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A year of musical growth, discovery, and joy is underway, and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you!

Integrative Curriculum

INTEGRATIVE CURRICULUM

NEC’s new Integrative Curriculum weaves together the many strands of a conservatory education, including music history, performance, composition and entrepreneurship, in fresh and dynamic ways. The result: NEC students graduate as holistic musicians with the tools and creative confidence to make a transformative artistic and social impact on their careers — and on the wider world.

 
Charles River boats

THE BOSTON ADVANTAGE

Across the street from Symphony Hall. Ten minutes walk to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Emerald Necklace Greenway, and the Newbury Street shopping district. Fifteen minutes by T takes you to the Charles River, Fenway Park, and the Boston Common. They call Boston “America’s Walking City,” and NEC is at the heart of it all. There’s no better place to be a student.

EM

ENTREPRENEURIAL MUSICIANSHIP

Through the Entrepreneurial Musicianship (EM) office, NEC students learn the skills to build a life in music. EM provides students with individual advising and career coaching, courses to gain professional skills within the conservatory curriculum, pathways to gain professional experience through hands-on learning, and opportunities to fund and incubate new creative work. 

News
Wed, July 10
For the fourth consecutive year, New England Conservatory will partner with Silkroad for the continuation of its Global Musician Workshop (GMW) in Boston from August 4-10. Silkroad also introduces the first-ever international iteration of the program in Hangzhou, China, presented in partnership with Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, from August 26-31.   
Tue, July 9
Pianist and NEC alumna Ariel Mo ’20, ’22 MM, ’24 GD has been named the newest member of Trio Gaia, NEC's most recent graduate piano trio in residence. Mo succeeds Andrew Barnwell ’20, ’23 MM, ’24 GD, who leaves the group to pursue other projects. 
Wed, June 26
The Cassatt String Quartet has announced violist and NEC alumna Emily Brandenburg ’15 MM as its new member. Brandenburg will succeed Rosemary Nelis, who joined the group in 2022 and is leaving to focus on other projects. Other quartet members include violinists Jennifer Leshnower and Muneko Otani, who studied at NEC in the '80s, and cellist Gwen Krosnick ’13 MM.
Tue, June 25
New England Conservatory is thrilled to share the success of the Community Youth Music Festival, a vibrant celebration of music and community held on June 8 in Jordan Hall. Hosted in collaboration with the Conservatory Lab Charter School (CLCS), Boston String Academy (BSA), and NEC's Expanded Education department, this event brought together over 2,000 students, staff, and family members for a day filled with enchanting performances and enriching opportunities.
Mon, June 24
In an article published June 21, 2024, Billboard magazine, one of the world's premiere music publications, explored Boston's rich musical diversity and the institutions that shape the city's sound, citing NEC as "a nurturing ground for musical talent from around the globe."

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Music Monday: We release new recordings from NEC's concert halls every Monday. We hope that these performances help fill your life with powerful music no matter where you are, even if you’re unable to join us for our concerts in person.

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