The 1140 Venues: Berk Hall and Colvin Hall
Berklee's 1140 Boylston Street building is home to two of the college's busiest performance venues.
Lawrence and Alma Berk Hall (1A) is located on the ground floor of the 1140 Boylston Street building. Named in honor of Berklee's founder, Lawrence Berk, and his wife, Alma, the hall can accommodate 118 audience members.
Oliver Colvin Hall (1W) is located on the ground floor of the 1140 Boylston Street building. Named in honor of the late Oliver Colvin, a frequent Berklee concertgoer over a period of many years, the venue can accommodate 86 audience members.
Beginning in the early 1980s, the 1140 Boylston Street concert venues were the first on-campus venues where students could perform. Housed in the original Berklee building, the venues underwent a major renovation in the mid-'90s and another minor update in the mid-2000s.
Any performers of note who attended Berklee performed in the 1140 venues during their time here as a student. While perhaps not as well known to the public at large as the college's larger venues, 1A and 1W are truly hallowed ground for Berklee. Alumni who have performed in the 1140 venues include Gary Burton, Branford Marsalis, Susan Tedeschi, Paula Cole, Terri Lyne Carrington, John Mayer, Christian Scott, Esperanza Spalding, Julian Lage, Steve Vai, Amy Heidemann (of Karmin), and many more. During just one recent school year alone, 1A and 1W housed clinics by visiting artists such as George Duke, Bela Fleck, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito de Rivera, and Ron Carter.
Watch Alissia Benveniste perform her original song, "Let it Out," live at Berk Recital Hall (1A) here: