Dean’s Set List: Stella By Starlight

This episode of the Dean’s Set List features students from three Berklee City Music Network sites performing “Stella by Starlight” by Victor Young.  The band features City Music Summer Scholars Drew Anderson on trumpet from the Richmond Youth Jazz Guild, Max Castro on congas from the Boys & Girls Harbor, Emilio Mendez on piano and Miguel Santana-Morales on upright bass from Escuela de Bellas Artes de Carolina.

The Dean’s Set List features students from around the Berklee City Music Network performing in theoffice of our Dean, Dr. Krystal Banfield.  In order for a student to be selected they must fulfill certain criteria pertaining to their academic standing, Berklee City Music standing, involvement in their community, and musicianship.  It is a musical Dean’s List.

NOTE: Be sure to watch it in 1080p HD by adjusting the video settings using the gear icon on the bottom right of the video.


Dean’s Set List: Emilio Mendez, Erica Parra, and Gabriel Rivera

This month’s Dean’s Set List video takes us to Puerto Rico and Harlem featuring Latin music performed by Erica Parra from the Boys & Girls Harbor, and Emilio Mendez and Gabriel Rivera from de Escuela De Bellas Artes De Carolina.

All three students were City Music Summer Scholars this past summer when the episode was recorded.  Erica Parra was senior in high school and received a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music from Berklee City Music, and Emilio, a junior in high school, received a $14,000 scholarship from Berklee College of Music.

These three young talented musicians had never rehearsed together before, and made up everything on the spot.  We hope you enjoy.

To learn more about the Dean’s Set List please visit our previous post.

Berklee City Music Scholarship Concert Recap

This past Tuesday, August 6 at 7:30pm the Berklee City Music Scholarship Concert was held at the Berklee Performance Center.

As the culmination of the Berklee Summer 5 Week Performance Program, the Berklee City Music Scholarship Concert gave students the opportunity to showcase their musical talents. With performances ranging from rock, pop, and jazz to hip-hop and R&B, students had the audience mesmerized. Along with exceptional instrumentation, vocals, and choreography, students exuded the confidence of professional artists.



Actress, Kiki Haynes kept the atmosphere relaxed and humorous throughout the night as she hosted the event. Her charisma and sense of humor carried the audience through the most intense point of the concert: the scholarship award announcements.

17 Four-year full-tuition scholarships to Berklee College of Music were awarded to City Music Seniors who excelled in both music and academics and demonstrated a commitment to their communities. Scholarships were awarded by Roger H. Brown, President of Berklee College of Music; J. Curtis Warner, Jr., Executive Director of Berklee City Music and Associate Vice President for Education Outreach; Dr. Krystal Banfield, Dean of Berklee City Music; and  Kiki Haynes.

Scholarship award winners represented nine of our Network sites:

The night ended on an inspirational note when the Choir, directed by Nichelle Mungo, sang “Hello Fear” by Kirk Franklin and “Let Love Awaken” by Planet Shakers.

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.

Salute to Achievement at the Boys & Girls Harbor


Harbor founder and visionary Tony Duke will be honored at this year’s Salute to Achievement on Wednesday, May 15.  Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter David Ushery from NBC 4 New York will host the show, which will feature a theatrical production conceived by the renowned faculty of the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts.

This year’s performance, Estampas on 6: Postcards from El Barrio, is a tribute to Harlem!  Come along with Harbor students Zoe, Tristan, and Sule and experience the sights and sounds of the New York City blocks they call home. Take a ride on the 6 train, from the historic Duke Ellington statue to the 103rd Street station. Weave your way through a patchwork of street vendors, pass by the Apollo Theater, and encounter musicians and domino players. Experience Harlem’s rich cultural history through a mosaic of motion as you arrive at the Harbor and encounter a world of possibilities.

Location: El Teatro, El Museo Del Barrio (1 East 104 Street at 5th Avenue)

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Time: Reception begins at 6:30 p.m.; Performance begins at 8:00 p.m.; Post party begins at 9:00 p.m.

Honoring: Boys & Girls Harbor founder Anthony “Tony” Drexel Duke

Visit the Boys & Girls Harbor website for more information.