Berklee is excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Umbria Jazz Festival!
The 2023 Berklee at Umbria Jazz Clinics will take place in Perugia, Italy. The clinics will be held July 4–16, 2023.
Applications for this program are now closed.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The Berklee at Umbria Jazz Clinics are an opportunity to spend two weeks improving your performance and musical skills with Berklee faculty. With 12 days of intense classes and performances, this program provides aspiring musicians with hands-on educational experiences that can foster musical growth and development. All classes and ensembles are taught in the world-famous Berklee method, with its emphasis on the use of jazz and contemporary music as the focal point for musical understanding.
The 2023 Berklee at Umbria Jazz Clinics will mark the 36th year of the Berklee and Umbria Jazz Festival collaboration, which has presented this remarkable educational opportunity to over 6,600 students from all over the world. Located in the beautiful city of Perugia in the center of Umbria, Italy, the program brings together over 200 high school and young, college-aged students to form a community of musical dedication and enthusiasm that permits a shared learning experience.
Performance classrooms are equipped with rhythm section instruments; large lectures are supported by audio, visual, and digital presentations; a dedicated outdoor stage features daily concerts and jam sessions; and practice rooms, support staff, and administrators meet students' individual needs. Additionally, all students will receive free passes to the main stage at the Umbria Jazz Festival concerts, which are ongoing throughout the program.
All in all, the Berklee at Umbria Jazz Clinics combined with the 10-day Umbria Jazz Festival afford a unique opportunity to learn by day and to listen by night—a rare educational and entertainment experience.
Am I eligible?
Berklee at Umbria Jazz Clinics are designed for aspiring high school and college-aged musicians seeking to advance their musical knowledge and performance skills. You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program, and you must have been playing your instrument (including singing if you are a vocalist) for a minimum of six (6) months to attend the program.
When and how do I apply?
What are the COVID-19 protocols?
Umbria Jazz Clinics will regularly post updated regulations beginning 60 days before the start of the program.
To reference current COVID-19 regulations in Italy, please visit the Ministero della Salute Pubblica Italiana website.
A complete contingency plan will be in place in case of changing conditions due to the pandemic and local regulations concerning COVID-19 restrictions and travel, including a cancellation and refund policy. Further updates will be published here closer to the start of the program.
How much does it cost?
2023 Program tuition is €590.
How do I submit my payment and confirm my application?
Your participation is not confirmed until your tuition payment is received.
Once accepted to the program:
- Students must immediately proceed with the payment of the course fees to secure their place. Instructions are available at umbriajazzclinics.it.
- Please note that registration on the Berklee site and acceptance to the program does not guarantee a space in the program, due to space limitations. Registration will only be confirmed after payment has been received.
- After April 15, 2023, students must first check with the Umbria Jazz Clinics office to ensure that there are spaces available in their chosen course prior to submitting payment. Please do this by emailing email@example.com and following the guidelines provided in the acceptance communication.
- Payment of the program tuition fee of €590 can be made by bank transfer only. Please specify the name, surname, and chosen instrument of the student in the details section of the transfer.
- Bank details:
IBAN: IT 90 T 02008 03027 000105758213
- Bank details:
- After the payment has been made, the following items must be sent via email or by post to Umbria Jazz Clinics:
- A photocopy of the payment receipt.
- Two passport-size photos with the applicant's full name and chosen instrument written on the back or underneath each photo.
- The applicant’s personal details, including name, surname, date of birth, postal address, contact phone number, and email address. This information can be sent to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or placed in an envelope and sent to Umbria Jazz Clinic, Piazza Danti 28, 06122 Perugia, Italy.
- As soon as all information has been received, a letter of confirmation will be sent via email to each student.
Contact information: Ms. Giulia Truffarelli at email@example.com
What is the daily schedule like?
The daily class schedule typically begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m., with a lunch break. Classes run daily after the program registration and orientation starting on Tuesday, July 4. There is one day off on Sunday, July 9. Final concert activities begin on Friday, July 14 and run through Sunday, July 16.
All paid students will receive more details by email prior to the program. Each student will receive an individual schedule of their classes during registration on the first morning of the program.
What's the program like?
- Group lessons: These daily one-hour lessons will address topics normally included in traditional private lessons. As a student, you will receive instruction in instrumental technique (tone, articulation, intonation, expression, etc.), practice habits, and other related topics.
- Vocal program: This year’s vocal program will feature three elite voice teachers focusing on style, technique, theory, and performance skills. As a voice student, you will have the option to study the style of your choice. In addition, you will have the unique opportunity to perform with a variety of ensemble combinations, including the gospel choir.
- Ensembles: As a student in the program, you will have the opportunity to play in group settings with students of similar playing abilities. While the emphasis is on jazz, other styles (pop, rock, Latin, etc.) will be offered within the program. Ensembles will meet each day of the program, and you will perform in a concert during the final days of the event. All ensembles will perform onstage within the Umbria Jazz Festival circuit at the conclusion of the program.
- Theory and improvisation: As a student in this program, you will be taught music theory and how to apply it to improvisation, performance, and musicianship. This daily class will provide you with a basic understanding of chord/scale relationships in direct correlation with the improvement of your aural skills.
Activities Open to All Students
- Master classes: These will be lectures/demonstrations by Berklee faculty and guest artists (pending availability) from the festival on various aspects of performing, improvisation, composition, and personal experience. There will be a wide variety of topics, and at times there may be group participation. Questions and group discussion will encompass part of the class, providing you with an opportunity to explore the artists' opinions and strategies for success.
- Jam sessions: These daily after-hour jam sessions will be informal performances on the Berklee stage. They will be open to all students.
- Graduation ceremonies: The final two-and-a-half days of the program feature a series of concerts in which all students and all ensembles participate. Concerts will be held on the Berklee stage and also on an Umbria Jazz Festival stage. Families of the students are invited to attend these concerts.
Who are the instructors?
Berklee is excited to bring our world-renowned teaching team to Perugia. The team will include;
• Dave Limina, Chair, Piano Department, program academic director
• Cecil Alexander, Associate Professor of Guitar
• Fernando Huergo, Professor of Bass
• Zahili Gonzalez Zamora, Assistant Professor of Piano
• Phil Grenadier, Associate Professor of Ensembles (Brass)
• Lihi Havuri, Assistant Professor of Harmony and Jazz Composition (Woodwinds)
• Yoron Israel, Chair of Percussion
• Jim Kelly, Professor of Guitar
• Dennis Montgomery, Professor of Ensembles
• Nichelle Mungo, Associate Professor of Voice
• Patrice Williamson, Professor of Voice
• Jason Camelio, assistant vice president for Global Initiatives, program manager
Where will I stay?
Students are required to make their own housing arrangements. For information regarding hotels and apartments at special student rates, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For better rate opportunities, participants are encouraged to make housing arrangements early.
Can I audition for a Berklee scholarship?
Applicants are given the opportunity to indicate on their application if they would like to be considered for a scholarship audition during the program. We will select a limited number of qualified students to participate in a live audition and interview where we will award scholarships to the Berklee College of Music undergraduate program in Boston, full-tuition scholarships to our Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive program in Boston, and two full-tuition scholarships to Berklee Online classes. All decisions for scholarships will be based on students' demonstrated performance during the live audition and interview process.
The Berklee Office of Admissions will review each student based on the performance materials they submitted as part of their application to the program and select 50 students, who will be notified via email of their 15-minute live audition and 15-minute interview appointment one week prior to the start of the program. A listing and schedule of those students selected to participate will also be posted in the program office at the beginning of the program. Berklee faculty will observe the students during their first week of the program and nominate 10 additional students who they feel are performing well in the program to be scheduled for an audition.
Auditions and interviews will take place on Tuesday, July 12; Wednesday, July 13; and Thursday, July 14. Scholarships will be announced at the closing ceremony of the program on Sunday, July 17.
Scholarship recipients are not automatically admitted to any of the Berklee programs and need to formally apply in order to redeem their awards. An admissions representative will be available in person the second week of the program to answer any questions and to meet with students individually to discuss the application process and admissions requirements for the various Berklee programs. All interested students can sign up in advance for individual meetings or attend a group information session. (Students selected for an audition will be scheduled for a separate interview meeting with the admissions representative outside of the additional office hours.)
What should I prepare for the first day at the Umbria Jazz Clinics?
More information about what to prepare for the first day of the program will be published later this spring. Accepted, paid applicants will receive further email communications with this information.
Who can I contact for more information?
Associazione Umbria Jazz Clinics
Piazza Danti, 28
06122 Perugia, Italy
telephone: +39 075 5724838
fax: +39 075 5722656
Hours: Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. (UTC)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
telephone: +1 617-747-2700
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (EST)