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Making it at Berklee College of Music

Every year, thousands of young musicians from around the world apply to Berklee College of Music in Boston. You’ll find its alumni in every corner of the music industry—as well as on the plaques of 253 Grammys. Former students range from household names like Quincy Jones and John Mayer to Dominican singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra.

During the 2014-2015 school year, Fusion followed three students, all at very different stages in their careers: Kyana, a freshman from California who is quickly rising in Berklee’s a cappella world while dealing with homesickness; Mau, a recent grad from Mexico who wants to build his career in the U.S. and needs his band to make it big within a year to do so; and Alissia, a senior from Italy who is about to make the big move to New York City to pursue a solo music career.

Kyana, Mau, and Alissia are just three of the thousands of students who have roamed Berklee’s halls throughout the college’s 70-year history. Their passion and relentlessness are qualities most Berklee students have had in common over the decades, and together they tell a story that goes beyond Berklee’s walls. It is a story about being in love with music—and, more importantly, about how far one will go to pursue a dream.

Making it at Berklee College of Music

Every year, thousands of young musicians from around the world apply to Berklee College of Music in Boston. You’ll find its alumni in every corner of the music industry—as well as on the plaques of 253 Grammys. Former students range from household names like Quincy Jones and John Mayer to Dominican singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra.

During the 2014-2015 school year, Fusion followed three students, all at very different stages in their careers: Kyana, a freshman from California who is quickly rising in Berklee’s a cappella world while dealing with homesickness; Mau, a recent grad from Mexico who wants to build his career in the U.S. and needs his band to make it big within a year to do so; and Alissia, a senior from Italy who is about to make the big move to New York City to pursue a solo music career.

Kyana, Mau, and Alissia are just three of the thousands of students who have roamed Berklee’s halls throughout the college’s 70-year history. Their passion and relentlessness are qualities most Berklee students have had in common over the decades, and together they tell a story that goes beyond Berklee’s walls. It is a story about being in love with music—and, more importantly, about how far one will go to pursue a dream.

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