Prestigious Boston performing arts schools discuss merger

BOSTON (AP) — Two prestigious performing arts schools in Boston are exploring a merger that officials say would create “the world’s most dynamic and comprehensive programs for music, dance and theater education.”

The presidents and trustees of The Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music on Friday announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding that calls for a summer-long process of discussion and planning. A merger could take effect next year.

Leaders at both schools say a merger “could create a visionary response to the rapidly evolving needs of 21st century artists.”

Under a merger, The Boston Conservatory’s programs in music, dance and musical theater would retain autonomy, while giving Berklee students access.

The institutions already have a decades-long history of collaboration.

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