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Student Profiles

What is it like to study at NEC? We'll let our amazing students tell you in their own words.

Meet NEC Students

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Margaret Bridge, Opera

"The opera students know each other really well. It really feels like family."

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Chloe Brisson, Jazz Voice

"The musicians that come here are just really talented and interesting people."

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Rayna Yun Chou, Viola

 “Life is about the special moments, and we as musicians have the ability and responsibility to create them.”

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Elmer Churampi Mucha, Trumpet

"When I came to audition, I met all these trumpet players from the BSO, and I was so excited to play for them."

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Julia Cohen, Voice

"While we’re still competitive, we’re also so encouraging and supportive. I think that makes NEC really unique."

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Darynn Dean, Voice

"I don’t have to be boxed in if I don’t want to be."

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Holly Druckman, Music History & Conducting

"Since I’ve been here I found there is such a great community of like-minded people."

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Chelsea Fingal, Voice

"NEC is right smack dab in the middle of Boston and that lends itself to being a hub for improvement and inspiration."

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Leonard Fu, Violin

"The extremely high level you’re surrounded by, the amazing level of the teachers – these are things you can’t find anywhere else."

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Yuki Futami, Jazz Piano

"Boston has a great jazz scene and NEC has one of the best jazz programs."

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Utsav Lal, Contemporary Improvisation

"At NEC, music is so subjective, at the end of the day you can take inspiration from absolutely anything."

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Bryce Leafman, Percussion

"I enjoyed NEC as much as I did because I tried to do as many things as I could. "

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George Li, Piano

"The most important thing for a pianist is being able to maintain a balance between his own perceptions and strict adherence to the composer’s music."

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Ariel Fei Mo, Piano

"There are some great musical connections to be made here."

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Omer Quartet

"Enthusiasm and curiosity have proved to be invaluable to our group and learning ways to stay fresh has made a big difference."

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Bosba Panh, Composition

"NEC wants you to try something that fits you, to show them what that spark is."

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Lauren Parks, Composition

"I chose NEC because I compose in a somewhat unorthodox way, but NEC was really supportive and has always encouraged me to try my ideas!"

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David Rivera Bozon, Opera

"NEC is based on the human side of everyone. They support everyone’s differences."

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Mona Sangesland, Flute

"I view NEC as a home, a place with all my friends. It’s very open and non-judgmental."

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Anya Shatilova, Music History

"Go to all the concerts. Don’t be shy, be brave and you will get where you want to be."

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Kevonna Shuford, Viola

"It’s a huge family and really supportive and very friendly."

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Nhyta Taguchi, Composition

"NEC has such a small, close community with such talent and vibrancy and that really contributes to everything."

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Mira Williams, Viola

"My studio teacher, Kim Kashkashian, has changed my life."

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Sarah Hadley Yakir, Violin

"There’s a competitive spirit, but only against our own playing. I don’t feel competitive against others, it’s really just pushing each other to be better against ourselves."