On September 4 the college officially welcomed 938 new students to campus at Berklee's Entering Student Convocation & Concert. The program included inspirational words from members of the college leadership as well as remarks from this year's alumni speaker, vocalist Robin McKelle '99, and student speaker, Randy Patterson '13.
I am pleased to announce that Betsy Newman will join the Berklee community as vice president of Student Affairs and dean of students, effective October 15, 2014. Please join me in extending a warm welcome. The national search process for this important position was quite rigorous and included a rich, diverse, mix of very talented individuals.
Ari Picker of Chapel Hill, NC, and his band Lost in the Trees, released the album A Church That Fits Our Needs. It has received reviews by Rolling Stone, Paste, PopMatters, and the Washington Post. NPR interviewed him in March.