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Exploring the Nuances with Black Student Leaders at Berklee


Praised for their “communicative” playing and “haunting” compositions, Steph is an active marimbist and composer residing on the homeland of the Massachusett tribal nation. Their work reflects the fluid nature of human identities, with a focus on Blackness and queerness. They are currently completing their final semester of undergraduate studies at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where they study marimba, percussion and composition.

Steph is a Marimba One Artist and endorses Marimba One instruments and mallets. They are also the interim vice president of Modern Marimba, president of Boston Conservatory’s Black Student Alliance, and the Founder of Antiracist Book Club. 

Ariana Stanberry is a 21 year old Jamaican Alto Saxophonist. She attends Berklee College of Music and is studying Professional Music with focuses in Performance, Production, and Music Education. Ariana is the president of Berklee’s Student’s Of Caribbean Ancestry Club (SOCA) and the Vice President of Berklee’s Black Student Union (BSU).

Ashley Pointer is a Senior at Berklee College of Music studying Music Business/Management and Performance, with a minor in Electronic Performance. She is a violinist and is passionate about the Black community. On campus, she serves in roles in the Black Student Union, the Black Graduates Committee, and the Berklee Summer Initiative as an Ambassador, alongside various other student leadership roles. 

Outside of school, Ashley is the Founder of the nonprofit organization, The Pointer Center for Performing Arts, located in her hometown of Macon, GA. The organization is dedicated to string education and community empowerment. She hopes to continue getting involved and invoking positive change in her local communities.

Stephanie is from Nairobi, Kenya and is a fifth semester voice principle at Berklee College of Music, majoring in Music Business and Management. Stephanie currently interns at the Spirit Music Collective in California and enjoys cooking, a perfectly made Starbucks coffee, and adventuring in new places.

Class of 2020, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Voice Performance

Amy Onyonyi is a recent graduate of Boston Conservatory at Berklee and is now pursuing her love of teaching with lessons to students in the Greater Boston area. A former president of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee's Black Student Alliance, she remains a passionate advocate for members of the African Diaspora and seeks to work in service of marginalized communities. 

In her free time, Amy enjoys writing and cross-fit training.


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Join Black student leaders Ashley Pointer, Steph Davis, Stephanie Boolean, and Ariana Stanberry for an invigorating moderated discussion with alumna Amy Onyonyi (‘20, BCB Voice Performance), exploring important and nuanced topics including Black identity, community, and creativity, the impact of -isms and monolithic narratives, and the pursuit of an arts-based career.