WHO WE ARE
The Women Musicians Network is a female led organization. Our mission is to foster positive relationships, mutual support, and musical collaboration among Berklee and Boston Conservatory students who define themselves as female. Each fall semester, we put on a large concert in the Berklee Performance Center featuring some of the most talented female composers and arrangers that Berklee has to offer. We also showcase female teachers and musicians in Boston who are actively working to make a difference in their community.
Students play a large role in running this club, each year we select student leaders from existing and active members. Anyone who is a Berklee or Boston Conservatory student is welcome to come to our meetings and participate.
Coordinator, Berklee College of Music Diversity Committee
Teacher, Berklee College of Music City Music Saturday School
Songwriter, choral arranger, playwright, director, and performer in theater, music theater, improv comedy, clubs, and choral groups
Performing and writing credits include Women on the Edge, Planet Girl Productions, Mrs. Potatohead, and Improv Boston
"I like to be spontaneous and creative in class. For instance, I ask my students to bring in recordings they like, and I'll develop a lesson from their music right on the spot. It keeps things fresh, and it means they can personally identify with what we're learning."
"Only part of what I want my students to learn can be described in a course syllabus. I hope they also come away with a greater confidence in their ability to learn, to tap into their unique creativity, to collaborate, and and to take pride in what ever they do."
"I'm very excited about the Women Musicians Network. Since it began in 1998, it has become a very significant student club... It's always a great show."
Professor, Harmony and Jazz Composition Department
WMN Co-founder, Faculty Advisor, Director
Associate Professor, Voice Department
Co-director and advisor to WMN
Christiane’s unique vocal style stems from her love for different musical traditions.. She is also the leader of the acclaimed Pletenitsa Balkan Choir and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with the likes of Hüsnü Senlendirici, Javier Limón, the Assad Brothers, Binka Dobreva, Vadim Neselovskyi, Tigran Hamasyan and Bobby McFerrin. She has performed at venues & festivals such as Carnegie Hall, Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Symphony Space, the Koprivshtitsa Festival, Casa Arabe & the Moscow International House of Music among others. She has also been featured on PBS and VH1.
In addition to performing, Christiane is an award-winning songwriter and composer. She is also a staunch activist for cultural understanding, tolerance, and non-violent conflict resolution. Currently on the faculty of Berklee College of Music, as an Associate Professor in Voice, Ensemble and Songwriting, she is the founder and leader of the Berklee Annual Middle Eastern Festival, and actively continues her work of bringing awareness and Positive Social Change through music and the arts. Christiane also performs and teaches around the world.