Alumni and Careers

Voice Performance Alumni

Many Berklee alumni have gone on to successful vocal performance careers. Here is a small sample of them.

Alumni
Singer-Songwriter; Pianist
Class of 1994 (Voice, Professional Music)

The daughter of Donny Hathaway, the late soul legend, Lalah Hathaway has forged her own way in music, using a lovely contralto to pursue various styles that mix R&B, jazz, and pop. She's also a pianist who won three Grammys in three years: best R&B performance for “Something” with Snarky Puppy in 2014; best traditional R&B performance for “Jesus Children” with Robert Glasper in 2015; and best traditional R&B performance for “Little Ghetto Boy” in 2016.

Alumni
Singer-Songwriter
Class of 2011 (Voice, Professional Music)

Kiesza, whose full name is Kiesa Rae Ellestad, blazed into fame after her YouTube video “Hideaway” received nearly 60 million views in 2014.

Alumni
Singer-Songwriter; Multi-Instrumentalist
Class of 1980 (Voice)

Aimee Mann discovered her voice in punk rock during her years at Berklee College of Music in the late 1970s. The iconoclastic singer, who also plays multiple instruments, enrolled at Berklee in 1978, got her Bachelor of Music in 1980, and subsequently joined the Boston punk band the Young Snakes. Her singing, performing, and recording career spans decades.

Careers in Performance

Just as no two vocalists are the same, there is not just one career path open to Berklee voice students. Some of the careers our voice students and alumni have advanced include:
  • Singer-Songwriter
  • Background Singer
  • Session Singer
  • Choral Conductor
  • Professional Choral Singer
  • Music Teacher
  • Cantor
  • Church Musician
  • Performing/Recording Artist
  • Music Therapist
  • Voice Teacher
  • Vocal Health Specialist

Some voice students also choose to pursue non-performance-based careers. For a more detailed look at the wide spectrum of careers that Berklee alumni enjoy, please explore our Careers page.