LOLLA LOVES BERKLEE
The partnership between Lollapalooza and Berklee College of Music is the stuff that music infused dreams are made of. By blending the leading college for contemporary music with an iconic music festival, we celebrate creative education and growth. Since 2011, this partnership has resulted in scholarship awards for a total of 14 talented musicians as well as the incredible opportunity for Berklee students to perform live on a Lollapalooza stage in front of thousands of people.
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 2016), the Berklee Lollapalooza Five-Week Scholarship to attend the Summer 2016 session, and last but not least the opportunity for a Berklee alumni band, Honeysuckle, to perform at Lollapalooza 2016. In addition, students will host a silent concert at Kidzapalooza this year.
Introducing this year’s group of mega-talented recipients…
Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship
Millisa Henderson is an 18-year-old guitarist who began taking lessons in 2009. She has been lead guitarist/vocalist for rock bands Insane Audio and Signs of Warning, and guitarist for the Muskogee High School Jazz Band and Pride of Muskogee Marching Band. She has also been a member of Guitarchestra, a Tulsa-based orchestra that performs rock arrangements of classical pieces. Henderson was awarded second place – out of 900 entries – in the 2015 Queen of Strings competition. Also a vocalist and pianist, her performances cross genres including rock, funk and fusion. She is currently working on an EP of original music.
Berklee Lollapalooza Five-Week Scholarship
16-year-old Megan Bishop has been taking voice lessons for ten years, driven initially by her love of musical theater. She appeared in local musicals as a part of Brain Surgeon Theater and also performed in Carmen at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as part of the children’s chorus. In her high school, she’s a member of Tri-M (Modern Music Masters, the music honors society), gigs with the Jazz Combo, and is enrolled in band (flute) and choir. Bishop writes and records original songs in her bedroom with the goal of being able to independently produce and sell her music. She is also currently writing a musical.
Performing at Lollapalooza 2016
Folk trio Honeysuckle — featuring Berklee student Benjamin Burns, and alumni Holly McGarry and Chris Bloniarz — blend older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration. Honeysuckle was chosen to be a Converse Rubber Tracks artist and played at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival and were also nominated for best Folk and best Americana artists of the year at the 2015 Boston Music Awards. Following an EP and live album, the band’s full-length debut came out in March, supported by a grant from Club Passim’s Iguana Music Fund. NPR’s All Songs Considered listeners recently named Honeysuckle one of their top ten Favorite New Musicians of 2016 (so far).
Honeysuckle will perform Saturday, July 30 at 12pm on the Pepsi Stage.
Students Host Silent Concert at Kidzapalooza
Students from Berklee’s Popular Music Institute will host a silent concert at Kidzapalooza, Lollapalooza’s family-friendly fest within the fest. The silent concert is a popular attraction where 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 to 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.