Berklee City Music News

'You Can't Be It if You Don't See It': Ayanna Pressley Urges Representation in the Arts

January 21, 2020

Massachusetts's first black Congresswoman called for greater inclusion in the media at Berklee's Unsung Heroes Ceremony.

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Chaka Khan performing

Encore Gala Raises $2.3 Million for Berklee City Music

October 30, 2019

The 25th annual Encore Gala included guest musicians such as Chaka Khan, Grandmaster Flash, and Livingston Taylor. 

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Retiring Berklee Educator Honored for Decades of Opening Doors for College and High School Musicians

February 9, 2018

Rob Rose, whose influence was felt by students aspiring to be performers, retires after 50 years at Berklee.

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Berklee City Music Awards Five Full-Tuition Scholarships

August 9, 2017

Five young musicians from underserved communities in Boston and across the U.S. were awarded four-year, full-tuition scholarships to attend Berklee during an emotional presentation at the Berklee Performance Center on Tuesday, August 8. 

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Slideshow: Berklee City Music Summit 2016

December 21, 2016

The 2016 Berklee City Music Summit featured Academy Award-winning rapper Frayser Boy, Grammy-winning guitarist Larry Carlton, Snarky Puppy's Michael League, and Jennifer McCrea, coauthor of The Generosity Network. The summit was an opportunity for community organizations across the U.S. and Canada who participate in the Berklee City Music® program to collaborate around enabling youth from underserved communities to develop musically, academically, socially, and emotionally, primarily through the study of contemporary music.

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Berklee City Music Awards Eight Full-Tuition Scholarships

August 11, 2016

Emceed by actor and comedian Sinbad, the City Music scholarship presentation came at the conclusion of the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program, the last hurdle for scholarship winners to clear before beginning their college careers.

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PODCAST: Inside Berklee—Chantel Hampton and Alonzo Harris

April 5, 2016

Ensemble and City Music faculty Chantel Hampton '08 and Alonzo Harris underscore the importance of being versatile as a musician and how technology can enhance performance. 

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Berklee City Music Dean Receives Award for Inspiring Success in Youth

March 23, 2016

Krystal Banfield, dean for Berklee City Music, received the 2016 Amtrak Pioneer Award, an award that honors African-American leaders who have made impactful contributions to the city of Boston.

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Berklee Partners with Nashville and Philadelphia Public Schools to Boost Music Education

January 28, 2016

The Berklee PULSE® Music Method expands to Metro Nashville Public Schools and the School District of Philadelphia, providing over 400 music teachers with access to the comprehensive online platform.

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City Music student Muñeca Diaz

Resonant Tones: City Music Bassist Receives the Gift of Groove

December 16, 2015

City Music student Muñeca Diaz is the beneficiary of a handmade bass, thanks to a donor's generosity at this year's Encore Gala.

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City Music Summit Offers a Platform for Education Outreach

November 19, 2015

The fifth annual Berklee City Music Summit brings music educators, professional musicians, and students together for networking and collaboration.

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Robert Gould and students sing at Berklee Encore Gala 2015

City Music Gala Raises $2 Million for Life-Changing Program

November 5, 2015

Boston’s philanthropic community came out in force for Berklee’s 21st annual Encore Gala to benefit the Berklee City Music program on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

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City Music Summit Explores Youth Development Through Popular Music

November 2, 2015

The three-day event takes place November 9-11 at Teachers College at Columbia University, in New York City. Highlights include a keynote presentation by Grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum, and a master class that pairs Mindi Abair, Tuffus Zimbabwe, and other master musicians with Berklee City Music Network ensembles. 

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J. Curtis Warner Jr. Named Head of Community and Government Relations

October 26, 2015

J. Curtis Warner Jr. has been named to lead Berklee's new Office of Community and Government Relations as associate vice president. 

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Berklee City Music Awards 13 Full-Tuition Scholarships

August 31, 2015

Thirteen young musicians from underserved communities in Boston and across the U.S. were awarded four-year full tuition scholarships to attend Berklee at an emotional presentation at the Berklee Performance Center on Tuesday, August 11.

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Berklee City Music Celebrates Education Partnership with Film 'Take Me to the River'

March 5, 2015

Students, musicians, and filmmakers united for the launch of the Take Me to the River Education Initiative at the World Famous Apollo Theater on February 12.

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City Music Network Conference 2015: Empowering Music Educators

December 9, 2014

The 4th annual Berklee City Music Network Conference explored the changing role of American popular music in education today.

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Nearly $2 Million Raised at Berklee Encore Gala

October 27, 2014

Berklee's 20th annual gala raised nearly $2 million for Berklee City Music with help from Jaime Lee Curtis and George Clinton. 

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Arnetta Johnson

'That Trumpet Chic': Student Finds Mentorship at Berklee

October 2, 2014

Berklee trumpet player Arnetta Johnson receives a major scholarship from Blues Babe Foundation on BET's An Evening of Stars, a celebrity-studded award show sponsored by the United Negro College Fund.

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Berklee Collaborates to Expand Music Programs in New York Schools

September 23, 2014

Berklee and Little Kids Rock are bringing a modern band curriculum to 600 New York City public schools, serving 60,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. 

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Berklee Awards 18 Full Scholarships at City Music Concert

August 14, 2014

On August 12 at the Berklee Performance Center, 18 students were awarded full scholarships to Berklee College of Music.

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From City Music to Valencia, Gerami Groover Has Found Success through Berklee

June 30, 2014

For Gerami Groover, enrolling in the Music Technology Innovation graduate program at Berklee’s Valencia, Spain campus has been a capstone to her Berklee trajectory.

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Berklee Strengthens 18 Local School Music Programs with Faculty, Equipment

May 8, 2014

The Berklee City Music Faculty Outreach Program culminates with a concert on May 17.

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Natixis Global Asset Management is Presenting Sponsor for 2014 Berklee Summer in the City Series

April 30, 2014

Summer in the City presents free performances throughout Boston and culminates with the free Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival on September 27, 2014.

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Lee Whitmore Named VP for Education Outreach and Social Entrepreneurship

April 14, 2014

In his new role as VP for education outreach and social entrepreneurship, Lee Whitmore will preside over the Berklee City Music program in Boston and 46 network sites across the country.

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Berklee City Music Network Expands to Bronx, Camden

November 25, 2013

The Berklee City Music Network, a national network of organizations that provide contemporary music instruction, mentoring, and scholarship opportunities to underserved teens at no cost, announces its 44th and 45th partner sites: Renaissance Youth Center in Bronx, New York, and Camden Repertory Theater in Camden, New Jersey. 

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Berklee City Music Receives $50,000 from Celtics Shamrock Foundation

November 19, 2013

Berklee City Music students perform the national anthem at TD Bank Garden after an on-campus visit from Celtics star forward Brandon Bass. 

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$1.75 Million Raised at Berklee Encore Gala

October 23, 2013

The 19th annual gala raised money for Berklee City Music.

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Berklee City Music Conference to Explore Increasing Access to Music Education in Underserved Communities

October 15, 2013

The Berklee City Music Network conference features national leaders in education and development addressing challenges and solutions in serving underserved communities. 

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Photos and Video: Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival 2013

October 8, 2013

The 13th annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival was held on September 28, 2013. Thousands of music lovers gathered along several city blocks in Boston to enjoy jaw-dropping free performances from some of today’s most talented artists on three stages.

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Meet the New Director of City Music Boston

August 20, 2013

New City Music Boston director Misael Martinez has made a career of helping students to overcome challenges and set their sights on achieving secondary and higher education. 

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Actress Kiki Haynes and Berklee City Music Host Scholarship Concert

August 12, 2013

Berklee City Music scholarships pave the way for music education for youth from underserved communities.

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Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival Celebrates the Next Generation of Jazz

July 9, 2013

On September 28, music lovers of all ages will gather for the 13th annual Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival in Boston’s historic South End.

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Natixis Global Asset Management Sponsors 2013 Berklee Summer in the City Series

June 5, 2013

Natixis Global Asset Management and Berklee partnership expands series to more than 200 free outdoor concerts, including the BeanTown Jazz Festival on September 28.

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Boston Rocks 2013

May 31, 2013

Berklee students and corporate executives collaborate on a concert that raised more than $288,000 for Berklee's City Music program.

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Student Profile: Jordan Williams

September 5, 2012

Jordan Williams was so impressed with the Five-Week Summer Performance Program last year that he came back for another session—this time to focus primarily on jazz.

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