Boston Conservatory at Berklee's harp performance master's program prepares students for vibrant careers in music through specialized performance and audition training, a broad range of opportunities to perform publicly and refine musicianship, and focused studies in career building and entrepreneurship.
Performance opportunities are plentiful at the Conservatory. In addition to solo and studio recitals, harp graduate students participate and act as leaders in a number of Boston Conservatory ensemble groups, such as Boston Conservatory Orchestra. In order to replicate the pacing and structure of a professional music company, students rehearse and perform with various ensembles each semester, including symphonic orchestras, chamber ensembles, contemporary ensembles, and pit orchestras for dance, opera, and theater productions.
Throughout the program, students work closely with esteemed faculty members in private lessons to hone their artistic voice and build their technical skills. In order to achieve professional readiness by the end of the program, students will expand their audition and performance repertoire, compile professional materials, and begin to articulate their career goals.
What It Takes to Succeed
Students in the harp performance graduate program are driven by their desire to pursue a career in the arts. They are committed to becoming masters of their instruments and experienced players in a vast range of styles and genres, from standard repertoire, to early music, to classical contemporary.
In their first year, students expand upon their artistic skills and ensemble performance techniques, while continuing to build their knowledge of harp repertoire and music history. They participate in a variety of ensembles, attend weekly Harp Performance Seminars, and receive weekly lessons with their private teacher, in which they refine their technique and plan for their degree recital. Meanwhile, students are encouraged to take advantage of on- and off-campus opportunities to build their own performance resumes and collaborative networks.
In the second year of the program, students continue to perform with ensembles and prepare a degree recital with their private studio teacher, adding on elective courses to enhance their musical studies, such as Alexander Technique, Career Skills for Musicians, and Conducting, to name a few. For their degree recital, students are responsible for coordinating with their fellow student instrumentalists and vocalists to produce a program of music that showcases their unique skills and abilities.
The harp performance program prepares students to perform at their highest level, whether in auditioning for orchestras, competing in competitions, collaborating with composers, performing in recitals, or arranging music for harp in a variety of genres.
- Boston Ballet
- Boston Lyric Opera
- Boston Modern Orchestra Project
- Boston Pops Orchestra
- Boston Symphony Orchestra
- China Philharmonic (Beijing)
- Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
- New World Symphony
- Opera Boston
- Odyssey Opera
- Radio Symphony Orchestra (Germany)
- Savannah Music Festival
- Tanglewood Music Center
- Brevard Music Center
- Wellesley College
- New England Conservatory Preparatory Division
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Highly Successful Private Teaching Studios
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston)
- Medicana International Hospital and Acibadem Hospital (Turkey)
- Anne Adams Award
- Bucharest International Harp Competition
- Cite des Arts International Harp Competition (France)
- The International Harp Contest (Israel)
- Young Artist Harp Competition