All That Jazz? Berklee and Boston Conservatory Consider a Merger

Two of the nation’s top performing arts colleges are exploring a merger. Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory are considering a deal that would allow the schools to share faculty and curricula.

The goal is ambitious — to create the most comprehensive, 21st century music and performing arts education in the world. Roger Brown is president of Berklee. He says the proposed merger will allow more students to learn about choreography, technology, entrepreneurship and social media.

“Each of the schools has these expertises in different areas and our hope is that if we can come together and give students access to more of these opportunities, we can increase the rate of success for our students and graduates,” says Brown.

Leaders at both schools hope this merger will help them attract the most talented students, and make their education more affordable. A decision is expected this fall, but if approved, the merger would take effect in 2016.

[Cross-posted at On Campus: the WGBH Higher Ed Blog]

Kirk Carapezza

Kirk Carapezza is the lead reporter for On Campus. Kirk has reported for Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison, Wis., and Vermont Public Radio in Montpelier, Vt. He's been a writer and producer at WBUR in Boston; a teacher and coach at Nativity Preparatory School in New Bedford, Mass.; a Fenway Park tour guide; and a tourist abroad.

Kirk received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and earned his M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. When he's not reporting or editing stories on campus, you can find him posting K's on the Wall at Fenway.