(March 10, 2018—New York, NY) With the financial assistance from the HCST Foundation, High Tech's Music and Audio Tech instructor Rod Shepard helped to secure seats for six High Tech students at the newly-opened Berklee College of Music in Manhattan, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech.
The academic, industry-leading Berklee College of Music of Boston has recently opened a new location on the site of the historic Power Station Recording Studio (formerly known as Avatar Studios). Music majors Vladimir De La Cruz of Guttenberg, Jersey City residents Autumn Beam and Katja Larssen, and David Cano, Elissandra De La Cruz, and Alex Miranda of North Bergen attended Berklee’s inaugural masterclass in songwriting and production.
Also, Elissandra De La Cruz received the very first high school grant to attend Berklee's masterclass.
The Power Station Recording Studio has hosted production of chart-topping and award-winning albums by artists like David Bowie and Kanye West. Berklee director Ian Kagey helped to preserve the iconic studio from demolition and the usual overreach of developers insistent on realizing their gentrification plans.
“I hope [the masterclass at Berklee] is the beginning of a new affiliation [with High Tech] that could result in more affordable opportunities for our graduates to attend [Berklee in Manhattan],” says Shepard, referring to the high cost associated with travel to, and dormitory residence at, the Boston location.