Friday, 24 April 2009

Berklee in Dublin

Matt Glaser (photo by John Fitzgerald)

Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., USA, was founded in 1945 for education in jazz and other contemporary genres of music - including, increasingly, bluegrass in recent years. The college, which includes students from more than seventy countries, opened a recruiting campaign in Ireland in mid April 2009.

The first phase (13-17 April) consisted of a series of improvisation workshops in the music department of the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), to allow students to study with Berklee's world-renowned faculty. Next (18-19 April), auditions and interviews were conducted by Berklee admissions officers and professors, to assess students for scholarships for summer and full-time study in Boston. A free, public improvisation symposium was held on Wednesday 15 April, open to people involved in all forms of music.

Berklee faculty members who took part included Matt Glaser, Berklee's chair of strings and author of Teach yourself bluegrass fiddle (Oak Publications) and many other books and recordings, and John McGann (right), both of whom were original members of the Wayfaring Strangers band, Rounder recording artists.

Thanks to Kevin Lynch of Connecticut, now resident in the Netherlands, for drawing the attention of the European Bluegrass Blog to this event.