Visiting Artist Events
Performers, engineers, and music business professionals are among the industry experts who visit Berklee to offer clinics and master classes about the business and art of making, recording, promoting, and composing music. Often only open to the college community, these visits are opportunities for Berklee students and faculty to get an intimate and inside perspective of the industry.
Michael Franti is a globally recognized musician, humanitarian, activist, and award-winning filmmaker revered for his high-energy live shows, inspiring music, devotion to health and wellness, and worldwide philanthropic efforts.
Recently Mickey Guyton made history as the first Black woman to perform an original song at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Karen Kosowski has produced the majority of Guyton’s new EP, Bridges (Capitol Records Nashville). “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” is one of three tracks from the EP that Kosowski also cowrote, and it has received critical national media praise following Guyton’s stunning live performances first at the Country Radio Seminar 2020 (during which Kosowski accompanied her on piano) and then at the internationally televised 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards (during which Keith Urban accompanied her on piano).
Pinar Toprak B.M. ’00 is one of the most refreshing voices in film music. With her orchestral music for Captain Marvel, she became the first female composer to score a film set in the Marvel cinematic universe.
Audra McDonald is known for the breadth and versatility of her artistry as a singer and an actor. The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, in 2015 she was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people and received a National Medal of Arts—America’s highest honor for achievement in the field—from President Barack Obama.