The beginning of the school year comes with excellent news from Berklee College of Music in Boston. After eight years in the position of assistant and interim chair, Alison Plante has been appointed as Berklee’s first female chair of the Film Scoring Department. Her appointment follows that of George S. Clinton.
After studying at the University of Chicago and the University of Cambridge, Plante began her successful career as a composer. Plante’s stellar resume includes 10 years of teaching and 16 years composing for a variety of clients, including the History Channel and PBS. Plante has won many distinguishing awards in her field, including The Janet Gates Peckham International Award for Excellence in the Arts and the Olga & Paul Menn Foundation Prize for an original literary or musical work. In 1999, Plante founded Treble Cove Music, a ‘music for media’ service through which Plante conducts much of her business as a composer.
Berklee’s Film Scoring Department, founded in 1979, prepares students to enter the world of composition for visual media. Plante hopes to build onto the program’s successful legacy by teaching film composition with a more global sense, bolstering the curriculum for video game scoring, kicking off the GroundTruth Project to give students hands-on experience working with filmmakers on social and environmental justice projects, and building up the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra.
Under her leadership, Plante hopes to give Berklee’s Film Composition students greater access to collaborative projects both within Berklee and with the greater film music industry and to work towards greater gender equality in the film composition industry, a feat which she is already achieving. Learn more about Plante and Berklee’s Film Scoring Department from Nick Balkin’s article.