Berklee College of Music announces the details of its 2013 summer programs at its Valencia campus in Spain. The programs allow international students to experience Berklee’s state-of-the-art facilities while they hone their musical talents, perfect practical skills, and network in a multicultural environment.
Students may choose from one of four programs offered in July and August. Taught by world-renowned Berklee faculty and visiting guest artists, the programs will cover topics such as performance, conducting, music technology, and composition and arranging.
Valencia Summer Performance Program (July 16 – August 2, 2013)
Berklee is offering its first Valencia Summer Performance Program. Open to singers, as well as instrumentists, this comprehensive three-week course is designed to improve and enhance the performance skills of musicians of all levels by emphasizing the mastery of playing or singing in one of three performance tracks: Jazz, Latin Jazz and Fusion; Rock, Pop and R&B; or Mediterranean Music.
Through a series of classes, workshops and rehearsals designed to emphasize creativity and performance, students will play in ensembles, develop improvisional skills, improve technique, and enjoy lectures and demonstrations by well-known faculty and visiting artists. Benefiting from the world-class facilities at the Valencia campus, students will also record a song in Berklee’s state-of-the-art studios.
Artistic Director: Victor Mendoza, renowned vibraphonist and director of the master’s program in contemporary performance at the Berklee in Valencia campus.
Instructors: Berklee faculty.
Symphonic Band Workshops
A choice of two symphonic band workshops are being offered:
Arranging and Composition for Symphonic Bands (July 8-12, 2013)
The first of two five-day symphonic band workshops, Arranging and Composition for Symphonic Bands aims to improve the skills of conductors, arrangers, and composers while enabling them to learn more repertoires. This course will teach students the basics of arranging for any ensemble, and will demonstrate specific arranging techniques. In addition, composers will be able to present their compositions in a master class setting. Students have the option of attending the conducting workshops in the evening.
Conducting for Symphonic Bands (July 8-12, 2013)
For those wishing to learn what it takes to be a professional conductor for a symphonic band, the Berklee in Valencia Symphonic Band Conducting Workshop provides an unparalleled five-day intensive practical course that teaches students what they need to embark on a professional career as a conductor. It gives them the practice and experience to lead symphonic bands while helping them identify their unique strengths and making their conducting stand out from the rest.
Faculty: Gregory Fritze, professor of composition. Fritze, a tubaist, is also a conductor, composer, and performer.
Watch a video of the 2012 summer symphonic band workshops.
The Berklee summer programs in Valencia follow the college’s revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. Students will not only have the opportunity to learn and perform at Berklee’s new, state-of-the-art international campus, they also will be immersed in the heart of the Mediterranean music scene while enjoying Valencia’s nightlife, beaches, and cultural, historical and architectural sites.
Those interested in attending the Berklee summer programs at the Valencia campus can read more about the program.