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Posted: Saturday, December 3, 2011 12:30 pm | Updated: 1:56 pm, Sat Dec 24, 2011.

Berklee College of Music will be visiting cities around the U.S. from November though March as part the Berklee World Tour, where the college conducts live auditions and interviews with students interested in pursuing their dream of studying at Berklee.

The college's audition and interview process is designed to identify students who are most likely to succeed in Berklee's dynamic environment: applicants who are passionate, entrepreneurial, motivated and who display talent and potential.

Upcoming auditions in Tempe are scheduled for Feb. 14 and 15. For a full schedule of audition cities and dates, visit Berklee.edu/bwt. For  information on applying to Berklee, visit Berklee.edu/admissions. The application deadline for fall 2012 admission is Jan. 15, 2012.

Each year, Berklee visits more than 40 cities around the world in search of talented instrumentalists and vocalists, an effort that is supported with $25 million in scholarship funds. All applicants who audition and interview for admission are also considered for a host of scholarships that Berklee awards annually, including the Presidential Scholarship, the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, the Africa Scholarship, the Slaight Family Scholarship and the Berklee City Music Scholarship.

In August, Berklee and Lollapalooza announced the founding of the Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship at the 20th anniversary of Lollapalooza in Chicago. The four-year, full tuition scholarship will be awarded annually to a talented musician in financial need and is being endowed by Goldman Sachs Gives, a donor-advised fund. This partnership is the first educational initiative of its kind for Lollapalooza.

The Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship was established at the recommendation of Berklee trustee Fran Bermanzohn, managing director and deputy general counsel of Goldman Sachs. The scholarship aims to bring more outstanding rock musicians to Berklee.

"We're looking for someone who's an artist," said Professor Jeff Dorenfeld, who developed the partnership between Berklee and Lollapalooza producers C3 Presents. "Someone who is not only a great musician, but also an extraordinary performer with charisma and energy."

The first Berklee Lollapalooza Endowed Scholarship recipient will be chosen at the end of March and announced at Lollapalooza 2012. Citizens and residents of the U.S. are eligible to be considered for the scholarship.

Berklee College of Music, for over 65 years, has evolved to support its belief that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through contemporary music education. The college was the first in the U.S. to teach jazz, the popular music of the time. It incorporated rock n' roll in the 1960s, created the world's first degree programs in film scoring, music synthesis, and songwriting, and, in recent years, added world music, hip-hop, electronica, and video game music to its curriculum. With a diverse student body representing more than 80 countries, a music industry "who's who" of alumni that have received 250 Grammy Awards, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for music.

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