Berklee at Umbria Jazz Clinics
July 7–19, 2015
The application process for the 2015 Berklee at Umbria Jazz Clinics is now closed.
The Berklee at Umbria Jazz Clinics is an opportunity to spend two weeks learning and 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 tradition and with emphasis on the use of jazz and contemporary music as the focal point for musical understanding.
The program includes performance classrooms equipped with rhythm section instruments; large lectures supported by audio, visual, and computerized presentations; a dedicated outdoor stage offering daily concerts and jam sessions; practice rooms; and supportive staff and administrators ready to assist you.
As a student in this program, you will also receive free passes to the main stage at Umbria Jazz Festival concerts, which are ongoing throughout the program. All in all, the Berklee at Umbria Jazz Clinics program, combined with the 10-day Umbria Jazz Festival, affords a unique opportunity to learn by day and to listen by night—a rare educational and entertainment experience.
When and how do I apply?
- The application process for the 2015 program is now closed.
What's the program like?
The program includes an in-depth focus on performance that is reinforced through a variety of activities.
- 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 new 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 on-stage 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.
- Master Classes: These will be lectures/demonstrations by Berklee faculty and guest artists 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 hours" jam sessions, open to all students, are informal performances on the Berklee stage.
Scholarships and Awards: In honor of the 30th anniversary of the event, Berklee will be offering several scholarship opportunities including one (1) full-tuition scholarship to the undergraduate program in Boston, as well as one (1) full-tuition scholarship to the contemporary performance master's program in Valencia, Spain. In addition, partial-tuition scholarships will be awarded towards the undergraduate program in Boston, and a limited number of full-tuition scholarships will be offered to our Five-Week Summer Performance Program in Boston. In order to be considered for these scholarship opportunities, students must be invited to participate in a live audition and interview with Berklee faculty and staff. Due to limited audition and interview spaces, applicants will be screened based on their application and their subsequent performance in the program. Awards will be announced on the final day of the program at the graduation ceremony.
Graduation Ceremonies and Concerts: The final three 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.
The 2015 Berklee at Umbria Jazz Clinics represents the 30th year of the Berklee/Umbria Jazz collaboration, which over the years has presented this remarkable educational opportunity to nearly 6,000 students from all over the world. Located in the beautiful and historic city of Perugia in the center of the Italian province of Umbria, the program brings together more than 200 students to form a community of musical dedication and enthusiasm that permits a shared learning experience unlike any other in Europe. The program's campus environment emulates the learning environment of Berklee in Boston.
Who are the instructors?
All instructors are Berklee faculty members, including:
- Scott deOgburn (director, Special Lectures)
- Matthew Nicholl (assistant director, Special Lectures)
- Mark White (guitar)
- Fernando Huergo (bass)
- Mark Shilansky (piano)
- Ron Savage (drums)
- Dino Govoni (saxophone)
- Jeff Stout (brass)
- Dennis Montgomery III (voice)
- Anne Peckham (voice)
- Nedelka Prescod (voice)
The Berklee at Umbria Jazz Clinics 2015 will also feature Donna McElroy as a special guest artist.
How much does it cost?
Tuition is 490 euros.
Where will I stay?
How do I submit my payment and confirm my participation?
Once accepted into the program, please visit the Umbria Jazz Clinics program website at umbriajazzclinics.it for tuition payment instructions and all other information you might need. Your participation is not confirmed until your tuition payment is received.
Who can I contact for more information?
Clara De Ferrari, c/o Segreteria
Associazione Umbria Jazz Clinics
Piazza Danti, 28
06122 Perugia, Italy
tel. +39 075 5724838
fax. +39 075 5722656
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (UTC)
Boston, Massachusetts, USA:
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02215
Office of Global Initiatives
+1 617 747-2700
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST)