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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. 

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News
Wed, June 19
In honor of Juneteenth, New England Conservatory commemorates the spirit of liberation, resilience, and creativity of Black Americans. We recognize the many ways NEC's Black alumni community members have brought music to the world and opened the doors for others through their passion and exceptional artistry.  One such NEC community member was J. Rosamund Johnson, a Black artist and civil rights advocate who attended NEC in 1893. Johnson composed "Lift Every Voice and Sing," widely recognized as the Black National Anthem. 
Fri, June 14
Violinist and NEC alumnus Liyuan Xie ’22 has been appointed the Cleveland Orchestra’s first associate concertmaster. 
Thu, June 6
New England Conservatory is thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Christopher Bush ’01, ’03 MM as the new Director of Adult Education and Summer Programs. An accomplished clarinetist and dedicated music educator, Bush brings a wealth of experience and innovative ideas to his new role, aiming to expand and enrich the offerings for adult music learners of all experience levels at NEC.
Thu, June 6
Vocal Performance major and leader of NEC's Queer Student Union Molly Knight ’25 has used her position to create welcoming spaces on campus for NEC's LGBTQIA+ community, from developing a Gay Library within the CEB office to coordinating a panel of NEC students, faculty, and staff to share their experiences of being queer in music. Knight, a talented classical soprano studying with faculty member MaryAnn McCormick, reflects on her NEC experience, looks ahead to her final year and post-grad goals, and shares her best advice for incoming students.  
Mon, June 3
Built in 1711 and donated to NEC in 1999 by alumna John Hsu ’53, ’55 MM, ’71 hon. DM, the Tecchler is one of the finest instruments in NEC’s collection and is among the few offered to students in an annual in-house competition. The remarkable instrument underwent a significant restoration throughout the last year before being offered recently to cellist Annie Hyung ’25 MM, its new holder for 2024-2025.

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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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