Vocal Summit

Announcement: Students who complete two of four programs, Vocal Summit June 23-26, Songwriting Workshop June 26-29, Stage Performance Workshop June 27-29, Musical Theater Summer Intensive June 28-July 3, will receive a $100 rebate.

June 23–26, 2014

What's the program like?

Your voice: it’s your instrument. Explore the world of contemporary vocal music in your pick 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 Edridge joins Vocal Summit 2014!

We are trilled to welcome guest performer and teacher Peter Eldrige to Vocal Summit this year.

Peter Eldridge

Peter Eldridge is a singer, songwriter, pianist and a founding member of the vocal group New York Voices, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. NYV has recorded eight albums (including  ‘New York Voices Live with the WDR Big Band Cologne’ released earlier in 2013 and Let it Snow, the group’s first holiday album also released in 2013).  Two projects they collaborated on received Grammy awards (one with the Count Basie Orchestra, 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.  The results are varied and dynamic but also aesthetically focused, as Eldridge’s mellifluous baritone and urbane lyrics brim with pop accessibility”(JazzTimes).  Peter 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” (allmusicguide.com).  

 He continues to combine his talents into an eclectic mix of performing, composing and arranging, recording, as well as teaching (after almost twenty years at the Manhattan School of Music as the head of it’s graduate jazz voice department, Peter joined the voice faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston this past Fall).  Learn more...

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.