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Through new partnerships, curriculum refinement, performance programming, and focused student support, Boston Conservatory at Berklee is working steadily towards its vision for diversity. Read some of the stories that show how Boston Conservatory is creating a more racially, culturally, and aesthetically diverse campus. 

Boston Conservatory’s 2020–2021 Guest Choreographer Lineup Brings Acclaimed Artists to Campus     

April 2020—The Dance Division’s selection of guest artists brings a diverse set of backgrounds, styles, and expertise to the classroom.

Berklee Abu Dhabi Center

January 2020—Berklee announces a historic partnership with the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, located in one of the most culturally diverse and historically rich regions of the world. The partnership encompasses $5 million in fellowships, representing the single largest scholarship program in Berklee’s history, through which students from the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region will be given opportunities to attend Berklee College of Music; Boston Conservatory at Berklee; Berklee's campus in Valencia, Spain; Berklee Online; and summer programs.

Women Composers Get Top Billing for November 5 Boston Conservatory at Berklee Center Stage Performance, contraBAND

November 2019—Boston Conservatory Assistant Professor of Orchestral Studies and Contemporary Classical Music Vimbayi Kaziboni leads a dynamic contraBAND performance featuring an array of multimedia, avant-garde works composed entirely by women—Yoko Ono, Meredith Monk, Laurie Anderson, Julia Wolfe, Chaya Czernowin, and more. 

Boston Conservatory Announces New Commercial Dance Intensive Summer Program

October 2019—Tapping into its deep expertise of concert dance and Berklee College of Music’s experience with commercial work, Boston Conservatory unveils a new summer program that offers a different kind of dance training. 

Songs from Can’t Keep Quiet, a Musical Revue Celebrating Womxn Songwriters

October 2019—Boston Conservatory salutes women’s often unsung contributions to the American musical with the original revue Can't Keep Quiet: A Concert Celebrating Womxn composers and lyricists. 

A Singular Institution for a Plural World

July 2019—Three years after joining the larger Berklee institution, Boston Conservatory reflects on the groundbreaking “firsts” that are revolutionizing performing arts education and changing the way we think about artistic possibility.

College Dance Curriculums are Finally Catching Up to 2019

June 2019—After renaming courses in its ballet curriculum to ensure inclusivity in the classroom, Boston Conservatory Executive Director Cathy Young sits down with Dance Magazine to discuss how we are rethinking dance instruction for today's students.

Today’s Refugee Crises Reverberate in Menotti’s Opera The Consul

March 2019—As asylum seekers are denied refuge in countries around the world, Boston Conservatory examines the harsh realities of immigration and xenophobia in Gian Carlo Menotti’s 1950 opera, The Consul.

Boston Conservatory Students Explore Outsider Stories through Cabaret

March 2019—Cabaret Emcee Aaron Patterson (B.F.A. '19, musical theater) talks about building his character’s backstory and working with acclaimed guest director and choreographer Otis Sallid.

Retuned: Boston Conservatory's Music Division Sets a New Tone for Classical Music Training

December 2018—Under new leadership, Boston Conservatory’s Music Division takes its classical music training in an unprecedented direction.

Dance Magazine Spotlights Boston Conservatory's Innovative Work on Inclusivity in the Classroom

December 2018—Boston Conservatory takes a bold first step in creating dialogue around gender constructs in traditional dance forms such as ballet by doing away with gender labels in course names.

What a Conservatory Education Should Be: A Reflection by Cathy Young

December 2018—Boston Conservatory Executive Director Cathy Young reflects on how conservatory education can respond to our modern world, and be a force for change.

PODCAST: contraBAND: African Voices in Contemporary Music

October 2018—Boston Conservatory at Berklee Assistant Professor of Orchestral Studies and Contemporary Music Vimbayi Kaziboni discusses bringing his identity as an African conductor and composer into the program for African Voices in Contemporary Music.