Scarlet Baker

Class of
2022
Position
Berklee College of Music
Biography

Pronouns Used: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Laguna Beach, California

Principal Instrument: Oboe

Major: Music Business/Management

Languages Spoken (other than English): French


Describe your favorite Berklee experience so far.

I have two favorite Berklee experiences thus far: the first being attending Jacob Collier's master class at the beginning of fall 2020, and the second being my involvement with Berklee's Student Government Association (SGA).

Attending Berklee has been my dream for many years, and on my first day of classes I was able to attend Collier's master class. I have admired Collier's music, knowledge, and skill for many years, and to me that event was the perfect representation of how great I imagined my Berklee experience would be going forward.

I have also greatly enjoyed being a part of the SGA for the last several months in the roles of communities liaison and, currently, vice president of the college. Through the SGA, I was able to meet many very talented, motivated, and passionate students, many of whom I have the pleasure of now calling my friends. I have very much enjoyed the ability to meet with so many members of Berklee's leadership, staff, and faculty; to be in the know about current school happenings and developments; to produce events; hold important discussions; have a hand in helping shape Berklee's events and school policies in meaningful ways; and voice student concerns directly to those who can make meaningful changes, whether that be Berklee employees or SGA members. I have been very happy to see that leadership takes seriously student concerns and is enthusiastic to work with our representatives to make tangible change to continually improve and celebrate the Berklee community.

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

My favorite course thus far has been my Harmony 4 class with Randy Pingrey. Theory courses have been for quite some time, in my experience, my most difficult and least favorite of classes. However, taking Harmony 4 with Pingrey changed my perspective on theory completely. Through his teaching style and pacing, his quirky humor, and his relentless dedication to be there for students, I found myself enjoying attending classes and even was able to enjoy completing assignments and projects. I've had professors in the past who could care less about students' interest, skills, or enthusiasm for a particular course, as was my experience prior to Berklee, but Pingrey was willing to meet students where they are at, work with them to improve where they needed assistance, and genuinely wanted to make the class interesting, relatable, and informative for each student. Although I consider myself to not be a great theory student, I never felt lesser in Pingrey's class.

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

In the short time I have been able to study in Boston, I have enjoyed being around such a condensed musical, educational, and artistic landscape. I appreciate how close Berklee is to other colleges (especially musical institutions), such as New England Conservatory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Boston University, and Northeastern University, making the surrounding areas brimming with knowledge and innovation. I quite enjoy a city atmosphere, especially one where arts and music are close by. It seems that there is always music to be heard at some nearby venue, or some presentation to be seen. I'm looking forward to attending Berklee concerts, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Ballet, and as many other performances as I can once they are more accessible to the public.

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

At the beginning of my Berklee career, I often felt a lot of imposter syndrome. There are so many students with so much musical skill, technological expertise, or niche talents that I felt that what I brought to the table was small in comparison. However, everyone at Berklee who I have encountered so far has been more than willing to share their expertise and knowledge, and I've had many pleasant conversations with peers and faculty centered around sharing skill sets or helping one another. My advice would be not to assume that what you bring to Berklee is any less than what anyone else has! Especially as a first semester student, one has the most opportunity to learn, and this is just the place to do it. Try not to feel too daunted if you see someone who is extremely talented showing their skills—we all have something that no one else has (and we've all been working hard at honing our crafts for several years), and it's only a matter of finding the right class, opportunity, performance, or set of people to express your own talents to. There is so much talent here, and everyone is more than happy to help each other grow.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

I haven't had the opportunity to be on campus much, but I imagine that my favorite place will be the Berklee Performance Center. I greatly enjoy being in concert venues and theaters, as well as playing or performing in them.

Why did you choose Berklee?

I chose Berklee because I wanted to be at a college that was musically centered, with a diverse set of more specialized degree programs than a regular college, conservatory, or university, around many arts opportunities and performances, and in an area that is rich with educational institutions. Berklee fulfills all of these. The programs that I found very interesting were music therapy and music business, which are often not found at traditional music schools. I also enjoyed how forward thinking, contemporary, and innovative Berklee's degree programs, performing opportunities, and professors are.

What are your plans for after graduation?

After I graduate, I would like to pursue a master's degree. Thus far, I am interested in Berklee's Master of Arts in Global Entertainment and Music Business program, based in Valencia, Spain. After that, I would like to work in a performance venue that is home to a major symphony orchestra, such as the L.A. Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, or Pacific Symphony, or with a convention like the NAMM Show doing event coordination and production.

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

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to be a part of live performances due to the pandemic. However, I quite enjoyed recording a few pieces with the Musical Theater Orchestra from the musicals Into the Woods and Company as our semesterly projects.

Where do you hope to perform this coming year?

I would love to perform in the Berklee Performance Center, at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, and in Symphony Hall.

Your social media channel/web URL?

LinkedIn, Instagram 

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