Boston Conservatory at Berklee offers a Professional Studies Certificate (P.S.C.) for advanced musicians who want to spend a year focused exclusively on performance. This specialized program provides high-level training for students who have completed their bachelor's degree, and wish to continue honing their artistry through a year of intensive performance. The P.S.C. program emulates a professional musician’s schedule. By design, the curriculum does not include classroom work so that students may dedicate their time to auditioning, rehearsing, performing, and professional networking.
The Conservatory’s P.S.C. program provides students with an abundance of performance opportunities. In a given year, the school presents more than 700 performances by students, faculty, and guest artists, 260 of which are world premieres. With this volume of work, students in the P.S.C. program perform often and in a wide variety of settings, from large and small ensembles and chamber groups, to collaborations with guest artists and peer musicians, to solo recitals and appearances.
In addition to their rigorous performance schedule on campus, P.S.C. students are encouraged to take advantage of the Conservatory’s prime location in Boston by auditioning for local ensembles and participating in music competitions and professional music societies. This provides an excellent opportunity for students to build real-world experience and strong professional networks, so that they are better poised to land the roles they desire upon graduation.
The P.S.C. in Voice Performance requires students to complete 15 credits, consisting of the course requirements listed below. View the Sample Curriculum by Semester for additional details.
- M-AP 0009 Applied lessons (6 credits total, 3 credits each)
- M-EN xxxx Ensemble electives (2 credits total, 1 credit each)
- M-PR 6701 Final Performance Project (0 credit)
- Xxxxx General electives (7 credits total)
What You Will Learn
Upon successful completion of the P.S.C. in Voice Performance, students will:
- prepare and perform a wide range of repertoire with a high level of vocal technique and musical understanding developed through voice lessons, vocal coachings, as well as through elected repertoire courses;
- create work from their own artistic point of view developed through their unique understanding of who they are as an artist and their own personal mission; and
- create for themselves the artistic life they want using the technical tools, the musical knowledge, and the self-awareness and understanding gained from elective coursework and consistent one-on-one mentoring with a wide range of teachers/mentors whom they can turn to for ongoing mentorship throughout their career development.