Global String Intensive
Learn from some of the world’s leading string virtuosos and educators. Under the direction of David Wallace, chair of Berklee’s String Department, you’ll explore in-depth a wide variety of string styles, including folk, jazz, bluegrass, classical, old-time, and Celtic. Master your technique on violin, viola, cello, mandolin, harp, banjo, and more. You’ll study with instructors in small class settings and explore new musical styles and techniques under expert guidance.
|Program length:||Five days|
|Program dates:||Monday, June 27, 2016 - Friday, July 1, 2016|
|Housing: Move in starting: Move out by:||$820 Sunday, June 26, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. Friday, July 1, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.|
|Age range:||15 years and older|
*Nonrefundable and nontransferable
As a participant in Berklee’s Global String Intensive, you’ll become a part of Berklee’s thriving, creative string department for a full week. You’ll get the same Berklee experience that fostered musicians like Sierra Hull, Casey Driessen, and national fiddle champions Luke Price and Alex Hargreaves.
For students who are also interested in enrolling in Berklee full-time, there are several benefits to attending the Berklee Global String Intensive:
- find out what it takes to succeed in music and at Berklee;
- study with Berklee faculty;
- learn about admission, audition, and scholarship requirements;
- gain access to Berklee facilities (library, concert halls, rehearsal and practice rooms, etc.);
- get a head start on your full-time studies; and
- get to know Boston, New England’s hub of culture and academia.
Expand your musical horizons and discover new performance possibilities as a string player in:
Large Ensembles (1.5 hours daily)
- Simon-Shaheen: Qantara Orchestra—an improvisatory fusion of music of the West, Near East, and Middle East.
- Darol Anger: The Republic of Strings—an improvisatory intermingling of jazz, fiddling, Dawg music, and more.
Small Ensembles (2 hours daily)
- Jason Anick: Gypsy Jazz Ensemble
- Sara Caswell: Jazz Strings Ensemble
- Eugene Friesen: Choro Ensemble
- Greg Liszt: 21st-Century String Band
- Patrice Jackson: R&B Ensemble
- Sandra Kott: Classical Chamber Ensemble
- Oisin McAuley: Celtic Ensemble
- Bruce Molsky: Old-Time Ensemble
- Felice Pomeranz: Improvising Harps
- Mimi Rabson: Funk Ensemble
- Rob Thomas: Rock Strings Ensemble
- Joe Walsh: Bluegrass Ensemble
Plus: Additional classes, jams, panels, and clinics with special guests, including Matt Glaser, Mike Block, Stanislav "Stash" Wyslouch, and more.
Please note: the following schedule and course descriptions are only a sample and are subject to change. You will receive personalized schedules on the first day of the program.
|7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.||Check-in|
|10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m||Small ensembles or theory-in-action and improvisation labs|
|12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.||Faculty clinic|
|1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.||Lunch break|
|2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.||Small ensembles or theory-in-action and improvisation labs|
|4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.||Large ensemble|
|5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.||Dinner break|
|7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.||Evening concert by faculty or students|
|9:00 p.m.–10:30 p.m.||Jam sessions hosted by faculty|
|10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.||Instrumental master classes|
|12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.||Lunch break|
|1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.||Soundcheck|
|2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.||Small ensembles concert|
|4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.||Campus tours/move out|
What to Bring
- Your instrument, rosin, and bow
- Writing utensils (pens, pencils, erasers)
- Staff paper
- Sheet music (if distributed in advance)
- Spare strings
- Shoulder rests
- Rock stops
- Any effects pedals you wish to use in jams or open mic night.
- Portable recording device
About the Instructors
The Berklee Global String Intensive offers participants the opportunity to study with internationally renowned teachers with proven track records—those who have not only won their own prestigious awards, but who have taught students who have continued on to enjoy flourishing careers, whether as international recording artists or as music teachers.