Berklee's Top News and Stories of 2023
How do you tell the story of a year?
The short answer, of course, is that you can't. Who can predict how many students will look back at a class they took in 2023, for example, and say, yes, that was the moment my career began? And while this year marked the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, the genre's clearly not done evolving, so it's not for us to try and understand this year's beginnings and endings.
Instead, we collected just a handful of moments from the Berklee community that inspired, that challenged, that brought recognition, that expanded minds. Take a look below to get a sense of where we are, and imagine what stories may come next.
Career Advice from Donald Glover
Berklee SVP Featured on Reuters and NBC
—Lacretia Johnson Flash
corook Goes Viral on TikTok and Beyond
Advancing with the Latest Technology
"I can only imagine AI will get more powerful, and with great power comes great responsibility."
"I want to create the most original sounds. Original sound counts when you're making new music."
—Akito van Troyer
"I am concerned about [AI] not making its way into classrooms fast enough. I think we need to first engage with it before we can understand its risks and downfalls."
"It used to cost a million dollars to create an album, then $10,000, and now $1,000. To me, generative AI is just . . . the next evolution of enabling more people to be creative."
—Jonathan Bailey '08
Pathways to the Industry
—Dom Jones B.M. '19
"This scholarship has been an absolute fever dream of just amazing opportunities. I feel so prepared."
—Katie Rupinski B.M. '23
"[At C3 Presents] we have the opportunity to dive into all these different areas we want . . . so you can kind of jump outside of your job and get experience in other areas."
—Nicol Kuburoglu B.M. '22
Alumni Shape the Cultural Landscape
"I was of course excited to help, but when I knew the cue was all about going full-gremlin mode, I knew I could crush it[.]"
—Sarah Tudzin B.M. '14
"I just navigate my fears and doubts by precisely cataloging them. When I read them back, I realize how silly or hypocritical some of them are."
—Cheryl Chow B.M. '17
Faculty Experts Spark Conversation
"I think it's okay to say, ‘Hey, can you stop throwing chicken nuggets? You're hitting my friend in the back of the head.’"
"This is this incredible age of discovery. And I think music and art can open that up, and make us more curious, more reflective, and hopefully more grateful as well."
"[This lost album] offers another example of the power of courageous musicians to inspire hope, innovation, and empowerment through sound."
—Emmett G. Price III
"The guitar is my instrument and there is nothing I do with it that is not deeply felt."