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 four-day program will provide you with instruction in vocal technique, style, performance skills, singing with a band, group singing, and a cappella performance.
2018 Guest Artist: Becca Stevens
|Program length:||Four days|
|Program dates:||Monday, June 18–Thursday, June 21, 2018|
|Move in starting:||Monday, June 18 at 9:00 a.m.|
|Move out by:||Thursday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m.|
|Age range:||15 years and older|
*Nonrefundable and nontransferable. Program information subject to change.
- 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.
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 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
- Vocal Life: Tune into Your Sound and Story
- Dance Styles for Singers
- Ear Up for Scatting: Aural Awareness and Improv
- Vox One A Cappella Performance and Clinic
- Gospel Music and Its Influence
- Ace the Audition with Ana Guigui
- Empowerment for the Emerging Artist
- R&B Improvisation
- Sing It Like You Mean It
- How to Record and Mix Vocals
- Nail the Audition
- Getting Your (Act) Together
- Everything You've Always Wanted to Know about Background Singing
- Scat Workshop: Try, Create, Enjoy
- Soul, R&B: The Past, Present, and Future
- Microphones and PA for Singer
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/Solo Coaching|
|11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.||Ensemble/Solo Coaching|
|1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.||Lunch Break|
|2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.||Meet the Guest Artist/Q&A|
|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: