Application process open for the 2024 edition at the National Conservatory of Music

Berklee in Santo Domingo has opened the application process for its 2024 edition, which will take place January 8-13 at the National Conservatory of Music in Santo Domingo.

Presented by Berklee College of Music, the Ministry of Culture, the National Conservatory of Music, Fundación AES Dominicana and Empresa Generadora de Electricidad Itabo, Berklee in Santo Domingo is open only to residents of the country who are at least 15 years old at the start of the program and who have been playing an instrument or singing for a minimum of six months.

Accepted candidates will attend the program at no cost. The program is led by Berklee faculty, headed by Fernando Huergo, academic director of the program and professor in the Bass Department, and Jason Camelio, administrative director of the program and assistant vice president of Global Initiatives.

The Minister of Culture, Milagros Germán, assured that the realization of this program is an unmissable opportunity for the country’s musical talents, whom she urged to submit their applications to participate in this new edition of the event.

“We are committed to supporting and promoting music education and backing training programs of this nature, which is why Berklee in Santo Domingo will always have the full support of our ministry,” said Germán.


The program will include six days of intensive study from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with lectures and classes covering theory, ear training, improvisation, ensemble playing and instrumental instruction.

During this formative period, a series of master classes will be conducted by Berklee faculty and guest artists specializing in composition, arranging and songwriting, both individually and in ensemble groups.

On the final day, the program will culminate with a final concert by the students. Berklee faculty will also perform a concert for program participants and the general public.

In addition, Berklee’s admissions team will conduct auditions and interviews for selected students who are interested in being admitted to the college’s full-time undergraduate program, while other selected students may qualify for merit-based scholarships to attend the Aspire summer program, a five-week intensive music performance program.


“We are grateful for the continued support of our partners at the Ministry of Culture, the National Conservatory of Music in Santo Domingo, Fundación AES Dominicana and Itabo,” said David Bogen, interim president and provost of Berklee.

“We strongly believe in the importance of this program that gives students not only access to a high-quality music education, but also the opportunity to imagine and create a future through the arts.”

Applications for Berklee in Santo Domingo must be submitted, along with supporting materials demonstrating musical experience and talent, via the online application form found at by November 24, 2023. Accepted musicians will be announced on December 1, 2023.

AES Dominicana Foundation

“We invite our young artists to participate in Berklee in Santo Domingo in January 2024, where a dedicated team is preparing the best to leave a lasting mark on the lives of our young artists. The AES Dominicana Foundation and Empresa Generadora de Electricidad Itabo are excited to once again contribute to the success of this program in support of Dominican talent and the creative economy by providing the best platforms and tools to stimulate our creative and innovative industry in the Dominican Republic,” said Edwin de los Santos, president of AES Dominicana.

The AES Dominicana Foundation is a non-profit organization that works for the protection of the Earth and the well-being of its inhabitants. Since 2015, AES has provided support to more than 40 outstanding young musicians from the National Conservatory of Music, providing them with scholarships for summer programs at Berklee.


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