Festival Betances Welcomes Karla Rivera!

Festival Betances Welcomes Karla Rivera!

We're excited to announce one of our incredible musicians at this year's Festival Betances is Karla Rivera! 2019 will be her first year performing at Festival Betances, and we're looking forward to her debut.

Karla P. Rivera Lozada was born in San Germán, Puerto Rico, in May 2000. Since she was very young, her natural attraction for music became evident, and was encouraged by her parents. In 2010 she was accepted at the School of Fine Arts of Bayamón, where she began her first studies in music. At the same time she began to receive musical training in the genres of jazz, blues, bossa, among others, to participate in the jazz band "Antilles Jazz Ensemble" (AJE for its acronym in English). The band is part of an extracurricular program for students of high school and preparatory school Antilles Middle School. The school is part of the system Education Department of the US Department of Defense, DoDEA for its acronym in English. During

her participation in the AJE, she had the opportunity to expose herself to different scenarios such as Window to Jazz, sponsored by the Heineken Jazz Festival, activities of the military base Fort Buchanan, charity activities of "Make a Wish Foundation", among others. Later, in 2012 and recommended by the teacher of the Jazz band, she was enrolled in the Conservatory of Arts of the Caribbean (CAC) in Old San Juan, in the municipality of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The CAC is the only preparatory school of contemporary music in the Caribbean area that is part of the Berklee International Network, of the Berklee College of Music. In this institution she started as a beginner and not as a regular student for not complying with the minimum age requirement, but her motivation and enthusiasm was recognized and she was given the opportunity. There she received an intense vocal training and education equivalent to university students in different domains of music.

For six consecutive years, she attended the Intensive summer workshops of "Berklee on the Road". From these experiences she began playing in different places around Old San Juan as an independent artist, until she moved to the US Virgin Islands, where she continued to perform with different artists and local groups. In 2017, she received her first scholarship from Berklee College of Music for a summer program and then received another for an online course for college credits. It was not until January 2018 when she was officially accepted into the prestigious university and was granted a scholarship to attend college. She began her studies in September of the same year and declared her specialty in music therapy. In her first year at Berklee she has been exposed to many opportunities that have helped her grow as a musician and she wishes to continue expanding her art in the areas of songwriting, music production and much more. Her dream is to obtain her credentials as a music therapist and promote the practice in Puerto Rico.

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