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In this video, you'll hear about the Berklee Performance Division's plan to deliver our comprehensive music curriculum in an engaging online environment for fall 2020.

Letter from the Chairs

Dear Voice Principals,

We’re excited to welcome you in a few weeks to start or continue your studies with the Berklee Voice Department. While there’s nothing like the on-campus college environment, we’re ready to offer you a rigorous and rewarding virtual learning experience. One of keys to this experience will be your private vocal instruction (PI). Your PIs are one-on-one, tailored opportunities for your teacher to provide you with live, individual direction and feedback while you explore your instrument and pick your teacher’s brain about developing your artistry—all in real time. We hope you will jump into your PIs with a sense of openness, curiosity, and responsibility for developing your craft.

Despite the rich one-on-one PI experience, you might still have reservations about studying an entire term virtually. After all, one of the great benefits of the on-campus experience is the opportunity to meet and work together with fellow students, exploring relationships that can expand your musical horizons and even develop into professional collaborations. Please don’t let concerns along these lines deter you from having a fruitful experience this fall. In the Voice Department we are expanding our offerings of open mics, studio classes, guest artist visits and clinics, student peer-to-peer mentoring, and open chats or hang time for you to meet students and faculty you haven’t met before. We urge you to take advantage of these opportunities in the Voice Department and across the entire Berklee ecosystem in order make your fall experience worthy of your talent and time.

There is no doubt that we are living—some of us struggling painfully—through circumstances that are unprecedented for us. The demands of an education at the premier music college don’t make that living any easier. So, we sincerely hope that you will take advantage of the many ways Berklee can help you help yourself. Don’t hesitate to ask for help, early and often. Visit your teachers’ office hours; chat with us, the department chairs; tap into the wide array of student tutoring and training options; form virtual study groups; and, above all, reach out to someone when you need a hand!  

As fellow vocalists, we hope you know these lyrics of an old, popular hymn:

Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear [life’s] music ringing,
It sounds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?

What a privilege that we can share our voices since they can be instruments of profound healing. They can both soothe one wounded soul and simultaneously energize masses of people for social and political change. Indeed, how can we keep from singing?

We send you our warmest wishes!

Anne Peckham, Chair, Voice Department 
Philip Lima, Assistant Chair, Voice Department

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