Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s string performance graduate 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, string graduate students participate and act as leaders in a number of Boston Conservatory ensemble groups, such as Boston Conservatory Orchestra. The variety of ensembles at both the Conservatory and Berklee provides a unique opportunity for students to become familiar with numerous musical genres and styles. In order to replicate the pacing and structure of a professional music company, students rehearse and perform with a various ensembles each semester, including symphonic orchestras, chamber ensembles, string quartets, 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. Meanwhile, students have regular exposure to high-profile artists who visit campus as part of the school’s revered Chamber Music Series, or who are in Boston to perform with the nearby Boston Symphony Orchestra. These guest artists give master classes to Conservatory string students that offer supplemental artistic guidance and career advice.
What It Takes to Succeed
Students in the strings 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 solo and ensemble performance techniques, while continuing to build their their knowledge of string repertoire and music history. They participate in a variety of performance events, collaborate with Conservatory instrumental and vocal students, attend weekly Strings Performance Seminars, and receive weekly private lessons, in which they refine their technique and plan for their degree recital. Meanwhile, students are encouraged to take advantage of on- and off-campus performance and collaborative opportunities to build their artistic and professional network.
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.
Graduates of the Boston Conservatory’s string performance program enjoy international prestige as competition winners, solo performers, recording artists, and members of acclaimed chamber groups and orchestras. Many have also gone on to establish innovative music programs and new ensembles with the aim of using music to connect with and transform their communities.