Berklee American Roots Festival
June 20 – June 22, 2014
What’s the program like?
Learn from Berklee faculty and some of the world’s leading roots musicians and educators. You’ll play and explore in depth a wide variety of roots music styles, including bluegrass, blues, folk, country, acoustic jazz, etc. Through participation in ensembles, labs, and group lessons, you will be developing your improvisational and reading skills.
What’s the schedule?
Classes on Friday and Saturday will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will take the form of ensembles, master classes on instrumental proficiency, and lectures on core musical concepts from the Berklee curriculum. The evenings will feature faculty concerts and jams.
In addition to the ensemble participation, students will choose from a host of classes including Variations on a Simple Melody as an Intro to Improvisation for Folk Musicians, Country Blues Guitar, Music Theory, and Intro to Ear Training.
Who are the instructors?
Viktor Krauss- world-renowned bass player who has worked with Bill Frisell and Lyle Lovett
Paul Rishell- one of the foremost practitioners of country blues style guitar in the world
Annie Raines- master of the blues harmonica, former member of Susan Tedeschi Band
Matt Glaser- jazz/swing/roots violin master and educator, formed the Berklee String Department in the 1980s and now directs the Berklee American Roots Program
Darol Anger- widely influential and wildly creative fiddle player, has played with everyone from David Grisman to Willie Nelson, and is fluent in countless styles
Maeve Gilchrist- harp player who is helping to redefine what the instrument is capable of, steeped in a number of styles beyond her Celtic roots.
Joe Walsh- mandolin virtuoso with roots in bluegrass and adventurous string band music, former member of the Gibson Brothers and Joy Kills Sorrow
Matt Munisteri- masterful swing guitarist and songwriter who has worked with Loudon Wainwright, Madeline Peyroux, and Mark O'Connor, amongst many others
Where will I eat and sleep?
Applicants who are 15 and older will be sent information and an application for residence hall housing once accepted to the program. Most program participants elect to stay in the Berklee residence halls; however, space is limited. To optimize your chances for on-campus housing, you must return the housing application immediately upon receiving it.
To be eligible to live in the residence hall, you must be 15 years of age by the start of the program. Residence hall housing is not offered to students younger than 15. If you apply to the program after mid-May, call the Housing Office at 617 747-2292 to find out if residence hall space is still available. Students under the age of 15 attending the program accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other family member will need to make their own housing arrangements.