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Berklee opens doors to 11 Dominican musicians

The Ministry of Culture and Berklee College of Music program for scholarships to talented young Dominican musicians ended yesterday, Sunday 11 January 2015 with the granting of one full scholarship and 10 partial scholarships to the Boston college, as reported in Diario Libre. The initiative was led by Berklee graduate Juan Luis Guerra. The closing concert was attended by Minister of Culture Jose Antonio Rodriguez and Enrique Ramirez, the administrator of the Banco de Reservas, another sponsor of the talented musicians.

The partial scholarships open doors for the musicians to audition in Berklee to win a full scholarship.

Tommy Garcia, coordinator of the event for the Ministry of Culture, said that Berklee method would begin to be used at the National Conservatory of Music for training jazz musicians. He said that the first two years of Berklee studies would be taught in the DR by a group of Dominican teachers, including Berklee graduates. The students will then have the opportunity to continue their studies in Boston.

80 Dominican musicians auditioned for the Berklee scholarships, while 202 attended the two-week Berklee music workshop at the National Music Conservatory. 150 were residents of Santo Domingo, and the rest came from Puerto Plata, Higuey, La Romana and San Pedro.

The course was led by teachers Jason Camelio, Darcel Wilson and Jim Odgren.

Source: DR1

Category: DR News |

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