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Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Invest in Berklee City Music

Berklee City Music students at the August 6 City Music/System 5 Blowout concert react to the news that they are among eight recipients of full-tuition, four-year scholarships to Berklee.
Photo by Bob Kramer

The Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship Foundation is making it possible for talented inner-city youth to realize their dream of obtaining a college education at Berklee College of Music. Johnson Foundation Board Chair Malcolm Macleod joined President Berk on August 6 at the Berklee Performance Center to award eight full-tuition scholarships to talented musicians who graduated from the Berklee City Music Program.

The foundation is investing in the success of young people from the start of their involvement at Berklee to ensure their success as college students. In addition to funding college scholarships, the Johnson Foundation's generous support makes it possible for 25 underprivileged young people to attend the City Music Saturday and After-school Program, which operates throughout the school year. They also provide funding for 20 students to attend Berklee's renowned Five-Week Summer Performance Program. Lastly, they are investing in the mentoring program, often the first point of entry to Berklee for urban youth.


MIT Alumni of the 484 Phi Alpha Foundation Support Cambridge Musicians

MIT Alumni of the 484 Phi Alpha Foundation wanted to give back to the City of Cambridge for the benefit of disadvantaged youth. The foundation invested in the Berklee City Music Program to support aspiring young musicians in Cambridge and to enhance their musical talent as they work toward a scholarship to attend college at Berklee. The gift will establish the first-ever endowed fund for Cambridge youth to attend the Berklee 5-Week Summer Performance Program. Creating an endowed fund of this type ensures that scholarship support will be available for deserving youth in perpetuity.


Berklee Parents Give Back

Eijk and Rose-Marie Van Otterloo, parents of Nils Van Ottlerloo '02, made a generous gift of $50,000, which was matched by Grantham, Mayo, and Van Otterloo and company. The endowment created with these gifts provides funding for a licensed music therapist to supervise a Berklee practicum student at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. The Van Otterloos were inspired to make the donation so that music therapy could be integrated into the therapy program at McLean Hospital. Berklee is grateful for their investment in this outstanding program.

In establishing the Solomon Munjack Endowed Fund, Michael and Lois Friedman made a generous gift to Berklee in honor of the maternal grandfather of their two children Daniel '98 and Sarah '02. Mr. Munjack, whose collection of records numbered in the thousands and covered a wide range of artists and composers, had a profound love of music that he instilled in his grandchildren. The Friedmans hope that the scholarship established in Mr. Munjack's memory may in some small way pass this love of music on to the world.

Berklee is proud to have parents investing in the college, ensuring that the quality of education is enriched now and in the future. We thank these families for their generous financial support.


—Marjorie O'Malley

Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement