The student version of the "Be-Bop" Guitars is an ensemble with five guitars and rhythm section. The group includes some of the best guitar players at Berklee. Led by John Baboian, Guitar Department professor, the band playes intricate arrangements of jazz and Latin standards and original compositions featuring the ensemble and solo skills of the players.
Groovalicious, directed by Gwen Leathers, showcases the talent and musicianship of the students in the Voice Department. The students performing are currently taking Voice Department-offered courses: Rhythm Section Grooves, Rehearsal Techniques, and Advanced Performance Ensembles. The best students are chosen to audition with a chart/arrangement they have been working on in class. The chosen finalist is given a chance to perform and display both their vocal talent and leadership abilities with music that includes all styles.
A triple-threat talent and Berklee College of Music Presidential Scholarship recipient, Katie Thiroux has garnered considerable attention for her bravura bass playing, assured singing, and compelling compositions. Her debut album, Introducing Katie Thiroux (2015), received international critical acclaim from All About Jazz, Jazz Journalists Association, Debut Record of the Year from the Huffington Post, and Top 5 Debut Records of the Year from NPR's Jazz Critics Poll. In 2015 Thiroux was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk Competition, featured on WBGO’s the Checkout, DownBeat magazine, andNPR. Thiroux’s focus is on touring with her quartet. Recent performances include Birdland, the San Jose Summer Jazz Fest, NAMM, and the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival. Thiroux’s second release, Off Beat, features Ken Peplowski and Justin Kauflin and will be released on Capri Records in the summer of 2017. Her tour begins in early 2017.
Students enrolled in Berklee Marimba Ensembles 1, 2, and 3, as well as Marimba in Mixed Chamber Music, and Marimba Transcriptions and Repertoire Lab will perform music for soloists and small groups. The program will cover a wide variety of styles, from classical to world music and pop.
Students enrolled in Berklee Marimba Ensembles 1, 2, and 3, as well as Marimba in Mixed Chamber Music and Marimba Transcriptions and Repertoire Lab will perform music for solo and small groups. The program will cover a wide variety of styles from classical to World music and pop.