Undergraduate BGJI Application Information
Thank you for your interest in joining the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI). Only those current Berklee students who have completed the BGJI application process are eligible to enter into the BGJI audition and interview process. Applicants selected to audition for the program will be notified via email. Those selected as finalists will be required to audition in person. The BGJI admissions panel will include renowned jazz artists and educators as well as the Berklee Global Jazz Institute administration.
As an applicant to the BGJI, you are required to:
send a note of interest to your department chair that includes a link to your Berklee Music Network profile that hosts your supporting materials;
- complete an online application;
- provide a Berklee Music Network profile webpage URL that hosts your application essay;
- provide three (3) files (on your Berklee Music Network profile webpage) in contrasting styles showcasing your musical skills and artistic vision;
- submit two recommendation letters;
- participate in an audition, if requested; and
- participate in an interview, if requested.
Please review all of the information below to be sure that you have completed all of your application responsibilities.
Select three files to submit via your Berklee Music Network profile webpage. These samples must mainly feature yourself and should not contain lengthy solos from other players. Applications with less than three files will not be considered.
The BGJI admissions panel will only listen to three selections so please do not include more than three files. We strongly recommend that you include an original selection showcasing your abilities as a composer and interpreter of your own music and group arrangements.
As an applicant, you are required to submit two recommendation letters and a note of interest to the chair of your instrumental department. Recommendations must be sent to:
Attn: BGJI Audition Panel
Subject: Application for admission to the Berklee Global Jazz Institute
The BGJI is now accepting applications for admission for all instruments and voice. Your application will be considered only if you have successfully completed one year at Berklee and have available at least two semesters before graduation. You are not required to be a performance major to apply, but you will be asked to change your major to performance if you are accepted into the BGJI. Participating in the BGJI as a dual major is allowed.
You must submit three video links or mp3s to your department chair by the deadline below. The program is open only to Berklee students. New applicants' principal instruments should generally be from one of the following categories: piano, voice, guitar, saxophone, bass, brass, percussion, or hand percussion. However, students who play nontraditional instruments or region-specific instruments from around the world are also encouraged to apply.
If you are selected to audition for the BGJI, the audition will last approximately 20 to 30 minutes and will consist of playing in an ensemble setting. Candidates will be asked to sight-read tunes in different jazz styles, demonstrating musicianship, creativity, and ear training proficiency through improvisation and ensemble interplay.
The first audition tune will be selected from the following standards:
- "Footprints" or "Equinox"
- "Take the Coltrane"
- "Stella by Starlight"
- "Blue in Green"
At the discretion of the BGJI panel, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic ear training exercises may be part of the audition.
Candidates selected to interview for the BGJI will participate in a 20-minute interview with Danilo Pérez, Marco Pignataro, and the BGJI panel to discuss their essay, goals, and aspirations; their understanding of the BGJI goals and philosophy; and what they will bring to the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.
The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017. Individuals selected as finalists will be asked to participate in a live audition and an interview in May 2017.