Berklee in Santo Domingo


January 6-11, 2015

Applications are now closed.

What is the program like?
Please note: This program is open to residents of the Dominican Republic only. 

Berklee is partnering with the Dominican Republic's Ministry of Culture to present the 2015 Berklee on the Road program at the National Conservatory in Santo Domingo.

This workshop is for all musicians—instrumentalists and vocalists alike, from classical to pop and rock to jazz and more—interested in developing the skills to be well-rounded contemporary musiciansBerklee in Santo Domingo will present classes in lecture and master class formats on topics such as instrumental technique, improvisation, and harmony. Students will then apply these skills in ensembles and special lectures.

Conservatorio Nacional de Música
César Nicolás Penson
Esquina Avenida Tiradentes
Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic

Who are the instructors?
The program will be taught by Berklee faculty members, and will also feature special guest artists. The faculty for the 2015 program will include:

Ken Cervenka, professor of brass
Yoron Israel, assistant chair of the percussion department
Jim Kelly, professor of guitar
Vadim Neselovskyi, assistant professor of piano
Jim Odgren, professor of woodwinds
Bob Pilkington, professor of jazz composition
Bruno Raberg, professor of ensembles
Darcel Wilson, assistant professor of ear training
Norm Zocher, professor of guitar
Guest artists will be announced in the coming weeks.
What's the schedule?

Classes will generally run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with lunch served on campus from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Concerts and jam sessions will take place in the late afternoon and evening.

  • Harmony and Chord Scales: This lecture will demonstrate how to use contemporary harmony and chord scales to enhance performance, improvisation, comping, and writing skills.
  • Instrumental Technique: Students will participate in classes covering techniques specific to their instrument. Insights into practicing and improvisation will be presented.
  • Ensembles: Each student will be assigned an ensemble in order to apply the skills they learned in lecture classes. All students will perform in a final concert at the end of the program.
  • Special Lectures: Faculty and special guest artists will present master classes on the topics of composition, arranging, and songwriting. Students will work in a helpful, noncritical environment with faculty who are world-renowned for their knowledge, teaching skills, and empathy with students.
  • Evening Jams: Participants will be given the opportunity to play with other musicians in jam sessions. Times will be announced prior to the program.

Is it for me? Am I eligible?
This program is open to residents of the Dominican Republic only. You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program, and have been playing your instrument (or singing) for a minimum of six months to attend the program. All applicants will need to submit supporting material demonstrating their musical experience and abilities. The preferred format will be links to videos demonstrating your musical abilities.

Where will I stay?

Students are required to make their own housing arrangements.

How much does it cost?
Free to all admitted students. All students who are accepted will be required to follow the instructions provided in their acceptance emails in order to confirm their place in the program. All admitted students will receive a program ID upon check-in that they must carry with them throughout the program.

When will I know if I've been accepted into the program?

Decisions will be announced no later than Monday, December 1, 2014. Information will be sent to you by email.

Contact information

Office of International Programs
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston Street, MS-855 GI
Boston, Massachusetts 02215-3693, U.S.A.
Telephone: + 1 617 747-2700 or
Toll-free at 877-Berklee (U.S. and Canada)

Dominican Republic
Ministry of Culture
Avenida George Washington esquina Presidente Vicini Burgos
Santo Domingo, República Dominicana
Número de teléfono: 809 221-4141 extensión 309