2015 Scholarships – We are all winners!

This post was written by Dr. Krystal Banfield, Dean, Berklee City Music

“We all sat around the computer awaiting the answer! When I opened the college scholarship computer portal and saw that I was awarded a college scholarship! My entire family burst into tears. I had received the City Music full tuition college scholarship. Thank you! ”

This was shared by one of our City Music students having just received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. The African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child,” is true. We all have had some influence on our students, which has contributed to their success. Yet, how can we know success, if the evidence does not arrive in the way of a scholarship? These are questions we readily ask as we prepare our students by building their skills and guiding them so that they would have the capability to attain choices—to pursue their dreams, to be leaders in their communities, to have purpose, to be responsible, to have the ability to enrich their own lives and the lives of others. In doing so, we know it takes being committed to a concentric circle that includes you, your students and their families, their teachers, schools and the greater communities. But how can we create this for more of our students who by national statistics still fall far behind their more advantaged peers? It is possible to leverage our relationships collectively, to share what works, and be determined in our efforts as we look to endeavor earlier preparation for each student. Let us establish a national dialogue, with a goal to create a consistent standard that provides opportunities for each student who joins our community. But, first let’s celebrate our next cohort of 2015 scholarship awardees!

15 – Awarded City Music College Scholarships
Camden Repertory Theater
Campus Club Milledgeville
City Music Boston
Cleveland Music Settlement
East Bay Center-Performing Arts
Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center
Phoenix Conservatory of Music
Project RYTMO
Richmond Youth Jazz Guild
Stax Music Academy

120 – City Music Summer Scholarships
2xSalt Ministry
A Place Called Home
Bahama Village Music Program
Boys & Girls Harbor
Camden Repertory Theater
Campus Club Milledgeville
City Music Boston
Cleveland Music Settlement
East Bay Center-Performing Arts
Escuela de Bellas Artes de Carolina
Fort Hayes Metro Education Center
Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Lincoln Park Perform Arts Center
Motivational Edge
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
One World
Philadelphia Clef Club
Phoenix Conservatory of Music
Project RYTMO
Richmond Youth Jazz Guild
Sarah McLachlan School of Music
Sitar Center
Stax Music Academy
Tipitina’s Foundation
Wilmington Youth Jazz Band
Woodlawn Musical Arts/Audiostate 55

Emcee Kiki Haynes (Actress, Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse) and Walter McCarty (Assistant Coach, Boston Celtics) joined Berklee President Roger Brown, Associate Vice President for Education Outreach and Executive Director of Berklee City Music J. Curtis Warner, and Dean of City Music Krystal Banfield to present 18 Berklee City Music Network Students with full-tuition scholarships to Berklee College of Music
2014 College Scholarship Recipients with emcee Kiki Haynes, Walter McCarty, Berklee President Roger Brown, Associate Vice President for Education Outreach J. Curtis Warner, and Dean of City Music Krystal Banfield

Berklee City Music Scholarship Concert Recap

Last week, 107 Berklee City Music Boston and Network students participating in the Five-Week Summer Performance Program took the stage of the Berklee Performance Center for the Berklee City Music Scholarship Concert.  The young musicians showcased the skills that they honed throughout the program in Instrumental and Vocal Jazz, Big Band, Pop/Rock, Pop/R&B, and Choral Ensembles under the direction of Berklee College of Music professors Bobby Gallegos, Alonzo Harris, Nichelle Mungo, George W. Russell, Mike Tucker, and Marty Walsh.

At the end of program, Emcee Kiki Haynes (Actress, Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse) and Walter McCarty (Assistant Coach, Boston Celtics) joined Berklee President Roger Brown, Associate Vice President for Education Outreach and Executive Director of Berklee City Music J. Curtis Warner Jr., and Dean of City Music Dr. Krystal Banfield to present 18 Berklee City Music Network Students with full-tuition scholarships to attend Berklee this Fall.

Emcee Kiki Haynes (Actress, Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse) and Walter McCarty (Assistant Coach, Boston Celtics) joined Berklee President Roger Brown, Associate Vice President for Education Outreach and Executive Director of Berklee City Music J. Curtis Warner, and Dean of City Music Krystal Banfield to present 18 Berklee City Music Network Students with full-tuition scholarships to Berklee College of Music
Emcee Kiki Haynes (Actress, Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse) and Walter McCarty (Assistant Coach, Boston Celtics) joined Berklee President Roger Brown, Associate Vice President for Education Outreach and Executive Director of Berklee City Music J. Curtis Warner, and Dean of City Music Krystal Banfield to present 18 Berklee City Music Network Students with full-tuition scholarships to Berklee College of Music

 

A special shout-out goes to Berklee City Music National student, Yesseh Furaha-Ali from the Philadelphia Clef Club, who was awarded a prestigious 2014-2015 Berklee College of Music Presidential Scholarship, a four-year scholarship covering the cost of tuition, on-campus housing, and the required laptop.

2014 Berklee City Music College Scholarship, Network Recipients

2014 Berklee City Music College Scholarship, City Music Boston Recipients

  • Pianist Daniel Hines, Dorchester, Massachusetts
  • Drummer Samuel Joseph, Readville, Massachusetts
  • Saxophonist Yoshitaka Koga, Methuen, Massachusetts
  • Vocalist Grace Mann, Roxbury Crossing, Massachusetts
  • Guitarist Melisande Pope, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
  • Upright bassist Nailah Williams, Dorchester, Massachusetts
  • Vocalist Yanina Johnson, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Hollywood and Grammy Bound

Sydney Arterbridge, a student from Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, a Berklee City Music member, has advanced to the Hollywood round of American Idol.  The 15-year-old sophomore from Columbus, Ohio sang Lovin’ You by Minnie Riperton and received a yes from all three judges.  Check out her performance and interview.

For more information read this article from the Columbia Dispatch.

AND….

Yesseh Furaha-Ali (Tenor Sax) and Immanuel Wilkins (Alto Sax) were selected to participate in the 2014 Grammy Camp.  They are both from our Network site, The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts.

Only 32 high school students across the country were chosen, and they’ll head to Los Angeles, CA, for a week long musical adventure.

Here’s a photo of their performance at the BCMN 2013 Conference Master class in Memphis, TN.

Clef Sax Players

Congratulations to our talented young musicians!

City Music Spotlight: Tate Flemister

Tate Flemister

Grade: 12

Network Site: Ft. Hayes Metropolitan Education Center

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Instrument: Drumset

Number of Years Playing: 15

Favorite Record: Too many to name

Favorite Musician: Esperanza Spaulding, Frank Ocean, Kirk Franklin

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

Berklee City Music is an amazing opportunity for young musicians like me to experience a quality music education. My expectations for Five-Week are to become a better musician, make a lot of friends, and get the full Berklee experience!

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

Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved music. Music has always been a form of expression, and I’ve always known that I would go to school and study music. Music has always been, and will forever be my life.

Who has had the greatest influence on your life and why?

I think my mom has had the greatest influence on my life because she saw something in me when I was three, and she allowed me to pursue it. When she realized that music was my passion, she approved and let God take care of the rest.

Outside of music, what are your interests and hobbies?

Outside of music I love to hang out with friends, just like any other person. But I really love to study comedy, and the different styles of comedians.

Natalie Clements of Fort Hayes Performs “Cups”

As many people know, “Cups” has become a YouTube phenomenon.  What might not be known, is that it is a rendition of the J.E. Mainer’s Mountaineers folk song, “Miss Me When I’m Gone,” from 1937.  In 1938, Charlie Monroe came out with a country version titled “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone.”

The song has grown from Lulu and the Lampshades and Anna Burden’s covers, to dozens of individual and group covers, especially after Anna Kendrick performed “Cups” in the movie Pitch Perfect, directed by Jason Moore.

High School student Natalie Clements, of Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, a Berklee City Music Network member, joins in with her rendition of the song.  What makes Natalie’s performance stand out is how quickly she picked up the beat.  After only a few hours of practice, she effortlessly performs the first verse of the song.