Concert bands are your life—and at Berklee in Valencia, you can make them your career. In the symphonic band studies master’s program, you’ll focus on concert (symphonic) bands in today’s music industry, with the goal of advancing as a professional conductor, composer, arranger, or historian. Students choose one or more areas of specialization: conducting, composition, arranging, and/or history and literature, culminating in a public concert or presentation.
Launching in September 2014
- Symphonic Band Arranging 1
- Symphonic Band Arranging 2
- Symphonic Band Conducting 1
- Symphonic Band Conducting 2
- Symphonic Band History and Analysis 1
- Contemporary Techniques in Composition 1
- Symphonic Band Music of Spain
- Contemporary Techniques in Composition 2
- Music Technology for the Writer
- Survey of the International Music Industry
- International Entertainment Marketing
- Symphonic Band Arranging 3
- Symphonic Band Conducting 3
- Symphonic Band History and Analysis 2
- Symphonic Band Composition
- Culminating Experience: Option: Symphonic Band Arranging
- Culminating Experience: Option: Symphonic Band Conducting
- Culminating Experience: Option: Symphonic Band Composition
- Culminating Experience: Option: History and Analysis
*Course content is subject to change
The master’s program runs from September to August.
Outcomes Of The Program
Students who complete the conductor track will have the score preparation skills, repertoire, and conducting technique to successfully lead a symphonic band. Arrangers will have knowledge of instrumentation, repertoire by grade levels, and skills in arranging pieces for symphonic band. Composers will have knowledge in instrumentation, repertoire, and composition technique. Music historians will have extensive knowledge of repertoire and the ability to compare and contrast musical pieces in a profound way.
After successfully completing this program, musicians will be prepared to enter careers as a conductor, arranger, composer, or music historian.
Who Are We Looking For?
We seek focused, motivated, creative candidates with excellent academic and professional backgrounds who can contribute skills that will benefit the program. Students pursuing the master’s degree in symphonic band studies should already have experience in concert bands as a performer, conductor, arranger, and/or composer, with a determination to learn specific skills in their area of specialty in order to become a professional conductor, arranger, composer, or historian.
*Admissions requirements, application process information, and important deadlines will be published shortly. Please register here to receive program updates.
Valencia Admissions Contact Info
Berklee in Valencia Office
Phone: +34 963 332 802
Gregory Fritze, chair
Rafael Sanz-Espert, professor of conducting
- Principal conductor of Banda Municipal de Música de Bilbao. This band is regarded as one of the best professional bands in the world, performing more than 30 concerts per year.
- Conducts, and serves as artistic director and principal conductor, for more than a dozen prestigious wind bands around the Valencia area.
- Active as a clinician/conductor in Europe, South America, and the United States.
- Member of the WASBE board of directors and member of the WASBE artistic planning committee.
- Principal guest conductor of the National Orchestra of Paraguay.
Dario Sotelo, professor of conducting
- Artistic director and conductor of the Brazilian Wind Orchestra, the symphonic band of the Conservatoire of Tatuí.
- Has conducted over 100 premieres of band music and commercially recorded over 30 pieces for symphonic band.
- Guest conductor roles in South America, United States, Europe, and Asia.
- Master’s degree in orchestral conducting from City University London.
- Member of the WASBE board of directors for many years; currently on the WASBE artistic committee.
Is the GRE or the GMAT required to apply for this program?
The GRE or the GMAT is not required to apply for this program.
Can I transfer credits from another institution?
There are six credits (of the required 30) that may be transferred from another institution. They must be music credits from graduate-level courses.