Maria Iturriaga Named Executive Director of Berklee's Valencia Campus
María Martínez Iturriaga has been appointed executive director of Berklee's Campus in Valencia, Spain. Iturriaga, a native of Spain, joined Berklee in 2008 and was at the forefront of establishing the college's first international campus in Valencia. She has played a leading role in the overall campus development and enrollment strategies and establishing the college's first master's degree programs.
"María has shown a remarkable ability to work collaboratively across areas and divisions of the college while delivering strong outcomes, " said Berklee President Roger Brown. "This skill is going to be critical in the years to come—we will only fully realize our ambitions when we can foster this kind of cooperation and shared ownership."
The Valencia campus serves more than 400 students per year through its undergraduate Study Abroad and Summer Programs, as well as four specialized graduate programs – Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration); Master of Music in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games; Master of Arts in Global Entertainment and Music Business; and Master of Music in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation.
Prior to Berklee, Iturriaga worked with AEA Consulting in New York, a leading arts, culture, and entertainment firm. She also worked at Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City Center in New York, and as a music agent on projects internationally. She holds a Master of Arts in performing arts administration from New York University, a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Autonomous University of Madrid, and a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Madrid Royal Conservatory. Iturriaga is also a member of the Abram Wilson Foundation Advisory Board and of the protective committee of the Spanish project Música del Reciclaje.
About Berklee College of Music
Berklee was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For 70 years, the college has evolved to reflect the current state of the music industry, leading the way with baccalaureate studies in performance, music business/management, songwriting, music therapy, film scoring, and more. In December 2015, the Berklee Board of Trustees voted to merge with The Boston Conservatory, creating the world's most comprehensive and dynamic training ground for music, dance, theater, and related professions.
With a focus on global learning, the Berklee campus in Valencia, Spain, offers graduate programs and study abroad opportunity, while Berklee Online serves distance learners worldwide with extension classes and degree-granting programs. The Berklee City Music Network provides after-school programming for underserved teens in 46 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. With a student body representing more than 100 countries and alumni and faculty that have won more than 300 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow. Learn more at berklee.edu.
About Berklee's Campus in Valencia, Spain
Berklee's campus in Valencia is the first international campus established by the renowned Berklee College of Music - and its first campus outside of Boston. Located in the iconic building of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain, the magnificent 3, 600 square meter campus has been designed specifically for music and is equipped with state-of-the art technology.
Berklee's campus in Valencia aims to provide a hub to launch the careers across the globe for the most musically talented international students. Offering a unique curriculum, as well as an International Career Center to assist students in their transition from student to music professional, the campus presented Berklee College of Music's first graduate master's degree programs in contemporary music (Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games; Contemporary Performance (Production Concentration); and Global Entertainment and Music Business) in September 2012, and launched a fourth new graduate program: Music Production, Technology, and Innovation in September 2013.
In addition, Berklee's campus in Valencia offers a Study Abroad Program for Berklee students from Boston to study for a term at Valencia, Summer and Special Programs, as well as a new way for musicians around the world to join the global music community – as performers, as practitioners, and as leaders. Learn more at valencia.berklee.edu
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