Magos Herrera Named Berklee Master Musician

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Magos Herrera attends 3rd Annual Cinema Tropical Awards at The New York Times Headquarters on January 15, 2013 in New York City.

Mexican jazz singer receives Master of Latin Music; college expands Latin American reach with auditions in Bolivia

Berklee College of Music has honored Mexican jazz singer Magos Herrera with a Master of Latin Music Degree.

The honor is one in a series of Berklee Master Musician Awards that the college has given diverse artists since 2013.

Herrera, who has been called Mexico’s best jazz singer, was honored “in recognition of her contribution to the development and exposure of Latin American and her original music in a contemporary context around the world.”

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Berklee’s Latin American initiatives continue to expand, with the college holding student auditions for the first time in Bolivia later this month. College representatives will hear applicants in La Paz and Santa Cruz, where a group of current Berklee students will also lead clinics and workshops.

“It would be absurd to think I’m the only musician from Bolivia who’s talented enough to be at Berklee,” vocalist Luis Gamarra, a current student who was Berklee’s first recruit from Bolivia, said in a statement from the college.