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The Power of Student Artistry

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The Power of Student Artistry

Cassi Mikat is an MFA candidate in Musical Theater, Vocal Pedagogy at Boston Conservatory (2022) from Brighton, Michigan. She received her BFA in Acting, with an emphasis in Musical Theatre, at Wright State University. She currently serves as a Change Scholar in the Change Scholars: Cultural Leadership Advocacy Program with the Diversity and Inclusion team, working to develop cultural leadership and advocacy skills from antiracism and intersectional lenses. 

Cassi has a wonderful studio of voice students who she adores, and she is also a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. Apart from her work, you can find her with a book and a Diet Coke in hand, snuggling with her dog Ruth Bader Ginsbark, Rue for short.

Ciaran Roberts-Osterberg is from Dundee, Scotland and is a 5th-semester Drum Set principal (Class of 2023) at Berklee College of Music, majoring in Contemporary Writing and Production & Performance.  He loves to play piano, sing, composes and arrange. Though he was born and raised in Scotland, he is mixed race - part Irish and part Seychellois (African: The Seychelles Islands). This had led him to be raised within creole culture, where acceptance and music play large roles. 

Ciaran currently serves as a Change Scholar in the Change Scholars: Cultural Leadership Advocacy Program with the Diversity and Inclusion team, working to develop cultural leadership and advocacy skills from antiracism and intersectional lenses. He is the Vice-President of the Berklee Disabilities Club - a group that provides a support network for all Berklee students with any form of disability. In the words of Ciaran, "I have autism and was told I’d never be able to make it into a school like Berklee. It took me nearly two years of daily fundraising at 16 hours a day to raise the funds I needed to attend. Being at this school means everything to me, and I want to make sure every student has the best experience they can."

Outside of school, some of Ciaran's passions and interests include physical fitness, basketball, self-improvement, entrepreneurship, travel, movies, and listening to records. He is currently working on his debut album “Acceptance” with his group, the CRO Acceptance Band, which hopes to release the album in 2021 or early 2022.

Class of 2020, Berklee College of Music, Professional Music

Sam is Michigander, a veteran of the United States Navy, and an LGBT rights advocate.  They currently serve as a Change Scholar in the Change Scholars: Cultural Leadership Advocacy Program with the Diversity and Inclusion team, working to develop cultural leadership and advocacy skills from antiracism and intersectional lenses

Sam is hoping to pursue a J.D. and dedicate their career to improving government support for survivors of sexual and domestic violence, with a focus on immigrant justice.

Catherine Willingham is a Queer, Black, non-binary eighth-semester composition major and conducting minor from Atlanta, GA. While conducting is their focus, they also play bassoon, piano, saxophone, and electric bass. They serve as a Core Music Tutor, BSI Ambassador, Music Director of the Berklee Motion Picture Orchestra, and as a Change Scholar in the Change Scholars: Cultural Leadership Advocacy Program with the Diversity and Inclusion team, working to develop cultural leadership and advocacy skills from antiracism and intersectional lenses.

Outside of music, Catherine enjoys skateboarding, cooking, and stargazing. After their graduation in December, Catherine plans on moving to Europe to study instrumental conducting. One day, they hope to found their own orchestra centering Black American contemporary music.


As artists, we may not always feel like we have the voice or the power to create meaningful change in the world. Join this session, led by the Change Scholars: Cultural Leadership & Advocacy Program student group, to explore the various ways artists have facilitated change through their art forms. 

Participants will process how their personal art form responds to current social issues, and brainstorm methods to harness the power of art and creative practice as student artists.

Open to students only.