People: Hear the Voices of Berklee and Amplify Their Resonance with Your Support
Your contribution to the Soundbreaking campaign, in any amount, enables talented people at Berklee to make extraordinary strides with music. Explore below to hear from some of the students, faculty, and alumni that your support enables—and know that this is just a small snapshot of the work that dedicated people at Berklee engage in daily as they refresh and transform our music and our world.
"It’s about growing as a human being, not just as a musician," says Danilo Pérez, artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.
"Musicians are inherently entrepreneurial," says Panos Panay, managing director of the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship.
Berklee graduates help everyone from developmentally delayed children to seniors with dementia, notes Music Therapy chair Suzanne Hanser.
“In terms of analysis and the concepts that we teach, Berklee has a system that is second to none," says Harmony professor George Russell Jr.
"My dream job would be to do A&R at a label—to help someone else achieve their goals and dreams," says student Tickwanya Jones.
"I auditioned and earned a Presidential Scholarship...if I didn’t have that scholarship, I wouldn’t be here today," says student Chase Potter.
"Everybody knows somebody here, so I’m trying to make as many connections as possible," says student Esin Aydingoz.
Songwriting student Ben Johnston has given a lot, including five years of service to his country in the U.S. Army and a kidney to a stranger in need.