Kari Juusela, dean of Berklee's Professional Writing Division, announced the appointment of Segue Music co-founder Dan Carlin as chair of the college's Film Scoring Department. He replaces founding Film Scoring chair Don Wilkins, who instituted the department in 1979. "Having been a longtime fan and supporter ofBerklee's film-scoring program, I am particularly proud and honored to receive this appointment. I am especially fortunate and grateful that Chair Emeritus Don Wilkins and Interim Chair Eric Reasoner are remaining on the faculty to help me meet the related challenges. And I look forward to discussing these issues with them at Fenway Park during the World Series," he said.
Carlin is an Emmy Award-nominated music director (The Temptations), an Emmy Award-winning music editor (Under Siege), was the music supervisor and principal conductor for two Golden Globe-nominated film scores (The Black StallionandLast of the Mohicans) and was Production Music Supervisor forQuest for Camelot, which received a Golden Globe®for Best Song.He co-founded and, for 25 years, was CEO of Segue Music, the largest and most successful music post-production business in Hollywood history. During that time, Carlin collaborated with such highly regarded artists as Usher, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Whoopi Goldberg, Laurence Fishburne, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, Phil Ramone, David Foster, Nile Rodgers, Al Schmitt, Francis Coppola, Michael Mann, Taylor Hackford, Georges Delerue, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, and many others.
Between 2004 and 2007, Carlin served as Executive Director of the Henry Mancini Institute. In addition, he recently completed two terms as Chair of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (the GRAMMY®organization), and has served for over 20 years on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' Music Executive Committee.Carlin has been a juror for the Television Academy and the Irish Film & TV Awards; helped design, fund and develop the composer program at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute; created and co-sponsored Berklee's first internship program – for Film Scoring students to work at Segue; helped design the UCLA Film Scoring Program; and has consulted for both the ASCAP Composer's Workshop, and Screen Training Ireland in Dublin. A passionate advocate for music education, he is a frequent contributor to panels, seminars and lectures.
Says Carlin, "I alreadyhave enjoyed collaborative discussions with President Roger Brown, Larry Simpson, senior vice president for academic affairs, and Dean Kari Juusela regarding my desire to complement and expand upon Berklee's outstanding programs. These are very challenging times for young musicians entering the film and music business, and I hope that my industry experience, affiliations,and insights will help Berklee maintain its reputation for providing the best real-world preparation anywhere for emerging music professionals."
Carlin is an Air Force veteran and native of San Fernando Valley, CA.He earned his bachelor's degree from San Jose State University in California, and master's degree from the University of Connecticut, where he also passed his Ph.D. exams.He has taught courses on film scoring for both Belmont University and UCLA.
Berklee is the only college in the world that offers an undergraduate degree in film scoring. The number of students who pursue this major has grown significantly in the past few years, and the department now counts nearly 300 students as majors. The Film Scoring facilities include a dedicated set of classrooms and labs with state-of-the-art software and hardware, as well as a scoring studio complex with "live" scoring-to-picture capabilities and two fully integrated digital audio/video post-production suites.The department'scomprehensive program offers students the opportunity for individual, hands-on study in film music composition, orchestration, MIDI sequencing, conducting to picture, and digital music editing for film, television, and visual media.
Berklee College of Musicwas founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music. For over 60 years, the college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With over a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing over 70 countries, and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today — and tomorrow.