Two valley music students win summer scholarships to Berklee |

Two valley music students win summer scholarships to Berklee

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Two young Roaring Fork Valley musicians will be attending a five-week Berklee City Music summer performance program on full scholarship this month through Berklee City Music, Jazz Aspen Snowmass and underwriting donors Robert and Judy Mann.

Hunter Damm, a senior at Glenwood Springs High School, and Matthew Palomino, a senior at Colorado Rocky Mountain School were both accepted into the program after nominations from JAS. As a member of the Berklee City Music program, JAS recommends deserving students for the program. Students then submit audition materials to Berklee and, if chosen, receive full-tuition scholarships to the program. Last spring, Damm was accepted as a trombone player and Matthew as a vocalist. In addition to the scholarship from Berklee, both students’ travel and accommodations in Boston have been provided by JAS and the Manns.

With its variety of study and performance options, world-class Berklee faculty, visiting artists and state-of-the-art facilities, the five-week Berklee summer program has become a premier contemporary summer music program for aspiring musicians. Students study performance, theory, musicianship and ensemble playing, highlighted in an end-of-program blowout and concert.

“I want to thank JAS and Berklee for this opportunity,” Damm said in a statement. “I have never been so excited for something in my entire life. JAS has helped me grow so much over the years through private lessons, camps and honor bands, but I never dreamed of getting to go to the Berklee School of Music. Having five weeks where I can just focus on becoming a better musician and finding myself through music is a dream come true.”

Added Palomino: “I’m thrilled, but at this point not sure I can process the significance of how lucky I am. I am grateful for JAS’ recommendations and in total shock that someone at the Berklee summer program would think of me as a good fit.”

Both students leave for Boston on Saturday to join musicians from 70 countries for the summer.

“We wish Hunter and Matthew the best of luck at Berklee,” said Jim Horowitz, president and CEO of JAS. “We’ve enjoyed watching both of these talented musicians grow throughout the years in JAS programming and are confident they will represent both JAS and their individual schools well in Boston.”

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