Graduate Orientation Graduate Orientation

Boston Conservatory Graduate Orientation: August 29–September 2, 2022

A warm welcome to Boston Conservatory at Berklee! We're thrilled to for you to join us on campus for New Graduate Student Orientation. This event begins on Monday, August 29 and runs through Friday, September 2.* Throughout orientation, you will connect with faculty and staff, meet your peers, and learn about important resources, policies, and processes that will help you succeed at Boston Conservatory.

The full orientation schedule can be found below. Please note, most events are mandatory, but any events that are not tagged as "Required" are optional for you to attend. Be sure to check this site often, as schedule details may be updated closer to the event. 

*PLEASE NOTE: Though orientation officially ends on Friday, September 2, some ensemble placement auditions will be held on Saturday, September 3. See the schedule below for details.

Schedule

Monday, August 29, 2022

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Orientation Check-in

Check in for Graduate Orientation at 921 Boylston Street.

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Albert Alphin Library Tour

20-minute tours of Boston Conservatory's Albert Alphin Library will be given between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Tours depart from the 8 Fenway lobby. This tour is required for all new students. Attend the tour time that best works for you:

  • 11:00 a.m.–11:20 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m.–11:50 a.m.
  • 12:00 p.m.–12:20 p.m.
  • 12:30 p.m.–12:50 p.m.

Tours cannot exceed 25 students, and spots are first-come, first-served. 

Please note: After Orientation, Boston Conservatory students may also visit Berklee College of Music's Stan Getz Library at 150 Massachusetts Avenue between 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. 

- EDT
(Online) English Language Proficiency Exam for International Graduate Students

This online English language proficiency exam is required for international students who are from countries where English is not the first or official language, regardless of IELTS or TOEFL score submitted for admission. 

The exam must be taken online. It will take approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete and consists of reading, writing, and grammar components, as well as an oral interview. 

The results of the exam will determine if the student needs to take an ESL course or courses to satisfy prerequisites of courses required as part of their degree program.

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Boston Conservatory at Berklee Leadership Welcome Address

Boston Conservatory at Berklee Interim Executive Director Lucinda Carver welcomes all new students to Boston Conservatory's community.

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Music Division Welcome

Boston Conservatory at Berklee Dean of Music Michael Shinn welcomes all new students and introduces the Music Division leadership team.

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Department Meeting for Composition and Contemporary Classical Music Performance Students

Boston Conservatory at Berklee Interim Chair of Composition, Contemporary Music, and Core Studies Mischa Salkind-Pearl leads a meeting for composition and contemporary classical music performance students.

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Department Meeting for Instrumental Students

Boston Conservatory at Berklee Chair of Instrumental Studies Matthew Marsit leads a meeting for instrumental students.

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Department Meeting for Voice Students

Boston Conservatory at Berklee Chair of Voice Isai Jess Muñoz leads a meeting for graduate voice students. 

In this meeting, you'll have an opportunity to meet your new peers and ask Chair Muñoz questions about auditions, registration, coursework for the fall, and more.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

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Placement Auditions: Violin

Violin students are required to perform an audition that will be used to determine ensemble placement. Your specific audition time will be shared closer to orientation. 

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Welcome from Berklee Leadership and Meet the Graduate Program Deans

Berklee leadership welcome new students to the larger Berklee community, followed by dean introductions.

Featured speakers:

  • David Bogen, Provost, Berklee College of Music 
  • Lucinda Carver, Interim Executive Director, Boston Conservatory at Berklee 
  • Betsy Newman, Senior Vice President for Student Enrollment and Engagement, Berklee College of Music 
  • Andy Vores, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer, Boston Conservatory at Berklee 

Deans and graduate program directors:      

  • Robert C. Lagueux, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Development, Berklee College of Music   
  • Ron Savage, Dean, Professional Performance Division, Berklee College of Music 
  • Michael Shinn, Dean of Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee 
  • Danilo Pérez, Founder and Artistic Director, Berklee Global Jazz Institute
  • Darla Hanley, Dean, Professional Education Division, Berklee College of Music
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Keynote Panel: Being an Artist

Berklee Associate Dean of Faculty Development Roya Hu leads panel discussion on what it means to be a successful artist. Featured panelists include:

  • Danilo Pérez, Founder and Artistic Director, Berklee Global Jazz Institute, Berklee College of Music 
  • Isai Jess Muñoz, Chair of Voice, Boston Conservatory at Berklee 
  • Michele Darling, Assistant Chair, Electronic Production and Design, Berklee College of Music 
- EDT
Placement Auditions: Voice

Voice students are required to perform an audition that will be used to determine ensemble placement. Your specific audition time will be shared closer to orientation. 

- EDT
(Online) Music History Proficiency Exam, Session 1

All new M.M. students are required to take a proficiency exam in music history. Learn more about the proficiency exams here.

This exam session is intended only for students who pre-registered for this timeslot.

The exam is administered via Zoom and must be completed remotely.

- EDT
(Online) Harmony and Ear Training Proficiency Exam, Session 1

All new M.M. students are required to take a proficiency exam in harmony and ear training. Learn more about the proficiency exams here.

This exam session is intended only for students who pre-registered for this timeslot.

The exam is administered via Zoom and must be completed remotely.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

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Placement Auditions: Viola, Cello, and Bass

Viola, cello, and bass students are required to perform an audition that will be used to determine ensemble placement. Your specific audition time will be shared closer to orientation. 

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(Online) Music History Proficiency Exam, Session 2

All new M.M. students are required to take a proficiency exam in music history. Learn more about the proficiency exams here.

This exam session is intended only for students who pre-registered for this timeslot.

The exam is administered via Zoom and must be completed remotely.

- EDT
(Online) Harmony and Ear Training Proficiency Exam, Session 2

All new M.M. students are required to take a proficiency exam in harmony and ear training. Learn more about the proficiency exams here.

This exam session is intended only for students who pre-registered for this timeslot.

The exam is administered via Zoom and must be completed remotely.

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Berklee Career Center: Explore the Possibilities

The Career Center is here to support you and help you find opportunities as you explore career paths and pursue your goals during your time at Berklee. During this session, learn how to apply for opportunities through student employment and internships, and discover career programs, services, and resources available to you. This session is mandatory for all new graduate students. Learn more at berklee.edu/career-center

Thursday, September 1, 2022

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Breakfast Session on F-1 Regulations for International Students

International students are required to attend this breakfast session during which the Berklee Office of International Students Services will discuss everything you need to know about F-1 regulations, and provide an overview of how these immigration regulations will impact you during your studies in the U.S.

This session is for F-1 visa holders only; this is a free block of time for U.S. domestic students. 

- EDT
Advising and Course Registration for Contemporary Classical Music Performance and Composition Students

This advising session is for composition and contemporary classical music performance students. During this session, you will register for fall courses. Your assigned advisor, session time, and session location will be shared closer to orientation.

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Advising and Course Registration for Instrumental Students

This advising session is for instrumental students. During this session, you will register for fall courses. Your assigned advisor, session time, and session location will be shared closer to orientation.

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Advising and Course Registration for Voice Students

This advising session is for vocal pedagogy, voice, and opera students. During this session, you will register for fall courses. All students should report to 8 Fewnay, Seully Hall (fourth floor). From there, students will be directed to breakout rooms, by major, to receive major-specific advising.

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Diversity & Inclusion and Equity Lunch

This lunch session provides an overview of the Diversity and Inclusion and the Equity Title IX offices at Berklee, their offerings, resources, including student-facing programs and initiatives, and support measures available to community members who have experienced sexual misconduct, relationship violence, stalking, or identity-based discrimination or harassment.

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Placement Auditions: Brass

Brass students are required to perform an audition that will be used to determine ensemble placement. Your specific audition time will be shared closer to orientation. 

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Yoga and Movement with Jennifer Caraluzzi

Berklee Online faculty member Jennifer Caraluzzi teaches a complimentary yoga class to students at the Symphony Community Park, just down the street from campus. If attending, be sure to bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing for movement. 

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Seminar on Vocal Health for Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, and Choral Conducting Students

James Burns, M.D., from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) renowned Voice Clinic, and MGH speech language pathologists Tara-Stadleman-Cohen and Carol Krusemark speak to incoming voice, opera, vocal pedagogy, and choral conducting students on the topic of vocal health: how to stay healthy and what to do when you’re not. 


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Voice Department Meeting for All Students on Expectations

Boston Conservatory at Berklee Chair of Voice Isai Jess Muñoz leads a meeting for all new and returning undergraduate and graduate voice students. During this session, Chair Muñoz will give an overview of what to expect from the year ahead, provide details on what the work the department will do together, and share his vision for the BoCo voice community.

Friday, September 2, 2022

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Placement Auditions: Woodwinds

Woodwind students are required to perform an audition that will be used to determine ensemble placement. Your specific audition time will be shared closer to orientation. 

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Health and Wellness Lunch Session

Berklee's Health and Wellness Department hosts a session on balancing the demands of being a performing artist student, while also nurturing one's personal growth in healthy ways. The session will also provide information about Berklee services, resources, and programs aimed at supporting your health and wellbeing as a student. Lunch will be provided.

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Musical Theater Vocal Pedagogy Sing-In

The Musical Theater Vocal Pedagogy Sing-In is an open-mic-style event for all new and returning musical theater vocal pedagogy students to perform for each other. This event is intended as a community-building activity, and will therefore only be open to students in the musical theater vocal pedagogy program. 

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Placement Auditions: Harp

Harp students are required to perform an audition that will be used to determine ensemble placement. Your specific audition time will be shared closer to orientation. 

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Graduate Orientation Concert and Reception

This Graduate Orientation reception and concert is open to all graduate students and will feature student performers from Boston Conservatory at Berklee and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. Join your classmates and faculty in celebrating your first week! Watch the live performance here.

WATCH PERFORMANCE

Saturday, September 3, 2022

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Placement Auditions: Percussion

Percussion students are required to perform an audition that will be used to determine ensemble placement. Your specific audition time will be shared closer to orientation.