Vocal Summit

Announcement: Students can receive a $100 rebate if they complete two of these four programs: Vocal Summit (June 23-26), Songwriting Workshop (June 26-29), Stage Performance Workshop (June 27-29), and Musical Theater Summer Intensive (June 28-July 3).

June 23–26, 2014

What's the program like?

Your voice: it’s your instrument. Explore the world of contemporary vocal music in your choice of style: pop/rock/country, R&B, jazz, musical theater, or a cappella. Open to vocalists, singer-songwriters, and instrumentalists who sing, this four-day program will provide you with instruction in vocal technique, style, performance skills, singing with a band, group singing, and a cappella performance.

Workshops to choose from include recording techniques, microphone/PA technology, jazz improvisation, pop/R&B improvisation, songwriting, auditioning, and a cappella arranging.

Who are the instructors?

Classes, performances, and special events are taught by faculty members of Berklee College of Music, along with special guest clinicians. Berklee's voice faculty are innovative educators as well as experienced professional musicians. Their expertise in contemporary vocal techniques and technology make them invaluable as teachers.

Peter Eldridge Joins Vocal Summit 2014

Peter EldridgeWe are thrilled to welcome guest performer and teacher Peter Eldrige to Vocal Summit this year. Peter Eldridge is a singer, songwriter, pianist, and a founding member of the vocal group New York Voices (NYV), which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. NYV has recorded eight albums. Two projects they collaborated on have received Grammys (one with the Count Basie Orchestra and the other with Paquito D’Rivera).  

"A superb musical alchemist, Peter Eldridge synthesizes modern jazz with not only pop but also R&B and Latin music," notes AllMusic, adding that Eldridge ranks "in the celebrated tradition of melodic poets, most famously represented by such disparate voices as Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and Steely Dan – singer/songwriters who create catchy, beautiful tunes with insightful lyrics that are both personal and universal." JazzTimes writes, "The results are varied and dynamic but also aesthetically focused, as Eldridge’s mellifluous baritone and urbane lyrics brim with pop accessibility."

 Eldridge performs, composes and arranges, records, and teaches. Following nearly 20 years at the Manhattan School of Music as the head of its graduate Jazz Voice Department, he joined the voice faculty at Berklee this past fall.  Learn more...

Visting A Cappella Group: Overboard

Having come a long way from its humble street performing roots, Boston vocal band Overboard can be heard serving up high-powered, soul-infused vocal rock from Maine to California and beyond.

Since its inception in 2006, Overboard has been featured by the likes of American Idol, the CBS Early Show, Puma, and Mitsubishi. The group is made up of Sam Fischer, Eric Morrissey, Tracy Robertson, Johanna Vinson, and Caleb Wheldon.

Overboard’s energetic live show, six albums, and “Free Track Tuesday” single of the week program have caught the attention of the global a cappella community, as well as Boston’s discerning local music scene. Among other accolades, Overboard has been nominated for 10 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards and 18 A Cappella Community Awards in the last three years.

Following their win at the competitive Boston Regional Harmony Sweepstakes Festival, Overboard began touring more frequently, visiting colleges, performing arts centers, and music festivals throughout the country to share its tight harmonies, intricate arrangements, and engaging workshops with singers and enthusiasts of all ages. Read more about Overboard here.

What's the schedule?

You will receive an individualized schedule of times and locations for all classes, clinics, performances, and special events at the time of registration.

Where will I eat and sleep?

Applying for residence hall housing is a separate process. A limited number of housing applications and related information will be mailed to accepted applicants beginning in April, until residence halls reach full capacity. Acceptance to the program does not guarantee a residence hall space. To optimize your chances for on-campus housing, you must apply to the program before April 1 and return the housing application immediately upon receiving it. Due to limited availability, residence hall space will fill up quickly. To be eligible to live in the residence hall, you must be 15 years of age by the start of the program. Call the Housing Office at 617 747-2292 for more information. If you are unable to secure housing in Berklee's residence halls and you are at least 16 years of age, contact the Office of Special Programs at 617 747-2245 for information on alternative housing.