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Veni. Vidi. Vici.

Carmen WoodruffCarmen Woodruff is a Contemporary Vocal Performance graduate student at Berklee’s Valencia campus. Originally from the Detroit Metropolitan area, Carmen attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. After working for 10 years in the marketing field and some serious soul-searching, she went back to school to complete a second degree in Music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is now living her dream at Berklee College of Music in Valencia and encourages others to do the same. It’s never too late! Follow Carmen’s musical journey on Facebook or Reverbnation.

“Veni; vidi; vici.” – Julius Caesar

We came; we saw; we conquered. We did it! We made it through our first semester as graduate students at Berklee’s beautiful Valencia campus. We sure are lucky to be a part of this progressive phenomenon where we’re able to create and explore amongst friends we now call our family. As we prepare for Spring semester, I can’t help but to reflect on the past five months we’ve shared.

I think about the study abroad students from the Boston campus who’ve touched our hearts with their infectious energy and talents. One in particular blew me away as she scatted Ella-style while simultaneously playing the drums at Café Mercedes one night. Another student with his wacky hairstyles and witty banter had us all in stitches in keyboarding class every Wednesday. At one point, I started to feel like their mother, instructing them to alert me when they arrived back from a trip to London and worrying about them throughout their weekend journey.

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The Land of Berklee in Valencia

Carmen WoodruffCarmen Woodruff is a Contemporary Vocal Performance graduate student at Berklee’s Valencia campus. Originally from the Detroit Metropolitan area, Carmen attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. After working for 10 years in the marketing field and some serious soul-searching, she went back to school to complete a second degree in Music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is now living her dream at Berklee College of Music in Valencia and encourages others to do the same. It’s never too late! Follow Carmen’s musical journey on Facebook or Reverbnation.

“Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high, there’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby. Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” – E.Y. Harburg and Harold Allen

These are the sentiments I reflect on daily as I walk to class, scurry to the state-of-the-art studios, or anticipate show time, which happens more often than not. This is a dream I’m living. It just started and I don’t want to wake up! I’m not alone in this. Ask any Berklee student here in Valencia and they will sing “la misma canción” (the same song).

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Gabrielle Thornley: Cause for Celebration…

Berklee Blogs introduces Gabrielle Thornley, a Professional Music major and spring intern, as she begins her internship with The Echo Nest, a music intelligence company that provides the largest repository of music data in the world for app developers. In today’s blog, Gabrielle illustrates Echo Nest’s work hard, play hard mentality…

The Annual Echo Nest Mustachio Bashio turned out to be a huge success and the best celebration yet, according to employees. After lunch was delivered that Friday afternoon, the music began blasting throughout the office, signaling the end of the work day, despite the fact that it was only one o’clock.

As soon as “Eye Of The Tiger” started playing, the office door of the company’s founder flew open, spilling clouds of fog. He emerged from the room pushing the beloved trophy, that was taller than me. The office broke out into a burst of cheers and clapping. We spent the next hour watching the hilarious skits performed by the men of the office and I had the honor of being chosen to be the official announcer. Afterwards, the ladies were forced to pick only three winners, earning the men trophies and a year’s worth of bragging rights. The choice was difficult, but a big congratulations to the winners!

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Gabrielle Thornley: Round Two?

Berklee Blogs introduces Gabrielle Thornley, a Professional Music major and spring intern, as she begins her internship with The Echo Nest, a music intelligence company that provides the largest repository of music data in the world for app developers. In today’s blog, Gabrielle tells us her thoughts on possibly extending her internship experience…

As my time at the Echo Nest winds down, I realize just how much I’m going to miss this experience in it’s entirety. I’m strongly considering continuing my internship with the Echo Nest next Fall in order to increase my chances of a job offer in the future. Over a bottle of wine, I talked to my supervisor, Michelle, about her start in the company. It’s reassuring to know that at one point, she was also a QA/Marketing Intern, just like myself.

This week, the Echo Nest is working with a large computer software technology corporation. Although the interns have not been told the reason the company needs our data, we have definitely been working hard to make sure it is as accurate as possible, meaning my week has consisted of spreadsheet, after spreadsheet, after more spreadsheets. Hopefully we’ll be finding out soon what role we play in the development of this deal and how the Echo Nest will benefit!

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Gabrielle Thornley: Looking West…

Berklee Blogs introduces Gabrielle Thornley, a Professional Music major and spring intern, as she begins her internship with The Echo Nest, a music intelligence company that provides the largest repository of music data in the world for app developers. In today’s blog, Gabrielle tells us about the expansion of The Echo Nest to the West Coast and some fun projects she’s been working on…

This has been a fun-filled couple of weeks for us at the Echo Nest. Mustache March has been thrown into full effect around the office, meaning a lot of unshaven faces walking around. The handful of girls at work will be the judges of this “Mustachio Contest,” so I must admit that I am a little excited for that.

On a different note, I’ve been working on a slew of fun projects recently. We’ve continued on with the Playlist Project, which I must admit, has been my favorite activity so far. I added a few new R&B tunes to my “Getting Lucky” playlist, while generating another list based solely on the act of stretching before a workout. Interpreting that as more of a calming vibe, I kept the playlist acoustic, with a consistent folky sound throughout. Along with all the playlisting, I was asked to research and purchase the top songs trending in about 15 different countries right now. It was really awesome to see what people around the world are listening to, compared to the United States. Despite the many similarities, the translations, however, were not too much fun.

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