Laura Fan

Class of
Berklee College of Music

Pronouns Used: They/Them

Hometown: Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 

Principal Instrument: Viola

Majors: Film Scoring and Contemporary Writing and Production

Languages Spoken (other than English): Cantonese

Describe your favorite Berklee experience so far.

Studying at Berklee Valencia in Spain through their First Year Abroad program was life changing!

When you think about your favorite class so far, what is one example of why you enjoyed it?

Scandals and Vandals: Forgery, Theft, and Destruction in the History of Art was by far my favorite class. Ross Bresler, the professor, is so lively, fun, and engaging—it was like a live podcast. Taking a break from all things music and diving into the world of art was what I looked forward to every week.

What is your favorite part about studying and living in Boston? 

It's fun being in an active college town where there's always something to do and cool people to meet.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone applying to Berklee College of Music or Boston Conservatory at Berklee?

Don't try to change your musicianship to what you think Berklee is about. 

Where is your favorite place on campus?

The 7 Haviland Street patio.

Why did you choose Berklee?

I chose Berklee because it's so diverse in its students and styles of music. It was the only school I applied to that would really give me opportunities to play traditional Chinese music, and that was something I could not compromise.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I plan to move to New York and compose for music libraries and indie films while making my own music on the side.

What have you enjoyed most about the live shows you’ve been involved in at Berklee?

My favorite part about playing shows is getting to know great musicians and people.

Where do you hope to perform this coming year?

I hope to perform at the Berklee Performance Center.

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