Top US music college is caught up in sex abuse scandal

Top US music college is caught up in sex abuse scandal


norman lebrecht

November 09, 2017

A Boston Globe investigation finds that three professors at Berklee College of Music have been allowed to leave quietly after being accused by several students of sexual aggression.


One of them went on to teach at the New England Conservatory, unhampered by the allegations.

Berklee is regularly ranked among the top ten US conservatories of music.

The Globe alleges ‘a culture of blatant sexual harassment’ at Berklee. Here’s how it starts:

She woke up naked and unnerved. Her professor, her mentor at Berklee College of Music, was groping her as she tried to push him away while fighting off waves of nausea. Jeff Galindo, a popular jazz musician and instructor at the school, had walked her home from a party the night before to make sure she arrived safely because she was so drunk.

All she wanted was to banish memories of that nightmarish experience in the spring of 2012. But weeks later Galindo, who had been on tour much of the time since that night, begged forgiveness from his student in a series of bizarre texts.

“I’m truly sorry for hurting you. I promise I will never again,” Galindo said in texts shared with the Globe by the woman, then a junior and one of the few female students in her department. “By the way, just to let you know, we never [had intercourse],” said another text in the mea culpa. “I never got it up. I was too drunk. It doesn’t excuse anything, but I thought I’d let you know what a loser I am.”


Read on here.


  • Mark Henriksen says:

    Interesting the part where the woman who was forcibly kissed on the face feels she “got screwed” because she still has to pay back her student loans.

    • boringfileclerk says:

      Enough of the victim shaming!

    • HSY says:

      I think you are confused. The woman who was forcibly kissed was assaulted by Ortiz. The woman who complains she “got screwed” was assaulted by Galindo. But yeah, there are so many of them. It might get confusing.

      And she felt that way because Galindo preemptively claimed that she lied in order to get more scholarship money. Therefore she felt she had to refrain from applying for more money even if she qualified by merit, otherwise people might believe Galindo and thought she was indeed lying about the assault in order to get more money. In the end, she did not get compensation from Galindo or Berklee, and she forsook the chance to apply for more scholarship and took on loans that might be unnecessary to avoid looking suspicious.

      I hope you will read the article more closely next time before making such a careless comment.

  • Robert Holmén says:

    Today’s not-vetted-by-a-lawyer defense strategy…

    “…But after they graduate, it’s open season.”

  • Anon! A Moose! says:

    “Only an idiot would sleep with students, and I am not an idiot,” Osby said. “I would not do that. But after they graduate, it’s open season.”

    …demonstrating that he is, in fact, an idiot.

    …and someone who is a sexual harasser, regardless of the legal details of that particular situation.

  • Steven Holloway says:

    What dumbfounds me in the administrators’ general statement is the line about being restricted by what they are legally permitted to say. They could legally have said anything and everything about this to the police. Amazing that the article didn’t mention this blethering obvious point.