Stella Kaplan

Class of
Berklee College of Music

Pronouns Used: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Principal Instrument: Mandolin

Majors: Film Scoring

Minor: None

Languages Spoken (other than English): Some Spanish

Describe your favorite Berklee experience so far.

Hard to say because there are so many, but I really love the opportunities we get with film scoring, especially when it comes to conducting and leading our own sessions.

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

One of my favorite classes was Dramatic Scoring 2. I loved how we got to write in many different styles and with several different instruments. I had a lot of fun recording my rescoring of a Hunger Games cue.

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

It’s fun that Boston is a college town. And I also love walking around the historical sights.

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

Take advantage of everything you can at Berklee. You are given a lot of opportunities, but they are not always obvious. Look at bulletin boards, go to caf shows, say yes to projects: it’s all worth it!

Where is your favorite place on campus?

I like working in the Library.

Why did you choose Berklee?

1) Because Berklee has a mandolin program. 2) The film scoring program. 3) You can play any kind of music you want here. I have had some amazing ensembles. 4) Incredible and experienced faculty.

What are your plans for after graduation?

Some combination of composer/performer.

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

I love working with different people and watching other people succeed as well as working as a team. I have not performed a lot at Berklee yet, but I’m about to do a caf show, so I cannot wait for that.

Where do you hope to perform this coming year?

Hopefully at Club Passim, the Middle East and also at the caf, and hopefully more too.

Your social media channel/web URL?

Instagram: @stellaokaplan (website in the Linktree profile)


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