Berklee signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Seoul, South Korea’s Baekseok Arts University (BAU) to create mutual educational opportunities for students at both schools. The collaborative agreement will include internships for Berklee students at BAU, opportunities for BAU students to attend Berklee programs in the U.S. and Spain, and teaching residencies by Berklee faculty at the university’s campus in Seoul.
Jennifer Roe, manager of planning and communications in the Office of the President, has accepted a position to become the general manager of the Heifetz International Music Institute, located on the campus of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia (coincidentally, the town in which she was born). Additionally, Jennifer’s husband, Ben, has accepted the position of executive director at the Institute. It is an unprecedented opportunity for both of them—one that they could not turn down.
There was a time when the life of a musician seemed so much simpler. Those were the days before iTunes, Spotify, and peer-to-peer sharing became essential terms in the artist lexicon. But now that contemporary musicians rely on dozens of revenue streams to make ends meet, the age of simply playing shows and selling albums out of a station wagon is long gone.
K-pop star Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video has made history by logging more than a billion YouTube views, skyrocketing the South Korean singer and his horsey dance to worldwide fame. In many cases, fame is regional, but Psy (who attended Berklee from 1999–2000) brought exposure to a new level when his song swept the globe so rapidly. He has also brought more attention to other Korean pop (K-pop) artists.