Connecticut native Samantha Preis ’10 began playing the piano at a young age, but didn’t care much for practicing the music she was given. Instead, she preferred to write her own songs, a habit which led her to Berklee’s summer Songwriting Workshop, and from there to a songwriting scholarship.
Performer and inventor Jason Lim synthesizes new experiences in the Interdisciplinary Arts Institute. “Berklee has the worldwide reputation and facilities that I wanted to experience,” he says, and adds that he began saving money to come to Berklee early on during his first degree program. He originally intended to stay for only a semester or two, but found the experience so rewarding that he completed a second degree, this time in electronic production and design (EPD).
This alumnus's flying fingers make magic with the Chapman Stick. After attending a Berklee in LA session, Griesgraber set his heart on Berklee, but knew he had his work cut out for him to succeed there. He began taking courses at MiraCosta college, and soon distinguished himself, tutoring other students, recording, and helping with administrative duties. He then transferred to Berklee, and two years later graduated summa cum laude.
A young trumpeter returns to Berklee to talk about a range of topics, including teaching, playing, current events, and the sound of music in post-Katrina New Orleans. He headlined at the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, and took the time while he was in town to chat about his latest recording, the current state of the industry, and the ways the culture of his hometown New Orleans is evolving.
Berklee alumnus Ramin Djawadi is the man behind the music for Game of Thrones. When Djawadi ’98 was tapped to compose the score, an epic quality was the guiding principle. The German composer shared his thoughts on what it takes to compose for Game of Thrones, his time at Berklee, and what an effective score should do.
A 2003 Berklee alumnus, Miles Walker, has won Grammys for his engineering work with Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Usher. He recently returned to his alma mater as a keynote speaker at Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Program and as a guest lecturer in several Music Production and Engineering courses.
Composer David Schwartz ’78 discusses writing the music for Arrested Development and how Berklee helped prepare him for TV and film scoring.
Singer-songwriter Ben Gundersheimer '94 has created his own path to success, blending his passion for music and education into an innovative program of bilingual music for kids.
In November, People magazine honored five extraordinary teachers, including Robert Vega '06, the band director at Rauner College Prep in Chicago, Illinois.
Patricia Abdelnour '97 credits her success to her Berklee education.