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In the news: Sean K. Skeete

In the news: Sean K. Skeete
Sean K. Skeete Photo: Adam Renn Olenn

Berklee College of Music has named professor Sean K. Skeete Chair of Berklee’s Ensemble Department.

“We are very excited that Sean has moved from his interim role to the permanent position of ensemble department chair,” said Ron Savage, Dean, Professional Performance Division. “Sean’s vision, skilled leadership and artistic excellence will now be at the forefront of the world’s largest, most dynamic and musically diverse performance department.”

Skeete has been the interim chair since 2017 and has led the department in a multitude of fronts from budgeting and academic scheduling to program and curriculum development. He has collaborated with various departments in producing concerts, including Berklee’s Opening Door Series, where a student ensemble performed for Berklee’s neighborhood and community partners.

As chair, he will continue to oversee the department with the goal of building on the current curriculum, developing new performance opportunities, creating relationships within the industry, and further stimulating the type of creative collaborations on campus that continually have made Berklee a leader in preparing students for careers in music.

During his tenure as interim chair, Skeete created several visiting artists residencies and clinics with such notable musicians as Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper; multi-instrumentalist and composer Sona Jobarteh; songwriter Clay Cook (Zac Brown Band), musician and film composer Rob Lewis, and many more.

A drummer and educator from Trinidad and Tobago, Skeete grew up in a musical family. His love for music began at the age of three, while playing in his father’s church. It was evident that he found his calling and subsequently dedicated much of his youth to studying music intensely with the hope of becoming a professional performer. The burgeoning musician attended high school in Boston and was awarded a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music upon graduation, where he continued to develop his musical style.

Skeete is an extremely versatile performer whose musicality is informed by his love for the music of the Caribbean, as well as jazz and R&B. He has been performing and teaching professionally for more than two decades, and he has worked with a range of artists and musicians including: Take 6, CeCe Winans, Raul Midón, Will Downing and Oleta Adams.

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