Information Session: Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Global Jazz Concentration)

Thursday / January 26, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
United States

This information session will provide an overview of Berklee's Master of Music degree in contemporary performance (global jazz concentration), which offers advanced studies to instrumentalists and vocalists who demonstrate excellent musical proficiency and wish to develop their performance career.


  • Program overview: Danilo Pérez, artistic director, and Marco Pignataro, managing director, Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI)
  • Admissions process: Javier Parra, assistant director of admissions
  • Panel discussion with current and past students
  • Question-and-answer session
  • BGJI graduate student ensemble showcase

Registration is requested. This event will be livestreamed. If you are interested in this information session but unable to make it in person, please register below and we will email you the link to the streaming feed a few days before the event.


2017 MLK Celebration Series: Mobilize, Educate, Elevate​

Tuesday / January 31, 2017 / 12:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Berklee hosts its fourth annual MLK Celebration Series, engaging the Berklee community and the public in celebration and discussion of furthering the work of the great Martin Luther King Jr. Please join us for the following events:

Senior Leadership and Student Luncheon

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
The Loft, 921 Boylston Street, 3rd Floor

Students are invited to join members of senior leadership for lunch and discussion on our climate, accomplishments, and future plans for furthering equity, diversity, and inclusion at Berklee.

This event is open to students only. Please RSVP by emailing Josh Crary.

MLK Celebration Keynote and Performance

Friday, February 3, 2017
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue

Join us as we embolden our inner activists and demonstrate what it means to mobilize, educate, and elevate the work celebrated through the life and legacy of Dr. King. Berklee trustee, Harvard professor, and prolific activist Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot will deliver our keynote address and share the stage with Berklee faculty and chair of the Woodwind Department, Bill Pierce, who will perform and be followed by the awarding of the Bill Pierce/MLK scholarship to the 2017 recipient. Our featured guest artist, India Arie, will perform a short set of her incredible music that will heal and empower our greater community. All of this will be supported by the talents and leadership of our incredible students.

This event is open to the public. View more or purchase tickets.

Black Lives Matter: Sankofa

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue

The Black Lives Matter Concert series at Berklee is a student-curated, produced, and performed effort to educate through words and music on the historical, systemic, institutional, and socioeconomic events of our time that have contributed to both the progress and disenfranchisement of people of the African Diaspora. This year's concert will highlight vital periods in the history of struggles for liberation, set to a soundtrack of moving and motivational music, reflective of those times in history and present day. Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates as "Go back and get it." Used to reflect the common adage "if we don't know our history, we are doomed to repeat it," Sankofa asks us to retrieve the lessons of our past to improve our present and future.

This event is open to the public. View more information for purchase tickets.

Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Career Seminar, January 11 - January 13, 2017

Wednesday / January 11, 2017 / 4:00 a.m.
Berklee's Valencia Campus
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The Career Seminar (January 11-13, 2017) is a three-day intensive mandatory course brought to you by the International Career Center, where a mix of staff, faculty and industry professionals will put the focus on careers and music industry insight. 

Panels, workshops, advising sessions and more activities such as mixers and musical showcases will be the common thread for guests from companies such as Live Nation, Ableton, Billboard and Native Instruments, just to name a few, to share their professional experience along with well known and respected artists, DJ's, engineers, composers and producers.

Download the program for graduate students:

SP2017 Career Seminar - Graduate Students.pdf

Download the program for undergraduate students:

SP2017 Career Seminar - Study Abroad Students.pdf


Boston Day of Reflection: Creating a More Caring and Just Community

Saturday / February 4, 2017 / 9:30 a.m.
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
United States

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Welcome by Julie Burros, Boston Chief of Arts and Culture

10:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Boston ProArts Consortium Panel: How to Create a More Inclusive College Community
Featuring Brenda Bailey, Assistant Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at MassArt; Neil Donohoe, Dean of Theater, Boston Conservatory; Tamia Jordan, Director Intercultural Student Affairs, Emerson College; Rene Pfister, Voice Faculty, Berklee; Daniel Soghomonian, Phonathon Manger, Berklee; and moderated by Kevin Johnson, Director, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Berklee.

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
He Continues to Make a Difference: The Story of Matthew Shepard
Lesléa Newman presentation and Q&A

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Performance by Melissa Ferrick and Children's Choir
Booksigning by Lesl
éa Newman

This event anticipates the presentation of celebrated Grammy-winners Craig Hella Johnson and choral ensemble Conspirare's performance of Johnson's new musical masterwork, Considering Matthew Shepard, on Sunday, February 5 at Boston Symphony Hall. 



A Tribute to Tryin’ Times: An Informal Evening of Music and Post-Election Discussion Hosted by the Faculty Coalition for Music and Activism

Wednesday / December 14, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
Multipurpose Room B41, 150 Massachusetts Avenue

Please join the Berklee Faculty Coalition for Music and Activism for A Tribute to Tryin’ Times: An Informal Evening of Music and Post-Election Discussion. This event is a quiet alternative following the college's faculty/staff holiday party.

7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: Screening of the documentary 13th, focusing on race in the United States criminal justice system

8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion, Music, and Open Forum: Music as a Prescription for Healing

The event will be held in the multi-purpose room B41 at 150 Massachusetts Avenue.

Please feel free to pass on this invitation to any others you believe may be interested in exploring how we prepare ourselves and our students for safe sanctuary during this time of great change. Music helps build meaningful connection and support. This event is open to all in the Berklee community.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Lawrence Watson at lwatson@berklee.edu.

Professors Karen Wacks and Lawrence Watson
Co-Chairs, Faculty Coalition for Music and Activism

About the Faculty Coalition for Music and Activism (FCMA)

The Faculty Coalition for Music and Activism (FCMA) is an all-faculty group that began in the 2003 as the Diversity in Curriculum Task Force (DCTF), itself in turn a task force of the college’s 2005 diversity initiative.   

This task force met for two years and was comprised of chairs, administrators, and faculty from a variety of departments and divisions throughout the college. When the terms of service for the committee were completed, the faculty group felt dedicated to continue to work together and bring in other faculty, staff, and administrators who were as committed to improving the teaching and learning environment at Berklee – thus, the Faculty Coalition evolved from the DCTF in community with the Women’s Network and the Association of Faculty and Staff of African Descent.

Today, the coalition with expanded membership, is a voluntary group of faculty, staff, and administrators who meet on a regular basis with the function of creating forums to discuss challenging and difficult issues that face our communities and impact the student experience at Berklee. Though our general focus has primarily been to explore the role of power, inequality, privilege, institutional racism, and their impact on the teaching and learning experience, we remain committed to improving the general quality of life at Berklee. 


Auditions: The Music and Life of Bob Marley (PS-180)

Tuesday / January 24, 2017 / 4:00 p.m.
150 Mass Ave, room B08

Auditions are now open for Matt Jenson's Spring 2017 course PS-180 "The Music and Life of Bob Marley" on Tuesday, 1/24 from 4-6PM & Wednesday, 1/25 from 8-10PM in room B08 at 150 Mass Ave

This is a 2 credit Performance Studies class, meeting Tuesday's from 4-6PM

We are looking for: Bass, drumset, 2 guitars, 1 percussion, 1 lead singer, 1 backup singers, trombone, trumpet (or alto sax)

Just show up ready to play or sing. The audition is a big JAM SESSION!

Tunes to know: Waiting in Vain (key of G), Rebel Music, Positive Vibration

There are no ensemble rating requirements to get in.

Please contact Matt Jenson mjenson@berklee.edu for questions.


Atlanta Spring Break Info Session

Friday / December 9, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
United States

Join us for an info session on Friday, December 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and hear from faculty, staff, and students from past trips. 

The deadline to apply for the trip is Sunday, December 11.

Apply at berklee.edu/atlanta.

For more information, email atlantatrip@berklee.edu 

No RSVP needed

Churros y Chocolate with Berklee Study Abroad!

Thursday / December 8, 2016 / 2:00 p.m.
Student Activities Center Lounge
921 Boylston Street, 3rd Floor
United States

Stop by the Student Activities Center and enjoy a traditional Spanish treat. Meet the study abroad staff, as well as returned and prospective students, and learn more about Berklee's campus in Valencia, Spain. 

See you there!

African Music Institute, Gabon informational lunch session

Tuesday / December 13, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
United States

Join us for an information session on the African Music Institute, a pan-African educational institution, scheduled to open in September 2017, in Libreville, Gabon. This independent Institute is being created in collaboration with Berklee. It will function as the first Berklee International Network School in Africa. Courses taken there will articulate with Berklee and students will be able to transfer to Berklee if they choose, or finish their degrees in Gabon. Studies will focus on composition, music core subjects (harmony, ear training), music performance, music technology, media production, and dance. Please RSVP to attend the event or email partnerships@berklee.edu for more information.

no ticket required

No Glove: No Love (World AIDS Day)

Thursday / December 1, 2016 / 10:00 a.m.
Berklee's Valencia Campus
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Undegraduate students of the Health and Wellness class launch an on campus awareness campaign to promote prevention and sexual health in commemoration of  World AIDS Day 2016

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year, and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988. 

This on campus campaign will take place between 10.00AM and 2.00PM on Thursday, December 1st at the Lobby. The whole community is encouraged to participate to remind ourselves that, unfortunately: AIDS isn't just a disease of the past, and that protective measures to combat HIV and other STDs are still necessary today.

Join the No Glove No Love: Condoms and Cookies event on Facebook for more information and help us spread the knowledge, not the virus.