Pronouns Used: She/Her/Hers
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Major: Vocal Performance
Minor: Creative Entrepreneurship
Describe your favorite Berklee experience so far.
My participation in Berklee's Black Scholars Initiative program, through the strong leadership of Ty'Juana Flores. The program is meant to help Black students network as they transition from high school to college and foster community among those students. Without that experience, I don't think my transition to Berklee would have been as memorable and impactful.
When you think about your favorite class so far, what is one example of why you enjoyed it?
My favorite class to this day is my first-semester performance seminar class with Patty Thom. The way I was trained to use characterization in my pieces allowed me to truly connect to my music and every exercise and performance I did in that class was meaningful to me in some way. For example, our final project was to take a piece we already knew, and interpret the text in a different way. We all staged our own performances and presented to each other as a full class celebration.
What is your favorite part about studying and living in Boston?
Boston is a very unique, college-friendly city, and I enjoy being able to walk all over the city and see a large range of schools, landmarks, parks, etc. Living in a city that is rich with culture is one thing, but living in a city that is beautiful and full of life is another great advantage. Those factors have had a large impact on my journey here at Berklee and on my overall well-being.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone applying to Berklee College of Music or Boston Conservatory at Berklee?
I would advise anyone applying to the Conservatory or College to accept that failure is actually a good thing. Failure is on the path to success, and it should never be the reason that you did not pursue an opportunity.
Where is your favorite place on campus?
The Albert Alphin Library on the Conservatory's campus.
Why did you choose Berklee?
I took part in the Conservatory's Vocal Choral Intensive prior to my junior year of high school, and it changed my overall perspective of myself and my art. In just two weeks this program managed to open my eyes to a lot of opportunities in the music field, and how I could pursue those opportunities through Berklee's connections and resources.
What are your plans for after graduation?
Although this may change, I intend on continuing to pursue music at a graduate institution, while hopefully starting my journey into nonprofit work with foundations that are dedicated to improving the lives of Black artists across the country. This may lead to a career in grant writing/philanthropy.
What have you enjoyed most about the live shows you’ve been involved in at Berklee?
The live shows that I have participated in/enjoyed the most at Berklee were full of live energy, genuine love, and support from a lot of my peers across campus, and I can appreciate that now more than ever.
Where do you hope to perform this coming year?
The Berklee Performance Center.
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