Berklee College of Music is home to nineteen summer programs, where students get their first taste of the Berklee experience. Read some of our stories and profiles that will give you an idea of what it’s like to study on campus at Berklee in the summer!
As we are walking the small cobblestone streets of the El Carmen neighborhood, it is already nighttime in Valencia. We are on our way to see our friends in the Master’s program, who are going to play some music at one of the best local jazz venues in town. We are speaking English and kind of being “loud tourists” around the relatively quite neighborhood. As we walk in to the venue, we hear a familiar tune, Summertime, with the groove mixed with Indian melodies. The next song is a flamenco song, with more microtonal and Indian melodies over and around it. We hear a jazz song with Mediterranean grooves on the rhythm section. Continue reading →
Life in Valencia is quite different from Boston in many different ways. For me, the biggest difference is transportation around the town. At Valencia, majority of people bike around the town everyday. The student residence is a little far from the campus, but you can get to the school in almost 20 minutes by biking. There are a lot of cars, but there are specific bike lanes almost everywhere and in our experience the lanes were respected at all times. I Continue reading →
Last Tuesday, 8/6/13, the Berklee City Music Scholarship Concert was held at the Berklee Performance Center. The concert was a huge success as 106 talented youth from across the Network took the stage to sing and perform at the final event of the Berklee College of Music’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program. With performances ranging from rock, pop, and jazz to hip-hop and R&B, students had the audience mesmerized. Along with exceptional instrumentation, vocals, and choreography, students exuded the confidence of professional artists.
Actress Kiki Haynes hosted the event and said, “Connecting with an audience through your voice and performance is something that I’ve always believed is key to success. These students have shown me just that, and I’m thankful to have the opportunity to work with Berklee City Music this year.”
That evening, 17 students were awarded full-tuition scholarships for study at Berklee College of Music, beginning fall 2013. Scholarships were awarded by Roger H. Brown, President of Berklee College of Music; J. Curtis Warner, Jr., Executive Director of Berklee City Music and Associate Vice President for Education Outreach; and Dr. Krystal Banfield, Dean of Berklee City Music.
Scholarship award winners represented nine of our Network sites:
Berklee College of Music may be located in the heart of Boston, but its summer programs attract musicians from all over the world. The Five-Week Performance Program is particularly appealing to international students, who comprised 33% of last year’s participants and traveled from 53 different countries. The student diversity is an extremely compelling aspect of Berklee’s programs for those who attend.
“You get to meet so many people from all around the world, and I made some of the best friends I’ve ever had, ”said Daniela Zamora of Mexico City, who went to Five-Week for voice. “The fact that everyone there has such passion for music is amazing.”
Zamora was convinced to attend after hearing other students’ stories. “I already knew that Berklee was the most prestigious music college, but I finally decided to go after two friends from school who had been there the year before told me that it was the best summer of their lives,” she said. “They were right. I loved everything about Berklee.”
While students find their time at Berklee to be a rewarding and enriching experience, it does pose some challenges.