Category Archives: Alumni

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

Playing on the High Seas: Part 3

Making The Most of Your Cruise Ship Contract

by Elena Bonomo ’14

Read Part 1 & Part 2

Elena BonomoMany people shy away from working as a musician on cruise ships because their previous expectations and experiences as a musician on land are different than those of which are expected of them on a ship. The notion of being away from home for months at a time, the thought of playing music that has been provided for you by a company, and the fact that you will be playing consistently every day can be intimidating and even mundane to some people. But there are ways to take these experiences and turn them into something that will be beneficial and rewarding for your musical career in the long term.

What I enjoyed the most about working on cruise ships was the fact that I had the opportunity to play a variety of styles of music every day. From jazz standards, to ballroom dance music, to Broadway-style show tunes, to pop classics, there are opportunities to play a variety of styles in just one night! For all us musicians who are hoping to make a career out of performing, it is extremely important to be as versatile as possible in your playing. The more styles of music you can play, the more job opportunities there are that you can take advantage of. Continue reading

Two-Five-One: Eric Kalver


Name: Eric Kalver
Major(s): Contemporary Writing & Production and Drum Set Performance
Hometown: Cranston, RI
Current City: Los Angeles, CAEric Kalver

Why did you move to the city you’re living in now?

Two months before graduating, I was on spring break visiting Los Angeles with my dad. I had no set plans for what I would do after graduating but an old friend, while meeting up at In-N-Out Burger, convinced me that I should move to LA as soon as possible. As a pop arranger, drummer, and movie buff, I knew that he was right, plus, I was done dealing with snow. I visited LA one more time to make sure this was the right move and then drove 3000 miles with all my belongings from Rhode Island to Los Angeles. My best friend joined me and flew back once we arrived. We were so excited that our 5 day plan ended up turning into a 3.5 day plan. For those who are planning on driving, TAKE YOUR TIME! I had to rush because I had a job waiting, but I wish I had left earlier to explore more of the country.  Continue reading

5 Things I’ve Learned Pursuing a Creative Career

by Alexandre Cote ’14131112-600x399-creative_career_choices

On July 8th, 2014 I packed up the majority of my life, shoved it into a car, and began the cross-country trip to Los Angeles. I had no job lined up or opportunity awaiting me. My Dad and I spent a week driving through the US, stopping at Niagara Falls, Pikes Peak, the Grand Canyon, and a couple others along the way. If you’re moving somewhere, I highly recommend making it into a sightseeing adventure.

Five months later, I have a job; I’ve worked on some extremely cool projects, and met an amazing group of people who have been welcoming and supportive. Starting a new life and career is challenging anywhere, so here are some things I’ve learned that made it easier.

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Playing on the High Seas: Part 2

Life On-board a Cruise Ship

by Elena Bonomo ’14

Read Part 1 here

Many of us have been on cruise ships as passengers, but we’ve never experienced what it’s like to actually work and live on the ship. For those of you who are thinking about working as a musician on a cruise ship, here is what you need to know about life on-board:

When you first arrive, you will be shown to your cabin. You will most likely be sharing a room with someone who is also in the Entertainment department (unless you are band leader, which often means you will have your own cabin). Now be prepared—your room will be small. It will most likely have bunk beds, a desk, 2 closets and a bathroom. But don’t let this alarm you, for you won’t be spending much time in your room anyway. Continue reading

Como se preparar para a audição da Berklee

Vinicius Sa
Vinícius Cavalieri de Sá Coutinho, born in São Paulo on March 8, 1992, is
a Brazilian guitarist and composer who is majoring in Film Scoring.


Vinicius works as the Online International Ambassador for Portuguese

language since January, 2014.


Algumas das perguntas que sempre aparecem na página da Berklee e que sempre recebo são: “como é a audição da Berklee? O que cai na audição? Como se preparar?”. São realmente tópicos que são explicados no site da Berklee, porém de maneira bem abrangente, não explicando exatamente como são todas as etapas da audição. Continue reading