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First Ever Master's Degree Students to Graduate from Berklee in Valencia, Spain
(Published: July 10, 2013)

Berklee College of Music, the world's leading college for contemporary music education, announces that 74 students from 27 different countries will be the first-ever to graduate from its inaugural master's programs launched in September 2012 at its new international campus in Valencia, Spain. The graduates will be awarded degrees in one of three programs: Contemporary Performance; Global Entertainment and Music Business; and Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games.

The graduation takes place on Monday, July 15, 2013, at Berklee's Valencia campus, located in the iconic building of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain. The ceremony will be attended by family and friends of the graduates, Berklee faculty and staff, and Berklee President Roger Brown and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Larry Simpson.

Spanish composer José María Cano will be the keynote speaker at the event. Cano is founding member of the highly successful Spanish pop band Mecano and renowned for national and international hits including an opera recorded by Plácido Domingo.

As part of the graduation celebrations, there will also be a concert on Sunday, July 14 featuring performances by many of the graduating students.

Established as a hub for those wishing to pursue an international career in the music industry, Berklee in Valencia provides the environment, ground-breaking facilities, excellent faculty and experience for top musicians to further develop their skills and achieve their potential. Highlights of the program included a two-week trip to Los Angeles, where the Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games students recorded their original scores at Warner Brothers studios; a trip to France to attend MIDEM, the leading music business industry event, and participation in Rethink Music for the Global Entertainment and Music Business students; and for the Contemporary Performance students, appearances in several professional concerts, galas, and international festivals around the country.

"We are very proud of our graduating class. Each of them has spent an intensive year honing and developing their musical and entrepreneurial skills in preparation to meet the challenges and succeed in today's international music industry," explained Guillermo Cisneros, Vice President for Global Initiatives, Berklee College of Music and Executive Director, Berklee in Valencia.

"The internships that some have attained with leading international companies in the music industry in Europe, the U.S. and China are testimony to their talent and the level that they have achieved. We wish them every success and look forward to following them on the global stage."

"This is a momentous occasion, not only for the graduating inaugural master's class, but for all the faculty, staff, and alumni at Berklee who have worked hard over the last four years; from the inception, building, and creation of our first international campus, through developing and teaching the programs and curriculum, to inspiring and motivating our first ever master's students," commented Roger Brown, President of Berklee College of Music. "This marks another key milestone in the history of Berklee."

A new class of graduate students begin the program in September, 2013, when a fourth master's degree led by Stephen Webber, Music Technology Innovation, launches.

Berklee in Valencia is the first international campus established by the renowned Berklee College of Music - and its first campus outside of Boston. Located in the iconic building of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain, the magnificent 3,600 square metre campus has been designed specifically for music and is equipped with state-of-the art technology. Berklee in Valencia aims to provide a hub to launch the careers across the globe for the most musically talented international students. Offering a unique curriculum, as well as an International Career Center to assist students in their transition from student to music professional, the campus presents Berklee College of Music's first graduate master's degree programs in contemporary music (Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games; Contemporary Studio Performance; and Global Entertainment and Music Business;) launched in September 2012, as well as the new master program: Music Technology and Innovation, to be launched in September 2013. In addition, Berklee in Valencia offers a Global Studies Program for Berklee students from Boston to study for a term at Valencia, Summer and Special Programs, as well as a new way for musicians around the world to join the global music community - as performers, as practitioners, and as leaders.

Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than 65 years, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business, leading the way with the world's first baccalaureate studies in jazz, rock, electric guitar, film scoring, songwriting, turntables, electronic production, and more than a dozen other genres and fields of study. Berklee serves distant learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online. The college's national after school music program for underserved teens, the Berklee City Music Network, is in 30 cities and counting. A new campus in Spain, Berklee in Valencia, began hosting the college's first graduate programs in the fall of 2012. With a diverse and talented student body representing more than 80 countries, and alumni and faculty that have collectively worn more than 270 Grammys and Latin Grammys, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today - and tomorrow.

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