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BCC Welcomes New Music Faculty
Jan 7, 2011

Three new adjunct instructors will join the faculty of the music program at Berkshire Community College (BCC) when the spring semester begins on January 24, according to an announcement by Frances Feinerman, Dean of Academic Affairs.

 Jeff Link will teach an evening section of Introduction to Recording Techniques (MUS 132) and a day section of Musicianship I (MUS 156) as well as directing the BCC Jazz Ensemble (MUS 163). A former professor at Berklee College of Music, Link is also a professional bassist who has performed all over the world with various artists including Robben Ford, Ernie Watts, Sarah Brightman, Michael Crawford as well with his own groups.

Joining the applied music faculty will be Dan Broad and Dave Brown. Broad, who holds music degrees from BCC and UMass Amherst, will be teaching bass lessons and can instruct students in both upright and electric bass. Broad is a well-known local artist, playing with the Rev Tor Band and organizing bands and artists for special performances. In addition, Broad has toured extensively with a variety of artists, including Albert Cummings, and has been a longtime member of the faculty of the Rock On Young Musicians Workshop held each summer at BCC.

Brown, also a UMass Amherst music graduate, majored in jazz performance and has local teaching experience at the Berkshire Music School, the Rock On workshops, Wood Brothers Music, and StraptCats Music Store. Experienced in performance as well as jazz improvisation and theory, Brown performs and teaches a variety of styles, including rock, blues, jazz, funk, R&B, reggae and folk.

Other applied music teachers at BCC include Brian Rabuse (guitar), Amy Renak (piano), Kathleen McDonald and Arthur DeCandia (voice), and BCC also offers credit lessons on other instruments through the Berkshire Music School.

A popular new campus offering during the day is Introduction to Recording Techniques (MUS 132), taught for a second semester by Joe Rose. Students and community members may perform, for credit, with community ensembles such as the Eagles Band and the Red Knights Drum and Bugle Corps by registering for MUS 151, Instrumental Ensemble I, facilitated by BCC music professor and program advisor Ellen Shanahan, who also directs the BCC Choral Ensemble (MUS 120). Foundation courses in music theory and history are taught by Shanahan, Steve Murray, and M. Rahima Hohlstein.

For further information about these or other BCC music courses, contact Ellen Shanahan at or at 413-236-4703.

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