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Here Is What $1 Million Looks Like in Puerto Rico

By: Jason Camelio, Director of International Programs

We have closed out another year at Berklee in Puerto Rico. The final concert, held on Sunday, June 3rd showcased the fine talent and hard work of the students and the faculty members from the week-long program. In just over 4-hours, 16 bands performed dozens of pieces of music running the stylistic gamut. From small group jazz and rock to the hair-raising large jazz orchestra and choirs, the show was a fantastic success. Huge thanks goes out to Carolyn Wilkins, Darcel Wilson, Greg Badolato, Eguie Castrillo, Ken Cervenka, Rick Peckham, Bob, Pilkington and Casey Scheuerell.

As a result of the work of the Berklee faculty members in Puerto Rico for the past 17-years, we have seen a steady rise in the level of skill and musicianship in the young students here. This increase in talent has made it possible for more and more students to continue their studies at Berklee as full-time students. From Miguel Zenon and Ruben Amador to Nannette Velez and Carlos Ayala to Kalani Trinidad and Edmar Colon…the list will go on and on. Special thanks goes to trustee and Berklee alum Luis Alvarez for his support of this event, Larry Monroe and Greg Badolato for their dedication to the program over these years and to Joey Sala for all the work he does to help us pull off a successful program year after year.

And with the close of each Berklee in Puerto Rico program we have an awards ceremony. The awards include Berklee Online courses, awards from the Conservatorio de Artes del Caribe, 5 Week Summer Performance Program Scholarships and awards towards Full-Time Study. For the past few years, we been conducting auditions and interviews (A&I) at the program in order to assist students on their path to Berklee. The first year that we conducted A&I at the program, we were able to jump from awarding $70,000 in partial tuition scholarships based on only nominations from faculty members to approximately $300,000 based on the A&I — which allows for acceptance consideration to the college and higher scholarship award potential. Last year, we cleared the $700,000 mark. This year, we have hit a major watershed. With the level of talent at a steady rise, it was inevitable. This year the director of scholarships Tod Oliviere was excited to announce that the total amount of awards being made to Berklee’s programs in Boston exceed $1 million dollars.

2012 Berklee in Puerto Rico Scholarship Winners

So, here is what $1 million dollars looks like. Congratulations!

Sing Your Song — In Spain!

The Office of International Programs and Summer Programs are excited to announce the faculty members for the 2012 Singer-Songwriter and Vocalist program to be conducted at our new campus in Valencia, Spain from July 3rd to 5th.  This will be the second year we hold this program which will cover stage performance techniques, song form and harmony, lyric writing and vocal technique.  Students will have the opportunity to work with world class Berklee faculty members associate professor of ensembles Nancy Morris, instructor of voice and ear training Darcel Wilson, singer/songwriter Livingston Taylor and Professor of Ensembles Ken Zambello.  Also, stay tuned for news about s special guest artist in residence for the program!

2012 Singer-Songwriter and Vocalist Faculty

2012 Singer-Songwriter and Vocalist Faculty

We encourage you to check out the complete details for this program and the 3 other new programs we will produce during the month of July as well.  The other programs include;

Berklee Groove School
Art of Improvisation: Blues and Jazz
Re:Tool – Music Technology in Performance and Production

We look forward to seeing you in Valencia!

Get Your Groove On and Learn the Art of Improvising

2012 Berklee Groove School and Art of Improvisation

Faculty members for the 2012 Berklee Groove School and Art of Improvisation

Vocalists and Instrumentalist of all styles are encouraged to check out two new special programs Berklee will produce at our new campus in Valencia, Spain this summer.  Berklee Groove School and the Art of Improvisation: Blues and Jazz will introduce musicians to the important topics related to live performance. 

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2012 Berklee in Puerto Rico – Faculty Announced

Berklee will once again return to San Juan for the 17th annual Berklee in Puerto Rico Program.  Berklee in Puerto Rico is made possible with generous support from Berklee alumnus and Trustee Luis Alvarez ’83, vice president of Mendez & Company, Inc., and executive producer of the Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest. In addition to helping coordinate the program, Alvarez and his corporation will donate $10,000 for the Mendez & Co. — Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest Scholarship to be awarded at the end of the program.

BOR PR 2012 Faculty

2012 Berklee in Puerto Rico Faculty Members

We are happy to announce the list of high profile faculty members that will be teaching at the program.  This includes;

• Greg Badolato (woodwinds and strings), assistant vice president for international programs,
• Eguie Castrillo (percussion), associate professor of percussion,
• Jason Camelio (special lectures), director of international programs,
• Ken Cervenka (brass), professor of brass,
• Rick Peckham (guitar), assistant chair of guitar,
• Bob Pilkington (harmony and big band), professor of jazz composition,
• Casey Scheuerull (drum set), professor of percussion,
• Oscar Stagnaro (bass), professor of bass,
• Carolyn Wilkins (piano), professor of ensembles, and
• Darcel Wilson (voice), instructor of ear training
(Please note that this list is subject to change)

Click here for more details and to apply for the 2012 Berklee in Puerto Rico program.

Impromptu student jam session

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