Winners of the scholarships will be given the opportunity to re-audition for a full music scholarship in performance, yes, but also disciplines such as music education and music business.
Already, the Barbadian participants were brought together for a preparatory workshop during which the college’s Director and Associate Professor John Pierce gave a rundown of Berklee’s programmes, which covers a wide range of genres, Jazz included.
Barbados is the official Berklee audition location in the southern Caribbean.
Trinidadian Jazz Singer Vaughnette Bigford was one of the lucky 16 to win a summer scholarship since the auditions began five years ago. Bigford is fresh from her 2008 scholarship. She will demonstrate her fine-tuned vocal chops at a coming-out concert with Trini guitarist Theron Shaw later this month. More on this in a later edition.