Your voice: it’s your instrument. Explore the world of contemporary vocal music in your choice of style: pop/rock, pop/R&B, jazz, and musical theater. Open to vocalists, singer-songwriters, and instrumentalists who sing, this five-day program will provide you with instruction in vocal technique, style, performance skills, singing with a band, group singing, and a cappella performance.
2019 Program Information
|Program length:||Five days|
|Program dates:||Sunday, June 16–Thursday, June 20, 2019|
|Registration fee:||$50 (nonrefundable)|
|Move in:||June 16, 2019, between 9:00 a.m and 11:30 a.m.|
|Move out by:||June 20, 2019, by 7:00 p.m.|
|Age range:||15 years and older|
- Choose one style you would like to focus on: either pop/rock, pop/R&B, jazz, or musical theater. Your style choice will be used for placement in an ensemble and in a solo coaching class.
- Prepare four songs that you're confident in performing (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.
- Students are not required to bring a microphone but may choose to do so. If you do bring a mic, please label it so it does not get lost.
- Formal attire is not required for final performances.
- Stay connected. You will receive additional preparation instructions as the program nears. Be sure to read email updates as they arrive.
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.
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 based on their chosen genre.
Solo coaching classes are smaller classes where singers perform solo songs accompanied by a rhythm section (except the musical theater track) in a master class setting. Students will be coached on concepts that may include interpretation, phrasing, expression, timbre, register, key selection, how to work with a band, countoffs, cues, cutoffs, microphone technique, and stage presence. Students should prepare four songs to perform, preferably from memory, and provide four copies of sheet music for each song. To learn more about how to convert sheet music to a lead sheet, see the resources below:
Workshops, which students can choose, are presented on a variety of topics. This year’s topics include the following:
- Vocal Technique Overview
- Improvisation for Vocalists
- Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Background Singing
- Ace the Audition
- How to Record and Mix Vocals
- Voicewerk: Vocal Technique
- Empowerment for the Emerging Artist
- Learn to Beat Box
- Singer-Songwriter Workshop
- Soul, R&B: The Past, Present, and Future
- Musical Theater Audition Techniques
- Demystifying the Mix Voice
Guest artists will also teach master classes.
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: