Slideshow: Student Ensembles Fall 2013

By 
Mike Keefe-Feldman and Trevor Cheitlin
December 17, 2013
Professor Ralph Peterson Jr. directs the Jazz Messengers Big Band Ensemble.
Students perform Peterson's "The Art of War."
Instructor Chantel Hampton's Women in Rock Ensemble, featuring vocalists (from left to right) Mingyu Lane Shi, Cara Hatfield, Asuka Saito, Chelsea De Silva, and Nicolo Riolo, pose before performing songs such as Grace Potter's "Paris (Ooh La La)," Hole's "Celebrity Skin," and En Vogue's "Free Your Mind."
Singers Mingyu Lane Shi (right) and Chelsea De Silva (left) rip the lid off of Queen Adreena's "Razorblade Sky," backed by a band consisting of Harley Cullen and William Gittens on guitar, Flavio Dias Borges on drums, and J. Scott Martin on bass.
The Hardcore/Heavy Metal Ensemble rocks out, directed by associate professor Robert Schlink.
Metal students balance the genre's energy with its demand for control.
The Contemporary Middle Eastern Ensemble puts a modern twist on traditional Turkish music with associate professor Craig Macrae (left).
The Cedar Walton Ensemble pays tribute to the late jazz pianist on songs such as "Cedar's Blues," "Fiesta Espanol," and "Clockwise."
Assistant professor Leo Blanco's Latin Ensemble tackles challenging Blanco originals "Montenegro," "Yemen," and "Roots and Effect."
The Frank Zappa Ensemble delves into atypical time signatures on tunes such as "Zomby Woof" and "Cosmik Debris."
Student guitarist Jack Sheehan stretches out before diving into a rollicking rendition of Frank Zappa's "Montana."
Photo by Mike Keefe-Feldman
Photo by Mike Keefe-Feldman
Photo by Mike Keefe-Feldman
Photo by Mike Keefe-Feldman
Photo by Trevor Cheitlin
Photo by Trevor Cheitlin
Photo by Mike Keefe-Feldman
Photo by Trevor Cheitlin
Photo by Mike Keefe-Feldman
Photo by Trevor Cheitlin
Photo by Trevor Cheitlin

With genres ranging from jazz and Middle Eastern to heavy metal and Latin, Berklee’s campus has been abuzz with impressive student ensemble performances as the fall 2013 semester draws to a close. The ensemble concerts are an opportunity for students to put their music education into action and to hone their skills in collaboration with Berklee faculty and fellow students.

Click on the image above to launch a slideshow depicting just a sliver of the many ensembles open to Berklee students.