Berklee on the Road (BOR)
The Office of International Programs produces a number of special programs each year, which are conducted independently by Berklee or through collaborative partnerships with persons or organizations identified as being supportive of Berklee's educational mission. The programs take on various formats tailored to the specific groups of music students with whom we work.
These programs provide the college direct access to a talented group of prospective students, and also provide students the chance to experience Berklee-like classes over a 3 to 5-day period. During these programs, students participate in lectures, labs, master classes, ensembles, workshops and jam sessions during the day and have the opportunity to attend special events, panel discussions and live performances in the evening. OIP is continually evolving the concepts of the BOR programs to support our efforts to be the world leader in contemporary music.
We currently produce BOR programs in two location. They are:
Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest
The Berklee in Puerto Rico program offers students access to the Berklee method of musical instruction, encompassing theory, ear training, improvisation, ensemble performance, and instrumental instruction. During the program, interested students will audition for $60,000 in scholarships to attend the college in Boston. Over the past eight years, Berklee has awarded more than $450,000 in tuition assistance to participants in the Berklee in Puerto Rico program. More than 30 of these participants have gone on to attend Berklee in Boston.
Berklee in Puerto Rico is made possible with generous support from Berklee alumnus and Trustee Luis Alvarez '83, vice president of Mendez & Company, Inc., and executive producer of the Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest. In addition to helping coordinate the program, Alvarez and his corporation will donate $10,000 for the Mendez & Co. -- Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest Scholarship to be awarded at the end of the Berklee in Puerto Rico program.
"Berklee really values the great talent, enthusiasm, and innate musical ability of Puerto Rico's young musicians," said Larry Monroe, director of Berklee in Puerto Rico. "It is very important for us to help these students make it to Berklee, where they truly enrich the musical and cultural environment of the college."
Many Berklee alumni and current students attended host school La Escuela Libre de Musica, including alto saxophonist and composer Miguel Zenon '99, who attended the Berklee in Puerto Rico program and received a scholarship to come to Boston. Zenon has been touring since his Berklee graduation with David Sanchez, the Either/Orchestra, and Danilo Perez, among others, and will make a guest appearance at this year's JazzFest with the band of fellow Berklee alum William Cepeda '85. Zenon's debut CD Looking Forward was named #1 pick of 2002 by New York Times critic Ben Ratliff. Among the other Berklee alumni who attended La Escuela Libre de Musica are Grammy-winning flutist Nestor Torres '73 and drummer Tony Escapa '02. Saxophonist David Sanchez, whose band is comprised of all Berklee alumni, also attended the school.
For more details, visit prheinekenjazz.com
The dates of the 2011 program will be May 31 to June 5. The online application form will be available in April 2011.
Berklee in Los Angeles: It's All In The Song
The Berklee in Los Angeles program will guide the aspiring musician in songwriting, stage performance, production, and the business of music.
Through both individual and team efforts, students will work through the processes and techniques involved in writing, producing, and marketing a song from conception to completion. Students will also be introduced to the fundamental workings of a recording stereo. Berklee's Music Business/Management Department will introduce you to the business tools and practices necessary to compete in today's ever-changing music industry.
At the end of the program, students will perform their songs in concert for parents, friends, and peers.
Further details for Berklee in Los Angeles 2011 are currently in development. Please visit berklee.edu/summer for the most up-to-date information.