Berklee is seamlessly connected to Boston, and the college's students are part of the city's fabric as members of both a close-knit music community and a world-class university town. Berklee students can enjoy jazz clubs, the symphony, and more as part the diverse music yielded by this international city.
World-renowned and local musicians alike come to perform and mix with Berklee students in a variety of music hot spots right here on campus, such as the Berklee Performance Center, Cafe 939, and David Friend Recital Hall, as well as in other Boston-area venues such as the Middle East, Wally’s Cafe, and the Orpheum Theater, to name just a few. As a student here, you’ll meet the movers and shakers of what’s new and next in music—and you’ll become one yourself.
The college’s deep connection to Boston includes beloved annual events featuring Berklee students, faculty, and alumni, such as the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, which draws nearly 100,000 music fans to Boston to see legendary musicians and emerging stars, as well as an expansive summer concert series in which Berklee students provide the soundtrack to summer in the Boston area and beyond.
Berklee musicians also lend their creative talents and contemporary influences to other renowned Boston institutions—including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra with John Williams and Keith Lockhart, Boston Conservatory of Music, Boston Ballet, and the New England Conservatory. These collaborative experiences inform students’ musical styles and continue to elevate Boston as one of the world’s most inspiring musical destinations.