Berklee College of Music celebrates culture and heritage with Berklee Latino
Berklee Latino’s mission is to promote the education and preservation of Latin music and raise awareness of its global impact.
The program was originally launched in 2014 at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and since then it has spread the appreciation of Latin music.
Its executive director is Grammy Award-winning Peruvian bassist Oscar Stagnaro, and the acting artistic director is Grammy-winning Latin musician Javier Limón, a record producer / songwriter from Madrid.
After arriving in Boston, Stagnaro gained a foothold playing western country music. After a post opened for a bassist at Berklee, Stagnaro got a teaching post at the college in 1987.
Limón started his musical career composing for various flamenco artists, then moved very early from Madrid to New York to train in American art schools.
A comprehensive initiative of Berklee, the program supports young talent from the Americas, Spain and other Latin countries, and seeks to provide affordable access to course content.
The Berklee Latino program offers students the opportunity to explore Latin music and offers two areas of interest: performance or songwriting and music production.
Although established in 2014, Berklee Latino only expands its impact as the program continues to grow.
the Chronicle – an “insider’s guide” to New England posted on WCVB-TV Channel 5 Boston – recently took a closer look at the inner workings of Berklee Latino, interviewing Stagnaro and Puerto Rican musician Fabiola Mendéz:
Taught bilingual, Berklee Latino fulfills its mission through workshops, concerts, events and alumni engagement.
The college uses its Berklee on the Road outreach programs to recruit prospective music students from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia, and Spain.
A list of Berklee Latino’s mission, goals and objectives can be read here, in Spanish and English.