Childs Joins Berklee As Inaugural Ken Pullig Visiting Scholar In Jazz Studies

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Composer and pianist Billy Childs is joining Berklee College of Music’s Harmony and Jazz Composition Department as the inaugural Ken Pullig Visiting Scholar in Jazz Studies beginning this month (September 2019) through April 2020.

Childs is the first musician to be invited to hold the position established in honor of the former chair of Berklee’s Jazz Composition Department, Ken Pullig, who retired in 2012 after leading the department for more than 30 years.

As a visiting scholar, Childs will be in residence for one week each month throughout the academic year, and will be working with advanced Jazz Composition students, offering his perspective on their work. In addition, he’ll be coaching a student ensemble, working with faculty, and offering master classes open to the entire Berklee community.

Assistant chair Tom Hojnacki says, “We’re thrilled to have Billy Childs join our community this fall. He is a master musician whose work transcends stylistic boundaries. Our students will surely benefit from his perspective as one of the foremost composer/arranger/pianists currently in the field. Having Billy on campus regularly for the entire academic year will bring an electric energy to an already dynamic program!” 

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