June 24–27, 2013
ANNOUNCEMENT: Students who complete Vocal Summit (June 24-27) and Stage Performance Workshop (June 28-June 30), will receive a $100 discount.
What's the program like?
The Berklee Vocal Summit offers a unique opportunity to explore the world of contemporary vocal music with a choice of specialization in pop/rock/country, R&B, jazz, musical theater, or a cappella. This four-day program, open to vocalists, singer/songwriters, and instrumentalists who sing, provides 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.
This year's visiting artists include:
Grammy winner and seven-time Grammy nominee Paula Cole has released six solo albums spanning an 18-year career. She has sold approximately 3 million albums and has performed with icons in many genres of music from Peter Gabriel to Dolly Parton and many others. Cole’s emotionally deep and thrilling performances are a trademark. Poetic and fiercely touching, intelligent writing makes Cole stand apart. Her compositions have been covered by Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, and Katherine McPhee to name a few. From a small town in Massachusetts, Cole was raised in a musical family with whom she and her daughter remain close. She is a scholarship alumna from Berklee with a background in jazz, received her first record deal with a jazz label (which she declined), and has collaborated with many jazz artists. Cole teaches and gives clinics in a spirit of giving back to the circle of music. With a loving allegiance to her fans, she maintains loyal communication online and after her live shows. As the first woman in history to solely produce and receive the Producer of the Year Grammy nomination for her album This Fire, Cole has broken boundaries with a searcher’s spirit. From her top ten hits of the 1990s to her more recent critically acclaimed albums, Paula Cole continues to write, produce, record, and perform heartfelt, meaningful, lasting music that defies categorization. Learn more...
Overboard is an American a cappella group featuring original arrangements and an energetic live show that has caught the attention of everyone from American Idol to The Early Show on CBS. Originally conceived as a street performance group, Overboard has transcended its humble beginnings with the release of six successful albums and its ambitious “Free Track Tuesday” single-of-the-week program. Renowned for creative and intricate arrangements, Overboard has garnered nominations for 11 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, 18 A Cappella Community Awards, and an appearance at the national Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival. Overboard tours throughout the U.S. and Europe, visiting colleges, performing arts centers, and music festivals to share its tight harmonies, emotional performances, and engaging workshops with singers and enthusiasts of all ages. 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.