Scottsdale resident chosen for Berklee Music scholarship

From left is Michael Gloria of Scottsdale, actor and comedian Sinbad, and Kerinan Johnson of Peoria. (Submitted photo)

From left is Michael Gloria of Scottsdale, actor and comedian Sinbad, and Keirnan Johnson of Peoria. (Submitted photo)

Two valley residents and eleven other young musicians from underserved communities in Boston and across the U.S. were awarded four-year full tuition scholarships to attend Berklee College of Music at a presentation at the Berklee Performance Center on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

The collective value of the scholarships, presented to students from Berklee City Music Network sites, exceeded $2 million, according to a press release.

Pianist Michael Gloria of Scottsdale and pianist Keirnan Johnson of Peoria were among the scholarship recipients, stated the release.

Emceed by actor and comedian Sinbad, the scholarship presentation came at the conclusion of the Berklee Five-Week Summer Performance Program, the last hurdle for scholarship winners to clear before beginning their college careers.

Scholarship students were welcomed to the stage by Berklee President Roger H. Brown, Berklee vice president of education outreach and social entrepreneurship Lee Whitmore, founder of Berklee City Music J. Curtis Warner, Jr., and dean of City Music Krystal Banfield, stated the release.

The concert showcased the talents of five Berklee City Music ensembles, and special guest jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison, a Berklee alumnus and director of the Internship Program at the City Music Network site Tipitina’s, in New Orleans.

The recipients were all participants in Berklee City Music, a program that delivers high-quality contemporary music education instruction to youth from underserved communities at no or low cost, according to the release. The Berklee City Music Network is an association of 47 community organizations that serves over 28,000 students in the U.S. and Canada each year.

Since its inception, Berklee City Music has awarded 236 four-year full-tuition scholarships totaling over $13 million, the release stated.

The 13 recipients are among 122 teens who were enrolled in Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program on City Music scholarships.
Berklee City Music is a non-profit organization that leverages the power of contemporary music to empower youth from underserved communities to develop musically, academically, socially, and emotionally. By using culturally relevant music as a vehicle for holistic youth development, Berklee City Music helps young people flourish as students, musicians, and—perhaps most importantly—confident and well-rounded individuals ready to shape the world, stated the release.

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