We are thrilled that you chose to join our talented and diverse community, and we are excited to support you throughout your student’s first year and beyond.
What Do We Mean by "Family"?
The Office of New Student and Family Programs uses the word "family" intentionally to include parents, grandparents, siblings, guardians, spouses, significant others, partners, foster parents, and chosen family because we strive to honor all types of families. Our office serves the families of our students by offering resources that connect you with the institution and address your needs as family members of the Berklee community.
Upcoming Family Check-In Meeting and Article Discussion
Each month, we will offer a family meeting to check in and answer general questions. Depending on the time of year, we'll either discuss an article chosen by the New Student and Family Programs team, or we'll bring in a featured area or department.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, March 16 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Register for the meeting and regional connections here. Representatives from Housing and Residential Education will join us to share an overview of the housing application process and answer any questions you have.
Upcoming Beverages and Bites Regional Connections
Join us virtually for regional Beverages and Bites, an informal opportunity for families to meet others in their region and share their experiences. Feel free to bring coffee and bagels, or wine and cheese as we meet monthly over Zoom. The next Beverages and Bites is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24 at 6:00 p.m. ET, and the Zoom link will be sent to registrants the day before the event. Please note that attendees will be broken into regional breakout rooms when they join using the Zoom breakout room function. Register for the regional connections and monthly family meeting here.
- Northeast Region: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia
- Midwest Region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin
- South Region: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas
- West Region: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
- International Countries
*Please adjust to your time zone as needed.
Each month, we will spotlight a new Berklee family. This month, meet the Siemon family from Concord, North Carolina.
Favorite family artists: Some of the artists the Siemon family enjoys listening to include U2, Heart, Queen, Journey, Genesis, Grace Potter, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Hayley Williams and Paramore, Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys, and the Weeknd. They have attended many concerts together, including Heart, Florence + the Machine and Billie Eilish, Train, and Bishop Briggs. The last concert they saw together was Grace Potter in January 2020.
Currently watching or reading: They are currently reading A Promised Land by Barack Obama, Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon, Astrology for Life by Nina Kahn, and Double Dutch by Sharon M. Draper.
About their student: Grace Siemons is in her second semester as a vocal performance major with a minor in creative entrepreneurship. She started singing at a young age, beginning with vocal lessons and musical theater. In 2015, she enrolled at School of Rock Charlotte in the U2 Tribute show, and she has performed with School of Rock from 2015 through 2020, participating in 15 seasonal shows. In 2019, Grace made the School of Rock All Stars and toured the Northeast for a week, which was an amazing experience for her and her family. She was selected for All Stars again in 2020, although the tour was canceled due to the pandemic. Prior to attending Berklee, Grace gigged throughout the Charlotte area, performing with a house band. She enjoys living in Boston and being on the Berklee campus.
Fall 2020 Family Orientation Videos
If you missed Family Orientation or would like to rewatch a session, visit our Fall 2020 Orientation Presentations page, where you can view all the recorded presentations and remarks, including convocation.