Music at Boston Conservatory

Conservatory training reimagined for 21st-century artists


Music Division - Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Define Your Artistry

The Conservatory’s progressive spirit is evident in the variety of music-making opportunities and the quality of our world-class faculty, who challenge you to define the kind of musician you want to be. This approach, combined with our focused training, is critical to the development of both your technical skills and your artistic voice. You’ll have the opportunity to work with musicians from a rich diversity of cultures and across a range of styles, while being immersed in an ever-evolving learning environment orchestrated entirely with your future in mind.

Boston Conservatory at Berklee - Music Division History

History of the Music Division

Boston Conservatory has been innovating performing arts education since its founding in 1867 by German-born violinist Julius Eichberg. Primarily a school for advanced string training, the Conservatory pursued ideas that at the time were considered radical, like training women and African Americans. This inclusive, forward-thinking spirit would make the Music Division fertile ground for several pathbreaking “firsts”—from launching the first known all-female professional string quartet in the world to being the first conservatory to offer private music lessons to community members on the autism spectrum.
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Summer Music Programs

The Conservatory’s popular summer music intensives are designed for high school students who want to experience top-level training with renowned faculty. Aspiring composers can participate in the High School Composition Intensive (HSCI), where students build their music-writing skills, hear their work performed by professional musicians, and leave with an impressive portfolio. Singers passionate about classical music or musical theater can take part in the Vocal/Choral Intensive (VCI) to perfect their vocal technique and performance skills. Learn more about HSCI and VCI and how to apply.