Participating in student-run clubs and organizations is a great way to build interpersonal skills, such as communication, problem-solving, decision-making, and leadership. These lifelong skills enhance both the professional and personal lives of students at the conservatory.
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) office is located in the Student Resource Center at 24 Fenway inside the student resource center and meets weekly. The meetings are open to all Boston Conservatory at Berklee students. Dinner is provided for all who attend.
The Executive Board of the SGA is comprised of a president, vice president for programming, vice president for finance, vice president for communications, representatives from each of the three divisions (music, dance, and theater), a graduate representative, two off-campus representatives, two first-year representatives, and a program chair. All elections are held in the spring of each year.
Because student clubs and organizations are created by students, they are a great representation of the conservatory's student body. Any student group desiring to become a club or organization is welcome to apply through the Student Government Association (SGA), who provides support and funding for student initiatives.
The following clubs and organizations are available at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee:
BoCo Cares produces a number of annual shows (Halloween Show, Drag Show, MisCast, and PostSecret) to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and the Trevor Project.
BoCoStOp strives to create professional opportunities for young singers, stage directors, conductors, instrumentalists, and business managers who desire additional experience to supplement their artistic and academic development. Students who are not involved in mainstage productions at Boston Conservatory will receive preference in castings and rosters. BoCoStOp will provide performance opportunities through community outreach, as well as two staged performances each academic year; a scenes program in the fall and an opera in the spring. Students who are not directly involved in BoCoStOp productions may also participate in community outreach programs. BoCoStOp hopes to serve as a stepping stone for young artists as they make their way into the professional world.
Serving the community for more than 15 years, Conservatory Connections is a robust community outreach program in which 38 percent of the student body participates annually. This community engagement program involves students from all divisions, and programming is all-inclusive. In total, Conservatory Connections serves more than 40 community partners with more than 100 performances each year.
The program was founded by a group of students who didn’t want to lose sight of their purpose in training for a life in the arts: to tell stories, inspire dialogues, and to connect with others. These students had a vision of bringing the arts to underserved audiences, and made it their mission to use performance as a way of empowering others to live fuller, healthier lives.
Conservatory Connections consists of performance outreach, community programs, and autism-related programming. Ensemble groups, including the Troubadors (opera), Cabaret (musical theater), and Chamber Music, perform for community partners citywide, while Autism-Friendly Performances bring children and families on campus to experience live theater in a safe space. For new and current students, learn more about how you can get involved.
EarthStone Theater Company
The purpose of this organization is to allow students—who may not otherwise have an opportunity—the possibility of producing their own work. Ideally, the shows fall under more than one of the following mission statement pillars: (1) Breaking down preconceptions that certain shows need to be performed in a particular manner; (2) breaking down the idea that “theater” can only happen in spaces designated as such; (3) breaking down social barriers by using art as activism; and (4) breaking down artistic barriers by connecting new composers/writers with young actors.
The Garden is both the name of an annual literary journal of work by conservatory students and the name of the club that promotes literary life on campus. Members of The Garden plan and organize a series of evening open mic events, called NAKED TONGUES. Editors for The Garden are sought from all three divisions and from different years to make the journal as representative as possible.
A club dedicated to teaching improv skills to students. They also have the performing troupe, Popular Neanderthals.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
A Christian-based organization providing students with a space to explore their spirituality and engage in religious dialogue.
Mu Phi Epsilon
Mu Phi Epsilon is a co-ed music fraternity whose aim is the advancement of music in the community, nation, and the world through the promotion of musicianship, scholarship, and music education, with an emphasis on service through music.
The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) conservatory chapter provides opportunities for all students to be involved with the professional organization for music educators, and receive benefits such as the monthly national journal and the quarterly Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) state journal. All students interested in music education are encouraged to join and contribute to the chapter. Semester activities include creating projects, presenting guest speakers and workshops, attending the MMEA All-State conference, participating in outreach activities, and learning to use various online music education resources.
New Ground is Boston Conservatory's only playwriting program. As a resident theater company run by students, the organization strives to cultivate new works through workshops, staged readings, and fully realized productions. Our mission is to provide young writers with the resources they need to bring their ideas to life, through an encouraging and productive creative process. New Ground welcomes submissions of new works from students of all departments.
Phi Mu Alpha
Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity was founded in Boston in 1898 for “the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit, the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students, the advancement of music in America, and a loyalty to the Alma Mater.” The fraternity, which currently has over 80,000 living members, seeks to advance music by developing fraternal relationships between music students and supporting schools of music throughout the country.