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Nashville Notes

Hello from Music City! It is with great excitement that I begin my journey as the Nashville Alumni Chapter president. I'd like to extend my gratitude to our former President, Neil Diercks '93, for his outstanding commitment to Nashville alumni and Berklee. The dedication he displayed in this labor of love was greatly appreciated. Thank you, Neil.

Our chapter was off and running this past summer. In June, we participated in the annual Reading, Writing & Rhythm benefit concert. Reading, Writing & Rhythm is a nonprofit organization founded by country music artist Chely Wright that is dedicated to improving the quality of music education in America's public schools. All the proceeds from the June concert went toward music programs in need and helped to get instruments directly into the hands of children who might not otherwise have been fortunate enough to receive any sort of music education. In total, nearly $100,000 was raised that night alone.

Numerous Nashville alumni generously volunteered their time and "inner salesman" for the event by helping to run the silent auction. We look forward to continuing this rewarding relationship with Wright's dedicated and much-needed charity. For those who want to learn more about Reading, Writing & Rhythm, visit

As this issue of Berklee today goes to press, Nashville alumni are looking forward to the October 16 evening featuring songs in the round at Edgehill Studios and Café. Many alumni are on the bill for a show that will cover a variety of musical styles. Those planning to perform include Laura Clapp '01, Stacy Allyn Baker '04, Jesse Terry '04, Mare Wakefield '04, Eve Fleishman '03, and Dave Petrelli '05. I look forward to future song-in-the-round gatherings to hear what everyone has been writing. We also hope to present some panel discussions on beginning and sustaining a musical career in Nashville. We hope the discussions will be helpful to those who are new to the city and to those who have been here for a while.

That's all the news for now. To receive more information on the Berklee Nashville Alumni Chapter and upcoming activities, please contact me at

Best regards,
-Megan Kirschbaum '04
Nashville Alumni Chapter President