Berklee in Puerto Rico presented by Fundación Banco Popular

Berklee in Puerto Rico

Berklee in Puerto Rico, presented by Fundación Banco Popular, is also made possible by the generous contributions of Méndez & Co. Inc.; Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico; Carrión, Laffitte & Casellas; Triple-S and Fiddler; and González & Rodríguez, PSC.

May 27 - June 1, 2014

This program is open to residents of Puerto Rico. The application period is now closed.

What is the program like?
The Berklee in Puerto Rico program offers students access to the Berklee method of music education, encompassing theory, ear training, improvisation, ensemble performance, and instrumental instruction. During the program, interested students may audition to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Berklee in Puerto Rico is made possible with generous support from Berklee alumnus and trustee Luis Alvarez '83, vice president of Mendez & Company, Inc. and executive producer of the Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest. In addition to helping coordinate the program, Alvarez and his corporation will donate $20,000 for the Mendez & Co. Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest Scholarship, which will be awarded at the end of the Berklee in Puerto Rico program.

For more details about the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival, please visit:

Escuela Belles Artes Carolina
Ave. Manuel Fernández Juncos
Carolina, Puerto Rico

Who are the instructors?
Christine Fawson (trumpet), assistant professor of brass
Ayn Inserto (piano), associate professor of jazz composition
Darcel Wilson (voice), assistant professor of ear training
Daryl Lowery (woodwinds), professor of ear training
Bob Pilkington (trombone), professor of jazz composition
Fernando Huergo (bass), professor of bass
Casey Scheuerell (drum set), professor of drum set
Rick Peckham (guitar), professor of guitar
Eguie Castrillo (hand percussion), associate professor of percussion
Amanda Gouldthorpe, assistant director
Jason Camelio, director

What's the schedule?
Classes will generally run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Classes will include:

  • Harmony and Chord Scales: This lecture will demonstrate how to use contemporary harmony and chord scales to enhance your performance, improvisation, comping, and writing skills.
  • Instrumental Technique: Students will participate in classes covering techniques specific to their instrument. Insights into practicing and improvisation will be presented.
  • Ensembles: Each student will be assigned an ensemble in order to apply the skills they learned in lecture classes. All students will perform in a final concert at the end of the program.
  • Special Lectures: Faculty and special guest artists will present master classes on the topics of composition, arranging, and songwriting. Students will work in a helpful, noncritical environment with faculty who are world-renowned for their knowledge, teaching skills, and empathy with students.

Is it for me? Am I eligible?
This program is open to residents of the Puerto Rico only. You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program, and have been playing your instrument (or singing) for a minimum of six months to attend the program. All applicants will need to submit supporting material demonstrating their musical experience and abilities. The preferred format will be links to videos demonstrating your musical abilities.

Where will I stay?
Students are required to make their own housing arrangements.

How much does it cost?
Tuition: $50.00

When and how do I apply?
Note: The application period will open on Thursday, March 20, 2014.

When will I know if I've been accepted into the program?
Decisions will be announced no later than Friday, April 25, 2014. Information will be sent to you by email.

Contact information
Office of International Programs
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street, MS-855 IP
Boston, MA 02215-3693 U.S.A.
Telephone: + 1 617 747-2700 or
Toll-free at 877-Berklee (U.S. and Canada)