Tag Archives: Alumni

我的申请经历

Bloggers_chen陈昊姝是第六学期的伯克利学生,来自中国上海。现就读于声乐系,表演和音乐商务与管理双专业。

今天是博主第一次在这儿跟大家分享关于自己的经历,其实很早以前就一直都想写一写,一直都有很多朋友在微博或者人人上问博主,你是怎么考上的呢?伯克利难考吗?我英文不好怎么办?我现在还来不来得及?

其实之前刚开始在学校工作的时候就是做的面试助理,每每有考生紧张地问起,等会儿会不会很难?我都会说你只要让他们了解你,展示出你最好的水平就可以了。很多时候你表演的曲子可能并不那么完美,但考官在你身上发现了闪光处。 Continue reading

Laying the Groundwork in LA for 2013 Summer

Post by Jason Camelio, director of international programs.

If you look hard enough, you might see an ever-so-slight difference in the traffic patterns on the LA freeways during the week of SXSW. For alum and program consultant Tom Griesgraber and I, it really did not make a difference as we crisscrossed the city for meetings and scouting locations in preparation for the new Berklee in Los Angeles summer programs to be held this August. You heard correctly “p-r-o-g-r-a-m-S”.  Two to be specific. In what has become standard practice, we have reached out to some key Berklee alumni to help us prepare for two programs with that will have a detailed focus on the craft of songwriting, performance and production.  Continue reading

Following Our Alumni to Hong Kong and Singapore

Post by Jason Camelio, director of international programs.

In recent years, our eyes and ears have been turning to eastern Asia for new sounds, approaches to the business of music and especially to the wealth of young talent that is exploding there.  Berklee has strong partner institutions already located in Korea, Japan and Malaysia.  Building on this success, we are expanding our recruitment, outreach and branding into locations in China, India and Singapore.  One of the most successful ways we have been able to connect with new regions and communities is through our alumni.  In January, chair of contemporary writing and production Matthew Nicholl, assistant director of admissions Pearly Lee and I had the chance to return to Hong Kong and Singapore to meet with our alumni, present clinics and information sessions and conduct auditions and interviews.  Continue reading

New Soul in Seoul Jazz Academy

By: Jason Camelio, director of international programs

As we close in on the last leg of the 2012-2013 recruitment season, I see that it is a good idea to take a moment to share news from around the Berklee world.  Here is the first in a series of updates about some great happenings in Berklee’s expansive network.

In late October we made our annual visit to our Berklee International Network (BIN) partner the Seoul Jazz Academy (SJA).  Visiting Seoul and SJA is one of the major highlights of the year because of the rich community of excellent musicians in Korea, the success of our alumni and because Seoul Jazz Academy — already a very hip place — has just gotten hipper.  In 2012 SJA came under new management and has undergone a significant renovation.

Berklee team with the new leadership of Seoul Jazz Academy.

With the number of talented, young Korean musicians interested in Berklee on the rise, we needed to take a larger team to SJA to present clinics, perform a concert with faculty members and students and to conduct the auditions and interviews.  The team was comprised of assistant director of admissions Pearly Lee, associate professor of ensembles Skip Smith, professor of ear training Rick DiMuzio, assistant chair of guitar Rick Peckham, vice president of enrollment Mark Campbell and myself.  Sessions were presented on a range of topics including practice techniques, small group improvisation, ensemble playing, composition and arranging, preparing for an audition and more.  The events were closed out with a faculty showcase and students from SJA joining us on stage for a jam.

For 15-years SJA has been a partner with Berklee and a member of the BIN.  In that time, the institution has done excellent work in training young musicians for careers in music and preparing them for transferring to Berklee.  The results can be seen in the fine alumni, many of whom have returned to Korea to work in the vibrant music industry there.  With new blood flowing in the veins at SJA we are excited for the future.

For more details about the happenings in Korea, I encourage you to read Mark Small’s feature in the Berklee Today alumni magazine.

Nate Morton ’94: A Week in the Life on The Voice

Drummer Nate Morton ’94 has been performing and touring with The Voice since its inception in April 2011. Morton also performs with Cher, and in the house band for the NBA talk show The Bonnie Hunt Show.  He’s performed with such artists as Gavin DeGraw, Carrie Underwood, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Mandy Moore, Michael Bolton, and Richard Marx. He is currently a Pearl-, Remo-, and Zildjian-sponsored drum clinician and holds many awards in the field of drumming. Morton penned this post about his weekly schedule for The Voice.

Nate Morton '94, center, with a group of aspiring Berklee students, who were invited to go backstage on The Voice

Hi friends. Thank you to everyone who drops me a line from time to time and says hello, or comments on The Voice. Occasionally someone asks, “So, besides The Voice, what else are you up to?” That’s when it dawns on me that the show is on TV two nights each week, but not everyone knows what happens each week to bring those shows to air. I thought I’d share a little “behind the scenes” insight.

This is a typical work week on the show:

Wednesday- The band comes in and spends a couple of hours learning the songs for the next show. That’s followed by a full day of shooting reality/rehearsals of those songs with the coaches and contestants. This is usually a 10-12 hour day.

Thursday – The band and contestants have their second rehearsal of their song for that week. . . this is also a day when the band might need to learn additional songs such as coach songs, or group numbers. Sometimes a contestant will change [his/her] song… in which case we have additional music to learn and have to reshoot rehearsal with [his/her] coach. This day should be short, but always manages to stretch into a 10-hour day.

Friday – Band goes to Ocean Studios and arranges and records full length versions of all that week’s songs for release on iTunes. This week, that meant 12 songs, complete with all instrumental overdubs and background vocals. This is almost always at least a 10-hour day… and longer for guys who have to do overdubs.

Saturday – On stage at Universal Studios sound stage, we rehearse all the songs for Monday’s show with the contestants for camera blocking and lighting. This is usually a 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. day.

Sunday – On stage at Universal Studios sound stage, we rehearsal all the songs for Tuesday’s show. That’s usually group numbers, or a coach’s song(s). This is usually a reasonable day… sometimes only eight hours

Monday – Full “performance show” dress rehearsal… then load the audience and go live at 5:00 p.m. … show taping ends at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday – Full “results show” dress rehearsal… then load the audience and go live at 5:00 p.m…. show taping ends at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday – Start the entire cycle all over again. . . This is our weekly schedule if everything goes absolutely perfectly, and we all know how often that happens. Inevitably, songs change, coaches have other time commitments that have to be worked around… and when that happens, everything can go upside down… It’s not uncommon that we might have a full show day on Monday, then after the show, learn and camera block two new songs. We’ve even had days where we’ve had a full show day, then had to go into the studio that night to record three songs. . . The band includes: musical director Paul Mirkovich, Sasha Krivtsov on bass, Eric Daniels on keys, Dave Barry on guitar, Rafael Moriera on guitar and BGVs, Kara Britz, Stevie Mackey, and Denise Janae (Berklee alumna).

The gig is a bit of a whirlwind leaving just enough time to sleep & eat. Having said that, I am so stoked to be busy and fortunate to have the opportunity.

Check out how Nate Morton gave back to the Berklee community.