Contemporary Writing and Production Alumni

Many Berklee alumni have gone on to successful careers. Below, learn about a small sample of them.

  • Class of 2014
    Composer; Arranger; Transcriptionist

    Composer, arranger, and transcriptionist Adam Burgess ‘14 came to Berklee from Newcastle, Australia, to study contemporary writing and production. Before attending Berklee, he studied at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music.

  • Class of 2013
    Songwriter; Composer; Producer

    A songwriter for television series, documentaries, and commercials, Alejandra Jimenez ’13 is a Colombian songwriter, composer, and producer who has established an impressive resume for a young musician. Jimenez has been studying music since she was six-years-old. She won her first award for songwriting at age 18 and went on to receive a bachelor of music degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia. Subsequently, she moved to Boston to attend Berklee on a full scholarship from the Spanish Society of Authors and Publishers.

  • Class of 2002

    Composer Kazuma Jinnouchi ’02 has always dreamed of doing work that could cross cultural boundaries. After growing up in Japan and then attending Berklee College of Music, he returned to Japan to work on two Metal Gear Solid games with Konami and Kojima Productions. When he moved back to the U.S. in 2011, he was hired by 343 Industries to work on Halo 4, and though just one of his tracks was in the first volume of Halo’s soundtrack, the second volume had nine of his songs. Now, for Halo 5: Guardians, he’s composing the game’s entire soundtrack.

  • Class of 1998
    Composer; Cellist

    Before arriving in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1993, cellist and composer Okkyung Lee said she knew little of the jazz and experimental music for which she is now known. Born in South Korea in 1975 and educated in classical piano and cello, Lee first heard of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and other jazz greats when she came to Berklee College of Music. She quickly bought CDs to listen to the music she was trying to understand.

Watch a mashup of Grammy-nominated songs arranged by CWP alumnus Juan Carreno:

Congratulations to CWP alumna Erin Bentlage, who was nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award in the Best Arrangement, Instruments, and Vocals category.

Watch the video for “Desert Song” with Bentlage, Sara Gazarek, Johnaye Kendrick, and Amanda Taylor, arrangers (Säje):