The Student Affairs team in Valencia, Spain, seeks to provide students with the services and support systems needed to ensure their wellbeing and, ultimately, their success. They seek to enrich the student experience by cultivating active leaders, community builders, and global citizens through a wealth of extracurricular opportunities for growth and development. Learn more by visiting the Valencia Student Services website.
Director of Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion, Valencia
Clara Barbera started at Berklee Valencia in 2011. Previously, she was a professional classical and modern dancer. As a soloist at the English National Ballet, she danced main roles in ballets including Swan Lake and The Nutcracker as well as neoclassical pieces by Mark Morris and Cathy Marston, among others. As a member of Rambert Dance Company, she performed work by choreographers like Merce Cunningham and Doug Varone. She has also choreographed her own work and curated and produced many shows.
She has a bachelor's degree in business studies from Open University in the U.K., a master's degree in arts management from the Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales in Spain, and is certified by the Royal Academy of Dance. In her current role, she offers support structures and resources, and development opportunities for Valencia students, aiming to enrich their overall student experience regardless of academic program or length of time spent in Valencia. From coordinating housing and healthcare to offering cocurricular programming, she assists Valencia students in realizing their full potential. As cochair of the diversity and inclusion committee at the Valencia campus, she also works to provide a safe and caring environment where all community members can thrive.
A founding member of New Movement Collective in the U.K., she enjoys participating in all dance-related opportunities. She also enjoys outdoor sports, cultural outings, traveling, listening to all music, and spending quality time with family and friends. Her favorite cities are Valencia, Boston, and London. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Director of Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion, Valencia
Max Wright is a creative promoter, music counselor, and Latin Grammy Award–winning musician raised in Spain, and of French and American heritage. He completed a Master of Arts in Global Entertainment and Music Business in 2014 at Berklee Valencia, where he now works as senior coordinator for Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion. His thesis while at Berklee was to develop four consecutive editions of the TEDxBerkleeValencia conferences as the creative director while combining his role as founder and director of the Formentera Jazz and the Menorca Groove festivals, both held in the Balearic Islands, Spain.
Before Berklee, he studied theater and the history of theater at the BRIT School of performing arts in London, and later contemporary theater and music at Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England. Later he decided to pursue his professional career within the music industry in the city of Barcelona, Spain, where he became an integral part of several bands of national and international prestige.
For over a decade, Wright toured the world, playing some of the most exciting festivals and legendary music venues, including Glastonbury, Sydney Opera House, New York’s Central Park, River Plate Stadium, and the North Sea Jazz Festival, among others, as a permanent member of the music group Ojos de Brujo. With this group, he won several awards: a Latin Grammy in 2008, with a second nomination in 2011; a BBC Award in 2004; a Premios de la Música in 2005; and the Premios Impala in both 2006 and 2007. He has also recorded in-studio sessions for acclaimed songwriter and composer Nitin Sawhney and bands such as Imam Baildi, 08001, Nubla, the Fitzgeralds, and many more. Other musical experience includes collaborating live with bands such as London's Asian Dub Foundation and the Paris/Berlin duo Okou, as well as directing many musical workshops in Germany, Brazil, France, the U.K., Spain, and Bulgaria.
In recent years, he has launched Royal Sonora, a platform dedicated to providing original musical content for advertising on TV, soundtracks in film, and artist curation for live events. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Antonio Muñoz Ballester
Student Affairs Administration Coordinator
Antonio Muñoz Ballester joined Berklee as student affairs administration coordinator. Prior to Berklee, he worked as a booking agent and was head of production at prominent music management and booking companies in Valencia, Spain, working with world-renowned artists such as Chano Dominguez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Eli Degibri.
He has a bachelor's degree in politics and international relations from the University of Bristol, and is highly interested in world affairs, history, and political philosophy.
In his free time, he enjoys all outdoor activities and sports, and has a passion for surfing and travelling. He is also an active musician. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Laura Blasco Llopis
Student Engagement Assistant Coordinator
Laura Blasco Llopis graduated from the Master of Music in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games program at Berklee Valencia. While studying for her degree, she led two benefit projects: the fourth edition of the Valencia Film Orchestra, a film music concert where Valencian and Berklee musicians play to benefit a Valencian foundation called FUVANE, and the orchestration of the song “Inolvidable” (Unforgettable), written by two Berklee students for the Valencian Alzheimer’s choir called Les Veus de la Memòria. The success of both projects inspired her to stay one more year as a graduate program fellow while working on her artistic skills, as well as on a project called More Than Music, which is a space where the Valencian and Berklee communities commit to doing music for good causes. This led her to become the current student engagement assistant coordinator.
Before Berklee, she earned a bachelor's degree in piano performance, and she has also studied violoncello, orchestra and choir conducting, and composition. After graduating magna cum laude from Berklee, she has been working under her artistic name, Laura Beele. She has worked on eight short films, one of them awarded Best Score at the International Short Film Festival El Álamo, and she has also composed several concert pieces.
A huge Harry Potter and Star Wars fan, in her free time she enjoys listening to music while walking down the Turia riverbed. But what she loves the most is having a good paella. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.