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audition & interview

Arrival in Tel Aviv

After a 4-hour layover in Frankfurt, we arrived safely in Tel Aviv and made our way to the Melody Hotel.  This is part of a larger strategic plan to stay only in hotels that have names associated with music (;JK).  We just know there is a mixolydian or phrygian hotel out there somewhere.  I am traveling with Greg Badolato VP International Programs, David Mash VP Technology Resources (who is accompanied by his wife Erica) and Myra Hindus VP Cultural Diversity.  This is the first stop in a 3 city tour that will include Ramallah and Amman.  Our hosts arranged a welcome dinner on Sunday night.  It is now Monday morning and we will have our first meeting with the Rimon administration this morning.

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Trombone, piano, and…laptop? Stephen Croes on the auditions

Stephen Croes, Dean of the Music Technology Division, talks about the auditions and the music and culture of Istanbul.

“I think the thing that stands out about the musicians we’ve auditioned [in Istanbul] is the enormous diversity.  There was a woman who’s got a degree in opera, who came in and sang an aria. It was very well done, a young woman of 21.  Some people sang classic American jazz standards with a certain edge of pronunciation that’s distinctly Turkish, and it grabs your attention.  

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60+ musicians audition in Istanbul

The audition roster – 30 people per day for two days – had been filled before the Berklee team arrived in Istanbul, mostly with musicians from Istanbul and nearby towns, but a few were from as far away as Bahrain and Azerbaijan.  The clinics and audition prep sessions the previous days caused interest to spike further and many put their names on a waiting list in the hopes of coming by an open slot.

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Istanbul A&I day two: a snapshot (er, snapshots…)

Yesterday was a busy day all around at the A&I events in Istanbul. Berklee student Emir Cerman, who worked with Jason Camelio in International Programs for a year to bring the auditions to Istanbul, kicked-off the day with a presentation about student life at Berklee.  

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Excitement builds for Istanbul Auditions

After lengthy flight delays due to fog shutting down the airport, we all arrived in Istanbul Saturday evening (one of us sans luggage – a situation that wasn’t rectified until more than a day later…).  Berklee is here in this beautiful city rich with music, culture, and history for the first time conducting A&I events at the Modern Muzik Akademisi (MMA).

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