Gospel Performance Program

Ages 15+
Immerse yourself in gospel music in this five-day program for vocalists or instrumentalists. Led by Berklee faculty and esteemed guest clinicians, you will explore the gospel tradition through courses in technique, group rehearsal, and the evolution of gospel. Develop your skills as a performer and strengthen your understanding of gospel's significant impact on today's music.
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Registration fee
$50 (nonrefundable)

How to Enroll

  1. Submit your registration.* Begin by submitting your registration online. If applicable, you may need to submit additional supporting materials.
  2. Make your tuition payment.* All programs have limited capacity, so be sure to complete your full tuition payment to reserve your space in the program.
  3. Request housing. If you will be age 15 or older by the start of your program and require on-campus accommodations, complete the Residence Hall Contract in the Next Steps tab of your registration portal .

*Please note: This program has limited capacity. Submission of registration materials alone does not guarantee participation in the program. You will secure your spot by paying in full. When the program capacity has been reached, registrants who have not paid in full will be placed on a waitlist.


The Gospel Performance Program offers ensemble rehearsal, technique-in-performance classes, and gospel history discussions. Classes will be led by Berklee faculty and visiting artists who are trained in the gospel tradition. 

Every participant's schedule will include a class in each of the following:

  • Ensemble: Rehearse with other vocalists and instrumentalists to perform in a final concert. Friends and family will not want to miss this performance.
  • Performance classes: Develop techniques appropriate for the style in this smaller class setting. 
  • History: Study the roots of the gospel tradition through the evolution of gospel music today. Explore gospel's cultural relevancy and connection to contemporary music.
  • Master class: Participate in an elite master class with a visiting artist from the gospel tradition.

Below is a sample of a typical day in the program.

8 AM–9 AMBreakfast
9 AM–10:15 AMGospel history and business 
10:30 AM–12 PMPerformance class
12 PM–1 PMLunch
1 PM–2:30 PMPresenting Yourself with Professor Nichelle Mungo
2:45 PM–4:30 PMEnsemble rehearsal
5 PM–7 PMDinner
7:30 PM–9:30 PMEvening activities

Schedule subject to change.

Performance Opportunities

The program will feature a final concert on Thursday evening. Students will perform the repertoire they have been rehearsing in their ensembles.


All students 15 and older with six months of playing or vocal experience are welcome to attend. 

Visiting Artist

  • VaShawn Mitchell

    VaShawn Mitchell

    Hailed as Gospel music’s connector, VaShawn Mitchell has spent a career being the plug for
    established and emerging artists, the real energetic, creative source for artists both as a writer,
    and producer all while charting a path of his own as an exceptional talent. 

Once You've Enrolled

Once you're enrolled visit our Next Steps for Enrolled Students to make sure you have everything you need for your program.

Check Your Email for Important Information

  • You should continue to check the email that you used to enroll in the program for important information.
  • You will receive a detailed check-in email with information regarding your assigned arrival location, housing assignment, and a link to view your program schedule one to two weeks prior to the start date of your program.
  • When you arrive on campus, you will receive additional program information to guide you through your program.

What to Pack 

  • Students should bring their instrument and any necessary accessories.
  • Pianos, organs, and drums will be provided, though drummers should bring their cymbals, hi-hat, and stick bag.
  • We provide amplifiers for all participants to use in our ensembles for rehearsal and final performances. No amplifiers are provided for use in practice rooms, so you may elect to bring a set of practice headphones and a small practice amplifier. 
  • Review our list of instruments and gear to bring to your program in this knowledge base article.
  • If you are staying on campus, you can reference this packing list with any additional items you’ll need while attending your program.