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Brad Hatfield

Class of 2010,
Brad Hatfield
"As an adult learner, I could go evening and weekends. I went to a meeting there and loved that it was a diverse crowd—people from all over the world. I didn’t feel out of place because I was just as different as anybody else. I had my own story. So I decided to enroll."

Accomplished and well-known through the entertainment business as a renowned musician, composer, and producer, Emmy Award Winner Brad Hatfield decided he still had goals to reach. At the age of 52, Brad enrolled in Cambridge College’s Master of Management program with hopes of teaching full-time upon completion of his degree. In 2010, he did just that. He explains, “Within 30 days of getting ‘the piece of paper,’ I had a job.” After graduation, Brad began teaching classes full-time at Northeastern University, while still performing and composing for television shows and movies alike.

Cambridge College allowed Brad the opportunity to take a successful career in music composition and transition it into the classroom. Having already had the passion and talent for music, Brad’s experience with the College gave him the necessary management skills to further share his talents with others. With his Master’s in Management, Brad explains, “I came out of Cambridge College with a lot of information about negotiation, about people skills and management. Even running a classroom—that’s management.”

Brad Hatfield, Cambridge College AlumnusUpon graduation, in addition to continuing to perform and compose, Brad taught classes in Music Supervision, Songwriting, Negotiation, and Music Industry at Northeastern University. He currently teaches at Berklee College of Music and Berklee Online where he has received national UPCEA awards for both his teaching and online course development.

Brad’s compositions have been heard internationally through repeated placements in film (Borat, Iron Man 2, Analyze This), and TV shows/promos (This is Us, Friends, CSI, NCIS, Saturday Night Live, American Horror Story, The Sopranos, GLEE, The Good Wife), just to name a few. Brad served as co-composer for the FX series Rescue Me and is currently composing for the CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless, where he has received Emmy nominations annually 2015 through 2019.

Brad has performed and recorded with the Grammy nominated Boston Pops since 1990 under John Williams and Keith Lockhart accompanying artists including James Taylor, Bono, Martina McBride, Patti Austin, Guster, Audra McDonald, and Kenny Loggins. The Boston Pops has commissioned Brad to orchestrate for a variety of artists including Demi Lovato, Darlene Love, Kristin Chenoweth and Susan Tedeschi.

Brad Hatfield
Composer, Producer, Professor at Berklee College of Music and Berklee Online