In Berklee City Music tradition, our annual summit includes a discussion between students and a selected panel involved in the music industry. This year it is called “Moving with Intent: Passion, Persistence, and Creativity in Today’s Music Industry”. This year each panel member’s expertise is both broad and different. This is going to make for one interesting discussion you cannot miss.
Meet Our Moderator
Christopher Emdin is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as director of science education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education. He is currently a Caperton Fellow and Hip-Hop Archive Fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. Emdin was recently honored as a STEM Access Champion of Change by the White House and serves as a Minorities in Energy ambassador for the United States Department of Energy. He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, and he writes the provocative “Emdin 5” series on a number of contemporary social issues for the Huffington Post.
Meet The 2016 Coach Panel
Academy Award winner Frayser Boy is a rapper from Memphis, Tennessee; he won Best Original Song for “It’s Hard Out Here for Pimp” from the movie Hustle and Flow. His debut album on Three 6 Mafia’s Hypnotize Minds label, Gone on that Bay, was released in 2003. He followed with two more albums for Hypnotize Minds, Me Being Me in 2005 and Da Key in 2008. In 2014 he appeared in Martin Shore’s film Take Me to the River in a collaboration with blues legend Bobby Rush.
A filmmaker and online personality, New Yorker Sara Dietschy creates inspiring video content for her self-titled YouTube channel that has 100,000 subscribers. Her passion for the creative community started with creating music videos for her high school band and now continues through daily vlogs and ongoing video series including Creative Spaces TV and That Creative Life, both of which aim to explain the where and how behind creative life.
Panos Panay ’94 is the founding managing director of Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, a passionate entrepreneur and active startup mentor in the creative media space, and the founder of Sonicbids, the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online. He led the company as CEO for 13 years, building a subscriber network of 550,000 bands and 35,000 promoters from more than 100 countries, until after its successful acquisition by Backstage LLC. He writes about startups and entrepreneurship for blogs and publications, and has been named to Inc. magazine’s “Inc. 500” and Fast Company’s “Fast 50.
Asya Shein – Founder and Publisher of FUSICOLOGY, The Source for Progressive Events, Music & Culture since 2003 aggregating event listings in 20 US cities along with exclusive content and music that define the Soul Diaspora. Working in the music business since the age of 15, as a promoter then later talent agent, Asya was born with music and an industrious spirit in her bones. As a Los Angeles-based new media, tech and music marketing entrepreneur, Shein keeps ahead of the curve of pop culture, and strives to stay fresh by introducing new sounds, events, and talent to an unsuspecting public.
Noted as one of the greatest instrumentalists and clinicians in music, Syreeta Thompson’s musical gifts prove to be both sincere and incomparable. The powerful trumpeter has managed to blaze through the gospel industry circuit by sharing the stage with many of its greatest icons, from the renowned Hezekiah Walker and the LFT Church Choir to the legendary Dorinda Clark-Cole. One of Thompson’s premier achievements to date is her role as the instrumental music coordinator for Clark-Cole’s Singers and Musicians Conference. Thompson is the department chair of middle school instrumental music for the Cicely Tyson School of Fine and Performing Arts in East Orange, New Jersey, and is currently at work on her ambitious sophomore project, Winner, scheduled for release in fall 2016.
Meet The 2016 Student Panel
Angelina Botticelli is a 16 year old sophomore vocalist at Boston Arts Academy. She has been a student in the Berklee City Music program since 4th grade and majored in drums before switching to vocal in the 9th grade. Aspiring singer songwriter, she has performed at places like The Sinclair, Club Passim, Paradise rock club, the Middle East, and many more. At the age of 12 Angelina released her first self titled EP and is now preparing to release “Emotions” the first EP from her band Wild Painting, set to be out later this year.
Sarah Coelho is a singer songwriter from Boston, MA. Since the age of 7, Sarah has been studying at a music non-profit called ZUMIX where she took lessons for voice, piano, drums, and bass. At the age of 9, Sarah enrolled in Berklee City Music where she still studies to this day. Now a Senior at the Boston Arts Academy, Sarah looks forward to studying at Berklee College of Music in the Fall of 2017. Performing as a solo artist and with her two bands, some highlight performances have been touring Europe, singing the national Anthem solo for the Red Sox and Celtics, and opening for Grammy winner, Sting.
Born in Mexico City, Moises moved to South Central Los Angeles at 3 months old with his family. As an aspiring artist and songwriter, Moises draws his inspiration from such artists as Party Next Door, James Brown, Usher, 112, The Temptations, and Boyz 2 Men. Through his music he hopes to bring a new fresh musical approach to creativity, sincerity and positivity. Moises has been a member of A Place Called Home for over 3 years and continues to support his community through various music initiatives that he hopes in turn will bring much needed love, hope, trust and unity to his community.
Joshua McGregor is an aspiring singer and songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. Since 2014, he has been an active member at The Door in NYC, where he accesses an array of comprehensive youth services. Joshua is part of the Vanguard Development Project (VDP), a young artist collective that has allowed him to further his passion for audio production and performance. He has performed in numerous venues throughout the City, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the NYC Pride March, and various City Council Youth Fairs. Joshua desires to pursue a career in the music industry that will allow him to travel, while further developing his business acumen.