NEC Alumni Association Volunteer Opportunities
Alumni are one of NEC’s most valuable resources and you play a very important role in the life of NEC. Alumni contribute their time and talents in numerous ways that help to support the school and its current students and build a stronger alumni body who will fully engage as partners in NEC’s future. As NEC’s national and international reputation grows, so too will the value of your NEC degree, bringing increased recognition and prestige to our alumni.
How can you help? Read below to find a volunteer activity that suits your time and interests or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (617) 585-1175 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Update your information
NEC offers an online alumni directory so that you can find alumni in professional fields, areas of study, or geographic regions that are of interest to you. The network is stronger when all alumni participate so please take a moment and let us know where you are and what you are doing.
Then sign onto the database to find professional contacts or your friends from school.
Join the group
NEC has Facebook and LinkedIn Groups by region and by major. Join the group in your region or for your major or work with the alumni office to start a group in your area of interest. We want to help you connect with each other socially and professionally. Click here to find your region or here to find your major.
Build the alumni community in your own backyard
The Alumni Association works to facilitate connections among alumni throughout the United States and internationally. Regional Representatives connect alumni in their area to each other, and they will answer questions and be a resource for prospective students and alumni who are new to the region. Click here to find your region.
If you would like to volunteer to become a Regional Representative please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (617) 585-1175 or email@example.com.
House an alum
Volunteer to house an alum, either short-term or long-term, who will be traveling to your area. Mark the box on the directory update page to indicate your willingness to participate in this program.
Be an Alumni Connector
Help NEC reconnect with alumni in your major. Work with the alumni office to encourage your friends to update their information and stay abreast of NEC news and events in Boston and in regions throughout the world.
Advise current students
Mentoring is woven into the fabric of EM and we need you. We have assembled a creative team of volunteer advisors made up of over one hundred and fifty distinguished performers, composers, arts administrators, NEC faculty and staff, and professionals from other fields. E-Advisors are paired one-on-one with students in The Entrepreneurial Musician course and serve as mentors to grant recipients. From long term career and project visioning to nuts and bolts information, our advisors help prepare students to navigate their early professional lives.
To volunteer to be an E-Advisor please contact the Entrepreneurial Musicianship Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work with an NEC student intern
Entrepreneurial Musicianship Internships place students in environments where they learn how to take responsibility for all aspects of a musical endeavor--performance, teaching, administrative work, and marketing, among others--because music careers today demand all of these skills. Our internships come in a few different shapes and sizes:
- Entrepreneurial Internships include opportunities for professional rehearsal and performance in addition to administrative support work in the areas of marketing, production and fundraising.
- Arts Administration Internships provide a window into the world of arts management through project-based work with arts organizations such as symphony orchestras, opera companies, presenters and clubs, among others.
We are always looking to expand our roster of internship opportunities, both in Boston and beyond. If you are interested in hosting an NEC student intern at your organization over the summer or during the fall or spring semesters, please contact Eva Heinstein, Assistant Director of Entrepreneurial Musicianship at Eva.Heinstein@necmusic.edu or 617-585-1112.
Hire NEC alumni
Bridge: Worldwide Music Connection provides online access to 3,000 opportunities in music and arts administration and is free to alumni. Our subscribers are taking their careers to the next level by connecting with the auditions, teaching positions, administrative positions, competitions, grants, scholarships, and festivals they find posted here fresh each day.
There is no fee to post your opportunity on Bridge, and it will be seen by thousands of the nation's most qualified musicians, music teachers, and arts administrators. Employers and organizations may submit opportunity postings directly to Bridge.
Receive the Bridge monthly newsletter by signing up here.
Make your gift now
Contributions to NEC's Annual Fund support the daily life of the NEC community. Scholarships, faculty recruitment, free concerts and masterclasses, performance outreach, library resources, travel to competitions, security, maintenance, and everything else that makes NEC an outstanding musical institution benefit from the support of more than 3,000 individuals, corporations and foundations each year.
NEC needs your support! Every gift, of any amount, to the Annual Fund plays a significant role in helping to ensure that NEC is able to meet the musical, educational, and financial needs of our students.
Help us give more beauty to the world: make your Annual Fund contribution today.
The Alumni Council is the leadership body of the NEC Alumni Association.
The mission of the New England Conservatory Alumni Council is to:
- Foster a strong sense of community among alumni and between alumni and NEC by encouraging alumni involvement and support.
- Enthusiastically promote and advocate for NEC among its alumni and other constituencies.
- Serve as a leadership voice to NEC Trustees and Overseers, administration, faculty, and staff on behalf of its alumni.
- Act as a resource for information about events, programs and services that NEC provides for alumni.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Alumni Council, contact Shelly Wharton, NEC Director of Alumni Relations and Giving at email@example.com.
A Feast of Music and After Party
A Feast of Music has been acknowledged in the media as one of Boston’s top parties each year. It also celebrates a great cause: the education of musicians. This gala event brings together 450 of the city’s most prominent business leaders, music lovers, and cultural philanthropists to benefit New England Conservatory’s General Scholarship Fund. The evening features a unique format of alternating courses of spectacular cuisine and fine wines, followed by virtuoso musical performances by our wonderful NEC students. The occasion also serves a worthy cause, raising almost $650,000 in scholarship support for NEC’s gifted young musicians.
Click here for ticket information.
NEC concerts and events
Return to Jordan Hall
Free night? Free nights! New England Conservatory welcomes our friends to free concerts at NEC's beautiful Jordan Hall and other performance spaces. There are almost a thousand free concerts, masterclasses, lectures, and other events here each year, so we hope you will take advantage of them when you are in town. For the full concert calendar click here.