia Kornick (B.M. '19, voice) began taking film and video-game scoring courses at Berklee College of Music, and—11 courses later—has set her sights on a career in video-game scoring.

Julia Kornick Class of 2019 B.M., Voice/Opera
Akashita Pravin's headshot

Student Spotlight: Akashita Pravin

Akashita Pravin (M.M. '20, music education) has been taking a variety of Berklee College of Music courses, participating in College ensembles, and working as a library assistant at the Stan Getz Library.

Akashita Pravin Class of 2020 M.M., Music Education
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Student Spotlight: Sharmarke Yusuf

Sharmarke Yusuf (B.F.A. '20, contemporary theater) has long had an interest in writing, and he began to take it seriously as an area of focus after taking a playwriting class at the Conservatory. He is currently pursuing a creative writing minor, which includes Berklee College of Music courses.

Sharmarke Yusuf Class of 2020 B.F.A., Contemporary Theater
Saul Bitran

Q&A with Saul Bitran

As Boston Conservatory at Berklee welcomes Saul Bitran to the strings faculty, the noted violinist and member of Cuarteto Latinoamericano talks about his passion for chamber music, his teaching philosophy, and his fondness for bossa nova.

Saul Bitran Associate Professor of Violin, Strings
A photo of Justin and his family at Disney World

Q&A with Alumnus Justin Gigliello

Boston Conservatory alumnus Justin Gigliello's (B.M. '11, voice) impromptu performance of “Ave Maria” at a Disney World resort quickly became an internet sensation, gaining the attention of national news outlets from Good Morning America to People magazine, and worldwide exposure on social media, with nearly 20 million views (and counting) on Facebook alone.

Justin Gigliello Class of 2011 B.M., Voice/Opera
students dance on stage

Q&A with Senior Choreographer Laila Franklin

Laila Franklin (B.F.A. '19) is a senior in Boston Conservatory’s contemporary dance program whose original work, Leaving So Soon?, was recently featured in the Senior Choreographers’ Concert: Square One. Franklin discusses the inspiration behind her piece and how her Boston Conservatory experience has prepared her for a future as a dancer, choreographer, and scholar.

Laila Franklin Class of 2019 B.F.A., Contemporary Dance
Taylor Stilson

Q&A with Taylor Stilson

Taylor Stilson received an M.M. in vocal pedagogy with collaborative piano studies and a B.M. in vocal performance from Boston Conservatory, and joined the school's faculty in 2018. He maintains a unique career as vocal pedagogue, singer, and yogic practitioner, and presents his research on muscle tension dysphonia at universities all over the East Coast.

Taylor Stilson Class of 2012 M.M., Vocal Pedagogy
Kevin Wilson

Q&A with Kevin Wilson

Head of Vocal Pedagogy Kevin Wilson has been selected as one of four master teachers for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program for 2019—a coveted post in a program that brings together the best vocal teachers in the country with early-career teachers. Wilson reflects on how he discovered a passion for vocal pedagogy and shares his advice for aspiring pedagogues.

Kevin Wilson Head of Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Pedagogy
Sara Gallo

Musical Theater Alumna Sara Gallo Writes from Tuacahn Amphitheatre

Alumna Sara Gallo (B.F.A. '16, musical theater), who is spending the summer at Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Ivins, Utah, shares how the Conservatory has prepared her for the challenge of performing in three productions—Cinderella, Matilda, and The Prince of Egypt—simultaneously.

Sara Gallo Class of 2016 B.F.A., Musical Theater
John Cardoza

Alumnus John Cardoza on Being Cast in the New Musical 'Jagged Little Pill'

Alumnus John Cardoza (B.F.A. '16, musical theater) writes about his experience as a cast member of Jagged Little Pill, the new musical inspired by Alanis Morissette’s groundbreaking album of the same name, and what it’s like to participate in the development of a new work.

John Cardoza Class of 2016 B.F.A., Musical Theater
TIm Bennett

Alumni Spotlight: Tim Bennett

Tim Bennett’s (B.F.A. '85, musical theater) decades-long career has seen him grow from a young actor, dancer, and singer in New York City into a jet-setting artistic director for Cirque du Soleil. Bennett reflects on his professional journey, and the Conservatory’s impact on his artistic life, which still informs his work today.

Tim Bennett Class of 1985 B.F.A., Musical Theater
Rachelle Miller

Q&A with Rachelle Miller

Trumpet student Rachelle Miller (B.M. '19) talks about her love of improvisation—a part of her musical identity that she regards as the “alter ego” to her role as a classical musician.

Rachelle Miller Class of 2019 B.M., Brass
Lilly Valore

Q&A with Lilly Valore

Lilly Valore (B.F.A. '19, contemporary dance), who was recently asked to speak at the Dance/USA Annual Conference about equality and representation of LGBTQ dancers in the industry, reflects on this experience.


Lilly Valore Class of 2019 B.F.A., Contemporary Dance
Alumni Mike Mosallam

Q&A with Mike Mosallam

Mike Mosallam returns to Boston Conservatory at Berklee later this fall to direct the mainstage play Sons of the Prophet. Mosallam, who graduated from the Conservatory in 2006, shares his post-graduation story and what brings him back to his alma mater to direct. 

Mike Mosallam Class of 2006 B.F.A., Musical Theater
Alumna Lilian Balch

Q&A with Lilian Balch

Dance alumna Lilian Balch (B.F.A. '15, contemporary dance) has been a member of the Shen Wei Dance Arts company in New York City since graduating in 2015. Read about her journey as a professional dancer.

Lilian Balch Class of 2015 B.F.A., Contemporary Dance
Nathaniel Taylor

Nathaniel Pasague Taylor Writes from Tanglewood Music Center

Cello student Nathaniel Pasague Taylor (B.M. '15, G.P.D.' 17, P.S.C. '18, cello) writes from Tanglewood Music Center, where, as a 2017 Tanglewood Music Center fellow, he spent the entire summer as a full participant the Tanglewood season performing alongside BSO members and guest soloists.

Nathaniel Pasague Taylor Class of 2018 P.S.C., Strings

Rosario Guillen Writes from Pharr, Texas

Dance student Rosario Guillen (B.F.A. '20) writes from the Parks and Recreation Summer Program of his hometown of Pharr, Texas, where he has spent the summer as artistic director and head choreographer for the ballet and dance program.

Rosario Guillen Class of 2020 B.F.A., Contemporary Dance
Travis Newman

Summer Spotlight: Percussion Alumnus Travis Newman Writes from the Zeltsman Marimba Festival

Percussion alumnus Travis Newman (M.M. '17) writes from the Zeltsman Marimba Festival, where he has spent part of summer 2017 performing and soaking up all things marimba. Founded by Nancy Zeltsman, chair of percussion/marimba, the festival features world-renowned artists, guest performers and speakers, and participants from around the U.S. and the globe, including several Conservatory students and alumni.

Travis Newman Class of 2017 M.M., Percussion/Marimba Photo credit: Ryan Watanabe

Summer Spotlight: Opera Alumnus Simon Dyer Writes from The Santa Fe Opera

Opera alumnus Simon Dyer (M.M. '15, G.P.D. '17) is spending summer 2017 as an apprentice singer with The Santa Fe Opera, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Widely considered the country’s top summer opera festival, Dyer describes working directly with some of biggest names in the industry and making meaningful professional and personal connections during the 13-week program.

Simon Dyer Class of 2017 G.P.D., Voice/Opera
Megan Callahan

Q&A with Megan Callahan

Boston Conservatory opera student Megan Callahan (M.M. '18) will be participating in the renowned St. Louis Opera Young Artist Program in summer 2017. Callahan tells us about how she prepared for this opportunity and what she is most looking forward to about the experience.

Megan Callahan Class of 2018 M.M., Voice/Opera

Q&A with Keren Satkin

Boston Conservatory student and flutist Keren Satkin (B.M. '18, flute) recently took first prize at The James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition and has been awarded the opportunity to perform a full recital at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall for the Fenwick Smith Tribute Concert in September 2017. Satkin shares her experience from the competition and what it was like to win.

Keren Satkin Class of 2018 B.M., Woodwinds
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Q&A with Rudy Giron

Boston Conservatory voice student Rudy Giron (M.M. '17, opera) was recently named winner of the Puerto Rico District in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a prestigious vocal competition held annually across the United States and Canada. Giron reflects on his experience and what it was like to win his district.

Rudy Giron Class of 2017 M.M., Voice/Opera
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Q&A with Quinn Bernegger

Voice student Quinn Bernegger (M.M. '18) was awarded first place in the American Prize in Opera and Art Song. He also landed a mainstage role with Des Moines Metro Opera for summer 2017. Bernegger talks about his experience as a competition winner and his upcoming opportunities.

Quinn Bernegger Class of 2018 M.M., Voice/Opera
Headshot Hannah Bentivegna

Q&A with Hannah Bentivegna

Current Conservatory voice student Hannah Bentivegna (B.M. '20, voice) talks about how the Conservatory's Vocal/Choral Intesive (VCI) influenced her not only as a musician, but as a person. 

Hannah Bentivegna Class of 2020 B.M., Voice/Opera
Samuel Sicilia

Q&A with Samuel Sicilia

Samuel Sicilia (B.F.A. '19), now a student in the Conservatory's contemporary dance program, describes how the Conservatory's Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) helped develop his technique and his artistry.

Samuel Sicilia Class of 2019 B.F.A., Contemporary Dance

Q&A with Lance Strickland

Musical theater alumnus Lance Strickland (B.F.A. '18) explains how the Musical Theater Dance Intensive (MTDI) gave him a taste of daily life as a Conservatory student. 

Lance Strickland Class of 2018 B.F.A., Musical Theater
Shelbie Rasler

Q&A with Shelbie Rassler

Current Conservatory student Shelbie Rassler (B.M. '20, composition) explains how the High School Composition Intensive (HSCI) helped her develop her compositional voice.

Shelbie Rassler Class of 2020 B.M., Composition
Alan Mackwell with banjo

Q&A with Alan Mackwell

Conservatory student Alan Mackwell (B.M. '20, composition) explains how the High School Composition Intensive (HSCI) faculty taught him how to write, not what to write.

Alan Maxwell Class of 2020 B.M., Composition

Why would we move?

Magna cumme laude graduate Yo-El Cassell (B.F.A '97, dance) is a recipient of the Lotte Kaliski Award for Gifted Artists and currently the head of movement/assistant professor of movement and co-chair of dance minors at Boston University's School of Theatre and on the faculty of Harvard University's Dance Department. He was the resident choreographer of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and the movement curator for Boston Landmarks Orchestra. His teaching experience includes positions at Boston Ballet, Skidmore College, Emerson College, The New England Conservatory, and The New York School for Film and Television.

Yo-El Cassell Contemporary Dance
Lucas Ranieri photo

Q&A with Lucas Ranieri

Current composition student Lucas Ranieri (B.M. '18) learns by doing. Thanks to the program's plentiful opportunities to hear student compositions performed live, this year, Ranieri has done a lot.

Lucas Ranieri Class of 2018 B.M., Composition
Eden Raiz Q&A

Q&A with Eden Raiz

After graduating from Berklee College of Music, composition student Eden Raiz (M.M. '16) spent a year traveling and touring before continuing her studies at the Conservatory. 

Eden Raiz Class of 2016 M.M., Composition
Simon Dyer photo

Q&A with Simon Dyer

Opera student Simon Dyer (G.P.D. ’17) talks about the program's supportive faculty, his affection for the nearby Museum of Fine Arts, and his role as an emerging artist with Boston Lyric Opera.

Simon Dyer Class of 2017 G.P.D., Voice/Opera

Global Learning Charter Jazz Initiative

Ian Gollub (M.M. '12, music education) won the 2015 Alumni Entrepreneurial Grant and used the funding to create and launch the Global Learning Charter Jazz Initiative. Read his post to learn about his journey building the program.  

Ian Gollub Music Education
Sarah Shetchman

No Back-Up Plans

Sarah Shechtman graduated from Boston Conservatory in 2013 with an M.M. in vocal pedagogy, her third degree from the Conservatory. She also graduated with both a B.M. and an M.M. in vocal performance. Sarah is an active performer in the Boston area and also serves as assistant director of admissions and theater and voice representative.

Sarah Shechtman Vocal Pedagogy

Q&A with Kevin Connor

Kevin Connor (B.F.A. '15, musical theater) lives and works in New York City. He is one of the newest members of the executive council of the Alumni Association. 

Kevin Connor Musical Theater

Staying Connected to Boston Conservatory

Francesca Axam-Hocker (B.F.A. '14, contemporary dance) currently works at Manhattan School of Music as the manager of house staff and is working toward earning her M.B.A.

Francesca Axam-Hocker Contemporary Dance

Three Things I Know Now

Matt Rodin (B.F.A. '14, musical theater) moved to New York City after graduation to pursue his dream of working as a professional actor. Read his blog post about three things he has learned and now applies to reaching his goals. Follow Matt on Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter @MrMattRodin.

Matt Rodin Musical Theater

From Armenia to Colombia: The Journey of a Traveling Cellist

Juan Sebastian Delgado (B.M. '11, cello) is passionate about using music as a vehicle to serve disadvantaged youth in remote countries. Juan has been combining his interests in music and social change through traveling, teaching, and performing and took some time to share a recap of his recent travels and outreach experiences.

Juan Sebastian Delgado Strings

Traveling with Music

Maria Price (M.M. '14, music education) shares her story of finding her way from music education to program management.

Maria Price Music Education
Abigail Dock

Q&A with Abigail Dock

P.S.C. student Abigail Dock (M.M. '15, P.S.C. '17, opera) answers questions about what inspires her and her favorite Boston hang outs.

Abigail Dock Class of 2017 M.M., P.S.C., Voice/Opera
Headshot Natalie Logan

Spotlight: Natalie Logan

Current P.S.C. student Natalie Logan (M.M. '16, P.S.C. '17, Voice) shares her Conservatory experience as a performer and work-study student in development.

Natalie Logan Class of 2017 M.M., P.S.C., Voice/Opera
Jonathan Pohl Headshot

Q&A with Jonathan Pohl

Musical Theater alumnus Jonathan Pohl (B.F.A. '16) discusses his experience with Boston Conservatory's 2015 production of The Threepenny Opera.

Jonathan Pohl Class of 2016 B.F.A., Musical Theater

Alumni Spotlight: Danny Hutchins

Musical theater alumnus Danny Hutchins (B.F.A. '16) coordinates a production and donates to the Make-A-Wish Foundation during his time at the Conservatory.

Danny Hutchins Class of 2016 B.F.A., Musical Theater
Shreya Navile

Q&A with Shreya Navile

Shreya Navile (B.F.A. '19, contemporary theater) discusses her learning experiences and why she loves the Conservatory.

Shreya Navile Contemporary Theater
Audrey Owen in class

Q&A with Audrey Owen

Audrey Owen (B.F.A. '19, contemporary theater), discusses her learning experiences and why she chose the Conservatory.

Audrey Owen Contemporary Theater

Austin Regan on Spring Awakening

In spring 2016, Austin Regan (B.F.A. '07, musical theater) returned to the Conservatory to direct Spring Awakening

Austin Regan Musical Theater
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Q&A with David R. Gammons

Theater faculty member, David R. Gammons, answers questions about teaching, theater culture, and food.

David R. Gammons Faculty, Musical Theater
Vollick and Misty Copeland

Faculty Spotlight: Dean Vollick

Dance faculty member Dean Vollick dances with Misty Copeland in The Nutcracker (2014).

Dean Vollick Faculty, Contemporary Dance
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Q&A with Alli Ross

Contemporary Theater faculty member Alli Ross teaches Ensemble Performance Lab and Theater Community Engagement in the Conservatory's B.F.A. in contemporary theater program.

Alli Ross Faculty, Contemporary Theater
Christopher James Webb

Q&A with Christopher James Webb

Contemporary Theater faculty member Christopher James Webb teaches Viewpoints and Sophomore Movement Studio in the conservatory's B.F.A. in Contemporary Theater program.

Christopher James Webb Faculty, Contemporary Theater
Joseph Gualtiere

Alumni Spotlight: Joseph Gualtiere

Music alumnus Joseph Gualtiere (B.M. '12, voice) is combining fashion and art in a special way, all while keeping an active performance calendar.

Joseph Gualtiere Class of 2012 B.M., Voice/Opera
Marissa Rae Roberts Performs

Alumni Spotlight: Marissa Rae Roberts

Musical theater alumna Marissa Rae Roberts (M.F.A. '12) founds ToUch Performance Art, a theater group dedicated to reimagining how audiences approach the performing arts.

Marissa Rae Roberts Class of 2012 M.F.A., Musical Theater
Zachary Jones

Alumni Spotlight: Zachary Jones

Musical theater alumnus Zachary Jones (B.F.A. '16) shares how Boston Conservatory inspired him to bring the arts to unlikely audiences.

Zachary Jones Class of 2016 B.F.A., Musical Theater
Christina Bouey and Ulysses Quartet

Alumni Spotlight: Christina Bouey

Music alumna Christina Bouey (B.M. '08, violin) wins a prestigious award with her New York-based ensemble, the Ulysses Quartet.

Christina Bouey B.M., Strings
Headshot Matthew Smith

Alumni Spotlight: Matthew Smith

Music alumnus Matthew Smith (M.M. '15, cello) shares his Boston Conservatory experience from a global perspective.

Matthew Smith M.M., Strings

Combining the Life of a Dancer and a Circus Artist

Angela Buccinni moved to New York City after graduating with a B.F.A. in dance in 2006. Since living in New York, she describes her career as having “merged from dance to circus arts.” Angela has worked at Radio City and in many off-Broadway shows and tours. A few years ago, she founded The Muse Brooklyn and serves as the director. The Muse recently rebuilt and relocated, becoming New York City’s largest circus facility and training center.

Angela Buccinni Contemporary Dance
Debbie Allen and student Kylie Jefferson at Commencement

Welcome to Bravo! The Alumni Blog

This blog is a place to feature and celebrate our talented alumni. We’ll spotlight music, dance, and theater alumni and share their stories about working in the performing arts and in other fields. Posts will include profiles about alumni projects, interviews with our alumni, and contributions from our alumni.  

Welcome to Bravo: Boston Conservatory at Berklee's Alumni Blog
Josh Grisetti It Shoulda Been You

Q&A with Josh Grisetti

Musical Theater alumnus Josh Grisetti (B.F.A. '04) discusses how he landed a starring role in a new musical, and what his experience has been like performing overseas.

Josh Grisetti B.F.A., Musical Theater
MiMi Scardula Performs

Alumni Spotlight: MiMi Scardulla

Musical theater alumna MiMi Scardulla (B.F.A. '16) shares her journey with Boston Conservatory, from audition day to the performance stage.

MiMi Scardulla Class of 2016 B.F.A., Musical Theater
Arnie Rodriguez Performs

Q&A with Arnie Rodriguez

Musical Theater alumnus Arnie Rodriguez (B.F.A. '16) answers questions about his Conservatory experience and his favorite Boston activities.

Arnie Rodriguez Class of 2016 B.F.A., Musical Theater
Elijah Dillehay

Q&A with Elijah Dillehay

Dance alumnus and the 2015 Miss Boston Pride Pageant Winner Elijah Dillehay (B.F.A. '16) answers questions about dance, drag, the Conservatory, and his one wish.

Elijah Dillehay Class of 2016 B.F.A., Contemporary Dance

Q&A with Ebony Williams

Dance alumna Ebony Williams (B.F.A. '05) shares stories about her professional experiences since graduating from the Conservatory.

Ebony Williams B.F.A., Contemporary Dance
Headshot Alison Cook Beatty

Alumni Spotlight: Alison Cook Beatty

Contemporary dance alumna Alison Cook Beatty (B.F.A. '01) wins the 2015 Boston Conservatory Alumni Choreographic Commission and founds her own dance company.

Alison Cook Beatty B.F.A., Contemporary Dance
Taylor Rodman Headshot

Q&A with Taylor Rodman

Dance alumna Taylor Rodman (B.F.A. '16) shares her favorite things about studying at Boston Conservatory.

Taylor Rodman Class of 2016 B.F.A., Contemporary Dance
Holly Wilder

Alumni Spotlight: Holly Wilder

Contemporary dance alumna Holly Wilder (B.F.A. '15) shares her Conservatory experience.

Holly Wilder B.F.A., Contemporary Dance
Demetrius Burns

Alumni Spotlight: Demetrius Burns

Contemporary dance alumnus Demetrius Burns (B.F.A. '16) shares how the Conservatory inspired and shaped him as an artist.

Demetrius Burns Class of 2016 B.F.A., Contemporary Dance