The Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory will merge, the two institutions announced on Tuesday. According to a news release, the announcement follows six months of discussions between the two colleges.
“This merger is a bold step into the future of performing-arts education,” said David S. Sloan, chairman of the Boston Conservatory’s Board of Trustees. “As we bring together the superb performing-arts disciplines of the Boston Conservatory and Berklee, we expect our students will draw upon global cultures and cutting-edge technologies to synthesize completely new art forms.”
The combined institution will be called Berklee, while the conservatory will be called the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Observers have in recent years predicted an increase in the number of mergers between small colleges.