On August 9, Berklee City Music wrapped up the 5-week summer session with the annual scholarship concert! The concert featured performances by Tipitina’s Interns Revon Andrews and Orlando Gilbert whose ensembles were selected to perform. Berklee City Music represents a collection of 44 music organizations across North America that provide music education to underserved youth.
Each year, Berklee City Music awards four-year full tuition scholarships to students from City Music Network Sites who demonstrate outstanding music capabilities and potential to excel at Berklee College of Music. These scholarships are awarded on stage at the 5-week finale concert. This year we are proud to announce that two of eight scholarships were awarded to Tipitina’s Foundation Interns. Orlando Gilbert and Ariyan Brister were given the opportunity to share on stage a few words about their involvement in Tipitina’s Foundation and Berklee City Music and their hopes as professional musicians.
"I believe that one day my music and my voice can be a catalyst for change. I strongly believe in the idea of giving back to my community and plan on creating programs to put instruments into the hands of disadvantaged youth instead of guns. I hope to pass the torch on to the next generation of musicians. I understand I have a long journey ahead of me but with the help of programs like Berklee City Music and Tipitina’s Foundation I know I'm on the right path." -Orlando Gilbert
"I came to Berklee City Music the summer of 2015 and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my musical life. For the past 9 years, my daily activities outside of academics have been immersed in music. I have been an intern at Tipitina’s Foundation for several years under the direction of Berklee alum Donald Harrison. Berklee’s support of my future through this scholarship has increased my commitment to performing" –Ariyan Brister
Tipitina’s Internship Program offers students opportunities to further their education as musicians. Under the artistic direction and classroom instruction of jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison, Jr., the program focuses on instrumental performance, recording, music theory, and career professionalism. Interns develop the necessary skills for playing, writing, and recording various styles of indigenous music, while learning core business principles and building professional competence and acumen. This college and scholarship preparatory program is offered free of charge to all enrolled participants.
Tipitina’s Internship Program offers participants a variety of opportunities throughout the school year to showcase their talents as students are preparing to apply for college and scholarship opportunities. Tipitina’s Foundation partners with Berklee College of Music as a Berklee City Music Network Site. Through this partnership, Tipitina’s Interns have access to the University’s PULSE program – an online music theory learning tool, special scholarship opportunities for Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program, and consideration for a Berklee City Music full tuition scholarship to attend the university for four years.
This Blog post was an excerpt from Tipitina's Foundation's Newsletter.
Photo: Ariyan Brister and Orlando Gilbert with former Celtics Player Cedric Maxwell