Message from the President: Opening Friday, Event Monday

President Roger H. Brown responds to the tragedy in Boston on Marathon Monday and reopens the college in his third message to the community. To read the first two, and a message from Director of Counseling Services Karen Grimes, visit Berklee.edu.

Dear Members of the Berklee Community,

First, let me say that the stories of student bravery and generosity in helping others through this crisis have been both astounding and heartwarming. One particularly compelling example is that of Callie Benjamin, a songwriting student who responded immediately to help victims of the blast. We’ve also heard many stories of students donating their time and energy at local hospitals and community gatherings. We look forward to hearing more about the contributions of our students, faculty, and staff. If you’d like to add yours, please respond in the comments below. We are a strong and talented community and Boston and the larger world need our skills right now. 

We will reopen the college at 8:00 a.m. Friday and conduct classes in all the buildings that we are able to open. Classes and college business housed in the 150 or 130 Massachusetts Avenue complex, 1140 Boylston, 22 the Fenway, 7 Haviland, St. Cecilia’s, 100 Mass Ave., 25 Fordham Road, and the Boston Architectural College will be conducted on Friday schedule. I am told that the Dalton St. Garage will be open for those of you who use this parking facility.

Please note that classes and college activity in the 921, 899 and 855 Boylston facilities will not be conducted Friday, because these are still inside the FBI investigative cordon. These buildings will not be open, for any reason, on Friday.

Be aware that some faculty teaching on Friday will not be able to access their offices since they are located inside the investigative cordon, so we ask them to be prepared for class Friday as best as possible. Everyone—students, faculty, and staff—must have their Berklee ID for building access.

We fully expect that the FBI will complete their work in the cordoned area this weekend, and that all of our buildings will be returned to our use on Monday morning, so please plan accordingly.

On Monday at 12:30 p.m., we will hold a community-wide event for students, faculty, and staff in the Berklee Performance Center to reflect on this shocking event. We will come together as friends and colleagues to support one another and honor both those who have lost their lives or been injured, and those who have given greatly of themselves. Entry to this event will be by Berklee ID only.

This is the time for us to show our concern and commitment to one another and not let a cowardly, senseless act deter us from our collective aspirations to build a better world.

Yours,

Roger H. Brown signature

Roger H. Brown
President, Berklee College of Music

5 thoughts on “Message from the President: Opening Friday, Event Monday

  1. JR

    First off, Our heart and prayers are with Berklee, The Staff, The Students and all of Boston. I am writing because I would like to know if Berklee, will still be hosting their Welcome Event this weekend. As someone who is out of state and wants to attend, I want to make sure it is still on. Also will there be a make up date for those who cannot make it into town due this tragedy or should we just join in online?

    Thank You.
    JR

  2. Magen Post author

    Thanks for your thoughts! Can you tell us a little more about the event you’re talking about? When/where/for whom? We’ll definitely try to track down an answer for you!

  3. JR

    It a welcome event for all incoming freshman. This is the email.

    Welcome Events

    Fall Semester Entering Students Only

    Berklee has optional welcome events on April 13 and 20, 2013, on campus in Boston. An April 13 event is also scheduled for Los Angeles, California. Those who are unable to attend in person will be able to view the event via streaming video. You will hear from the college leadership on what to expect out of your Berklee education, and you will have the opportunity to address any questions you may have in determining your attendance in September. Details regarding these events will be sent under separate cover. An RSVP will be required.

    Thanks!

    JR

  4. JR

    This was the email i received and would like to know if it is still on.

    Fall Semester Entering Students Only

    Berklee has optional welcome events on April 13 and 20, 2013, on campus in Boston. An April 13 event is also scheduled for Los Angeles, California. Those who are unable to attend in person will be able to view the event via streaming video. You will hear from the college leadership on what to expect out of your Berklee education, and you will have the opportunity to address any questions you may have in determining your attendance in September. Details regarding these events will be sent under separate cover. An RSVP will be required.

    Thanks!

    JR

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