Soundwaves (Issue 5)
Welcome to the fifth issue of Soundwaves, the e-newsletter for Soundbreaking: The Campaign for Berklee, filled with news and highlights of exciting spring events, Berklee President Roger H. Brown’s overview of last year’s merger with Boston Conservatory, and a look at the college’s institutional and global growth.
Boston Conservatory at Berklee held its 150th Anniversary Gala on May 9, ending the 2016–2017 academic year on a high note and marking the end of its first year since the merger. Generous donors contributed more than $760,000 to support Conservatory faculty, students, and programs.
The gala was a milestone evening in a year filled with exciting performances and events. In February, Conspirare, a talented group of musicians brought to us by David Clem and Kathy Shelton Clem, performed a moving, three-part oratorio, Considering Matthew Shepard, to a sold-out audience at Symphony Hall in Boston. Focusing on universal themes of anguish, grief, and hope, the majesty of the composition awakens a fundamental and shared understanding of the powerful role music plays in shaping our perception of the world around us. In early March, trustees and President’s Advisory Council members gathered with excitement at a reception before the concert featuring Beyoncé’s original all-female band, reunited after 10 years on the Berklee Performance Center stage. And in April, the Office of Admissions held welcome receptions around the United States to introduce newly accepted students and their families to Berklee and to one another. The receptions were hosted by friends of the college: Jim and Judy O’Brien ‘15P in Westfield, New Jersey; Liebe Patterson ‘20P in Ross, California; and Diane and Quintin Primo ‘19P (with cohosts Mimi and Bob Murley) in Chicago, Illinois.
As the summer semester unfolds, we are excited to report on Soundbreaking’s continued progress. As of May 31, the booked total is $87.6 million with verbal commitments of $8.7 million, bringing us to a total of $96.3 million. We are grateful to you, generous donors and friends. Your support makes this continued success possible.
Cindy Albert Link
Senior Vice President, Institutional Advancement