Soundwaves (Issue 4)
Welcome to the fourth issue of Soundwaves, the newsletter for Soundbreaking: The Campaign for Berklee. Read on for Berklee President Roger H. Brown’s overview of the 22nd Encore Gala and Wang Leehom ‘99 concert at Symphony Hall, a look at Berklee’s global reach, and highlights from exciting summer and fall events.
A spectacular commencement concert and ceremony on May 6 and 7 ended the 2015–2016 academic year and launched Berklee’s busy summer season. More than 900 Berklee students from 68 countries received their degrees, a testament to Berklee’s global reach—and a theme for this issue of Soundwaves.
The summer continued with events in the greater Boston area, Illinois, California, and as far away as India. In mid-June, Berklee trustee Len Baker hosted a small dinner in the California Bay Area with presentations from Debbie Cavalier, senior vice president of Berklee Online; and Panos Panay, managing director of the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE). Mark and Roma Burnett, P’15, and Linda and John Henry, P’19, hosted events at their homes in Malibu, California, and Brookline, Massachusetts, respectively, to welcome newly accepted students and their families to Berklee.
In May, President Brown and his wife, Linda Mason, traveled to India with Berklee India Exchange (BIX) artistic director Annette Philip ‘09, managing director Clint Valladares ‘98, and the brilliant Berklee Indian Ensemble along with faculty members Livingston Taylor and Dennis Montgomery III '01 for a series of clinics and a sold-out concert. At the concert, President Brown presented three full-tuition scholarships, awarding funds raised during the sold-out A.R. Rahman concert at Symphony Hall in October 2014. Their total value is over $500,000, over and above the $300,000 that Berklee currently gives each year to Indian students. Learn more about this trip and other global initiatives in this issue’s feature story.
As December days grow shorter, we write to shine a spotlight on Soundbreaking: The Campaign for Berklee, which has soared past $90 million ($78.5 million booked plus $11.6 million verbal); and also give a shout-out to Boston Conservatory at Berklee, which has made a grand jeté toward its 150th anniversary goal. We are grateful to you, generous donors and friends of the college, for your support has made this continued success possible.
Cindy Albert Link
Senior Vice President, Institutional Advancement