Discover Your Island

Berk Agar

Outstanding Islanders

Photo of Berk Agar

The Power of Music

Alumnus Berk Agar is a talented musician who uses his gift to benefit the good of others. Agar, along with his band mates, makes up the Latin Jazz ensemble, Matiz Latino. Through the band’s volunteer-based organization called Stand by Them, Matiz Latino has played concerts to benefit orphanages around the world.

In the past three years, Matiz Latino has performed nine concerts and donated the funds collected from tickets, CD sales, and donations to benefit children’s homes in El Salvador, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Mexico. Band members, including Agar, do not receive any funds from their performances, and instead choose to donate all monies to the orphanages.

“It feels great to help these kids, especially doing it through my career, with my music,” said Agar. “I am proud of being a musician, and I am proud of working with fantastic people who volunteer and do their best to help these poor children.”

Agar, who is originally from Izmir, Turkey, graduated in 2010 from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance-Classical Guitar. He received a master’s degree in Music Performance-Classical Guitar from the University of Texas-San Antonio. He currently works as an Associate Professor of Music and Guitar at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas, and is a Private Instructor at the Institute of Musical Arts and Northside Music Academy.

While attending the Island University in 2009, Agar along with fellow alumnus Daniel Rosales formed the band, Mundo. The band played at numerous events around South Texas and went on to record two albums.

Agar credits the music department at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for supporting him to pursue his musical endeavors.

“Music is one of the most difficult career paths to take. It is so emotional and it is super challenging,” said Agar. “I would never change what I have done. If you gave me a second chance, I would still choose music.”

His advice to other aspiring musicians is to never give up.

“You have to keep up the hard work, find your strongest acts, and be positive about it,” he said.