Removing Barriers to Education

“Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program was such an amazing experience that I knew I needed to go to Berklee for college. A few months after that, I auditioned and earned a Presidential Scholarship, which pays for everything for all four years. If I didn’t have that scholarship, I wouldn’t be here today.”

The world will soon learn if Nashville can handle a jazz player moving into town, because that’s what Chase Potter plans to do after graduation. Classically trained on violin since the age of four, he grew up playing fiddle tunes with his father in Columbia, Ohio. But when he discovered jazz, he realized he wanted to study “lots of stuff.” Berklee has a faculty and culture that can honor and serve both his roots and his evolving interests.

“I kind of knew I was going to be a violin performance major, and I wanted to be as good a player as I could be. But I’ve also taken classes in other areas, such as arranging, production, business, and songwriting, so I feel I’m becoming a very well-rounded person and musician.”

Chase Potter ’15
Performance major and violin student