About EM

EM is available to students through individual advising, courses, project funding, and paid experiential learning. The EM Team are conservatory-trained professionals with experience in many genres of music, from classical to rock, both onstage and beyond. NEC students and alumni have access to free one-on-one advising sessions about anything from bio writing and resumes to grant proposals, long term projects, career direction, and artistic goals.

Our office is on the second floor of the St. Botolph Building (SB201), at the end of the hallway.

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Associate Dean of EM, Annie Phillips

Anna-Christina (ANNIE) Phillips

Associate Dean & Faculty

A clarinet/bass clarinetist with experience both on and off stage in arts organizations of all sizes, Annie is most interested in what factors contribute to a fulfilling life in the arts, the future of work, and how a musical skillset fits in. At NEC, she teaches arts marketing.

Previously, Annie co-created and taught Musical Startups, the first graduate level professional development course at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; was co-director of Switchboard Music, which in ten years presented over 850 musicians in both an annual marathon festival and in a monthly concert series that she founded. As Operations & Programs Lead at Zoo Labs, a music accelerator that invests in and explores the intersection of creativity, craft, and commercial viability, Annie helped more than thirty bands build their models for success through an artist residency program. For five years, she was managing director and led educational programming for the Magik*Magik Orchestra, which in that time span created over half a million dollars in income for Bay Area orchestral freelancers. She has also worked in publicity for the San Francisco Symphony, the Grammy-nominated Bay Brass, Sqwonk, The Living Earth Show, and Mobius Trio, and was a founding member of the contemporary group Nonsemble 6, which presented memorized and staged chamber music in venues including the Kennedy Center, the California Academy of Sciences, and Stanford University. 

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Annie trained with Steven Barta at the Peabody Conservatory and Luis Baez and Jerome Simas at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Outside of work, Annie enjoys rowing on the Charles River and knitting.


Laura Reyes

Laura Reyes

Grants Program Manager

A bassoonist based in Boston, Laura Reyes is an active freelance musician, Arts Administrator, and arts advocate. Laura graduated from the University of Connecticut where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music. In her time at UConn, she was a member several chamber ensembles but performed most frequently in the University of Connecticut Wind Ensemble and Symphony orchestra. In 2014, she traveled to Carnegie Hall with the Wind Ensemble, premiering Sound and Smoke: I. (feudal castle lights) by Viet Cuong, and Mothership by Mason Bates. Other notable highlights include premiering and recording Kevin Walczyk's Symphony No. 3: Quintet Matinee with the Atlantic Brass Quintet (published by Sony Records), performing in the American premiere of Justin Dello Joio's one-act opera, Blue Mountain, and performing Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw's Partita for 8 Singers with her a cappella ensemble, Roomful of Teeth, arranged for wind ensemble accompaniment by student composers. Apart from classical experience, Laura was also a regular member of the University Collegium Musicum, where she was featured on krumhorn, dolcien, rackett, soprano and bass recorders. Additionally, she was a member of the University of Connecticut Marching Band where she was a sousaphone section member, Section Leader, and Senior Class Representative.

Laura attended the Longy School of Music at Bard College, receiving her Masters in Music for Bassoon Performance. There she taught and performed frequently; her most notable experiences were performing under the batons of Gustavo Dudamel and Thomas Wilkins with the El Sistema "Side-by-Side" Orchestra as a performer and Teaching Artist, and producing and soloing in "Entartete Musik", a performance focused on degenerate music and art as banned by the Third Reich.

Currently, in addition to freelancing, she works in the Entrepreneurship Department at New England Conservatory where she focuses on career services for conservatory students, and sits on the President's Cultural Equity & Belonging Advisory Council