Gospel Performance Program

Boston
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.
Dates
July 22-July 26
Check-in Time
Coming Soon
Move-out
2024-07-26, 7:00 PM
Tuition
$1,295
Housing
$895
Registration fee
$50 (nonrefundable)
 

How to Enroll

  1. Submit your registration by June 1.* Begin by submitting your registration online. If applicable, you may need to submit additional supporting materials.
  2. Make your tuition payment by June 1.* All programs have limited capacity, so be sure to complete your full tuition payment to reserve your space in the program.
  3. Request housing. Students who are 15 years of age or older by the start of their Boston-based program are eligible to stay in on-campus housing. If you meet the eligibility requirements and have indicated that you would like to request on-campus housing, please revisit your registration portal and submit a Residence Hall Agreement.

*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.

Curriculum

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.
Schedule

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

TimeEvent
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.

Requirements

General Requirements

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

Participants must possess a proficient level of English to enroll in this program. We do not require proof of English language proficiency (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo) as part of the enrollment or application process; however, you are expected to have a sufficient command of the English language to understand class material and assignments.

Required Materials

Please bring your instrument and any necessary accessories. Pianos, organs, and drums will be provided, but drummers should bring their cymbals, hi-hat, and stick bag. We supply amplifiers for all participants to use in our ensembles during rehearsals and final performances. No amplifiers are provided for use in practice rooms, so you may choose to bring a set of practice headphones and a small practice amplifier.

Once You've Enrolled

The Berklee Summer Programs Team is excited that you've taken the first step! Now that  you've enrolled, here's what to know, to be sure you're prepared before and after you check-in for the experience of a lifetime.
 

What to Do First

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