Note: The 2016 program has passed. See below for further information about the program.
Your voice: it’s your instrument. Explore the world of contemporary vocal music in your choice of style: pop/rock/country, R&B, jazz, musical theater, or a cappella. Open to vocalists, singer-songwriters, and instrumentalists who sing, this four-day program will provide you with instruction in vocal technique, style, performance skills, singing with a band, group singing, and a cappella performance.
|Program length:||Five days|
|Program dates:||Monday, June 19–Friday, June 23, 2017|
|Move in starting:||TBD|
|Move out by:||TBD|
|Age range:||15 years and older|
*Nonrefundable and nontransferable. Program information subject to change.
Musical Preparation and Placement
- Choose one style you would like to focus on: either pop/rock, pop/R&B, country, jazz, musical theater, or a cappella. Your style choice will be used for placement in an ensemble and in a solo coaching class.
- Please prepare four songs to confidently perform (preferably from memory) for your solo coaching class. For all styles except musical theater, you will be singing these songs with a band with instrumentation of piano, guitar, bass, and drums (musical theater is piano-only). Bring four copies of the sheet music for each song you’ll sing, making sure the sheet music is in a comfortable key for you.
- Stay connected. You will receive additional preparation instructions as the program nears; be sure to read email updates as they arrive.
Students are not required to bring a microphone, but may choose to do so. Please label your microphone so you don't lose it or get it mixed up with someone else's!
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.
You will receive an individualized schedule of times and locations for all classes, clinics, performances, and special events at the time of registration.
Vocal Ensembles are groups of 20–40 singers directed by Berklee faculty and accompanied by a rhythm section. Each ensemble will perform one musical selection at the final concert.
Solo coaching classes are smaller classes where each singer performs a solo song accompanied by a rhythm section (except musical theater track). Students should prepare four songs to perform, preferably from memory. Students should provide four copies of sheet music for each song.
Sessions are meetings of the entire vocal summit dedicated to topics including vocal technique, belting, and group improvisation.
Workshops are presented on a variety of topics that students can choose. This year’s topics include:
marketing a music ensemble using social media;
top-line writing: Making hit songs for non-instrumentalists;
rhythm section ABC’s;
a capella microphone technique;
ace the audition;
R&B/gospel riffs and runs; and
guest artist performance.
Guest artists will be presenting workshops in the afternoon and performing in the evening.
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.
|8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.||Breakfast Break|
|9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.||Ensemble Rehearsal|
|11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.||Solo Coaching|
|1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.||Lunch Break|
|2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.||Session|
|4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.||Dinner Break|
|7:00 p.m.||Guest Performance|
Berklee faculty members, along with special guest clinicians, teach Vocal Summit classes, performances, and special events. Berklee's Voice Department faculty members are innovative educators as well as experienced professional musicians. Their expertise in contemporary vocal techniques and technology make them invaluable as teachers.
The Vocal Summit summer faculty includes:
- David Thorne Scott, Program Director
- Tom Baskett
- Peter Eldridge
- Ana Guigui
- Cassandre McKinley
- Paul Pampinella
- Jeff Ramsey
- Ned Rosenblatt
- Mark Shilansky
- Rebecca Shrimpton
- Adrian Sicam
- Darcel Wilson
- Sarah Kervin
- Ashley Rodriguez
- Carrie Cheron
- Gwen Leathers
- Jamie Lynn Hart
- Janie Barnett
- Kaoruko Pilkington
- Michael Johnson
- Robin Small
- Sarah Brindell