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Berklee in Valencia, Spain, to Graduate First Master's Degree Students

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The Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain

Berklee College of Music announces that 74 students from 27 different countries will be the first-ever to graduate from its inaugural master’s degree programs launched in September 2012 at its new international campus in Valencia, Spain. The graduates will be awarded degrees in one of three programs: Contemporary Performance; Global Entertainment and Music Business; and Scoring for Film, Television, and Videogames.

The graduation takes place on Monday, July 15, 2013, at Berklee’s Valencia campus, located in the iconic building of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain. The ceremony will be attended by family and friends of the graduates, Berklee faculty and staff, and Berklee President Roger Brown and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Larry Simpson.

Spanish composer José María Cano will be the keynote speaker at the event. Cano is founding member of the highly successful Spanish pop band Mecano and renowned for national and international hits, including an opera recorded by Plácido Domingo.

As part of the graduation celebrations, there will also be a concert on Sunday, July 14, featuring performances by many of the graduating students.

Established as a hub for those wishing to pursue an international career in the music industry, Berklee in Valencia provides the environment, ground-breaking facilities, excellent faculty and experience for top musicians to further develop their skills and achieve their potential. Highlights of the program included a two-week trip to Los Angeles, where the Scoring for Film, Television, and Videogames students recorded their original scores at Warner Bros. studios; a trip to France to attend MIDEM, the leading music business industry event, and participation in Rethink Music for the Global Entertainment and Music Business students; and for the Contemporary Performance students, appearances in several professional concerts, galas, and international festivals around the country.

“We are very proud of our graduating class," says Guillermo Cisneros, Vice President for Global Initiatives, Berklee College of Music and Executive Director, Berklee in Valencia. "Each of them has spent an intensive year honing and developing their musical and entrepreneurial skills in preparation to meet the challenges and succeed in today’s international music industry.

”The internships that some have attained with leading international companies in the music industry in Europe, the U.S., and China are testimony to their talent and the level that they have achieved. We wish them every success and look forward to following them on the global stage.”

“This is a momentous occasion, not only for the graduating inaugural master's class, but for all the faculty, staff, and alumni at Berklee who have worked hard over the last four years; from the inception, building, and creation of our first international campus, through developing and teaching the programs and curriculum, to inspiring and motivating our first ever master's students,” says Roger Brown, President of Berklee College of Music. “This marks another key milestone in the history of Berklee.”

A new class of graduate students begin the program in September 2013, when a fourth master’s degree led by Stephen Webber, Music Technology Innovation, launches.

For more information, visit berkleevalencia.org.