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

Lalah Hathaway Added to the BCMN Conference and Master Class

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Lalah Hathaway is a Grammy Award-Winning musician.  She recently won the Grammy for best R&B Performance with Snarky Puppy for “Something” check out the video below to hear her performance. Originally from Chicago she was born into a musical family as Donny Hathaway is her father.  She wrote her first song as a 10th grader and later went on to study music at Berklee College of Music, and released her first self titled album in 1990 that had hits such as “Baby Don’t Cry,” “Heaven Only Knows” and “I’m Coming Back.”  Currently Lalah is working on a new albumn titled “Lalah Hathaway Live,” you can find out more on her website and contribute to her Pledge Music Campaign: www.lalahhathaway.com

Lalah Hathaway will be participating in the Berklee City Music Network Conference in two roles.  She will first participate on Terri Lyne Carrington’s panel titled “Working Hard, Aiming High: Developing the Young Artist” on Monday, November 3 from 11:05am-12:05pm.  Later that night she will be one of two clinicians at the Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class (check out the video below) hosted at the Clive Davis Theater at the Grammy Museum where she will critique five bands from across the Berklee City Music Network during a live performance.

Check out her interview with Shea Rose ’11, a Berklee City Music alumna, and where they discussed her experiences at Berklee and beyond, her perspective on the music industry, and her experience with Berklee City Music Network member member Stax Music Academy in Memphis.

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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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2013 Conference Master Class Performances

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The 2103 Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class Finale Band with clinicians Shoshana Bean and Kirk Whalum, and music director Rob Lewis.

At last year’s Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class five bands performed and were critiqued by guest clinicians Kirk Whalum and Shoshana Bean.  Check out these videos of students from the Tipitina’s Foundation Intern Program, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Berklee City Music Boston, The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, and Stax Music Academy.

Tipitina’s Foundation

Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center

Berklee City Music Boston

Philadelphia Clef Club

Stax Music Academy

At the end of the master class students from each band were selected to be in the finale band, led by musical director and Berklee alumni Rob Lewis, where they performed Rufus Thomas’ “Walking the Dog.”  Watch this video to see highlights from the master class and the finale band.

If you are interested in performing at this year’s Conference Master Class in Los Angeles please click here for more information and to apply.  Make sure you apply by July 1 to not miss the deadline!

Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class – Stax Music Academy

Stax Music Academy was the last band to perform at the 2013 Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class.  The band was led by Paul McKinney, Instrumental Director; Terrilyn Douglas, Vocal Coordinator; and Justing Merrick, Artistic Director.  The band featured Craylon Davis, Ronesha Davis, Tia Henderson, April Horner, Kyler Gilkie, and Johnathan Lee on vocals; Tahj Mason and Josiah Taylor on alto sax; Anthony Moore on baritone sax; Dallas Dodson and Kordae Maples on guitar; Lijulianna Thomas and Joshua Huggins on keys; David McKinzie and Solomon Smith on bass; and David Pruitt and Marrick Flowers on drums.

Check out the other master class performances featuring Tipitina’s Foundation’sLincoln Park Performing Arts Center’sBerklee City Music Boston’s, and the Philadelphia Clef Club.

If you are interested in performing at this year’s Conference Master Class in Los Angeles please click here for more information and to apply.

2014 Berklee City Music Network Summer Programs

There are so many wonderful summer programs and camps happening this year! Here is a list of our Berklee City Music Network Summer Programs. 2xSalt

Boys and Girls Music Camp: June 16-20; July 21-25; August 4-8

Deadline: May 15

Berklee College of Music

Five-Week Summer Performance Program: July 12 – August 15

Victor Wooten/Berklee Summer Bass Workshop: June 13-15

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Berklee American Roots Weekend: June 20-22

Mark O’Connor/Berklee Summer String Programs: June 23- 27 and June 27-29

Berklee Percussion Festival: June 16-20

The Business of Music: June 20-21

Vocal Summit: June 23-26

Songwriting Workshop: June 26-29

Stage Performance Workshop: June 27-29

Musical Theater Summer Intensive: June 28-July 3

Paquito D’Rivera/Berklee Latin Jazz Program: July 6-10

Guitar Sessions: July 6-11

Berklee Day Sessions: July 7- August 1

Music Production Workshop: July 18-20

Berklee Piano/Keyboard Workshop: August 18-21

Twelve-Week Full-Credit Summer Program: May 20-August 15

Berklee in Los Angeles: It’s All in the Song: July 22-26

Berklee in Los Angeles: Contemporary Performance Program:

July 28-August 1

Campus Club Milledgeville

2014 Summer Camp: June -July 2014

Little 5 Points Music Center (CMC- Community Music Centers of Atlanta)

Day Camps Rock Camp:

Offered in Decatur (June 2-13), Dunwoody (July 7-18), Little 5 Points (June 2-13)

Music Theater Workshop:

Offered in Decatur (June 16-27) and Dunwoody (July 21-August 1)

Wizard’s Music Academy:Offered in Decatur (July 7-18),

Dunwoody (June 2-13), Little 5 Points (June 16-27)

Country, Roots, and a Side of Rock-a-billy:

Offered in Decatur (June 30-July 3) and Little 5 Points (July 7-18)

Camp 70s: Music Video: Offered in Dunwoody (June 16-27),

Decatur (July 21-August 1), Little 5 Points (July 21-August 1)

Live! Modern School of Music

Rock & Contemporary Music Camp: Session A June 16-27:

Session B July 7-18; Session C July 21- Aug 1; Session D Aug 4- 15;

New Mexico Jazz Workshop

Summer Jazz Intensive: June2 – July 11, 2014, (no class Friday, July 4th) Monday to Friday 1:40pm – 3:30pm. Walk in Registration until May 19th

Creative Arts Camp: June 2-13 and June 16-27, 9am -3pm

(Aftercare available)

NJPAC

Young Artist Summer Intensive (YASI):

July 7-18; July 21- August 1, Deadline: May 30

All-Female Jazz Residency: June30-July 5; Deadline: May 15

The Second City at NJPAC:

Teen Improv & Sketch Comedy Workshop: Aug 4-15; Deadline: May 15

Adult Improvisation & Comedy Writing Immersion:

Aug 11-15;  Deadline: May 15

Singer/Songwriter Workshop: Aug 4-15;  Deadline: May 15

Hip-Hop Institute: Aug 4-15; Deadline: May 15

One World Theatre

2014 Camp Alice in Wonderland: June 16- 20, 9am- 2pm

Saturday June 21st Noon Final Performance! (8:30am dress rehearsal)

Philadelphia Clef Club

Summer Jazz Camp: July  7-18;  10% discount by June 6th

Phoenix Conservatory of Music

Bravo for Broadway! (2 sessions)

At Phoenix Conservatory of Music, June 16-June 20, 9AM – 4PM At

Estrella Mountain Community College, June 23 -June26, 9AM -4PM

World Music Playground 

At The Phoenix Conservatory of Music, June 23- June 27, 9am- 4pm

The Animal Parade 

At The Phoenix Conservatory of Music, June 9-13, 9am – 1pm

Camp Rock! 

At The Phoenix Conservatory of Music, July 7-July 11, 9am – 4pm

Swing Into Jazz 

At The Phoenix Conservatory of Music, July 14-18, 9am – 4pm

A Cappella Vocal Jam!  July 21-25, 9am – 4pm

Richmond Youth Jazz Guild

Jazz Funk Camp: July 7-14, Mon-Thurs 9am-12pm

Jazz Boot Camp: July 21-31, Mon-Thurs 9am-12pm

Sitar Arts Center

Camp Sitar and Summer Musical: Session: 1 June 23-July 3, Session 2: July 7 – July 18

Stax Music Academy

SNAP! Summer Music Experience: May 27- June 29

The Soul & Blues Guitar Program: June 22-28, Deadline: May 30

The Music Settlement

Early Childhood Camps:

Music Builders Camp: June 16 – July 11, Monday to Friday, 9am -Noon, or Noon – 3pm, or 3pm-5pm (Except July 4), Deadline: June 13

Music Theater Camp: July 14 – July 25, Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm,

or 3pm to 5pm, Deadline: July 11

Summer Music CAMP-TACULAR: June 23 – July 3, (Morning or Afternoon), Deadline: June 20

Suzuki Camp: August 3-9, Sunday 3pm- 5pm, Monday – Friday 9am -12:30pm, Saturday 10am -12pm, Deadline: July 25

The Roots of Music

Summer Session begins for returning students on June 14th

Woodlawn Musical Arts, Entertainment and Industry Program at Audiostate 55

Woodlawn Music Tech Summer Camp:

June 16-20; June 23-27; July 7-11; July 14-18; July 21-25, 9am-4pm.

Let us know about your summer programs and your summer plans!

Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class 2013

If you joined us in Memphis at last year’s conference, you may recall that we had a wonderful Performance Master Class at Minglewood Hall, conducted by Shoshana Bean and Kirk Whalum, with music director, Rob Lewis.

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See what went down in Memphis, featuring performances by student ensembles from Tipitina’s Foundation, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Berklee City Music Boston, The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, and Stax Music Academy.

 

Don’t miss the 2014 Conference this November in LA!

Rickey Minor Workshop at Stax Music Academy

Rickey Minor with Stax Music Academy Student-Photo Courtesy of Ronnie Booze Photography
Rickey Minor with Stax Music Academy Student – Photo Courtesy of Ronnie Booze Photography

Emmy-nominated music director, Rickey Minor, visited Stax Music Academy last month. During the workshop students performed 3 songs arranged by Rickey Minor, received invaluable feedback, and enjoyed Q&A session about the music industry. One of the highlights of the event included Rickey Minor as well as Kirk Whalum joining the students on a few songs such as, “Rock Steady,” by Aretha Franklin, and “What’s Going On,” by Marvin Gaye.

Photo Courtesy of Ronnie Booze Photography
Photo Courtesy of Ronnie Booze Photography
Kirk Whalum and Rickey Minor with Stax Academy Students - Photo Courtesy of Ronnie Booze Photography
Kirk Whalum and Rickey Minor with Stax Academy Students – Photo Courtesy of Ronnie Booze Photography

Rickey Minor is the Emmy-nominated music director of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He was formally the music director of American Idol. His distinguished resume also includes the Grammys and the Super Bowl, and he has collaborated with major recording artists including Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Ray Charles, Beyoncé Knowles, and many more. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Karen.  http://rickeyminor.com/

Article courtesy of Stax Music Academy.

Photos courtesy of Ronnie Booze Photography.

For more information please read Soulsville Foundation and Stax Music Academy Newsletter: Click Here

Victor Wooten Workshop at Stax Music Academy

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Victor Wooten autographs a student’s bass.

Stax Music Academy (SMA) students were recently treated to a master class with five-time GRAMMY Award-winning bassist, Victor Wooten. All student musicians were invited to participate and bass players got the rare opportunity to engage in a Q&A and jam with one of the world’s foremost players of the instrument.  Wooten is a bass player, composer, author and producer. He has won the “Bass Player of the Year” award from Bass Player magazine three times in a row, and was the first person to win the award more than once.

Students who attended the workshop all agreed that it was inspiring.  SMA student Solomon Smith said about the workshop, “It was exciting and nice. The workshop inspired me to change my mindset on how I approach music.”

David McKenzie added, “The workshop was wonderful, it was the best workshop I have ever been to. It really touched my heart and inspired me to want more out of my guitar.”

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Article and photos courtesy of Stax Music Academy.

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Be There or Be Square

Today is the last day to receive the Early Registration Discount for the Berklee City Music Network Conference.

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You’re too cool to be a square.

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