Berklee College of Music and GMWA Announce New Partnership

Berklee College of Music and GMWA Announce New Partnership


Boston, MA - It’s certain that each year the estimated 17,000 attendees of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) get their praise on with worship lifted on high. For a select group of teens, 2007 will usher-in even more reason to rejoice. This year marks the first time in the GMWA’s 40-year history that Berklee College of Music will partner with the organization to award (5) Five -Week Berklee Summer Performance Programs and (5) Gospel Music Workshop tuition-only scholarships to Berklee, valuing over $20,000 during its national convention August 11-17 at Walt Disney World.

The college known across the globe for providing premier contemporary music instruction to some of music's superior minds is traveling to the largest international convention for Gospel music. There, Berklee will identify new talent and provide scholarships to develop their musicianship to higher heights at  the Boston campus next summer.

This extraordinary pairing will begin when the faculty members choose approximately 100 nominees from various performance related classes by Wednesday, August 15. Then contenders will be scheduled for interviews with a board of Berklee administrators on Thursday, August 16. That initial list of 100 will then be narrowed to 10 extremely talented winners who will be invited to attend a VIP reception in their honor immediately following the Annual Youth Convocation/Graduation event.

Jerome Kyles, Berklee faculty member and choir director for TLC show Trial By Choir, will be on site to help make the final decisions.

Winners will be announced as part of the Youth Convocation/Graduation Event on Friday, August 17th.

Berklee alumnus ambassador Major Choirboy - who has shared the stage with artists such as Israel & New Breed, John P. Kee, Tonex, and Byron Cage - opens the GMWA Youth Concert on Wednesday, August 15, with his new song “I Found a Friend”, which has proved popular online and at concerts and events around the country (scheduled for national release on August 28th).


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