AUDIO: 3 Point West Tour (2007)

The Berklee City Music All-Stars travel far from Berklee to help mark a turning point in the college's City Music program.

January 15, 2007

The Berklee City Music All-Star Ensemble is composed of the best and brightest City Music students, all of whom have attended Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program on full-tuition scholarships. The ensemble performs multiple genres of contemporary music, including jazz, pop, hip-hop, and rhythm and blues.

Berklee released the 3 Point West Tour CD as it announced plans to expand City Music—the college's groundbreaking, free music-education program for underserved, inner-city Boston youth-on a national scale.

One of the touring group members, Erin Lyder, was more than happy to help get the word out. "City Music pushed me to become a better singer, arranger, and writer-to take my music to the next level," said Lyder, a vocalist from Dorchester, Massachusetts, who now attends Berklee on full scholarship. "I'm excited to help bring this opportunity to students throughout the U.S."

As a member of the Berklee City Music All-Star Ensemble, composed of a few of the most gifted young musicians to emerge from the program, Lyder embarked on a West Coast promotional tour in January that included gigs at the Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, the Experience Music Project in Seattle, and the NAMM music products trade show in Anaheim, California. The two-week tour began immediately after the official announcement on January 2.

Listen to tracks from 3 Point West Tour