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Where are they now. . . find out how Berklee grads make their way in the music world.

Pursuing a Passion in Music: Jerilyn Sawyer

By Shantell Ogden B.M. ’05

Jerilyn Sawyer

Jerilyn Sawyer

For Jerilyn Sawyer, the path to a job in the music industry working first for CTK Management, and now her own management company, Sawyer & Garner, has been paved with passion for music and excellence. She started singing at age 7, and after many years of performing, writing, and recording songs, she believed the next natural step would be attending Berklee.

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From Berklee Valencia to Broadway

Liz Turner - The New Victory Theater

                After Graduating with my M.M in Contemporary Performance & Production (Voice) from Berklee Valencia this past July, I set out on an ambitious adventure to the Big Apple in order to pursue my true passion: Theatre. While I knew quickly I’d be missing Valencia, I also knew that if one wants to embark on a theatrical career, there’s no place to do so other than right here in New York City!

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Discovering Autobiographical Digital Storytelling: My Educational Journey from Princeton Theological Seminary to Berklee Valencia

Jeffrey Cobbold

Photo source: Festival 10 Sentidos

Before entering the Berklee College of Music Valencia campus in Fall 2015 and studying in their Music Production, Technology and Innovation program, I was a seminary student at Princeton Theological Seminary. 

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Creciendo en la Cultura: Kierto

Kierto es un rapero ecuatoriano, productor y director radicado en Nueva York. Irrumpió en la escena del hip hop underground en el año 2010, en plena ciudad de Quito, mismo año donde fundó su sello discográfico “High Records” donde colabora con diversos artistas. En el 2012 viajó a E.E.U.U. con motivos de crecer con la música. Sus influencias son varias: Vico-C, Nach, Tiro de GraciaArianna PuelloControl Machete, Cartel De Santa, Orishas, Talib Kweli, Rakim, Cypress Hill, Immortal Technique, Onyx, Lost Boyz, Wu-Tang Clan, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent y Eminem.

Singing My Way to Montreux

Fabio Giacolone singing at the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition

Image credit: Damien Richard

by Fabio Giacalone ’16

My first day at the 2016 Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in Switzerland was quite an eventful one. It flew by pretty quickly and included a lot of travel logistics, but I was also able to rehearse with the house trio as well as meet and bond with my fellow vocal contestants. That afternoon, not far from the conference site, there were a few workshops led by famous artists, a highlight of which for me was meeting Patty Austin and singing with her. 

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