Ned Rosenblatt

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Associate Professor
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Ned J. Rosenblatt is a professor in the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music. Rosenblatt holds a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and a master’s degree in jazz pedagogy from the Boston Conservatory.

Rosenblatt's Berklee Advanced Vocal Jazz Ensemble has performed at the 2016 American Choral Directors Eastern Division Conference (ACDA) and 2014 and 2020 Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conferences. His Berklee Vocal Jazz Ensembles have won numerous awards from the DownBeat Student Music Awards competition. A published arranger with Anchor Music, he frequently serves as a guest conductor and clinician.

Career Highlights
  • Arranger, clinician, and adjudicator
  • Vocal jazz ensemble performances at Massachusetts and Florida All-State Conferences
  • Vocal jazz ensemble performances at Arts Schools Network Conference
  • 1999 Festival Conductor, Vermont District 4 Festival Jazz Choir
  • 2003 Barnstable High School (Cape Cod, MA) Vocal Jazz Ensemble selected as a featured performance ensemble at the Massachusetts All-State Conference
  • 2007 Booker High School (Sarasota, FL) Vocal Jazz Ensemble selected to perform on the Florida Music Educators' All-State Conference PRESIDENT'S CONCERT
  • 2010 Festival Conductor - All-Cape and Islands Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Cape Cod, MA
  • 2014 Berklee Advanced Vocal Jazz Ensemble performance at the 2014 Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference and Festival Conductor, All-Cape and Islands Festival Chorus
  • 2016 festival conductor, Maine All-State Jazz Choir and Berklee Advanced Vocal Jazz Ensemble performance at the 2016 American Choral Directors Conference (ACDA) 
  • 2019 festival conductor, New Jersey All-State Jazz Choir and Berklee Advanced Vocal Jazz Ensemble performance at the 2019 Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference 
Awards
  • 13 wins with vocal jazz ensembles and jazz combos at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival
  • 2019 winner, Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble Undergraduate College Level, DownBeat Student Music Awards with the Berklee Advanced Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • 2020 winner, Asynchronous Small Vocal Jazz Ensemble Undergraduate College Level, DownBeat Student Music Awards with the Berklee Advanced Vocal Jazz Ensemble
  • 2020 winner, Asynchronous Large Vocal Jazz Ensemble Undergraduate College Level, DownBeat Student Music Awards with Berklee Vocal Jazz Ensembles 1 and 3 (tie)
Education
  • M.M., Boston Conservatory, jazz pedagogy
  • B.M., University of Connecticut, music education
In Their Own Words

“Most of my classes are performance-based, so much of what we are doing is rehearsing. With any of my performing ensembles (Vocal Jazz Ensembles or Concert Choir), it is vitally important to me that students are not just ‘doing the math,’ merely hitting the right notes in rhythm. They need to understand the whole emotional concept of the material. And, of course, they’ve got to make sure the mastery happens along the way.”

“In Rhythm Section Grooves for Vocalists I teach students to write lead sheets in different styles and feels, as well as how to work with a band. This class requires students to understand and explain the entire realm of what is going on in the music for all instruments involved, not just the vocal melody line. It is crucial that vocalists really possess a working vocabulary of music theory and rehearsal techniques, in order to work effectively with a rhythm section, a full band, or an accompanist.”

“Above all, I want my students to learn relevant, well-written, and proven material, whether it’s classical masterworks or professional-level vocal jazz. Working with a very high level of material not only develops necessary skills, but also helps prepare students for life after Berklee.”

“Some people might say I’m very ‘old school.’ I really am big on having a good attitude and respecting others. These ensembles are the ultimate team sport. Performers are responsible to each other. Work ethic and teamwork are crucial to being a successful professional musician. If you are not reliable, it doesn’t matter how talented you are. I try to build a sense of family and responsibility with each ensemble. When band mates are committed to each other, it really shows both in the rehearsal room and on stage in performance.”

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