Back to Berklee Spring 2021 Voice Department Information
Dear Berklee voice students,
Hello! Assistant Chair Philip Lima and I have a few things we would like to share with you about the spring 2021 semester.
We are excited to be able to offer in-person, on-campus private voice lessons for entering students and for many of our sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-semester voice performance majors, based on the availability of faculty and facility space. Private instruction for all other voice principals will take place remotely. Student feedback from the spring and fall 2020 semesters showed that online voice lessons were highly successful. For the safety and security of our community, we will have protocols in place to help keep you and your teacher safe. No one is required to come to campus; the remote option is still available to all students, should you choose to remain off campus.
Please continue to visit this page for more spring 2021 Voice Department information, including a reminder about the requirement to use your own microphones and cables on campus.
There are also many performance opportunities on campus and remotely in the spring semester. Some will be related to the classes you are taking, and some of them will be by-audition performance opportunities. Either way, there will be plenty to do and lots of ways to engage with other students from around the world. We want to help you to learn and grow as singing musicians while having a vibrant college experience.
It's been great to see a number of you at many of the virtual events we've held this fall. Here's a reminder of a few upcoming events that we invite you to participate in with us.
- Vocal arts clinics with Grammy-winning Berklee voice alumna Luciana Souza:
- Wednesday, November 18, 4:00 p.m. EST: Artistic Development: Poetry, and the Making of an Artist
- Wednesday, December 2, 4:00 p.m. EST: Brazilian Repertoire: Bossa Nova and Beyond
- Chair Chats: Informal discussions on vocal topics with the chairs and faculty of the Voice Department:
- Thursday, November 19, 8:00 p.m. EST: So You Think You Know R&B? with Philip Lima, host, and featured faculty member Gabrielle Goodman
- Thursday, December 3, 8:00 a.m. EST: Developing Your Improvisation Skills with Anne Peckham, host, and featured faculty member Ashlee Varner
We welcome you back to Berklee for spring 2021!
Anne Peckham, Voice Department Chair
Boston On-Campus Instruction, Spring 2021
Last updated November 13, 2020
Visit this page frequently for updated information.
We plan to offer some or all sections of the following Voice Department courses. Final offerings will depend on numerous factors, including enrollment.
- Acting Skills for the Vocalist
- Advanced Jazz/Blues Vocal Ensemble
- Advanced R&B Vocal Ensemble
- Advanced Vocal Improv: Jazz
- Concert Choir
- Great American Songbook Ensemble
- Musical Independence/Singers
- Musicianship for Singers
- Pop/Rock/Country Vox Ensemble
- Rehearsal Techniques for Vocalists
- Rhythm Section Grooves for Vocalists I
- Survey of Vocal Styles
- Vocal Ensemble with Improv 1: Jazz/Blues
- Vocal Improv Ensemble 1: Mixed
- Vocal Jazz Choir
- Vocal Sight-Reading Techniques 1
- Vocal Sight-Reading Techniques 2
- Vocal Technique and Wellness
The following faculty will be available for on-campus instruction:
- Kris Adams
- David Alexis
- Tom Baskett
- Andrea Capozzoli
- Sissy Castrogiovanni
- Jeannie Gagné
- Marcelle Gauvin
- Jamie Lyn Hart
- David Jiles Jr
- Christiane Karam
- Elena Koleva
- Gwen Leathers
- Kaoruko Pilkington
- Ned Rosenblatt
- Daniela Schachter
- David Scott
- Rebecca Shrimpton
- Stan Strickland
In addition to the robust health and safety protocols that will apply to the entire Boston campus, additional protocols will apply to Voice Department activities. These special Voice Department protocols are consistent with the highly respected recommendations for indoor singing activities provided in an ongoing scientific study by the universities of Colorado and Maryland, and supported by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).
Instructional Space—Hynes Convention Center
To ensure that we use instructional space that is sized appropriately to meet the special health and safety needs of vocalists, all Voice Department instruction, including private lessons, will occur in large rooms at the Hynes Convention Center (the Hynes) on Boylston Street (across the street from the Uchida Building/921 Boylston Street). No Voice Department instruction will occur in the 1140 Boylston Street building.
Each of the rooms we will use at the Hynes ranges in area from over 800 square feet (74 square meters) to 2,500 square feet (74 square meters) and has a ceiling height of 18 feet (5.5 meters). These rooms will support the required personal distancing of at least 12 feet (4 meters) between any two people at all times. As a result, private instruction teachers may not use instructional touch.
Despite their size, the use of the rooms at the Hynes will be limited to 30 minutes of instruction and 30 minutes of nonuse to allow for complete air exchange while the room is empty. As a result, for a one-hour classes (or a 50-minute private instruction) you, your classmates, and your instructor will use one room for 30 minutes and move to a second room for the remainder of your class while the first room remains empty for full, uninterrupted air exchange. The HVAC air handling system at the Hynes fully replaces the air in these rooms between seven and eight times every hour.
Masks Required at All Times
All faculty and students must be masked at all times—even while singing during lessons and ensembles—in the Hynes. There are no exceptions.
Consider purchasing a mask designed specifically for vocal performance. Two examples are the Resonance Singer's Mask and the Singer's Mask from the Broadway Relief Project.
To assist in decreasing campus density and supporting personal distancing, some Voice Department instruction will occur on Saturdays.
More than ever, it is important to remember the Voice Department’s longstanding requirement that students provide and exclusively use their own XLR mics and cables. The sharing of mics and cables is not permitted. More information about mics is available here.
Voice Instruction Available on Campus
Private Instruction and Recital Preparation
On-campus private instruction and recital preparation will be offered to the following voice principals, subject to instructor availability:
Level 1 for entering voice students: You will be assigned to on-campus voice private instruction following your entering student placement audition
Please note: If you already know that you will take your private instruction remotely, please inform the Voice Department via email as soon as possible to streamline their lesson placement.
Levels 6, 7, and 8 for voice performance majors: To register for on-campus private instruction and recital preparation, send an email to Chris Gibbons with your preferred instructor and time. For remote private instruction and recital preparation, register yourself via the normal online registration process.