Class of 2012 Reflects on Time at Berklee

As they bid farewell to Berklee, this year's graduates took time out to talk about what left an impression during their time here, their plans for the future, and what's circulating on their iPod.

Cynthia White

Gary, Indiana
Voice/Professional Music

What song best describes your time here at Berklee?
The song that came to mind was “Never would have made it” by Marvin Sapp. This spoke to me in a way only I could understand and helped me to never give up when times got hard.

What was your breakout moment?
In 2008 I met a young man who wanted to start a gospel group called Michael Bradley & Worship and from then on we have been touring the East Coast worshiping and trying to change lives through our gifts of song and ministry.

Alex Stallings

Virginia Beach, Virgina
Electric Bass/Contemporary Writing and Production

How would you describe your time here at Berklee?
For me it was a time of absorbing tons of knowledge, musical language, and most importantly discovering who I am as a person.

Where do you see yourself in the next couple of years?
I see myself shredding it up with my metal band, as well as being a cameo artist on as many albums as I can get the opportunity to be a part of.

 

Frank Fluker

Memphis, Tennessee
Drum Set/Professional Music and Film Scoring

What song best describes your time here at Berklee?
Gretchen Parlato's "Holding Back the Years”

How would you describe your time here at Berklee?
It was rough! It was like a roller coaster in that there lots of ups and downs. I established lifelong friendships and relationships that made the rough times not feel as bad. While here I grew both mentally and musically and became the man I am today.

 

 

Torrence Nelson

Chicago, Illinois
Voice/Professional Music with Education Concentration

What was your breakout moment?
Being a member of the gospel choir in 2008.

What was you favorite class and who was you favorite teacher?
Elementary Methods and Denis Montgomery III.

What is your favorite song on you IPod right now?
“He’s Able” by Darvin Hobbs

 

Yeonatan Shachar

Rome, Italy
Guitar/Jazz Composition

What is your favorite song on you IPod right now? “Anita’s Dance” by Duke Ellington

What was you breakout moment?
It was getting to go in the studio for the first time with my first project. To be honest I felt really proud.

 

Alexandra “Ali” Ramsaier

Atlanta, Georgia
Voice/Music Business/Management and Performance

Where do you see yourself in the next couple of years?
I see myself performing professionally either in clubs, in musical revues, or hitting the stage in the musical theater world.

How would you describe your time here at Berklee?
My time here was amazing! I was completely immersed in a sea of talented, driven, and most of the time humble musicians who understood, supported, and appreciated one another’s goals and aspirations.

 

Judith Castanon

Mexico
Percussion/Performance

What was you breakout moment?
When I had the opportunity to play with Arturo Sandoval.

What song best describes your time here at Berklee?
“Porque es tan Bella” (Because it's so beautiful).

Menchie Caliboso

Long Beach, California
Guitar/Music Therapy

Where do you see yourself in the next couple of years?
I see myself practicing music therapy in a medical facility and possibly going back for grad school. I would love to start a nonprofit organization when I get back home.

What was you breakout moment?
My breakout was looking at all the paper I wrote during my time here and seeing the development from the time I started to now, it was really cool to see!

 

 

Ben Sheridan

Rochester, New York
Piano/Songwriting

What is your favorite song on you IPod right now?
"
Spanish Joint" by D’Angelo

Where do you see yourself in the next couple of years?
I plan to move to Los Angeles and hit the songwriting scene really hard.

How would you describe your time here at Berklee?
I was very fortunate to be able to come here because it really did change my life. I grew up as a person and a musician, and I realized my potential. Berklee showed me that with some hard work that I do have what it takes to make it and be successful.

 

Kyle Hovland

South Windsor, Connecticut
Electric Bass/Music Education

What is your favorite song on you IPod right now?
Dirty Loops' cover of “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele

What was you favorite class and who was your favorite teacher?
Anything taught by Dominick Ferrera.

How would you describe your time here at Berklee?
As a musician I grew a ton. I went from having played bass for just two years to reaching an almost professional level. My time here was crazy, busy, and fun!”