30 March 2009

Berklee College: investing in Irish musicians

Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., was founded in 1945 for education in jazz and other contemporary genres of music (including increasingly bluegrass in recent years). The college, which includes students from more than seventy countries, is now opening a recruiting campaign in Ireland in April 2009.

The first phase, 'Berklee in Dublin' (13-17 April), presents a series of improvisation workshops to allow students to study with Berklee's world-renowned faculty. These will take place at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), 163-167 Rathmines Road, Dublin 2.

The workshops will be immediately followed (18-19 April) by auditions and interviews, conducted by Berklee admissions officers and professors at Newpark Music Centre, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, to assess students for scholarships for summer and full-time study in Boston.

A free, public improvisation symposium will be held at DIT on Wednesday 15 April at 7.00 p.m., and will be offered to all musicians, from classical and Irish traditional to pop, rock, and jazz. Faculty members present will include Matt Glaser, Berklee's chair of strings and author of Teach yourself bluegrass fiddle (Oak Publications) and many other books and recordings. More information is here. Thanks to Kevin Lynch of Connecticut, now resident in the Netherlands, for this news.

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