Academic Advising

We serve as a resource for students, creating a supportive environment for the individual student to explore their unique academic interests and goals.  We advocate for students by collaborating with faculty and administrators to ensure student interests are central to institutional conversations and policies. By fostering a consistent relationship with each advisee throughout their entire NEC career, we build a strong foundation for students to take personal responsibility for their educational success.  We come to know students as artists, scholars, and people in order to become better equipped to help them succeed in their studies and plan for a future beyond NEC.

In collaboration with their advisors, students will:

  • Develop the ability to articulate their values and goals for their education at NEC and the future beyond graduation 
  • Seek curricular and co-curricular opportunities to foster their continued growth 
  • Take responsibility for their educational path and success

Advising Assignments

Laura Messina
Academic and International Student Advisor

Laura advises students (except D.M.A) in the following majors: brass, chamber music, conducting, guitar, musicology, music theory, percussion, strings, and woodwind.

Yukii Ntumba
Academic and International Student Advisor

Yukii advises students (except D.M.A) in the following majors: collaborative piano, composition, contemporary improvisation, historical performance, jazz studies, piano, vocal pedagogy and vocal performance.

Thomas Handel
Academic Chair of DMA Program and Academic Advisor

Tom provides academic advising for all students in the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. International advising for these students will be with the above two advisors by listed departments.


Current students with questions may contact us by e-mail using the links above, or stop by our offices in 224 St. Botolph for an appointment.

Prospective students are encouraged to direct their questions to New England Conservatory's Office of Admissions, where admissions counselors are available to provide answers and assistance.