Hisyn Lu

Class of
Berklee College of Music

Pronouns Used: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Shandong, China

Principal Instrument: Voice

Majors: Contemporary Writing and Production

Minors: Musical Theater Performance

Languages Spoken (other than English): Chinese-Mandarin



Describe your favorite Berklee experience so far.

My most cherished experience at Berklee was serving as an arranger for my friend's recital. Last semester marked the first time I ventured into arranging outside of a classroom setting. As I delved deeper into the project, a torrent of ideas flowed freely, as if my well of inspiration was inexhaustible. The pinnacle of this journey was witnessing my concepts, which had only existed on paper, come to life on the grand stage. 

When you think about your favorite class so far, what is one example of why you enjoyed it?

Vocal Writing is the class that I remember the most so far. It was my first time working on projects with other musicians at Berklee. My friend and I would record each writing assignment once we finished it. We had difficulties along the way, but the joy we experienced when we heard the finished performance was unmatched. It sparked a strong sense of success and friendship. Our relationship was strengthened by this journey, which also filled us with a great sense of pride and appreciation. Together, we overcame obstacles, gave each other support, and experienced success. 

What is your favorite part about studying and living in Boston? 

My favorite aspect of living and studying in Boston is the vibrant academic environment enabled by the city's wealth of great colleges. Because of this diverse educational atmosphere, I've made friends with students from many universities who come from various corners of the world and cultural backgrounds. These encounters have broadened my learning experience beyond music and my particular college. Furthermore, I've learned that when I share my musical expertise with them, they reciprocate by contributing their own unique perspectives and perspectives, promoting a mutual sharing of knowledge and experiences.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone applying to Berklee College of Music or Boston Conservatory at Berklee?

Focus on showcasing your true self, both as an artist and as an individual. Berklee values diversity and individuality, so it's your distinctive qualities that the school is eager to embrace. Moreover, it's essential not to dwell solely on who you are at this moment but to emphasize the potential of who you can become. Berklee is a place of growth and self-discovery. Before declaring my major, I never envisioned myself as an arranger and producer. However, now, not only do I thoroughly enjoy my major, but I also find myself constantly evolving and gaining new insights every day. 

Where is your favorite place on campus?

Contemporary Writing and Production suites at 160 Mass Ave.

Why did you choose Berklee?

My music journey commenced with the guzheng, a classic Chinese instrument, complemented by my studies in Peking Opera. Yet, I've always harbored a passion for contemporary music. The fusion of traditional and modern sounds constantly occupies my thoughts. During the five-week program in 2019, I connected with several global traditional instrument performers, leading me to the realization that Berklee is the ideal place for me. Berklee not only offers an environment where my dream of blending musical styles can flourish, but it also presents an opportunity for me to contribute the unique melodies of my heritage. That is why I choose Berklee.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I'm aiming to enroll in a master's program that emphasizes musical theater writing or screen scoring. Following this, my aspirations extend beyond being just an arranger—I envision myself as a songwriter, producer, composer, and even a musical theater actress. I refuse to limit myself; I'm driven by my passions and intend to explore every avenue they lead me down.

What have you enjoyed most about the live shows you’ve been involved in at Berklee?

Undoubtedly, it was during the first recital I arranged. Witnessing my concepts gradually take shape and come to life was truly magical. With each rehearsal, the performance refined itself, akin to seeing a painting gradually completing stroke by stroke.

Where do you hope to perform this coming year?

160 caf or BPC, but I'm more interested in arranging for shows here.