Featuring the artistry and talents of students in the contemporary performance (production concentration) master’s degree program, the series has been conceived as a platform where musicians from diverse backgrounds can share their individual artistic identities in a dynamic and real-world setting, and develop various elements of their performance such as stage presence and audience interaction to create a unique sound and atmosphere, with the ultimate aim to highlight their discovery and development during their year in Valencia.
Chosen by audition and invitation, this series of concerts is curated by program director Casey Driessen and features performances of two different varieties with the aim of submerging the audience into the exploration process that the students experience on their journey to their own vision of music.
This category includes contemporary performance graduate students performing in groups focused on a specific style, genre, or concept. These ensembles are led by faculty with expertise in that particular area, performing alongside their students. Participation in the ensembles is a required part of Berklee’s contemporary performance curriculum. The particular choice of ensemble is determined by the student and faculty together, and is based upon the student's desire to hone their skills in a certain area or explore something completely new.
This category comprises contemporary performance graduate students and student-led groups that merit extra attention to showcase the creativity, ingenuity, and originality developed during their time in Valencia.
The final concert of the year in the Discover Series will announce a theme, which will be interpreted by the students—either on their own or within their ensembles—in their own voice through their music and other media if they so choose.
For more information on the dates and location of these concerts, please check out our concerts and events.