Last year we shared the second annual recipients of the Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship, and this year we are beyond excited to introduce you to the third group of talented recipients. Since 2011, this ongoing partnership between Lollapalooza and Berklee College of Music has given a total of 10 scholarship awards to deserving young musicians.
The educational gifts include an annual four-year, full-tuition award given to a promising young musician to attend Berklee College of Music (beginning Fall 2014), the Berklee Lollapalooza Five-Week Scholarship to attend the Summer 2014 session, and last but not least the opportunity for a Berklee alumni band to perform at Lollapalooza 2014 early next month. In addition, music business/management majors from student-run label Heavy Rotation Records will host a silent concert at Kidzapalooza.
The scholarships link Lollapalooza, a festival dedicated to new music discovery, and Berklee College of Music, the leading college for contemporary music, in a way that celebrates creative education and growth.
Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship
After an extensive process that included auditions in cities across the U.S., Berklee chose singer-songwriter Jackie Foster to receive the full-tuition Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship. In the spirit of Lollapalooza, the college aimed to find not only an outstanding musical talent, but also a musician with charisma, energy, and a strong interest in rock music who aspires to a performance career.
Jackie Foster is an 18-year-old vocalist from Poway, CA. In high school, she performed in choir and as lead soloist in jazz band, while developing her interest in rock, pop and blues. Foster twice attended Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program’s Rock Workshop on a full scholarship, preparing her to study at Berklee full time. “I was able to write my own original songs, arrange originals and covers with my band, record in professional studios, and perform at the Berklee Performance Center and other venues.” She continued writing and recording throughout high school, and performed at large venues including Petco Park, Qualcomm Stadium, and the San Diego Civic Theatre.
Foster plans to double major in performance and music business/management at Berklee with the goal of defining herself as a unique artist and performer, and learning the inner workings of the music industry.
I am deeply honored to have been chosen as the recipient of the Lollapalooza scholarship. The gift will allow me to hone my skills and hopefully make them proud by one day performing on the stage at such a highly respected festival.
Berklee Lollapalooza Five-Week Scholarship
Aidan Simmons, a 17-year-old drummer from Oak Park, IL, is the recipient of the Berklee Lollapalooza Five-Week Scholarship, awarded annually to a Chicago-area musician. At the Five-Week Summer Performance Program (July 12 – August 15), he joins more than 1,000 teens from all over the world sharpening their skills in private lessons, ensembles, and concerts.
Simmons began playing in concert band as a percussionist eight years ago. As a freshman in high school, he was placed in the school’s senior level concert band. Simmons has taken private lessons from teachers including Berklee alumni Sol Garnier and Phil Brines. He has also performed with his school’s jazz ensembles and pep band, the Oak Park River Forest jazz combo, and the Oak Park River Forest show choir. Simmons attended Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program in 2013 and performed with the pop/rock blowout band.
Berklee Alumni Band
2014 Lollapalooza Performance
There is something alluring about Oyinda, the 22-year-old singer, songwriter, producer, and Berklee College of Music alumna. Depicted as a whirlwind of hair on her debut EP cover, with hands beckoning you to come closer, the New York-based, London-raised Nigerian songstress has a unique sense of cinematic storytelling that envelops you with its energy.
In 2013, Oyinda released the EP Before the Fall, which fuses together sounds from the British electronic scene with her love of pop. The record is emotionally intricate, containing modernity, sophistication, and soulfulness. “It presents the artist’s own vision of pop and that means very deep, subtle music with hypnotizing vocals,” wrote Other Side of Music. She translates her studio sound into a gripping live performance with her captivating demeanor and effortless singing. Oyinda also appears on Dorm Sessions 9, the latest release by Berklee’s student-run Heavy Rotation Records.
Berklee Students at Kidzapalooza
Six students from Heavy Rotation Records will also intern at Kidzapalooza, Lollapalooza’s family-friendly fest within the fest. The students host a silent concert, which has become a popular attraction. “Last year it really took off. It was so packed with kids, we couldn’t keep up with everything,” said Berklee professor Jeff Dorenfeld, who developed the partnership with C3 Presents. The students are paired with kids on instruments—including bass, guitar, keyboard, and drums — that they play while wearing headphones. The instruments are connected to a laptop with Pro Tools and outboard gear through which a student mixes and engineers the concert. The engineer then sends the performance out to mixer/amps for the players and audience to listen through headphones.
The Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship is endowed by Goldman Sachs Gives, a donor-advised fund. The scholarship was established at the recommendation of Berklee trustee Fran Bermanzohn, managing director and deputy general counsel of Goldman Sachs.