2022 in Review: Berklee’s Top News and Stories
It’s hard to believe, but 2022 is almost in the rearview. Looking back, it’s been quite a ride. Berklee welcomed new leaders across the institution, launched new majors and programs, and held its first in-person commencement events since 2019. Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain, celebrated 10 years of music and innovation, the Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice reimagined the jazz canon with New Standards, Boston Conservatory at Berklee kicked off a new partnership with the Boston Lyric Opera, and the Berklee Indian Ensemble made history as the first official ensemble of the college to earn a Grammy nomination, for its debut album, Shuruaat.
But that's just scratching the surface. Below, take a look at the news and stories that defined a transformative year for Berklee.
A New Presidential Era Begins
Commencement Returns to Campus
That's Dr. Joni to You
CODA Takes Top Prize
Berklee Expands and Innovates
"Coming out of the program [students are] going to have at least one, [and] some of our students are going to have 10 real projects that they've worked on."
"[W]e can go out and win Grammys and be commercially competitive using a personal production toolkit, forgoing all of the infrastructure of the traditional recording studio."
"Music plays a key role in connecting communities and provides an outlet for healing through this connection."
“Today’s industry requires you to embrace the hyphen by doing more than one thing and doing it well in order to have a successful, purposeful, and sustainable career."
Students Break Through the Noise
"We love dissonance and crunch, like when notes rub together. I think we use that very often."
—Judah Mayowa ’20
"There's nothing more powerful than listening to a student talk about why another student's work is inspiring to them."
“I just really started thinking what my true passion was. I thought I had a different focus. So after the competition, I dropped out of Lehigh and I started my application to Berklee.”
"I can't even describe what I'm feeling right now.... I'm so incredibly grateful for this opportunity."
Faculty Drive the Conversation
"People often ask me what words they should use when speaking about disability. My first response is that if you are talking with a disabled person, you should ask them what their language preferences are, and use that language."
“My purpose is to help musicians create and maintain successful careers on their own terms. I’ve been tilting at that windmill since I started putting out records from my college dorm room.”
"The reality is that artists can create and publish content that is authentic to their brand and aligned with their values without having to use features or participate in trends that go against those."
“Lamar offers his introspective and insightful lessons on truth, love, self-respect.... His goal is transformation, even as he deals with the weight of embodied and internalized, generational Black trauma.”
—Emmett G. Price III
Alumni Shift the Culture
—Lena Gilkson B.M. ’15
"Everyone has a goal. Maybe it's to become a writer, a poet, a teacher—whatever it might be. But now they see the great importance of what the Mayan language is, [and] what can be done as an artist.”
"I was getting ready for Berklee when the phone rang in my room. I wouldn't know anybody in Boston, so I didn't pick up. But the phone rang again...and on the other end of the line was John Williams."
—Nobuko Toda ’03
“If I told you that a few years ago I was in my room in Caracas watching [Adam Sandler's] movies, would you believe me if I told you that [he’s now] my boss?”
—Andrea Ferrero B.M. ’21
"I feel like I can speak for us all when I say that if everything was taken now—money, support, recognition—I feel like we would all still meet up, make music.... We have something no one can take away.... If you have that, you have a lot of power."
—Adrianne Lenker B.M. ’12