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A história da Berklee College Of Music

Bloggers_VinVinícius Cavalieri de Sá Coutinho, born in São Paulo on March 8, 1992, is a Brazilian guitarist and composer. 

Hoje vou falar um pouco sobre a história da Berklee, como ela surgiu, quando ela surgiu e outras curiosidades. Aposto que muita gente, assim como eu há um tempo atrás, não faz ideia do porquê do nome Berklee, então decidi dedicar esse post ao surgimento da nossa querida universidade. 

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Student Post: Friendliness, Generosity and Kindness Abroad

Drum principal and professional performance major, Elena Bonomo ’14, blogs about the recent BIN visit to Kuala Lumpur’s International College of Music. 

Guitarist and electronic production and design major Annie Grunwald (`13) and drummer and professional performance major Elena Bonomo (`14) back stage at KLPAC.

Guitarist and electronic production and design major Annie Grunwald (`13) and drummer and professional performance major Elena Bonomo (`14) back stage at KLPAC.

Having the chance to perform in Malaysia was one of the best experiences of my life! At the start of our journey, Annie (Grunwald) and I had no idea what to expect. Neither of us had ever traveled so far from home before! As soon as we were introduced to the students from International College Music (ICOM), we knew that this trip was going to be special.

Our first days were spent rehearsing with the girls for the Tribute to Classic Rock Concert. Annie and I were part of the “Women In Rock” portion of the show (the other two sets were tributes to American Rock and British Rock). The rehearsal process was one of the most intense that I’ve ever experienced. We ran through our set, performed numerous sound checks, learned the stage blocking, got fitted for costumes, ran dress rehearsals, and received notes from the directors and producers of the show. The attention to detail (from the monitor levels, to the video angles and lighting cues, to the stage blocking, to the sound in the house) was at a level that I never experienced before. Everyone who was responsible for producing the show really did an amazing job ensuring that every single aspect of the show was perfect.

I had such a fun time performing in the two concerts! The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center (KLPAC) was such a beautiful venue in which to perform. What really amazed me was the fact that everyone who performed in the show also doubled as a guitar tech, drum tech, etc. And many of them played multiple instruments during the show! It was hard to tell which one was their principle instrument, since they were all equally amazing on everything that they played. Many of the students also ran sound and lighting, which can be such a hard task, given that there were three different sets with multiple instrument changes. It was really an honor to share the stage with such talented musicians! We really appreciate that the students from ICOM let us be part of a show that was so special to them.  They had been working on this show for 3 months before we got there.

Annie Grunwald (guitar - Left) and Elena Bonomo (drum set) performing at the 2013 ICOM Celebration Series - Classic Rock Showcase at KLPAC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Annie Grunwald (guitar – Left) and Elena Bonomo (drum set) performing at the 2013 ICOM Celebration Series – Classic Rock Showcase at KLPAC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Along with performing in the two tribute concerts, we also had some time to explore the beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur. We visited the Batu Caves (and became best friends with the monkeys), shopped at Central Market, visited some malls, and ate a tasty banana leaf dinner in Bangsar Village. The girls had been telling us about how we just HAD to try banana leaf since the first day we got there — and wow, it was so worth it! It’s basically a ton of spicy chicken, lamb, fish, rice and vegetables that are served family style, on top of a banana leaf! And you’re supposed to eat it with your hands. It was definitely messy, but so worth it!

Traveling to Malaysia was one of the best experiences of my life, and I will remember it forever. In just a week, we made such close friends and it was hard to say goodbye. Even though we were halfway across the world, everyone that we met made us feel right at home. We were so humbled by the friendliness, generosity, and genuine kindness of everyone we met at ICOM. I look forward to working with all of these talented people someday in the future, and also seeing some of them at Berklee next year! I hope that someday we will get a chance to repay them for all that they did for us. Many thanks to ICOM president Miss Irene (Savari), ICOM vice president Dato’ Ravi (Savari), professor of music technology Mr. Nilesh (Thomas), Roger Brown, Tod Oliviere and the Scholarship Office, Jason Camelio, and everyone who made this trip possible! I am truly honored to have been part of such an amazing journey.”

Berklee Breaks Ground at 160 Mass. Ave.

President Roger H. Brown and Mayor Tom Menino spoke last week at the groundbreaking event for Berklee’s new building at 160 Mass. Ave. See the videos at, and read the full story on

“Finally! After four and a half years of planning and seven years of imagining, we are in the ground with our new technology center, performance venue/cafeteria, and student residence building at 160 Mass Ave/we will add 9 new recording studios and production suites and capacity to house 370 students!”

~President Roger H. Brown (find him on Facebook for more updates!)

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총장님과의 저녁식사 – Dinner with the President

총장님의 첫 한국 방문을 앞두고, 뜻깊은 자리가 있었는데요.

18명의 한국학생들을 직접 집으로 초대하셔서 한국에서 알아두면 좋은 점, 문화적으로 다른 점 등 여러가지를 공유할 수 있는 기회를 만들어 주셨습니다.

저도 그 모임에 다녀왔는데요, 그저 딱딱한 모임이 아닌 매우 유쾌하고 편안한 시간이였습니다.

총장님께서는 직접 가족도 소개해주시고, 맛있는 저녁으로 저희를 맞이해주셨습니다.              (디저트까지 너무 맛있었어요.. ♫ )

그리고 학생 한명씩 각자 준비해온 내용을 발표할때마다 총장님께서는 열심히 노트에 필기를 하셨습니다.

이번 첫 한국 방문에 대해 굉장히 설레어하셨고, 그래서 한국에 대한 서적도 찾아 읽으셨던 얘기를 듣고 저희 모두가 뿌듯했습니다.

특히 전혜림 피아노 교수님의 피아노 연주와, 영화음악과 공연전공인 정은혜씨의 장구 연주로 즐거움을 더했습니다.

저희 뿐만 아니라,  6분의 든든한 스탭분들도 참석 하여 주셨습니다.

Jim Ricciuti, Director of Berklee Fund and Alumni Relations

Mirek Vana, Major Gifts Officer

Joanne Whitaker, Associate Chief of Staff/Board Liaison

Kevin Johnson, Multicultural Educator – Program Manager

Cara Frankowicz, International Student Advisor

그리고 이 모임을 계획하고 준비하신

Haein Erin Lee, Administrative Assistant (Office of the President)/Accompanist Coordinator (Voice Department)

( 사진 제공 : Young Kim,  /  Jung Eun Kwon, )

모임에 참석한 upper semester(학기수가 높은) 학생들은 편안한 분위기의 모임에 좋은 시간을 가졌고 정말 기분좋은 경험이라고 하였습니다.

또한, 한국에 대해 배우려고 하시는 총장님의 노력에 놀라였다고 합니다.

다만, 아쉬운 것은 시간의 부족함과 이런 종류의 다양한 한국 모임의 필요성에 대해 느낀 것 이라고 합니다.

그리고 얼마 후 조선일보에 총장님의 방한에 대한 기사가 나왔습니다.

아래 링크를 클릭해주세요 😀

80여개국에서 온 학생들이 재학 중인 버클리 음대는 대중음악가의 길을 걸으려는 전 세계의 젊은이들에게는

‘꿈의 학교’로 통한다. ‘버클리’를 꿈꾸는 한국의 음악학도들에게 브라운 총장은 이렇게 말했다.

“문을 두드리세요. 우리는 음악을 가르치고 사랑합니다. 과거가 아닌 미래를 내다보죠.

음악의 세계처럼 힘차고 역동적인 것은 없습니다.”

총장님과 함께하는 총동문회 in Seoul – Alumni Reception in Seoul with President Brown.


저는 Mihee Kim 뒤를 이어 버클리 한국어 블로그를 담당하게 된 Ruby Choi 라고 합니다.

앞으로 다양한 주제로 업데이트 할 예정이니 많은 관심 부탁드립니다 😀

최근 페이스북 버클리 한인동창회

페이지에서도 많은 분들이 관심을 가져주시고 제가 가장 기대되는 HOT 이벤트가 있습니다!

그것은 바로 총장님의 첫 방한과 더불어 Berklee에서 *직접* 개최하는 총동문회가 다가오는 29일에 열리기 때문인데요.

Berklee Alumni Affairs를 통해 이메일로 초청 이메일이 발송 되었다고 합니다.

하지만 버클리 1세대를 비롯한 80~90년대초 졸업생분들은 학교측 데이터 베이스에 이메일 주소가 없기 때문에

시스템의 한계로 연락이 가지 못했다고 합니다.

이러한 분들을 포함하여 총동문회에 참석 하고자 하시는 분들은

24일까지 참석 여부 확인 메일을 (영문으로) 이름/전화번호/이메일을 포함하여 서둘러 보내주세요 🙂

저도 한국이라면 가고 싶네요 ㅠ_ㅠ

총동문회야 말로 제가 졸업 후 겪어야 할 미래와 현재 한국의 음악계와 음악시장 등

선배님들과 많은 얘기를 나누어 볼 수 있는 좋은 기회인 것 같아요.

따로 내시는 회비도 없고, 게다가 메뉴도 뷔페라고 합니다 여러분!!!

뷔페요… 서둘러서 이메일을 보내주셔야 겟죠 ? >_<

Berklee Alumni Reception in Seoul, South Korea

You are invited to join Berklee President Roger H. Brown and a team of Berklee faculty and staff for an alumni reception in Seoul.

Visiting faculty and staff include: Lawrence Simpson, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost, Guillermo Cisneros, Vice President for Global Initiatives, Greg Badolato, Assistant Vice President for International Programs, Don Gorder, Chair of Music Business and Management, Kurt Biederwolf, Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production, Scott Free, Professor of Jazz Composition, Mirek Vana, Institutional Advancement, Pearly (Swee Yin) Lee, Assistant Director of Admissions (International) and Rebecca Blacker, International Applicant Advisor

Please join us to learn about Berklee’s new Global Initiatives, connect with fellow alumni, and meet President Roger Brown.

위에 보시는 바와 같이 총장님 뿐만 아니라 많은 교수님들와 스태프 분들께서도  참석하십니다.

혹시 수업을 들었던 교수님이 오실수도 있으니 참고하셔요 *_*

다들 바쁘시지만 이번 기회를 통해 좀 더 다양한 선후배간의 교류가 있으면 좋겠습니다 🙂

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