Slideshow: Berklee Student Ensembles Show off Their Skills

By 
Katie Gibson
December 19, 2019

To close out the semester, Berklee student ensembles representing a variety of styles performed some of the music they've worked on this fall.

The Radiohead Ensemble focuses on the music of the influential British band.
Students in the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame ensemble perform a selection of iconic rock numbers.
The Jimi Hendrix Ensemble showcases the music of the legendary guitarist.
Jacques Schwarz-Bart, associate professor of ensembles, plays with his Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble.
The Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame students added a little violin to their guitar riffs.
The Afro-Caribbean Jazz Ensemble draws its music from a variety of genres.
Students in the Radiohead Ensemble display their guitar chops.
The Jimi Hendrix Ensemble allows students to work on their vocal improv skills.
Image by Ben Pu
Image by Ben Pu
Image by Ben Pu
Image by Ben Pu
Image by Ben Pu
Image by Ben Pu
Image by Ben Pu
Image by Ben Pu

Each semester, Berklee's student ensembles wrap up their coursework with public performances around campus, sharing the music they've been working on for months. Performances take place in various Berklee venues, including David Friend Recital Hall, Berk Recital Hall, and Oliver Colvin Recital Hall.

Listen to three students talk about how they put together their end-of-semester performances:

Berklee boasts a wide variety of student ensembles, some focused on the work of one band or musician, such as Radiohead or Jimi Hendrix. Others explore certain genres, such as soul, funk, Afro-Caribbean Jazz, or the best of American rock 'n' roll. Still others bring in a wide variety of vocal and musical styles. All of them allow students a chance to perform with a group of talented peers. For Berklee faculty, staff, and other students, it's also a fun way to get a glimpse inside the classroom, and the music adds a bit of festive cheer to exam week. 

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