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Meet IDEAS Boston 2011’s Featured Student Musicians

October 11, 2011

IDEAS Boston has a history of featuring student musicians in between speaker sessions. The Oct. 20, 2011 conference continues that tradition with Berklee College of Music’s Cameron Galpin, New England Conservatory of Music’s Andrew Halchak, and UMass Boston alumnus Christopher Bilodeau.

Cameron Galpin

Berklee College of Music



It should not be surprising that Colorado-born Cameron—the son of English Beatles fans—fell in love with the art of the song. The guitarist’s musical style reflects the influence of John Mayer, D’Angelo, and The Band. He has studied and played with instrumentalists such as Jamie Haddad, Julian Lage, and David Grisman, saturating his music with a mix of jazz, bluegrass, funk, and soul. Currently, he lives and performs in the Boston area as he finishes his undergraduate degree at Berklee.



Andrew Halchak

New England Conservatory of Music

Saxophonist and Composer


Andrew spent his youth in Tucson, Arizona, where he was exposed to a variety of southwestern musical styles, including bluegrass, country/western, and afro-beat. In 2010, the multi-instrumentalist received a bachelor of music degree in jazz performance—with a focus on South Indian carnatic music—from the Berklee College of Music. Currently studying at the New England Conservatory of Music for a master’s degree in jazz studies, he has been a featured artist at jazz festivals around the world.




Christopher Bilodeau

Choral Singer

Jazz and Rock Musician


As a youngster, Chris was a member of the Boston Boys Choir and studied at the prestigious Boston Archdiocesan Choir School, going on to direct several choruses within the archdiocese. He later performed with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Pops. A UMass Boston alumnus, Chris has also written, arranged, and performed music for his own jazz trio and quartet, and he has made many recordings with the Russell Fortunato Quartet, an impromptu orchestra, and his acclaimed progressive rock trio Trip Hazard.

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