Inspiring the next generation: music and speeches from legendary musicians

2017-2018 Berklee Archives GRAMMY Grant Digitization Project

In 2017, the Berklee Archives received an eighteen month $13,000 grant from the GRAMMY Museum® to digitize a curated selection of 1977-2004 video recordings, primarily drawn from one of its largest collections: Berklee College of Music Video Services Event Recordings, 1979-2005 (collection number BCA-018). Originally on VHS tapes and digitized by George Blood LP, the 136 recordings selected feature Berklee commencement speeches, commencement concerts, as well as clinics by illustrious honorary degree recipients.

About the Berklee College of Music Video Services Event Recordings, 1979-2005

The Berklee College of Music Video Services Event Recordings, 1979-2005 collection (BCA-018) consists of approximately 3,900 video recordings (primarily on VHS tape) of clinics, concerts, and other special events on campus spanning 1979-2005 (with most recordings taking place 1985-2004). Recorded by Berklee's Video Services, collection highlights include: singer showcase concerts, commencement concerts, workshops, clinics, student recitals, commencement ceremonies, entering student convocations, and the dedication and grand opening of the Genko Uchida Building (921 Boylston St). For more information, please see the full collection's itemized finding aid.

About the 136 digitized items (1977-2004)

These video highlights present Berklee honorary degree recipients: influential musicians and music industry icons imparting their wisdom in memorable commencement and convocation speeches, unique performances, and master classes. Honorees featured in this special collection include: Al Jarreau, Alf Clausen, B. B. King, Billy Joel, Billy Taylor, Bob Moog, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, Chick Corea, David Bowie, Dizzy Gillespie, Gary Burton, George Martin, Henry Mancini, Herb Alpert, Herb Pomeroy, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette, James Taylor, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, Paquito D'Rivera, Pat Metheny, Patty Austin, Paul Simon, Phil Collins, Phil Ramone, Sting, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Wayne Shorter.

Accessing the digitized collection (1977-2004)

All 136 digitized items may be viewed on-site and by appointment at the Berklee Archives, while the 33 commencement and convocation speeches have been excerpted and may be streamed below. Click here for a full list of available items (1977-2004). To schedule an appointment, please email archives@berklee.edu or call 617-747-8001.

Available online: commencement and convocation speeches

1986 Berklee College of Music commencement ceremony: featuring honorary degree recipients Herbie Hancock and Paul Simon


1987 entering student convocation and concert: featuring honorary degree recipients Matt Betton and Raymond Kurzweil


1987 Berklee College of Music baccalaureate ceremony: featuring honorary degree recipients Art Blakey and Phil Ramone


1988 Berklee College of Music commencement ceremony: featuring honorary degree recipients Dave Grusin and Joe Williams


1989 entering student convocation and concert: featuring honorary degree recipients Percy Heath, Milt Jackson, Connie Kay, and John Lewis.


1989 Berklee College of Music baccalaureate ceremony: featuring honorary degree recipients Dizzy Gillespie and George Martin


1990 entering student convocation and concert: featuring honorary degree recipients Jack DeJohnette, William Stanley, and Willis Conover


1990 Berklee College of Music baccalaureate ceremony: featuring honorary degree recipients Jerry Goldsmith and George Benson


1992 entering student convocation and concert: featuring honorary degree recipients Peter Erskine and Frances Preston


1992 Berklee College of Music baccalaureate ceremony: featuring honorary degree recipients Bonnie Raitt and Joe Smith


1993 entering student convocation and concert: featuring honorary degree recipients Tim Hauser, Janis Siegel, Alan Paul, Cheryl Bentyne, and Michael Greene


1993 James G. Zafris lecture series: Karl Bruhn lecture and ceremony


1993 Berklee College of Music commencement ceremony: featuring honorary degree recipients Billy Joel and Johnny Mandel


1994 entering student convocation and concert: featuring honorary degree recipients Oleta Adams and Amar Bose


1994 Berklee College of Music commencement ceremony: featuring honorary degree recipients Sting and Nancy Wilson


1995 entering student convocation ceremony and concert: featuring Alan Silvestri, Alan Bergman, and Marilyn Bergman


1995 Berklee College of Music commencement ceremony: featuring honorary degree recipients Natalie Cole, James Taylor, and Herb Pomeroy


1996 entering student convocation and concert: featuring honorary degree recipients Alf Clausen and Horace Silver


1996 founders convocation: featuring honorary degree recipient Arif Mardin


1996 Berklee College of Music baccalaureate ceremony: featuring honorary degree recipients Pat Metheny and Patti LaBelle


1997 entering student convocation and concert: featuring honorary degree recipients Bruce Cockburn and John Scofield


1997 Berklee College of Music baccalaureate ceremony: featuring honorary degree recipients Chick Corea, Andraé Crouch, and Henry Mancini


1998 entering student convocation and concert: featuring honorary degree recipients Joe Lovano and Vito Pascucci


1998 Berklee College of Music baccalaureate ceremony: featuring honorary degree recipient Carly Simon


1999 entering student convocation and concert: featuring honorary degree recipients Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, and Robert Morgan


1999 Berklee College of Music baccalaureate ceremony: featuring honorary degree recipients David Bowie and Wayne Shorter


2000 entering student convocation and concert: featuring Jennifer Holliday and Steve Vai


2000 Berklee College of Music baccalaureate ceremony: featuring honorary degree recipients Herb Alpert, Patti Austin, and John Sykes


2001 entering student convocation and concert: featuring honorary degree recipients Elvin Jones and Al Kooper


2001 Berklee College of Music baccalaureate ceremony: featuring honorary degree recipients William M. Davis, Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, and Larry Linkin


2002 entering student convocation and concert: featuring honorary degree recipients Patty Larkin and Robert Moog


2002 baccalaureate ceremony: featuring honorary degree recipients David Foster and Shirley Horn