2013 Berklee Workshop at Baron School of Music


Date: 19 Jan (Sat)

Venue: Baron School of Music
             Arts Centre Campus: Room 1101, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road,              WanChai, Hong Kong

Workshop Contents:                                                                     Conducted in English 英語主講

- Writing and Technology (3 - 4:30pm)

- How to Prepare for an Audition and
  Interview / Information Session (4:30 - 6:00pm)

- Ensemble and Rehearsal Techniques or Jam Session (6:00 - 7:30pm)

Speaker Profile:

Matthew Nicholl was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and started his music study at an early age. His first instrument was drumset, which he studied with Charlie Wilcoxen, Bob Matson (of the Cleveland Symphony), and Bob McKee. He later began playing piano and flute, studying privately and at the Cleveland Institute of Music. As a teenager, he studied piano for a number of years with the late Bill Gidney.

Nicholl attended the University of North Texas in Denton, receiving his B.M. in 1979 and his M.M. in 1981. He studied composition with Tom Clark and Larry Austin and arranging with Lew Gillis and Paris Rutherford. His piano teachers included Bob Rogers, Jim Milne and Dan Haerle. He played piano in the UNT One O'clock Lab Band and in 1980 recorded an album and toured Switzerland with the band. Between 1980 and 1984, the One O'clock band recorded five of Nicholl's arrangements. After his tenure with the band, Nicholl taught jazz arranging at UNT for two years.

In the late ‘70s, Nicholl began playing and writing in the recording studio. Working first with Stephen Arnold in Dallas, TX, he wrote and arranged music for radio and television, and played recording sessions as a keyboardist. Over the next several years, he freelanced in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, eventually becoming part of the “house” rhythm section for TM Productions, working with a number of writers, including Phil Kelly, Tom Merriman, and Paris Rutherford. In 1983, he became staff composer/arranger for Buffalo Sound Productions in Ft. Worth Texas, a position he held until he moved to Washington, D.C, in 1986. Nicholl wrote, arranged, performed on, and produced music for radio and television at the local, regional, and national level, including spots for Maybelline, Radio Shack, the Houston Astros, and many others.

In Washington, Nicholl joined Demos Chrissos at DCA Music as staff composer/arranger. While at DCA Music, Nicholl composed soundtracks for films by NASA, the US Postal Service, the Marriott Corporation, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and scored station national promotional and ID packages for PBS, as well as packages for numerous local television and radio stations. He provided music for the national advertising campaigns of Subway Sub Shops and United Way. He also composed scores to TV spots for the presidential campaigns of Bob Dole, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush, in addition to senate and congressional candidates.

Nicholl joined the faculty of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, in 1990.  He created a program in contemporary music technology, taught courses in jazz keyboard and music business, and directed a synthesizer ensemble.  In 1995, Nicholl was the recipient of the WCU College of Arts and Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence. His first book, Introduction to MIDI/Synthesis (CPP/Belwin, now out of print) was published in 1993.

While living in North Carolina, Nicholl's first CD, Windborne, was released by Moulin D'Or Records. A joint collaboration with trombonist and composer/arranger John Wasson, the album featured the Dallas Brass. Nicholl co-produced the record, played keyboards, and wrote half of the album’s 12 tracks. The Dallas Brass premiered several of Nicholl’s pieces, which he expanded for orchestra, with the Milwaukee Symphony. Around this same time, Nicholl met and began collaborating with bassist Eliot Wadopian. The two recordedFrom Here to There, featuring guitarist Andy Timmons, drummer Dan Wojciechowski, and saxophonist Tim Ries, in 1995. Nicholl and Wadopian performed extensively throughout the region in several bands, including The Otherguys and Con Clave. Also during this time he scored the documentaries The Star-Spangled Banner: Our Nation's Flag for the National Geographic Society, and See What I’m Saying.

Nicholl joined the faculty of Berklee College of Music in 1996, teaching courses in harmony, arranging, music production, and ensembles. In 1998, he was the co-recipient (with Michael Farquharson) of the award for the most valuable contribution to the Professional Writing Division curriculum. In 2002, Nicholl became Chair of the Contemporary Writing and Production Department. 

Nicholl has long had an interest in Brazilian music and in 2007 Rittor Music published his Bossa Nova Standard Songs, 102 Brazilian standards transcribed from the source recordings. In that same year, his text on score and part preparation, Music Notation, was published by Berklee Press.

Recently, Nicholl’s writing has focused on works for orchestra, woodwind quintet, and small instrumental ensembles. In collaboration with bassist Oscar Stagnaro, he has arranged and conducted live concerts for Rosa Passos, Eva Ayllón, and Isaac Delgado. Nicholl has also created orchestral arrangements for Brazilian keyboardist/singer Jetro da Silva. Da Silva performed these arrangements in a series of concerts with the Berklee String Orchestra, directed by Eugene Friesen. Nicholl writes frequently for the Berklee String Orchestra and the group has premiered a number of Nicholl’s works over the past several years.

Nicholl is an active performer and clinician and has performed and taught in Italy, France, Ireland, Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Malaysia, Japan, Spain, and all over North America. His most recent CD, Silent Picture, features music for string orchestra, rhythm section and saxophone soloist, and was also completed in collaboration with bassist and composer/arranger Michael Farquharson. The two are currently at work on a new CD featuring music for rhythm section and woodwind quintet.


Matthew Nicholl


Jason Camelio, Director of International Programs at Berklee College of Music, is a trombonist, composer, arranger and band leader. In addition to his current work at the Berklee College of Music, he leads his own group Bending Dogma, is the co-founder/leader of the Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band and the Berklee Bones. He also performs with Eguie Castrillo and his Orchestra and with the Berklee College of Music Faculty Jazz Composition Big Band and freelances in the greater Boston area as a trombonist. His original compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Big Bang Evolutionary Big Band (BBEBB), the Fenway Brass Art Orchestra (FBAO), Phil Wilson's Rainbow Band and Greg Hopkin's Concert Jazz Orchestra.

As a trombonist, Jason has an active schedule as a session player, performed at the Beantown Jazz Festival, Hue Festival (Vietnam), Panama Jazz Festival, Clearwater Jazz Festival, Caramoor Jazz Festival, Vineyard Vibes, San Jose Jazz Festival and more. He was the co-director for the Fenway Brass Art Orchestra, Assistant Director for Jazz Ensembles at Whitman-Hanson High School, performed with groups such as Kimo William's Kimotion, Jazz Composer's Alliance Orchestra, Ryles Jazz Orchestra, Kendrick Oliver Band, Big and Phat Jazz Orchestra, Boston Horns Big Band, Boston University Big Band, Picante Salsa, Impacto Latino, Puerto Rico Latin Sound and at Boston Symphony Hall. Recent recordings include Mike MacAllisters "Finder's Keepers", Christine Fawson's "Happy Talk"' featuring Phil Wilson, Berklee College of Music 60th Anniversary Faculty Composers Series CD, "The Panama Suite" by Danilo Perez, and a few soon-to-be-released recordings by Bob Pilkington (Concerto for Jazz Orchestra) and Stephen Webber's Stylus Symphony.

In addition to keeping busy with performing and writing, Jason also spends time doing music editing work using the most current versions of Sibelius and Finale. Be sure to check out "The Music of Hal Crook" and "Beyond Time and Changes" published by Advance Music.

Jason Camelio