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Berklee Faculty, Alumni Join Pastor Who Served with Martin Luther King for Gospel Broadcast

January 11, 2017

Could there be a more crucial moment to bask in the glory of Gospel music? Berklee musicians provide the salve. 

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Firas Hassan Works to Save and Spread Syrian Music

January 9, 2017

By going to Berklee College of Music's campus in Valencia, Spain, Syrian musician Firas Hassan not only saved himself, but perhaps he may have helped save some of his culture's music.

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Esperanza Spalding

From Bowie to a 'New Breed,' Berklee Artists Climb 'Best of 2016' Lists

December 22, 2016

2016 was a banner year for Berklee artists contributing to albums that made strong showings in “best of” lists from some of the country’s most respected music journalism authorities.

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Tia Fuller

Slideshow: Berklee Women Shine at Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

December 20, 2016

Several Berklee alumni, students, and faculty performed at this year’s Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, which was dedicated to women in the jazz world.

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Radio Days: Former BIRN Engineers Blaze Paths to Success after Berklee

December 15, 2016

Former Berklee Internet Radio Network (BIRN) engineers credit their time at the college station for helping them succeed in studio careers at outlets such as Converse Rubber Tracks, Disney, and Inspire Entertainment. 

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Sierra Hull '11, 2017 Grammy nominee

Berklee Alumni Receive Slew of 2017 Grammy Award Nominations

December 7, 2016

Berklee alumni could take home more than 30 Grammy Awards at the 59th annual ceremony on Sunday, February 12, 2017. The Recording Academy nominated 28 alumni as well as two composers who have studied with Berklee Online.

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Berklee Alumni Recognized at 17th Annual Latin Grammy Awards

December 5, 2016

Three Berklee alumni were recognized at the 17th annual Latin Grammy Awards this year: Gustavo Farías ’84, Gustavo Celis ’94, and Lewis Pickett ‘09.

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Students learn from Marta Roma, Berklee Global Jazz Institute post-graduate intern

From Classrooms to Top Festival Stages, Internships Call Global Jazz Graduates

December 2, 2016

After completing a global jazz–focused master’s degree program, Lee Seung-Ha '15 '16G and Marta Roma '15 '16G teach and work behind the scenes at some of the world’s top jazz festivals.

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Betty Who '13

Five All-Stars from Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Program

December 2, 2016

Who first sought out the Berklee boost in their teenaged years at Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program?

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From Pop Star to Berklee, Vasuda Sharma Makes Music Her Way

November 28, 2016

After success in India and hits with the band Aasma, Vasuda Sharma '12 wanted something more: she wanted to be better, not just bigger, so she came to Berklee to learn and grow as a musician.

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Still shot from the HBO series 'Westworld,' scored by Berklee alumnus Ramin Djawadi '98

Scoring Westworld: Ramin Djawadi ’98 Blends the Futuristic and the Historical

November 22, 2016

Acclaimed composer Ramin Djawadi '98 plays with two worlds—the sci-fi future and the Old West—in scoring HBO's Westworld. The Berklee alumnus is also known for his scoring work on HBO's Game of Thrones.

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Daniel McDermott, CEO of Brighton House Associates; photo by Dave Green

From Berklee to Business, Investment CEO McDermott ’02 Sets the Beat

November 21, 2016

After finding his groove as a drummer at Berklee, Daniel McDermott ’02 is CEO of Brighton House Associates, an alternative investment firm serving more than 26,000 investors.

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Berklee alumnus Wang Leehom '99 at Boston's Symphony Hall

Slideshow: Wang Leehom ’99 Brings Symphony Hall to Its Feet

November 21, 2016

Chinese-American singer-songwriter Wang Leehom ‘99, the King of Chinese Pop, recently performed his world-renowned music with Berklee students at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

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Gustavo Celis '94, 2016 Latin Grammy Record of the Year winner

Celis '94 Rides ‘La Bicicleta’ to Latin Grammy Record of the Year

November 18, 2016

Berklee alumnus Gustavo Celis ’94 won a gold-plated gramophone for Record of the Year at the 17th annual Latin Grammy Awards.

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Courtney Harrell '01

VIDEO: Alumna Courtney Harrell ’01 Reaches Top 12 on The Voice

November 14, 2016

Looking for a favorite to cheer on in NBC’s hit performance show, The Voice? Berklee alumna and singer-songwriter Courtney Harrell ‘01 is one of 12 competitors remaining on the show.

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Alex, Stephen, and Will pose together backstage.

On Broadway, Alumni Lacamoire, Oremus, and Wells Give Back

November 10, 2016

Broadway titans Alex Lacamoire ’95 (Hamilton, In the Heights) and Stephen Oremus ’92 (The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots) recently spoke as part of a panel moderated by Will Wells '11 (Hamilton), "Directing Greatness: An Evening Behind Broadway." Lacamoire then visited Berklee, giving notes to students working on an upcoming production of In the Heights.

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Lawrence Fields '08

Rising Jazz Pianist Lawrence Fields ’08 Reunites with His Berklee Family

November 10, 2016

In advance of his upcoming concert at the Red Room at Cafe 939 as part of The Checkout—Live at Berklee, which will be broadcast on NPR station WBGO, jazz pianist Lawrence Fields '08 discusses his path to and after Berklee, upcoming projects, and how his education informs his music.

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L'ai Dowsett

From Berklee to Apple and Tesla, La'i Dowsett '14 Fuses Music and Business to Blaze Tech Trail

October 28, 2016

Alumna La'i Dowsett '14, who began her career with Apple and currently works in marketing at Tesla, melds her passion for music and business with technology.

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Alejandro Sanz and Berklee students at the Rise Up as One concert

Berklee Musicians Join Alejandro Sanz at Rise Up as One Concert

October 19, 2016

Berklee students and alumni performed with Alejandro Sanz at Univision's Rise Up as One concert in San Diego, near the U.S.-Mexico border, on Saturday, October 15, 2016. The concert featured many of the biggest names in Latin music calling for political participation and breaking down barriers rather than building walls.

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Wang Leehom '99

PODCAST: Wang Leehom ‘99

October 18, 2016

Listen to a song by Wang Leehom ’99, the King of Chinese Pop, who will join students in a celebration of his music at Symphony Hall on Sunday, November 13, 2016.

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