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.
How to Apply
As an applicant to the BGJI, you are required to:
- 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;
- submit a note of interest to the chair of your instrumental department;
- 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. Students who play non-traditional instruments—or region-specific instruments from around the world—are strongly encouraged to apply. 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 Institute. Participating in the Institute as a dual major is allowed.
You must submit your essay, mp3s, and supporting material 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 non-traditional instruments—or region-specific instruments from around the world—are also encouraged to apply.
Each applicant will be judged on his or her application, letters of recommendation, and other criteria, including exceptional musical skill, artistic vision, creativity, and commitment to music as well as ability to function within a group.
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Audition
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.
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute Interview
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.
Application Deadline and Audition/Interview Timeframe
The deadline to apply is November 15, 2015. Individuals selected as finalists will be asked to participate in a live audition on December 15, 2015 and an interview on December 16, 2015.