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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


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.



Systemic racism, unconscious bias, and white supremacy generate countless imbalances of equity, equality, and access. We must examine ourselves, and systematically advance respect, equity, and justice—within NEC first, throughout our field more broadly, and ultimately across society.

Prep Eurhythmics Class


Our community celebrates music making of all kinds (and from all ages). Learn more about NEC Prep - our K-12 music school conveniently located within the NEC campus.

Concert Calendar

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Thu, September 28
This summer, the New Jersey Symphony premiered "Bya," a work by NEC Composition doctoral student Yangfan Xu ’25 DMA. Soon, "Bya" will make its Australian debut, where the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra will perform the piece in October. Yangfan shares her creative process behind the Tibetan-inspired "Bya," her journey into the world of music, and how NEC's mentorship program helped her compositions reach the stages of major orchestras.
Thu, July 20
NEC faculty member Andrew Schartmann’s book “Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack” was just released in Japanese! In honor of the release of the Japanese translation, Andrew shared ten facts about video games and video game music.
Mon, July 17
The 16-year-old, who studies with NEC Prep faculty member and Piano Department Co-Chair HaeSun Paik, also took the Audience Prize and Junior Jury Prize at the competition.
Wed, July 12
The Liberal Arts Department at New England Conservatory offers a complement to students’ musical training. Through courses in literature, history, film, and philosophy, musicians gain a better understanding of the cultural, social, and political contexts of the works they perform. Here, liberal arts faculty member Katya Popova talks about why the visual arts are important for today’s musicians, and how she hopes to inspire students’ artistic practices.
Tue, June 13
Nicolette Marie Sullivan-Cozza ’25 and Allyson Bennett ’20, ’22 MM, ’23 GD were among the four young musicians named as winners of the 2023 VSA International Young Musicians Competition.

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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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