Berklee Summer Winds Program
June 21–23, 2013
What's the program like?
If you are a brass, saxophone, or flute player and are looking to develop your skills in improvisation, group playing, and performance, Berklee's Summer Winds Program is for you. Improve your playing through master classes, group lessons, and ensembles. You will learn methods and techniques to perform in jazz, Latin, classical, Brazilian, and contemporary styles. The director of the program, Woodwind Department chair Bill Pierce, has performed and recorded with such notable artists as Art Blakey, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, and Tony Williams and has been featured at major international jazz festivals.
Who are the instructors?
The classes, workshops, and ensembles will be taught by Berklee brass and woodwind faculty.
What's the schedule?
Theory and Improvisation—You will receive instruction in music theory and how to apply it to improvisation and repertoire.
Group Lessons—You will receive instruction in instrumental technique, craft, practice habits, and other related topics.
Master Classes—These will be lectures and demonstrations by program faculty and guest artists on various aspects of performance, including improvisation, reading, etc. Questions and group discussion will encompass part of each class, providing you with an opportunity to explore the artists’ opinions and strategies for success, connecting with them in a personal, relaxed, and musically engaging setting.
Ensembles—You will have the opportunity to perform in group settings with students of similar training and abilitiy accompanied by a Berklee faculty/student rhythm section. You will perform in a concert on the final day of the event.
Jam Sessions—You will be able to participate in jam sessions.
On Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22, the Berklee Summer Winds faculty will perform in concert. On Sunday your family and friends are invited to attend the program finale, during which you will perform in a closing concert.
For students who are also interested in enrolling at Berklee full-time, there are several benefits to attending Berklee's Summer Winds Program:
- Find out what it takes to succeed in music and at Berklee.
- Study with Berklee faculty and special guest artists.
- Learn about admission, audition, and scholarship requirements.
- Get a head start on your full-time studies.
- Get to know Boston, New England’s hub of culture and academia.
Will I be able to use the college's facilities?
While you are at Berklee College of Music attending the program, your Berklee ID card (issued at registration) will provide you with access to our extensive facilities, including the Stan Getz Media Center and Library, the Learning Center, and practice rooms.
Where will I eat and sleep?
Applicants 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. If you apply to the program after mid-June, please call the Housing Office at 617 747-2292 to find out if residence hall space is still available.