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.