Step onto Berklee’s campus and you’ll find one of the most diverse student bodies of any college in the world. The students are some of the most talented, creative, and passionate I’ve ever met. They are the heart of Berklee—bound together by a love for music and dreams of a career in the field.
For those of you who are Berklee alumni, you know what it’s like to practice until 3:00 A.M., jam with your favorite professor, or land an amazing gig. But did you know that the generosity of those who came before you made so much of your Berklee experience possible?
This year, Berklee will enhance its presence in Africa. Thanks to a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), led by Artistic Director Danilo Pérez, will embark on two tours of West Africa.
Recently, Berklee received a two-year, $125,000 grant from the National Archives and Records Administration to establish a historical archive. The grant was funded through the program Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records Projects.
An international cast of students will perform the timeless music of A. R. Rahman, the prolific Grammy-winning and Academy Award-winning composer (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and performer. Rahman will receive an honorary doctor of music degree from Berklee and join the Berklee musicians to perform several of his memorable songs.
“My two favorites are Ray—and Donna McElroy,” says Berklee Vice President for Special Programs Rob Rose of the song’s interpreters. “Both are different. McElroy is one of the best singers I’ve ever heard in my life.”