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Berklee College of Music collection of campus events audio recordings, 1969-1994

Identifier: BCA-027

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises College campus event recordings on quarter-inch, quarter track analog audio tapes from approximately 1969 to 1994. Campus events recorded include clinics, master classes, concerts, opening convocation, and commencement ceremonies.


  • Creation: 1969-1994


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research by appointment. Advance notice is required for access because materials are stored offsite.

Recordings have not been transferred. Patrons may view an item’s container and/or carrier, but the original recordings are not available for playback due to preservation concerns. Patrons may request access copies or listening appointments, however due to format obsolescence and condition, recordings many not be available for transfer. Contact Archives staff for further information.

Berklee Event Recordings Access Policy

Berklee Archives can only grant personal copies of event recordings to event participants. Remote streaming access is restricted to the Berklee community with a Berklee OnePass login; requests from patrons outside the Berklee community will require an on-campus appointment to view.

Historical Note

These campus event recordings were once part of the circulating collection in the library at Berklee and were referred to as "Tapes Berklee Concerts." Circulation of the tapes likely stopped in the early 1990s.


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College campus event recordings on quarter-inch audio tape from approximately 1969 to 1995, most likely produced or compiled by the Concert Operations department. Recordings include clinics, master classes, concerts, opening convocation, and commencement ceremonies.


This collection is organized into five series: Concerts and Recitals, Clinics, Commencement Ceremonies and Concerts, Entering Student Convocation, and Jazz in the Classroom.

Series 1: Concerts and Recitals (1973-1994)

This series consists of student, faculty, and visiting artist concerts and recitals. The majority of these concerts took place in the Berklee Performance Center.

Series 2: Clinics (1973-1991)

This series contains clinics led by visiting artists such as Pat Metheny, John Abercrombie, and Nile Rodgers.

Series 3: Commencement Ceremonies and Concerts (1969-1994)

This series contains audio recordings of commencement ceremonies and concerts. Highlights include baccalaureate ceremonies and concerts from 1969-1984, the only recordings of these events in the Berklee Archives.

Series 4: Entering Student Convocation (1987-1993)

This series contains audio recordings of entering student convocations and concerts.

Series 5: Jazz in the Classroom

Jazz in the Classroom recordings featured student composers and performers and demonstrated jazz writing and performance techniques. Students of note on these recordings include, among others, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Gary Burton, and Alan Broadbent.

Custodial History

The exact provenance of the recordings in this collection is unknown, but they are believed to have been generated by Berklee College of Music’s Concert Operations department, known colloquially as the Concert Office, and possibly previously referred to as the BPC (Berklee Performance Center) office. The current Concert Operations department manages Berklee's performance venues and facilitates the production of all student, faculty, visiting artist, and professional performances in the following five campus venues: Lawrence and Alma Berk Hall, Oliver Colvin Hall, David Friend Hall, The Red Room @ Café 939, and the Berklee Performance Center.

Berklee College of Music collection of campus events audio recordings, 1969-1994
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The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid were completed with support from a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the Berklee Archives Repository

Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston St
Boston MA 02215 USA