Alumni News

Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest 2017

Dedicated to Danilo Pérez, Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest Features Alumni, Students, and Faculty

May 25, 2017

This year’s Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest was dedicated to Danilo Pérez, the Grammy-winning artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), and featured several Berklee alumni while incorporating opportunities for students.

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Press Release

Berklee Artists to Perform at Top Music Festivals This Summer Through BPMI

May 25, 2017

The Berklee Popular Music Institute (BPMI) is sending seven artists to perform at top music festivals in the U.S. and Canada this summer including the Governors Ball, Essence Festival, Chicago Open Air, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands.

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PODCAST: Inside Berklee—Esperanza Spalding, Part 2

May 23, 2017

In Part Two of Tony Brown's interview with Esperanza Spalding, the two talk about her early days in Portland, Oregon; her mother's influence on her musical development; why feedback is important; and what's next for her.

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PODCAST: Inside Berklee—Esperanza Spalding, Part 1

May 16, 2017

In her fifth and latest album, 2016’s Emily’s D+Evolution, Grammy winner and Berklee alumna Esperanza Spalding B.M. ‘05 plays with expressing different sides of herself through the character of “Emily.” Listen to the first part of an interview with her. 

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Press Release

Lionel Richie, Lucinda Williams, Todd Rundgren, Neil Portnow, and Shin Joong Hyun Receive Honorary Degrees

May 13, 2017

At Berklee's 2017 commencement ceremonies, graduating students began the next chapter of their lives inspired by words and music from honorary doctorate recipients Lionel Richie, Lucinda Williams, Todd Rundgren, Neil Portnow, and Shin Joong Hyun.

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Phé, also known as Natasha Pheko

PODCAST: Sounds of Berklee—Phé

May 9, 2017

Contemporary R&B singer-songwriter Phé, a member of Berklee's graduating class, is a finalist in this year's International Songwriting Competition and is soon to release her debut EP.

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Berklee students at last year's commencement ceremonies

Personifying Art's Power, Class of 2017 Takes Reins

May 8, 2017

Who is the undergraduate class of 2017? Explore a small sample of the remarkable work and creative capabilities of these soon-to-be alumni that came to Boston from more than 70 countries and more than 40 U.S. states.

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Press Release

Berklee Alumnus and Professor Nominated for 2017 Tony Awards

May 3, 2017

A Berklee alumnus and a professor have been nominated for 2017 Tony Awards in the Best Orchestrations category. 

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Press Release

birnCORE Releases Album by Alumni Damn Tall Buildings Recorded Live at Berklee

May 2, 2017

Boston-based, all-acoustic guerrilla roots alumni band Damn Tall Buildings releases its new album May 19 on birnCORE, the Berklee Internet Radio Network's (BIRN) record label. The album was recorded live at the Red Room at Cafe 939.

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The Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra and Choir on stage.

Slideshow: The Lord of the Rings Symphony Brings Howard Shore's Music to Life at Symphony Hall

April 27, 2017

On April 19, more than 200 musicians from the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performed Howard Shore’s B.M. '69 '08H Lord of the Rings Symphony at Boston's Symphony Hall as part of Berklee's Signature Series.

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Headshot of Davey Thomas Tucker.

At Sundance, PBS Virtual Reality Short Film Features Music by Graduating Student Davey Thomas Tucker

April 24, 2017

Music composed by soon-to-graduate film scoring student Davey Thomas Tucker was featured at this year's Sundance Film Festival in the debut of PBS Digital Studios’s virtual reality (VR) short film, My Brother’s Keeper.

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Berklee stage crew students Parker Jackson, Joe D'abate, Yoga Bagaspati, Angie Nguyen, Fares Btoush, and Jay Hamilton

Behind Thousands of Performances Each Year, Stage Crew Students Shine

April 13, 2017

Berklee produces approximately 2,700 events every year, and in addition to the many performers involved, stage crew work-study students make it all possible, learning valuable skills along the way.

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Keynote presentation at the BPC with Talib Kweli, Dave Dorn, and Panos Panay.

Students Find Opportunities, Advice, and Pivotal Experiences at Career Jam 2017

April 13, 2017

With representatives from companies such as Apple Music, Warner Music Group, Sony Music, Vevo, Kickstarter, and more, Berklee’s Career Jam offered students workshops, mentoring sessions, and recruitment tables, all aimed at helping Berklee students launch successful careers.

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PODCAST: Inside Berklee—Howard Shore

April 11, 2017

Howard Shore B.M. '69 '08H will be back in Boston on April 19 to hear more than 200 musicians perform his epic The Lord of the Rings Symphony at Boston's Symphony Hall. 

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Alicia Caillier M.A. '16

Fellowships Help Students Hear the Sounds of Success

April 7, 2017

Berklee's fellowships fund lucrative experiential learning opportunities in and outside of the music industry that would otherwise not be financially feasible for both undergraduate and graduate students.

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Guitar Major and EPD Grad Team Up to Take on NYC's Electronic Dance Music Scene

March 29, 2017

Since signing with Manhattan-based artist management outfit Moodswing Management, Zak Leever B.M. '16 and guitar major Alex Waldin have made inroads as DJs, performers, remixers, and producers in New York City's EDM scene. 

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Beyonce's original all-female band take the stage.

Slideshow: Beyoncé's Original All-Female Band Reunites After 10 Years

March 17, 2017

On March 2, the Berklee Performance Center welcomed Beyoncé's original all-female band to the stage, reuniting the members in a 10-year anniversary concert that featured student singers, musicians, and dancers.

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Carlos Vives and friends perform at Berklee concert in Bogota, Colombia

Slideshow: Berklee Musicians Perform with Carlos Vives and Other Top Colombian Artists

March 17, 2017

Berklee alumni, student, and faculty musicians recently performed alongside some of Colombia’s most renowned artists, including Carlos Vives, who received Berklee’s Master of Latin Music Award.

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Author and singer-songwriter Shantell Ogden '05

Berklee Blogs: Pursuing a Passion in Music—Jerilyn Sawyer B.M. '13

March 13, 2017

Author and singer-songwriter Shantell Ogden B.M. '05 recently sat down with fellow alumna Jerilyn Sawyer B.M. '13 to pick Sawyer's brain about her success in the artist management world.

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Weakened Friends, featuring bassist and alumna Annie Hoffman B.M. '09

PODCAST: Weakened Friends

March 7, 2017

Indie rock trio Weakened Friends will kick off a tour of the eastern half of the U.S. starting at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas, where they will meet up and perform with several other Berklee alumni and student bands for the festival's Boston and Beyond party on St. Patrick's Day (March 17).

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