Alumni Reception

Annual Berklee LA Alumni Brunch (2015)

Sunday / January 25, 2015 / 11:00 a.m.
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Fairmont Miramar Hotel
101 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica
California
United States
90401

The Annual Los Angeles Alumni Brunch is our community’s flagship event. With more than 500 attendees in 2014, the brunch has grown to become the largest alumni gathering Berklee offers. It's not to be missed.



President Roger H. Brown will share news about the college and will introduce this year's keynote speaker, renowned producer Don Was, the president of Blue Note Records. This year's event will open with a special performance by alumni group Women of the World. 

This year we’re doing something different. We are returning to the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and adding a nominal registration fee of $10 per person. Why, you ask? Well, unreliable RSVP counts made it difficult to choose the right-sized venue and amount of food for the crowd we were expecting. This time, we hope to do better. We heard your feedback and we get it. We want to make this event a great experience that you will continue to attend and recommend to your friends.



By registering for the event, you’re letting us know that you officially plan to attend. We can then use that information to order enough chairs, tables, and trays of bacon.

Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. PST. A full breakfast buffet will be provided.

Alumni are welcome to register one guest when they sign up.



Registration required; RSVP here.
$10 per person until January 20, 2015
$15 for late registration (starting January 21, 2015)
$20 for walk-ups on day of the event, if space permits

The brunch will be hosted by Peter Gordon, director of the Berklee Center in LA, and Justine Taormino, assistant director of Alumni Affairs.



Valet parking is available at the hotel (validation not provided), and metered street parking is available.

For questions, email Justine Taormino.

If you're looking for information about the alumni hang at NAMM, you can find it here.

Keynote Speaker: Don Was
Don Was is one of music’s most significant artists and executives, exceling in multiple roles and serving as one of the industry’s beacons for integrity. During this period of disruption and rapid evolution in the worldwide music business, Was remains committed to music as an art form and its importance to contemporary culture. As the president of Blue Note Records since 2011, Was is both the company’s leader and an ambassador for its music, charged with bringing the label’s 21st century jazz artists and its expanding pallet of contemporary musicians to larger audiences.

 As an in-demand, highly acclaimed, and commercially successful producer since the late 1980s, Was has been honored with Grammy Awards for his production work in each of the past three decades. Albums produced by Was have achieved dozens of multi-platinum, platinum, and gold certifications and have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

 He was recently awarded his first Emmy as musical director for the CBS Television special, The Beatles: The Night That Changed America, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the group’s first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. In front of an audience that included both Paul 
McCartney and Ringo Starr, Was led the band and played bass for a diverse group of artists performing classic Beatles songs, including Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh, John Mayer, Keith Urban, the Eurythmics, Pharrell Williams, and Brad Paisley. He also did the same when McCartney and Starr took the stage to perform separately and together.

Women Of The World
Women of the World was formed to bring women musicians from across the globe onto a common platform to collaborate and create, not only through the sharing of music, but also through exploring and celebrating the differences in ideologies and cultural tenets that exist in the daily lives of women all over the world.

 Honoring global folk traditions, the group's repertoire spans music in 27 languages. In many ways, the ensemble is a microcosm of the world, with members working closely together not just to create and perform music, but also to learn about each other's countries, cultures, languages, beliefs, and practices.

 As 2014 American a cappella champions and nominee for both the 2013 Boston Music Awards and the 2014 Independent Music Awards, Women of the World has toured North America and Japan, collaborated with many industry legends, including Grammy Award-winning vocalist Bobby McFerrin and African vocal icon Angelique Kidjo. Women of the World continues to serve as a cultural ambassador of peace and unity through music and it has delighted audiences at venues like Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note Jazz Club, Boston Symphony Hall, and others. Women of the World has brought together more than 200 women from all over the world to collaborate with music.
 

Boston Alumni Holiday Party

Tuesday / December 16, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
West End Johnnie's
138 Portland Street
Boston
MA
United States
02114

You and a guest are invited to join the Alumni Affairs staff for the Boston alumni holiday party at West End Johnnies. Come on out for an evening of food and drinks. The event will be hosted by Alumni Affairs staff Michael Gaskins '93, Karen Bell '90, and Arielle Schwalm '10. 

West End Johnnies is easily accessible by the MBTA via Haymarket or North Station on the green or orange lines. Parking is available at the Government Center Parking Garage (50 Sudbury Street) for $11.00 after 5 p.m. 

For questions, please contact Alumni Affairs at 617 747-2012 or alumniaffairs@berklee.edu.

RSVP on Eventbrite

Admission: 
Free

Nashville Alumni Holiday Party

Monday / December 8, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Flyte
718 Division Street
Nashville
TN
United States
37203

You and a guest are invited to come out to Flyte for this year's Berklee alumni holiday party. The event is free, and refreshments will be provided. The event will be hosted by Alumni Affairs assistant director Arielle Schwalm '10.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Alumni Affairs at alumniaffairs@berklee.edu or 617 747-2012. 

RSVP on Eventbrite

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Alumni Reception

Wednesday / December 3, 2014 / 6:30 p.m.
Sagewood
4555 E. Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix
AZ
United States
85050

Former Berklee president Lee Eliot Berk and his wife, Susan G. Berk, will host a reception for Berklee alumni, giving this significant part of the Berklee family the opportuniy to reconnect with the college and fellow alumni. The reception will be poolside at Sagewood, located next to the Musical Instrument Museum at the intersection of Tatum and E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix, Arizona, exit 31 off the 101. Light hospitality will be provided. Background music will be provided by alumnus and guitarist Peter Pancrazi.

RSVP by emailing Arielle Schwalm at aschwalm@berklee.edu
 
Admission: 
Free

Berklee Today 25th Anniversary and Holiday Celebration

Tuesday / November 18, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
The Triumph Room
Providence NYC 311 West 57th Street
New York
NY
United States
10019

Come out to celebrate the holidays as well as 25 years of Berklee Today. Instead of our usual holiday party at the Cutting Room, this year we're mixing it up with an event that will not only celebrate the holidays but also pay special tribute to the alumni magazine.

This event will be hosted by Berklee president Roger H. Brown, Berklee Today editor Mark Small '73, and assistant vice president of artist and music industry relations Carl Beatty. 

Refreshments will be provided.  

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Admission: 
Free

Boston and Beyond: Berklee's CMJ Music Marathon Showcase and Alumni Reception

Friday / October 24, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Carroll Place
157 Bleecker Street
New York
NY
United States
10012

Berklee College of Music, Heavy Rotation Records (HRR), the Red Room at Cafe 939, Berklee Alumni Affairs, and Vanyaland present their eighth annual CMJ Music Marathon showcase of alumni and student artists. 

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This year we will be hosting an alumni-only reception from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to kick off the night, with refreshments provided. If you are a Berklee alumnus/alumna or student, you need to RSVP to get into the showcase, which starts at 8:00 p.m., for free. This 18+ showcase is free for CMJ badge holders and $10 for the general public. Come early to get a free drink on Berklee. Hosted by Lily Golightly of Golightly Media and Jon Wilson of DoNYC. 

Featured artists in order of appearance:

Drunken Logic
Tumbleweed Company
Kate Diaz
The Western Den (HRR)
Los Rumberos de Massachusetts (HRR)
Amy & the Engine
Smoke Season  

Admission: 
Free for Alumni

Nashville Networking Event

Tuesday / September 23, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Pour House Burgers, Bourbon and Brews
730 8th Ave. S
Nashville
TN
United States
37203

You and a guest are invited to join Berklee staff for a fun evening of networking in Nashville. Refreshments will be provided. 

Hosted by Alumni Affairs assistant director Arielle Schwalm '10, Berklee Fund associate director Dana Pellitteri, and advancement officer Davis Wimberly '05. 

Register to attend on Eventbrite

Admission: 
Free

Alumni Dinner in Santo Domingo

Wednesday / August 6, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Mesón de Bari
Calle Hostos #302 Zona Colonial
Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic
10210

You're invited to an alumni dinner in Santo Domingo hosted by Institutional Advancement officer Davis Wimberly and Admissions officer Billy Herron. The dinner will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Mesón de Bari.

Please RSVP to alumniaffairs@berklee.edu if you can attend.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Paris Reception: Lalah Hathaway Performance

Wednesday / July 2, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Duc Des Lombards (Jazz Club & Restaurant)
42 Rue des Lombards
Paris
75001

Join us for a reception at Le Duc des Lombards (jazz club and restaurant) hosted by Berklee Today magazine editor Mark Small '73, followed by a concert featuring Grammy-winning vocalist Lalah Hathaway '90. Please take this opportunity to meet with other French Berklee alumni and enjoy a special evening of music.

Please RSVP quickly by clicking here in order to reserve your spot.

We can only accommodate one guest per person. We are unable to accept walk-ins for this exclusive event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Admission: 
Free

Berklee 2014 Alumni Hang at NAMM

Thursday / January 23, 2014 / 6:30 p.m.
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
2041 S. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim
CA
92802

For all those Berklee alumni attending or working at the NAMM Show, you’re invited to take a break and stop by Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse for an early evening hang! We’ll be hosting a get together from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. featuring light refreshments.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite by clicking here.

Hosts: Justine Taormino, assistant director for Alumni Affairs-Los Angeles, and Peter Gordon, director of the Berklee Center in LA

Please note that there is also an alumni brunch on Sunday, January 26, 2014. Click here for details about the brunch.

Admission: 
Free

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