- Wednesday, 06 March 2019
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The program is holding its 25th edition on the island this year.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Berklee in Puerto Rico program is now receiving applications for its 25th session, which will take place from May 28 to June 2 at Sacred Heart University in Santurce.
The Berklee in Puerto Rico program offers participants access to the Berklee method of music education, which encompasses theory, improvisation, ensemble performance, instrumental instruction, composition and arrangement. Students may also have the opportunity to audition to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.
“We are very excited about this year’s program because it’s Berklee in Puerto Rico’s 25th anniversary on the island”, said Luis Álvarez, president of Make Music Happen, the organization that produces the program in Puerto Rico. “It’s very important for us that this tradition continues because it provides a valuable educational opportunity to hundreds of music students in Puerto Rico, in addition to having the opportunity to enter Berklee College of Music’s prestigious program.”
To participate, candidates must be Puerto Rico residents, be at least 15 years old by the start of the program and have a minimum of six months of study in their chosen instrument or singing. They must enter the program’s webpage https://www.berklee.edu/berkleeontheroad/berklee-puerto-rico and fill out the application on or before Friday, April 19. Candidates must also submit materials, preferably links to videos or audios that showcase their experience and musical abilities.
The workshops will be offered by 10 teachers from Berklee College of Music for one week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The program ends with the graduation recital on Sunday, June 2, during which participants will display the musical skills they have learned. Outstanding participants may obtain financial aid to study at Berklee College of Music.
In addition to the teachers, administrative personnel from the institution will also be on hand to perform formal evaluations for students interested in admittance to Berklee. There will also be personnel from the Financial Aid Department to guide those interested in the institution’s different programs.
Since its first session in 1995, approximately 3,700 students have participated in the Berklee in Puerto Rico program. About 165 students completed the program last year.
Throughout its existence, Berklee in Puerto Rico has received support from various entities that have enabled the program to continue its educational mission. Those include Fundación Banco Popular; the Liberty Foundation; Carrión, Laffitte & Casellas; Fiddler, González & Rodríguez; and Triple S, among others. The program also receives logistical support from the Conservatorio de Artes del Caribe (CAC), a Berklee College of Music global partner.
About Make Music Happen:
Make Music Happen is a nonprofit organization that aims to cultivate and strengthen the musical talents of Puerto Rican youth. The entity offers a variety of options that provide opportunities to develop the innate musical ability that lies in the island’s young people.
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