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Author: Mark Campbell

Our Week in Brazil Concludes…

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Berklee's Bruno Raberg (bass) and Jim Odgren (sax) entertain the crowd.

Berklee's Bruno Raberg (bass) and Jim Odgren (sax) entertain the crowd.

We’ve had a full week in São Paulo in conjunction with our partner school Souza Lima. The agenda included clinics from our extraordinary faculty team (Jim Odgren, Bruno Raberg and Matt Glaser), auditions and interviews for admission applicants, visits to local schools and government organizations, interviews for radio and television and a lot of opportunity for all of us to learn more about Brazil and its music.

As I reflect on the week, the word that continuously comes to mind is joy. Every experience, from our interactions with students, teachers, local musicians, and the Brazilian people themselves, is engulfed by a kind of joyous exuberance for life, and especially for music.

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Brazilian Hospitality and a Brief Reminder of Why We Do Auditions and Interviews

The warmth and friendliness of the Brazilian people surrounds us as we visit our partner school in São Paulo (Souza Lima College of Music) and conduct auditions and interviews for admission. While the occasional nuance may be lost in translation (our collective Portuguese ability approximates zero!) we are welcomed with open arms and a shared respect and love for music and education.

Berklee staff and faculty meet Souza Lima faculty

Left to right: Jim Odgren (assistant, Professional Performance), Matt Glaser (artistic director, American Roots Music Program), Sam Skau (International Programs), and Mark Campbell (VP for enrollment), of Berklee; Antonio Mário Cunha, director of Souza Lima; Bruno Raberg, Berklee faculty bassist; Gilberto de Syllos, Souza Lima faculty; and Doug Bennett, Berklee admissions

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