Just like a raise-it-to-the-rafters gospel song, the audience’s refrain of “Wow! These kids can sing” was repeated often during the August 1 appearance of the Berklee Gospel and Roots Choir at the Newport Folk Festival.
Over the past 50 or 60 years, guitar styles have changed through the influences of each new generation. And yet the basics of guitar playing—in particular, rhythm guitar parts—continue to underpin the current trends of picking, strumming, and the use of effects.
By 2025, what should Berklee become? The world around us is changing faster than ever; and over the past 10 years, music and the music industry have experienced truly disruptive change. What will it be like 10 years from now?
One of the best ways to introduce music students to the Berklee teaching methodology is to bring the classroom to them. This was the concept envisioned by Gary Burton and Larry Monroe in the Berklee on the Road education series, which is offered in various locations.
Thank you to all who gave to Berklee last fiscal year and whose names are listed on the following pages. With gifts that range from $1 to $1 million, you help Berklee provide a more affordable and life-changing experience for students.
Miguel Kertsman ’86 is on the phone from his native Recife, Brazil. It’s mid September, and he is at the tail end of a vacation that reunited him with family members, but he also managed to squeeze some business into the trip.
Jonathan R. Lax 79'
Jonathan R. Lax of Summit, NJ, performed at the 2013 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Grand Rapids, MI. He was also selected to perform at master classes by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestras.
Saxophonist Cleave Guyton of Brooklyn, NY, currently plays with the Count Basie Orchestra. He also released the album Introducing the C.J. Heptet. Visit www.cleaveguyton.com.