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

Inspiration Abounds on the 2017 Nashville Trip

By Abby Anastasio

Nashville skylineWhen the students going on the 2017 Berklee Nashville Trip boarded the bus in Boston, none of us anticipated that our 25-hour journey would include a breakdown and subsequent pit stop at a secluded Waffle House franchise in the small town of Lexington, VA. Even more surprised than all of us were the employees at that location, who were given no warning that 120 hungry, tired college students were about to touch down and make their day interesting. Within minutes, the tiny restaurant filled with deafening chatter, one student had queued up “All Star” by Smash Mouth on the jukebox, and the hashbrowns were flying from the first order until the bus was finally fixed. As funny as it is to look back on all of us invading that Waffle House, the week in Nashville that followed was far less stressfully spontaneous. Having gone on the trip the year prior, I had a vague idea of what I was getting into, but this trip proved to be a very fresh experience in many ways.

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Digging for Fire: Three Things I Learned from Speaking to Christian Jacobs

By Tim Hare B.M. ’11

Christian Jacobs is one of the masterminds behind AquaBats! and the massive hit kids’ show Yo Gabba Gabba! His music brings a lot of joy to people all over the world and yet he is constantly asking himself to keep trying to be better. I recently had the chance to sit down with Christian and talk about everything from his background to his process.

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‘Get Out’ and Face Your Fears: Lessons from Film Composer Michael Abels

By Tim Hare B.M. ’11

Michael Abels is a world-renowned composer whose multicultural musical pieces such as Global Warming have made him a force to be reckoned with in the musical realm. Because of his haunting pieces, first-time director Jordan Peele asked him to score one of the finest horror films ever made, the recent box office hit Get Out. I had the chance to interview Michael and what follows are some excerpts from that conversation.

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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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