Improve your performance, theory, production, and technology skills, take a workshop in our state-of-the-art recording studios, and network in a multicultural environment.
- Location: Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus
- Program Dates: July 17 to July 28, 2017
Video: Summer Performance Program Video
Summer Performance Program students discuss their experiences at Berklee's Valencia Campus and what they gained from their two week stay here.
Faculty Perform Cover of 'Respect'
Gabrielle Goodman was joined on stage by faculty members of our Summer Performance Program to perform the song 'Respect' during the 'Lago de Conciertos' concert series.
Students Perform 'Sign, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours'
Summer performance program students perform a version of 'Sign, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours' by Stevie Wonder at the concert series 'Un Lago de Conciertos.'
Lago de Conciertos: Faculty Performance
Faculty members perform for students and the public at the outdoor concert series, Lago de Conciertos, made possible by a partnership with the City of Arts and Sciences.
Lago de Conciertos Outdoor Concert Series
Students had the chance to perform at the Lago de Conciertos concert series, on a stage set up just in front of campus on the water.
A beautiful sunset over the Lago de Conciertos stage, where summer performance students are jamming.
A piano student ready for the show.
A student gets some time practice time in
A student group plays for the crowd.
A student plays her trombone in ensemble class
A violin student smiles during ensemble.
Mariano Steimberg leads students in his ensemble class.
Mariano Steimberg runs the optional batucada class after hours
Polo Orti has an instrument lesson with two students
Polo Orti helping a bass student out in the instrument lesson.
Guitar students practicing some riffs in the guitar instrument seminar.
Saxophone students practice their part in an ensemble.
Students hanging out in front of campus with Brian Zalmijn.
Students hanging out on campus between classes.
Students heading down the Palau stairs towards campus.
Students playing in an ensemble class
Students practicing during down time in front of campus.
Students walking in front of campus.
The batucada showing off their Brazilian beats at Lago de Conciertos.
The crowd at the Lago de Conciertos, where performance students get to perform.
The summer performance student group photo from 2016.
See the 2016 Summer Performance Flickr album
What’s the program like?
Berklee College of Music’s international campus in Valencia, Spain, offers a comprehensive summer music performance program for two weeks in July 2016. The Valencia Summer Performance Program features world-class Berklee faculty, visiting artists, state-of-the-art facilities, and a chance to study a variety of contemporary music styles, including jazz, Latin jazz, fusion, pop/rock, R&B, and Mediterranean music.
The Valencia Summer Performance Program is open to all musicians at least 15 years old who have a minimum of six months instrument or voice experience. Whether you are an experienced performer or someone who has never been in front of an audience, you can improve your performance skills by attending. In a supportive and creative environment, our top-notch teachers encourage you to push your vocal and instrumental performance skills to new levels and define your musical voice.
For two weeks, you will be immersed in all aspects of performance. Your classes, workshops, and rehearsals will focus on this important element of being a musician. You will play in ensembles, develop improvisational and reading skills, improve your technique in weekly lessons, and enjoy lectures and demonstrations by well-known faculty and visiting artists. Students will also participate in production and recording workshops with the Grammy Award-winning engineers and producers on the Valencia technology team. To conclude the program, students will give a final concert that all are invited to enjoy.
One unique component of the Valencia Summer Performance Program is the opportunity to experience the diverse and vibrant music of the Mediterranean region. Students will have the option to participate in group classes, seminars, workshops, and ensembles focused on many musical styles, including flamenco and others from the Mediterranean border.
Coming to the Valencia Summer Performance Program will give students a big-picture view of what it takes to become an excellent musician. Our goal is for you to leave here with an understanding of what being an excellent musician entails, from having instrumental, harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic skills to knowing recording and production techniques. All of this will be taught in the vibrant cultural center of Spain, and in one of the most prestigious contemporary music institutions in the world.
Celia Mur leads a workshop on stage presentation in the library.
A piano student goes over her part in ensemble class.
A student trombonist plays in ensemble class.
An accordion student plays in the ensemble class.
Allen Chase leads students in musicianship class.
Alon Yavani instructs students during ensemble class.
Brian Zalmijn with vocal students in instrument seminar.
Celia Mur teaches a vocal instrument seminar.
Christiane Karam teaches a vocal instrument seminar.
Dani Flors teaches the guitar instrument seminar class.
Fernando Huergo teaches the bass instrument seminar.
Jim Kelly directs students in his guitar instrument seminar
Jim Kelly teaches a guitar instrument seminar.
Mariano Steimberg instructs students on Brazilian instruments
Mariano Steimberg instructs students on Brazilian rhythms
Mariano Steimberg teaches the percussion instrument seminar.
Rick Peckham leads a guitar instrument seminar.
Sergio Martinez with his ensemble.
Students looking at their class schedules on the first day of program.
Students participate in the batucada class
Students participate in the batucada class with Brazilian instruments
Summer Performance Program Schedule 2017
Classes generally will run from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and concerts/jam sessions take place in the late afternoon and evening. Optional activities take place throughout the program, such as batucada, gospel choir, or open mic night.
Classes and the calendar are subject to change.
Topics Covered Throughout the Program
- Core musicianship: ear training, harmony, composition, and styles
- Instrumental: ensembles, group instruction, and labs
- Technology: recording, production, and software tools
- Optional classes: includes gospel choir, batucada, and open-mic sessions
Summer Performance Program Performances
During the program, there will be an opportunity to perform. Take a look at the Flickr albums from last year's student and faculty performances, that took place in the "Lago de Conciertos" stage. The Lago de Conciertos is on a floating stage, just in front of the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, located in the City of Arts and Sciences, where campus is also located.
See faculty perform at Lago de Conciertos on July 22, 2016
See students perform at Lago de Conciertos on July 28, 2016
See students perform at Lago de Conciertos on July 29, 2016
A student snaps a selfie with and guitarist Jim Kelly.
Alon Yavani guides students in class
and bassist Fernando Huergo teaches a bass instrument seminar.
and guitarist Dani Flors teaches an instrument seminar.
and guitarist Jim Kelly teaches an instument seminar.
Brian Zalmijn talks to students getting ready for ensemble class.
Christine Karam leads a vocal instrument seminar.
Polo Orti gives students a harmony lesson.
Polo Orti helping a student out on the piano during ensemble class.
The summer performance program is taught by faculty from our Boston and Valencia campuses.
See faculty perform on the first day of program
Faculty Teaching Area
- Christiane Karam, voice
- Celia Mur, voice
- Jerome Kyles, voice
- Allan Chase, woodwinds
- Fernando Huergo, bass
- Mariano Steimberg, drums and percussion
- Victor Mendoza, vibraphone and percussion
- Polo Ortí, piano
- Jim Kelly, guitar
- Rick Peckham, guitar
Faculty is subject to change.
Am I eligible?
All musicians with a minimum of six months instrument or voice experience are welcome to apply. You must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program.
How to Apply
1. Create an account in our online application portal and choose "Summer Programs" on the applications page.
2. Fill out all your personal information, and the click "Register" for the Spain Summer Performance Program (on the Valencia, Spain campus).
3. Pay the $50 registration fee payment to complete registration. At the time of registration, only the application fee is due. You will be billed for the program total at a later date.
When will I know if I've been accepted to the program?
Students who have completed an application and paid the application fee will receive an email confirming enrollment. Acceptance documents containing tuition payment information, as well as detailed arrival and program information, will be emailed to you starting in January.
Passport and Visa
Citizens from the countries listed below do not require a special visa to travel to Spain as a tourist and study for up to 90 days:
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Holland, Honduras, Hong Kong and Macao (China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Peru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, or Venezuela.
This means that US citizens, same as citizens of other countries in the list above, do not need a visa for this program, unless the dates of stay in Spain extend beyond 90 days. The list of countries that do not need a visa prior to traveling to Europe is updated periodically. Check "Visa requirements for the Schengen Area" to double check if you need a visa or not.
If your country is not listed above you will need a tourist visa for up to 90 days and should check with the Spanish consulate in your country for visa requirements.
All students that require a visa to enroll in this program must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after their intended return date. Students who do not have a valid passport should get one as soon as possible as the process can take several weeks.
Students are required to make their own housing arrangements in Valencia, here are some options.
Special Offer: Student Residence Halls
Book your room with a privately run student residence and enjoy this special offer for students in the Summer Performance Program. You should contact them directly to reserve your room.
Galileo Galilei is located at Avenida De Los Naranjos s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain. Visit the Galileo Galilei website (in Spanish) to see the facilities.
Short- to Medium-Term Apartments
Hotels Near Campus
Please note tuition and costs for summer 2017 will be published in December.
- 2016 Tuition: $2,400
- Application Fee: $50 (nonrefundable)
- Tuition Payment Deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017
When we receive your completed application (including the $50 application fee), we will send you a confirmation email and an electronic welcome packet with additional program information and instructions to submit your tuition payment.
Due to limited spots in the program, students are encouraged to pay tuition as soon as possible. Once the program reaches full capacity, students depositing subsequently will be put on a wait-list. The Valencia summer programs office will get in contact with you with further information if you are put on a wait-list.
Please note that students are responsible for booking their own housing, which is not included in the Summer Performance Program.
How to Pay Tuition
Soon after you complete the registration process, you will receive an email when your tuition bill is ready for payment. You must return to the online application portal and sign in. Click on "Payments" at the top of the menu, and there you will find a button to pay the bill online by credit or debit card (American Express, MasterCard, Discover, or Visa). You should also ensure that you have submitted all the forms online.
Click on the images to see the tuition payment steps:
Tuition Refund Requests
If you have already made your tuition payment and would like to request a refund, you must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org before the program start date. The last day to request a refund is July 16th, 2017. Please note that the $50 registration fee is non-refundable. The $2,400 tuition payment is not refundable after the start of the program under any circumstances.
Questions regarding your application fee or tuition payment may be sent to email@example.com, or you may call +34 96 333 2802.