Guest Post: Sarah McLachlan Event

Today’s guest post is from Kasey Cox.  Kasey is the Enrollment and Advising Manager at City Music Boston.  She does a lot of advising and college prep work with students, and handles many communications while they’re here in Boston.

Sarah McLachlan Talking with BCMN students before her 7/19 concert
Sarah McLachlan Talking with BCMN students before her 7/19 concert

On Saturday, July 19, nine City Music Summer Scholars arrived at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion for a behind-the-scenes look at Sarah McLachlan’s Shine On tour. Her manager greeted us warmly and led an on-stage tour, where we were able to get up-close-and-personal with the instruments, set decorations, and lighting. Staring out at the empty seats in the 5,000 person venue, it was fun imagine that the seats would be filled in a few short hours.

City Music Summer Scholars Looking out over Blue Hills Bank Pavilion before the concert
City Music Summer Scholars Looking out over Blue Hills Bank Pavilion before the concert

After the stage tour, we had a question and answer session with the lighting and sound technicians before taking our front-row seats for sound check. With a quick wave to us, Sarah McLachlan took the stage with her four band mates. Hunter Gantz, a vocalist from Eagle Rock, later commented, “a lot of sound check was very high tech focused rather than band/instrument stuff.”

Sarah performing during the soundcheck.
Sarah performing during the soundcheck

Once sound check was completed, Sarah came off stage to chat with us. Molly Pope, a singer/songwriter from City Music Boston, asked Sarah about her microphone preference for singing and playing at the same time. Sarah commented that she is currently using a new microphone that requires more directional accuracy when singing, but performs better for this tented venue. Sarah was warm and engaging. She not only talked about positive social change, but her interactions throughout the day showed her commitment to and engagement in it as well.

While at dinner, we reflected on the highlights of the experience. They all agreed that Sarah seemed very cool and down to earth, but here were some other student take-aways:

  • Hunter Gantz, a vocalist from Eagle Rock, said “she’s just so impressive. She has so much control with her voice and warm energy.”
  • Ayanna Jacobs-EL thought she “has a good sense of humor” and “angelic voice.”
  • Grace Mann: “she danced on stage!”
  • “I was impressed that some of the set pieces were from her house,” Jared Griffin, a vocalist from Lincoln Park chimed in.
Sarah McLachlan performing at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Sarah McLachlan performing at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

As we took our seats for the concert, it was exhilarating to think we were on stage a few hours ago looking at empty seats now filled. A special thank you to Sarah McLachlan and her team for allowing us to learn about touring at this level, and to the many Berklee College of Music staff members who made this possible. It was a great afternoon and evening as City Music Summer Scholars were able to hang out at Sarah’s sound check, meet her and see how things work in the business.  Her stellar performance that evening was the perfect end to an exciting day!



City Music Scholarship Concert


The City Music Scholarship Concert is at the apex of the Five-Week Summer Performance Program.  The annual event, held at the Berklee Performance Center on August 12, will showcase the accomplishments of Berklee City Music Network students from across the country.  Over 100 Berklee City Music Network students will take the stage to perform rock, pop, jazz, hip-hop, inspirational, and R&B songs throughout the event, which will culminate in the awarding of several full 2014 City Music College Scholarships to select students to attend Berklee College of Music in the Fall.

Join us at 7:30pm on August 12, 2014 for an evening of spectacular student performances.  Tickets are available now!


Berklee City Music Five Week – Instagram Contest

This Saturday, Berklee’s Five Week Summer Performance Program will kick-off in Boston.  Students from around the Network will travel here to study, learn, and perform.  Berklee City Music is hosting our own social media contest for Network students with themes and prizes each week, as well as a grand prize at the end of the session.  We’ll be posting tips and tricks to promote yourself and your music over social media throughout Five Week, so be sure to follow us @BerkleeCMN and also @CityMusicBoston!

Find out what students are doing here in Boston by searching the hashtags #CityMusic5Week and #BerkleeSummer on both Instagram and Twitter.

We can’t wait to see the students and to give away the first round of prizes at the Tuesday meeting.  Be sure to check out the theme below and start capturing your moments today!


Dean’s Set List: Heather Worden

Our next Dean’s Set List episode features Heather Worden from our member Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland, Pennsylvania outside of Pittsburgh.  She is performing her original song “Drowning in Her.”

Heather was a Berklee City Music Summer Scholar in 2013 and received a full-tuition scholarship from Berklee City Music to attend Berklee College of Music and is currently in her second semester.

To learn more about the Dean’s Set List please visit our previous posts featuring earlier episodes: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, and Episode 4.

City Music Spotlight: Erica Parra

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Network Site: Boys & Girls Harbor

Grade: 12

Hometown: North Bergen, NJ

Instrument: Percussion

Number of Years Playing: 4

Favorite Musician: Joe Arroyo

What does Berklee City Music mean to you and what are your goals at 5-week?

I feel that Berklee City Music is going to open doors for me. It’s giving me  an opportunity to learn from the teachers there. It’s going to let me meet new people and create exciting and unforgettable memories. My goal at the 5-week program is to show what I do and where it comes from. Hopefully I’ll get something good out of it.

What is it about music that makes you want to be a musician and pursue it as a career? 

Music, in my opinion, is a way to express your feelings through your instrument. I want this as my career because I’m dedicated to the everyday hard work that it takes to be a musician.

Who’s had the greatest influence on your life and why?

My family and friends have definitely been the greatest influence in my life. There’s no other love and support like theirs and I know that’s all I need in me to continue doing what I do. My success in life is because of them.

Outside of music what are your interests and hobbies? 

Music is really all I’m focused on but, I love hanging out with my family and friends. I love creating memories in my life.