Information for Registered Students in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop at the Newport Jazz Festival

2018 Information

The following information will help you plan and prepare for your time on campus:


Sunday, July 29, 2018

12:00 p.m.
Angelus Hall, Salve Regina University
100 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

  • Check in at the Summer Programs registration table.
  • Move in to your room at your convenience.

Program Schedule

All participants will receive an individual class schedule upon registration. Please note that this outline is an approximation and is subject to change.

Monday, July 30–Wednesday, August 1

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday all follow the same daily schedule:

9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Ensemble Performance Laboratory
Instructors: Margaux Vranken, Sean Pentland, Samuel Hart, Jas Kayser, Cosimo Boni, Farayi Malek

The goal of this class is to integrate and improve the student’s creative performance skills through supervised performance and jam session activities. By performing the global jazz repertoire, you will develop and hone not only your performance skills, but also your role as an artist. Upon satisfactory completion of this class, you will have completed a number of guided-performance routines that will, directly or indirectly, address any problems you may have with technique, intonation, articulation, style orientation, improvisation, and ensemble-centered production (listening/response sensitivity). This, in turn, will increase your viability and confidence in the professional performance environment.

12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Directed Study in Improvisation and Instrumental Technique (grouped by instrument)

In this course, you’ll explore the various melodic and rhythmic roles of your specific instrument, mentored and coached by the BGJI's world-renowned visiting artists on a daily basis. Homework may include assigned listening, targeted practice, solo transcriptions (and subsequent performance), and creative composition and performance projects. You will have the opportunity to practice the techniques learned in class and perform music from the recommended listening selections.

1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Global Jazz Ensembles
Instructors: All Faculty

These ensembles will provide a special focus on creative improvisation using compositions with an emphasis on jazz repertoire, global jazz influences, rhythms, and folklore. Students will be mentored and coached by the BGJI's world renowned artists on a daily basis. Homework may include assigned listening, practice assignments, solo transcriptions, and creative composition and performance projects.

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Global Jazz Forum
Instructors: All Faculty

This daily series of lectures/workshops hosted by BGJI artists will address aesthetic, theoretical, and technical issues; analysis of music examples; interdisciplinary topics; and creative performance. Students will develop personal approaches to global jazz interpretation and improvisation. Class meetings also will include listening, ear training, improvisation, discussion, analysis, viewing of historical videos, and presentation of student projects.

7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Evening Activities, Including Jam Sessions and Other Activities
Instructors: BGJI Ambassadors

There is a nightly curfew of 10:30 p.m. for all students. You will need it; your days will be busy.

Thursday, August 2

Thursday follows the same daily schedule as Monday through Wednesday, with the exception of a special evening reception:

5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Reception and Concert at Salve Regina University

Join us for a performance at Ochre Court. Family and friends are welcome. Dinner and refreshments will be provided.

Friday, August 3

8:15 a.m.
Buses leave Salve Regina Campus for the Newport Jazz Festival

Students must be packed and performance-ready before boarding the bus. Room keys will be collected at this time.

10:00 a.m.
Sound Check

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Performances at the Newport Jazz Festival, Harbor Stage

6:15 p.m.
Buses Leave Newport Jazz Festival for Salve Regina Campus

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Class Locations

Classes will be held in the following locations on campus (specific rooms to be determined):

  • Angelus Hall, Ochre Point Avenue
  • Antone Academic Center, 56 Lawrence Avenue
  • Wakehurst Hall, Ochre Point Avenue

Review the Salve Regina University campus map.

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Residence Hall Policies

Note that students are not permitted to leave the Salve Regina University campus during this program. 

Please review the Summer Programs Policies and Expectations page for information about other important policies and our expectations regarding acceptable behavior.

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Program Faculty and Staff



Berklee Global Jazz Institute Alumni/Faculty Assistants 

  • Cosimo Boni, trumpet
  • Sean Pentland, bass
  • Margaux Louise Vranken, piano
  • Farayi Malek, voice
  • Jas Kayeser, drums
  • Sam Hart, saxophone
  • Orion Morales, administrative assistant, piano 

How to Contact Us

Academic Program Questions

Marco Pignataro, BGJI Managing Director
617-747-2276 (office) or 617-834-8944 (cell)

General Questions

Office of Summer Programs
155 Massachusetts Avenue, Fourth Floor

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Additional Information

Please visit Parent and Student Resources on the Berklee Summer Programs website for general information applicable to all Berklee summer programs.

Helpful information may also be found on the Summer Programs Housing and Tuition and Payment pages.

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