The NEC community wants to hear about how your NEC experience has shaped your journey. Fill out the linked form below to share your story and a member of the NEC Engagement Team will connect with you. Your story will be published on the NEC website and on the alumni social media channels as well as emailed to the NEC alumni network.
NEC alumnus Fran Vielma ’16 MM is a critically acclaimed and award-winning multi-percussionist, composer, and educator. He moved from Venezuela to the United States in 2010 and immersed himself in the study of world music. His versatility in different genres of music—from Caribbean to Afro-Venezuelan to jazz—has led to his involvement in a number of projects, tours, and festivals around the world.
“NEC has been a milestone in my career. The level of excellence, support, and respect for everyone’s vision is invaluable and is something I try to encourage and practice with my students and colleagues.”
Kathie Sowell '68 gives us a look into NEC student life in the late 1960s and shares how she creatively adapted her NEC education to a successful career in systems engineering for the Federal Government.
"NEC taught me that I love performing in front of audiences and that I do not need to be intimidated by intimidating circumstances, even if I appear to be the least prepared person in the room. The analytical skills I learned at NEC really did translate into systems engineering work!"
NEC alum, Siraj Al Hassan ’81, brings a unique musical perspective to the world. Blending different genres of music from Jazz to Classical, Soul to Neo-soul, Latin to Brazilian, and R&B to Hip Hop, Siraj creates music for the soul that honors his family, culture, and the legacy of his teachers.
NEC virtually welcomed back Diana Ortega '10 as the 2021 Alumni Commencement Speaker. Diana shares her remarkable journey from New England Conservatory to a career in community relations, successfully using her music education to improve the social determinants of health for marginalized communities.
Alumna Akemi Leung shares how her lessons from NEC positioned her well for a career in tech as a Design & User Research Lead at Segmed.ai.
"I’ve gotten to play with local groups, friends have asked random music history or theory questions, and coworkers have even requested covers of rock songs. I’m so glad I have my NEC experience to lean on and carry with me into the future."
As with many musicians this past year, Sarah’s daily life as a professional orchestral musician was put on hold. She needed a long term project to stay in playing shape and better herself as an artist. Taking advantage of the newfound time in her days, Sarah took on a practice project entitled the “Pandemic Paganini Project” (PPP).
"A big part of being a composer is the community of performers I write for — my "village," so to speak. I met so many wonderful players at NEC, and getting to write for them was incredibly inspiring. These alliances were a vital early step in building the larger network of performers I now have who commission me, perform my music, and essentially give direction to my career as a composer."
NEC Prep and College alumna Rebecca (Breer) Leonard '87 shares how her family's music store has evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic. After being shut down for two months, Rebecca and her husband are finding creative ways to help young beginners learn a new instrument remotely, as well as provide employment opportunities for local musicians.
As a Content Engineer for Audio/Music Applications at Apple, NEC alumnus, Ari Brown ’19, combines his passion for music composition and production with computer science to help people around the world create music.
News from NEC alumni, students, and faculty members including Michelle Johnson, Chelsea Basler-Aston, Samuel Rosner, Josaphat Contreras, Angela Yam, Maria Ioudenitch, Minami Yoshida, Andrew Boudreau, Simón Willson, Kevin Sun, Frank Carlberg, Andreia Pinto Correia, Katherine Balch, Jason Forbach, Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, Miguel Zenon, Antonio Sanchez, and others.
The trio—comprised of violinist Brigid Coleridge '20 GD, cellist Julia Yang '14 MM, '20 GD, and pianist Lee Dionne '20 GD—will receive $15,000 and a fully subsidized recital in New York City, including the world premiere of a newly-commissioned work.
NEC is closely monitoring developments related to the global outbreak of COVID-19. Please check this page for critical information for the NEC community and a list of Artist Resources for alumni during this time.