Vaughn Nesmith

Class of
Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Pronouns Used: He/Him/His

Hometown: Kingstree, South Carolina 

Major: Vocal Performance

Describe your favorite Berklee experience so far.

My first year at Boston Conservatory at Berklee was so fulfilling. I felt like I was able to recognize and learn vital skills I needed in order to become a better artist. The teachers and my fellow peers have helped me become more comfortable in such a different environment, and it's nice to know you have someone there to help, may it be teacher or fellow student. Berklee has given me access so many opportunities; I'm not only able to pursue my passion, but I'm able to get into other things that I may have slight interests in as well.

When you think about your favorite class so far, what is one example of why you enjoyed it?

My private lessons...because I've noticed a big difference in myself as a singer since I first started my journey at Berklee. I was able to identify some issues I was having and learn a better way to complete the task and still stay healthy vocally.

What is your favorite part about studying and living in Boston? 

As of now, the fact that Boston is such an artistic city. Because of this, you have the potential to become connected with so many people and opportunities.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone applying to Berklee College of Music or Boston Conservatory at Berklee?

You don't need to have everything set in stone before attending college. The College and Conservatory both have so many things to offer, and professors, faculty, and staff to help you achieve any goal and/or major you wish to pursue.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

My first year wasn't the normal year you would usually have at Berklee, so I haven't had the pleasure of seeing every part of campus. However, when I was able to come to campus, I found my favorite place being a practice room.

Why did you choose Berklee?

I was fortunate to be able to connect and have conservations with a few of the voice faculty/professors, and being able to connect with them through those conversations played a huge part in why I chose Berklee. Not to mention that Berklee is located in a city that is full of artistic opportunity.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I wish to further my education by going to graduate school. I hope to begin and pursue a successful performance career. I later want to get into education and hopefully found my own school for the arts to inspire young artists and give them access to new opportunities.

What have you enjoyed most about the live shows you’ve been involved in at Berklee?

So far, being able to experience the raw gifts and talents of my peers has been the best part about our live shows and performances.

Where do you hope to perform this coming year?

I look forward to singing in Seully Hall this year.