Stage Performance Workshop
Unleash your talent and make yourself known. The Stage Performance Workshop will teach you how to control the stage and your audience. Make the stage feel like your home away from home with this three-day program that features instruction from some of Berklee's top faculty. Valuable to singer-songwriters and instrumentalists alike, you will be taught how to take your performance to the next level. From callback auditions to your first solo performance, this program will help develop your confidence in an array of performance environments.
2019 Program Information
|Program length:||Three days|
|Program dates:||Friday, June 21–Sunday, June 23, 2019|
|Registration fee:||$50 (nonrefundable)|
|Move in:||June 21, 2019, between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m|
|Move out by:||June 23, 2019, by 5:00 p.m.|
|Age range:||15 years and older|
All participants must have played an instrument for a minimum of six months to attend the Stage Performance Workshop. This program is open to all instruments and highly recommended for vocalists and singer-songwriters. You are expected to prepare and perform two or three selections that will best highlight your abilities. All participants will attend scheduled workshops together. As a student in Berklee’s Stage Performance Workshop, you are invited to participate in final performances. Please bring six copies of a few song selections in your key. You will have an opportunity to practice with a band before your performance. You will also have access to Berklee’s Stan Getz Library to find a selection.
Though not required, you are permitted to bring laptops, computers, tablets, etc. Wireless internet and electrical outlet plugs are provided throughout the campus. Please keep in mind that it is your responsibility to keep your items safe. Berklee is not responsible for the loss of these items.
Please use the Information for Registered Students page as a reference to the 2018 program schedule. 2019 schedule details will become available closer to the start of the program.
Classes, clinics, and forums on performance, musicianship, stage presence, and personal style will take place over the course of this three-day workshop. You are expected to prepare and perform two or three selections that will best highlight your abilities. In the Stage Performance Workshop, you will learn various methods and techniques that will enhance your presence on stage and gain insight into other topics such as:
How to Present Yourself: This class will help you to select appropriate songs and material, choose the right key, pick out wardrobe/makeup, and manage everything you need to present yourself in the best way possible.
Demos: You will learn the ins and outs of creating and distributing your demo: what the publishing companies, record companies, producers, and directors are looking for, how to best present and package your demo, and how to get it to the right people.
Auditioning: What are judges, producers, and directors looking for? This class will tell you. You'll also learn the tools and skills necessary to prepare for a successful audition and beat stage fright.
How to Work with a Band: This class will teach you how to perform with a band, effectively rehearse your songs, and develop strong relationships within a group. You'll also learn time management and song preparation, and you will discuss instrumentation and arranging.
Open Mic Night: This is open to all students, parents, and friends.
Faculty Concert: This is open to all students, parents, and friends.
Concerts: All participants will perform at the conclusion of the Stage Performance Workshop. Your parents and friends are welcome to attend these closing concerts.
The Stage Performance Workshop summer faculty includes:
- Nancy Marshall, Program Director
Faculty subject to change