SUMMER MUSIC SEMESTER

HARBOR CONSERVATORY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
SUMMER MUSIC SEMESTER
Registration for the 2011 summer semester for Music is now open.  Classes begin July 5th and will continue until August 18th.  Private lessons are available in piano, violin, guitar, bass, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, drums, Latin percussion and voice. Workshops and Ensembles will also be in session. Harbor Conservatory is located at One East 104th Street, corner of Fifth Avenue and is a division of Boys & Girls Harbor. To register go to the Conservatory’s main office in Room 573. For more information please call 212/427-2244 Ext. 573 or 557.
Harbor Conservatory is a member of the Berklee City Music Network, established by the Berklee College of Music. Our Music Program takes pride in its commitment to serving children, teenagers and adults in a diverse range of styles from Classical and Jazz to Folkloric and Latin. Our program includes both vocal and instrumental music and instruction is available through individual and group classes. The Conservatory offers exciting, innovative and challenging classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced students from ages 3 through adults.
The two main pillars of the music program are a strong theory foundation as well as an active performance calendar with monthly “in-house” student recitals, three major outside recitals and a guest artist series which hosts a variety of well-known performing artists and master teachers to work with our students.  A large number of ensembles and workshops in all styles and levels are offered to our young performers as an important part of their musical development.
The Harbor’s world-renowned Latin Music Program spans a curriculum that ranges from Contemporary Salsa and Latin Jazz to traditional Afro-Caribbean folkloric music, and a faculty of “who’s who in Latin music”.  Students study a variety of musical forms such as danzon, son, cha cha cha and mambo, as they learn music illustrating different periods and artists in Latin music history.
At the Conservatory students enjoy the unique opportunity to learn while playing classic music made popular by artists such as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco and others. The Conservatory has been a recipient of the Tito Puente Scholarship Fund, Celia Cruz Foundation, Johnny Pacheco Scholarship Fund, Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation and Phish Fan’s Mockingbird Foundation.

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El Barrio Week 2011

EL BARRIO WEEK – JUNE 1-14, 2011
#EBWeek (Twitter)
JOIN LOCAL ARTS AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS EATERIES IN EL BARRIO AS WE KICK OFF SUMMER WITH 14 DAYS OF
FUN, FLAVOR, ART, TRADITION AND CULTURE!
Full Schedule of Events:
6/1-5: East Harlem International Film Festival, Various Events. Fees vary.
6/1 –  Camaradas’ “Way Back Wednesday” – w/ DJ G-Bo The Pro spinning classic 70s-90s disco, freestyle, rap, house, salsa, merengue, and hip hop.
6/2 – Camaradas’ “Ritmo y Tumbao” – “La Descarga” Latin House Party w/ DJs Cuba, Ron Zilla, and Dres.
6/3 – 6-9 pm Taller Boricua’s opening reception for BARRI-O-RAMA!  On display from 6/3-7/16 at Taller Boricua Galleries, 1680 Lexington Avenue, “BARRI-O-RAMA” is a group exhibition Incorporating interactive and site-specific video, photography and mixed media installations. “BARRI-O-RAMA” celebrates the community of East Harlem and explores socio-political issues within the neighborhood. Featuring artists Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Rosalinda González, Johnny Ramos, Hatuey Ramos Fermín, Emcee C.M., Master of None and Marna Chester. http://www.tallerboricua.org
6/3 – 7-9 pm Poetry Unleashed! Spoken Word Performances:  9-11 pm, Music and Dancing. AFC Gallery: 1699 Lexington Ave (btwn. 106th & 107th St.) Basement Level – Poetry Unleashed: Voices of the Economy, drawing on the artistic wealth of our communities by highlighting voices of individuals.  Free.
6/4/11, 5 pm / Rain Date 6/5/11, 5 pm – Public art intervention, artist Zachary Fabri. Sponsored by Harlem Biennale. 105th Street and Lexington Avenue, North West corner.  Mirroring a human pin on a map of Harlem with a global positioning system inherent to the practice of the nomadic artist, Fabri’s intervention takes place on an iconic sidewalk of El Barrio. Fabri is one of the featured artists of HB2012, and this work is presented in association with Taller Boricua Cultural Center and Residency Unlimited. Free.
6/4 – 11:30 – 1 pm – El Museo Walking Tour of El Barrio. RSVP required: 212-831-7272. Free.
6/4 – 1:30-3:30pm, open to ages 4-12 – REFLECTIVE MOSAICS! LEARN THE ART OF MOSAIC WITH GUEST TEACHING ARTIST HAYAT GUL! AFC Gallery: 1699 Lexington Ave (btwn. 106th & 107th St.) Basement Level
Children will work with artist Hayat Gul to create their own mini-mosaics to take home using Mylar®, while learning some cultural history of the mosaic art form and learning art-making techniques of reverse painting on a transparent surface. Reflective plastic Mylar® sheets are enjoyable for children to experience painting on a surface other than paper or canvas. Fun for the whole family! Free.
6/6/11 – Camaradas El Barrio – DJ Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love
6/6/11 – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Harbor Latin Big Band, Musical Director  – Louis Bauzó
Open Rehearsal, Heckscher Building, 1 East 104 Street, Studio, B-21.  The Harbor Latin Big Band, under the direction of Louis Bauzó, is dedicated to preserving the New York sound and style of the golden age of Latin music.  Paying tribute to Frank “Machito” Grillo, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Larry Harlow and other musical pioneers and innovators. Free.
6/6/11 – 6/7/11: El Barrio Eats! Participating restaurants offer art, music and exciting drink and food specials, including CREOLE RESTAURANT @ 2167 3rd  Avenue, DON PEDROS @ 1865 2nd  Avenue, La Fonda @ EAST 106th  STREET, BTW. LEX. & 3rd  Ave, CAMARADAS EL BARRIO @ 2241 1st  Avenue,  GRAN PIATTO D’ORO @ 1429 5th Avenue, AGUA FRESCA @ 207 East 117th Street, EL AGUILA @ 137 E. 116th STREET, MAKANA @ 2245 1st Avenue, El PASO TAQUERIA

6/7/11, 5 –7 pm: El Barrio Eats! Cooking demonstration and tasting @ La Marqueta by Creole, Agua Fresca and La Fonda. Free.

6/8 – 6/10/11, 5-7 pm: El Barrio Eats! Happy hour drink specials at participating restaurants.
6/8/11 6-9 pm: Wepa Wednesday at El Museo del Barrio – Free Evening Walking Tour of El Barrio, extended Gallery hours, live DJ-in-residence, and drink specials. RSVP: 212.831.7272 http://www.elmuseo.org
6/8/11:  6:30-11pm Salsa Wednesdays at Taller Boricua. Salsa Dance Party. Drink specials and admission.
http://www.tallerboricua.org
6/8/11: Camaradas’ Way Back Wednesday – DJ G-Bo The Pro spinning classic 70s-90s disco, freestyle, rap, house, salsa, merengue, and hip hop.
6/9/11, 5-8 pm: Enjoy local restaurant food tastings, a show by talented emerging artists, and El Barrio musical stylings at Modesto Flores Garden’s summer kick-off event! Free.
6/9: Camaradas’ “Ritmo y Tumbao” – Ritmo Y Tumbao “La Descarga” Latin House Party w/ DJs Cuba, Ron Zilla, and Dres.
6/10/11, 5-8 pm:  Mural unveiling. Come see the beautiful, moving new work “Soladeras” by El Barrio muralist Yasmine Hernandez as it’s revealed for the first time! Music, food and dancing at an art-driven, energetic block party! Free.
6/11/11 11:30 am – 1pm. El Museo Walking Tour of El Barrio – Free. RSVP required @ 212-831-7272
6/11/11, 12 noon – 5 p.m. 116th Street Festival. Celebrate 26 years of music, food and fun! Free.
6/12/11, 11 a.m. Puerto Rican Day Parade. Free. Fifth Ave. @ 44th Street – Fifth Ave. @ 79th St.
6/13/11, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Harbor Latin Big Band, Musical Director Louis Bauzó
Open Rehearsal, Heckscher Building, 1 East 104 Street, Studio, B-21.  The Harbor Latin Big Band, under the direction of Louis Bauzó, is dedicated to preserving the New York sound and style of the golden age of Latin music.  Paying tribute to Frank “Machito” Grillo, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Larry Harlow and other musical pioneers and innovators. Free.
6/14/11, 6-9 pm: Museum Mile Festival. Free. Annual traffic-free, music and art-filled fiesta on Fifth Avenue, from 105th to 82nd Street. Art-making workshops, side walk chalk drawing, and Salsa and Bogaloo from East Harlem!  http://www.museummilefestival.org
For more information and a full list of events and promotions, please visit http://www.elbarriotoday.org

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El Barrio Today Arts Cluster is comprised of local organizations that have joined forces to raise awareness about the cultural richness of the area. Come visit us in El Barrio and taste, shop, and explore all we have to offer. ¡Bienvenidos!
Lead partners: El Museo del Barrio, Hope Community, Inc., and Upper Manhattan Development Corporation. With support from: New York City Economic Development Corporation, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, and Deutsche Bank.
Special Thanks to our Community Partners: East Harlem Business Capital Corporation, East Harlem Restaurant and Bar Association, Harlem Arts Alliance, Harlem One Stop, La Casa De La Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, MediaNoche Digital Gallery, NY Restoration Project, PR Dream, Harlem Biennale and Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Art, Boys & Girls Harbor.

Catarina dos Santos: At the Mermaid’s Feet

Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce that faculty member singer/songwriter Catarina dos Santos will be performing with Raquel Z. Rivera in “At the Mermaid’s Feet: A musical conversation across the ocean: Young Roots Performance Series at HOSTOS.

 

Liltingly sweet yet powerful melodic conversations caress across the trans-oceanic waters to wash up at THE MERMAID’S FEET. Singer/songwriter Catarina dos Santos’ music and soul travels between and around Angola, Portugal, Cape Verde, Brazil and New York as Raquel Z. Rivera’s voice and lyrics glide above the waves embracing Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and New York with powerful words that break through feminine myths centuries old.

Combined, the compositions of these two emerging artists are rooted in the legendary history of travel across the ocean that separates Europe, Africa and the New World. THE MERMAID’S FEET cross this ocean as part of these two artists’ individual creative process forging friendships of the soul entwined in a musical collaboration that brings light and focus on each other’s trans-oceanic musical voyage.  Join us at THE MERMAID’S FEET!

May 6 & 7th   7:30 pm
Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture
Part of the Young Roots Performance Series

Dance Grand Moultrie

Dear Friends,

Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts  is proud to announce that graduate and one time faculty member DARRELL GRAND MOULTRIE and his company, ‘Dance Grand Moultrie” will be opening for Armitage Gone! Dance at Central Park SummerStage on Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th.  Darrell began his studies at Harbor Conservatory at age 12, he was a member of the GESTURES Dance Ensemble and has created numerous works that remain a valuable part of the ensemble’s permanent  repertoire. After completing his studies at the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, Darrell was accepted to the Juilliard School on full scholarship. Darrell is a 2007/08 recipient of a Princess Grace Foundation Choreography Fellowship Award. The Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Colorado Ballet, Ailey 2, Cincinnati Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, North Carolina Dance Theater, Milwaukee Ballet, and the dancers of the Broadway musical, The Color Purple, have performed his choreographic works. Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times writes, “Darrell…is obviously someone to watch”.

As a performer, Darrell was seen on Broadway in Aida where he performed the role of Mereb opposite Toni Braxton, Hairspray with Harvey Fierstein, and he served as dance captain for the original mounting of The Color Purple. He was last seen on Broadway in Billy Elliott which elicited a feature article in Backstage highlighting  his dual careers as  both performer and choreographer.  Until this fall, he was Director of the Conservatory’s Musical Theater Program. We are most grateful to his elementary public school teacher, Gwen McCloud who recognized Darrell’s talents and brought him to the Conservatory, where he was nurtured and trained by the late Bertin Roswer, and current Conservatory Artistic Director Nina Klyvert-Lawson.

ARMITAGE GONE! DANCE and special musical guest VIJAY IYER
Friday, July 15 – Saturday, July 16
Mainstage at Central Park, Manhattan
8:00 pm

July 15 – 16 at Mainstage in Central Park, Manhattan

Karole
Armitage, dubbed the “punk ballerina” and her celebrated dance company Armitage Gone! Dance will premiere a special commissioned work featuring an original composition by famed 2010 Grammy-nominated, jazz pianist, Vijay Iyer. Opening for Armitage Gone! Dance will be the world premiere of up and coming choreographer, Darrell Grand Moultrie’s new company,
Dance Grand Moultrie.

Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra Premieres New Comissioned Composition by Pablo Mayor

Dear Friends,

Harbor Conservatory is pleased to announce that the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra under the direction of pianist/composer Arturo O’Farrill will be premiering a newly commissioned composition by long time Harbor Conservatory faculty member pianist/composer/bandleader Pablo Mayor, as part of the Wall to Wall Sonidos festival at Symphony Space. The free event is part of Wall to Wall Sonidos, the culmination of a yearlong multi-disciplinary programming initiative focusing on Latino arts and culture at Symphony Space, located at 95th Street and Broadway.

The marathon’s closing segment, “Si Cuba,” …will feature the world premiere of O’Farrill’s “A Still Small Voice,” a New York State Council on the Arts commission that explores the central beliefs and tales of many religions and philosophies. O’Farrill describes “A Still Small Voice” as “a hybrid of classical, jazz, and Latin elements focused on the idea of a conscience, a voice inside of us that knows right from wrong.”

The work will feature the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra with the 115-voice LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts Senior Chorus, under the direction of Ms. Jana Ballard. The concert will also feature other new works and guest artist/composers, reflecting the future of jazz across the Americas, including Afro Peruvian vocalist Corina Bartra, Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato with famed accordionist Victor Prieto, In addition, pianist Vijay Iyer’s “Mad Hatter,” his first work for big band, will be performed.

Pablo Mayor – Composer, arranger, pianist, Pablo Mayor was born in Palmira, Colombia, and holds both a B.A. and an M.A. in Jazz Arranging from the University of North Texas.  Mr. Mayor began his personal investigation of the native music of Colombia while Professor of Jazz at Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1998.   He has taken his knowledge of Colombian folklore and has combined it with an extensive knowledge of jazz harmonies and arranging which can be heard in the work of his popular group Folklore Urbano. Beginning in 2003, he founded the annual “Encounter of Colombian Musicians in New York,” an annual event uniting Colombian musicians. A pianist and arranger for Orquesta Broadway, Mr. Mayor is an active pianist in the Afro-Cuban music scene. He wrote and produced the music for “A Clear Midnight,” “El Patio,” and “El Pesebre,” three live theatre productions by the ID Studio performed throughout the New York area. In Spring 2006, he wrote and produced music for the popular theatre production, “Allende,” that had its opening run at the Theater for the New City.  Mr. Mayor has produced and arranged for musicians, such as Toto La Momposina and Armando Manzanero, in Dallas, New York, Colombia, and Mexico. For more info go to www.folkloreurbano.com
INFORMATION

The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance and Symphony Space present

Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra as Part of Wall to Wall Sonidos

FREE! No tickets required.

May 14, 2011, 9:30 PM

Symphony Space
95th Street and Broadway, NYC

Gretchen Farrar & Francisco Roldan to Perform at Harbor Conservatory

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to present soprano Gretchen Farrar and guitarist Francisco Roldán in a recital on Saturday, November 13 at 12:00 noon in the Third Floor Theater. The duo will perform works by Britten, Brower, Dowland, Cordero, Albeniz, Lorca and Sor. Admission is free. The Conservatory’s Guest Artist Recital Series is made possible with support from the Music Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.

Gretchen Farrar is a versatile singer with diverse repertoire in both concert and opera.  The Münchner Merkur described her 2009 performance of American songs with Elysium-Between Two Continents in Germany as “technically more than brilliant… an overall elegant tightrope-walk between charming entertainment and profound quality…” The New York Times noted her “passionate and shapely performance” of Ernesto Cordero’s songs with guitarist Francisco Roldán at the 2008 Mannes Guitar Festival.  Gretchen most recently collaborated with guitarist Francisco Roldán on a CD of songs in Spanish and English released early this Fall.  She frequently performs works from Spain and the Americas in and around New York City with Francisco and pianist Alexander A. Wu.

In the contemporary realm, Ms. Farrar has performed chamber music with New Music New York, including works by Gleaves, Glass and Warde.  She has offered songs by Copland, Hundley and Swenson with pianist LeAnn Overton at Merkin Hall.  Gretchen has commissioned works by composers Rebecca Oswald and Lily Barmor Rose. On the opera stage, Gretchen most recently sang Soeur Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites with Hudson Opera Theatre.  Other credits include Anchorage Opera, Eugene Opera, Belleayre Festival Opera, Opera at Florham, Dicapo Opera, and National Lyric Opera.  Some of her roles have included Micaela, Serpina, Susanna, and Despina.

The Colombian-born guitarist, Francisco Roldán, has been entertaining audiences since his early years at the Mannes College of Music. He received annual scholarships and attained the Master’s Degree in Performance from the Mannes College of Music. He subsequently supplemented his studies by playing in master-classes for Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isbin, David Russell, and Paul O’Dette. In the spring of 1993 he gave a solo New York debut recital at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall that launched his career as a soloist.

Francisco Roldán has performed throughout the USA at Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall Weill Recital Hall and CAMI Hall in New York, the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, Harmony Hall in Maryland, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, for the Philadelphia Guitar Society, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, the Puffin Gallery, the Colombian Consulates in New York and in Boston, the Smithsonian Library in Washington, D.C., the Museum of the City of New York, Round Top Music Festival, the Spanish Institute, Gracie Mansion, the Americas Society, and various universities and libraries. He has also played in Bogotá, Colombia and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His first CD of solo music, titled “Latin Guitar” (in which he interprets the music of Barrios, Lauro, and which contains the World Premiere recording of the Dominican composer Rafael Landestoy’s complete works for guitar), was released in 2003. In 2005 he released his second CD titled “Almost All Bach” in which he interprets the music of J.S. Bach and D. Scarlatti. Francisco Roldán is currently on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music Extension and Preparatory Divisions and at Lehman College, City University of New York.

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

Harbor Conservatory Celebrates 40th Anniversary!

Nearly 400 people joined in honoring Arturo O’Farrill and Marcia Goldstein at Boys & Girls Harbor’s 18th Salute to Achievement benefit celebrating the Harbor Conservatory’s 40th anniversary on June 14, at the beautiful Hotel Mandarin New York, hosted by WNBC reporter Lynda Baquero. Arturo O’Farrill, GRAMMY Award-winning Musical Director, pianist, composer and educator was presented with the Tony Duke Founders Medal, which was given to him by Harbor Conservatory Director Ramon Rodriguez.  Mr. O’Farrill’s brief comments included reference to the fact that he personally knew so many musicians whose lives had been changed by the Harbor Conservatory. Also honored was Marcia Goldstein.  Ms. Goldstein’s remarks included remembrance of her early career, the many people who inspired her along the way, and her pro-bono and philanthropic work helping victims of domestic violence. The highlight of the evening was the wonderful performances given by Harbor Conservatory students featuring special guest artists from Broadway, Mandy Gonzalez, Rhett George and Nikki Renee Daniels.   More than $2 million was raised at this event to benefit the children and young people of Boys & Girls Harbor, and in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts.

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

Class Review Series: GESTURES and LEAP

Dear Friends,

This post marks the beginning of my “Class Review Series”.  I will be attending a variety of our classes here at the Conservatory, and giving you my opinions on them.  As Special Projects Coordinator here at the Harbor, I have no professional arts training, and know little about dance or theater.  I am hoping these reviews give you an “everyman’s” idea of how the classes are run, especially for parents interested in learning about our classes here.  The reviews will occasionally be supplemented with an interview from the teachers, students, or whatever else we believe gives you the most accurate picture of what our classes are like.

Last Friday, I attended a LEAP class and a GESTURES class.  Lets begin with LEAP, a dance program for students 11-14 who are focused on gaining acceptance into specialized dance programs.  The class I attended was taught by Blanca Alonso, and focused on the ballet aspect of dance.  The class started with the students warming up on bars, which I found out from Naomi (Assistant to the Dance Director and another one of our instructors) is a typical ballet warm up.  Blanca quickly went through instructions, then turned on music for the students to do specific movements to, which seemed geared towards strengthening the lower body and developing better technique.  The students showed great focus, particularly for their age, while Blanca is strict but upbeat.  She gets her point across to the students very clearly, and her passion is palpable.  Blanca is fully aware of everything going on in her classroom, making general instructions to the class while correcting specific mistakes by individual students.  Overall, the class seemed like a great building block for these young dance students .

GESTURES, the conservatory’s pre-professional dance company, was completely different.  The skill level of these older, experienced students is breathtaking.  The pure physicality of their motions struck me immediately.  These students are strong physically and very, very talented dancers.  Their movements are fast and the choreography is complex, requiring incredible body control and focus.  I found myself wishing I could have that sort of body control for just one day.  Nina Klyvert Lawson (Artistic and Dance Director) is the teacher for this particular class.  Nina is a vocal leader, and immediately assumes respect from the class.  The students all know what to do, the instructions focus on how to do it.  While Nina is clearly a stickler for perfection, she has the rare ability to keep the mood in the classroom light, but serious.  There are lots of jokes and laughter, but a loss of focus is not tolerated.  I saw the group perform two very different pieces.  The group was able to channel intensity and drama to a classical piece (in the first piece) just as well as fun and energy to a Latin song (the second piece).  After each run through, the students discussed what they could improve amongst themselves before being critiqued by Nina.

I really enjoyed attending these classes because it gave me some insight into the world of dance at the conservatory.  While I knew we had many talented dancers here, it was fascinating to see exactly what goes into nurturing that talent.  The students are driven, and the teachers know how to get the most out of the dancers.

Harbor Conservatory in the Daily News!

Hello Friends,

Yesterday, the Daily News featured an article about the Harbor Conservatory!  The focus was the conservatory’s history of teaching and carrying on the rich legacy of Latin music.  Conservator Director Ramon Rodriguez, Director of External Affairs Nina Olson, and Berklee bound piano student Angel Echevarría were all interviewed for the article.  Click here to read it!

Link:  http://www.nydailynews.com/latino/2010/05/05/2010-05-05_he_illuminates_latin_music.html

Harbor Conservatory First Member of Berklee City Music Network!

Dear Friends,

Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, a division of Boys & Girls Harbor is pleased to announce that it is the first New York City member school of the Berklee City Music NetworkBerklee City Music is a nonprofit education program of the Berklee School of Music that harnesses the energy of contemporary music to reach underserved 4th to 12th graders all across the country. Students dedicate themselves to building their musical talent, their self-confidence and, in the long run, the strength of their community.

The Berklee City Music Network connects Berklee City Music in Boston with like-minded music programs all over the country – including Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; New Orleans; Seattle and now New York. The goal of the network is to provide kids with every opportunity to see their musical potential. This includes teaching and mentoring by Berklee graduates who live in their city.

Network membership includes access to the Berklee PULSE music method, annual scholarships for students to attend the Berklee 5-week Summer Performance Program through an application and audition process, and special consideration to Member Program students to be admitted to Berklee with opportunities to compete for full 4-year scholarships to Berklee.

The Berklee PULSE (Pre-University Learning System Experience) gives kids the benefits of a Berklee education no matter where they live. This proven, state-of-the-art online method of teaching gives students access to caring, professionally trained instructors and invaluable learning material. PULSE is even more than music. It’s an online community where students can network and absorb positive influences.

Nina Gale Olson
Director of External Affairs

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