Cecilia Pinto
Pinto joins the Expanded Education Division as part of a larger institutional initiative to broaden access to the arts and music education for young people across the City of Boston.
Two graduates lean their heads together and smile while wearing caps and gowns
New England Conservatory celebrated the largest graduating class in its history on May 21, 2023 at Symphony Hall, awarding honorary degrees to George E. Lewis, Ann Hobson Pilot, and David Zinman. The 152nd Commencement ceremony featured remarks from Lewis as well as Alumni Speaker Mei-Ann Chen ’95, ’98 MM and Student Speaker Brittany Bryant ’23.  
Lisa Sung
Lisa Sung ’23 GD may have started unexpectedly as a violist, but her achievements on the instrument — including an upcoming role with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra — are no accident.
Chad Smith wears a suit and glasses and smiles at the viewer, with a white decorative staircase behind him
Chad Smith ‘95 NEC/Tufts, ‘98 MM returns to Boston from the LA Philharmonic, where he has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2019.
Farayi Malek smiles and claps her hands while teaching
Contemporary Musical Arts created space for Grammy nominated jazz and Americana artist Farayi Malek ’17 to embrace all of her musical identities. Malek now teaches in the CMA department, including studio lessons, Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, R&B Ensemble, and Development of Long-Term Harmonic Memory with Ran Blake.
Anna Webber
New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies Department has appointed renowned flutist, saxophonist and composer Anna Webber to join the NEC faculty as Co-Chair of the Jazz Studies Department beginning in the fall of 2023.
Annie Jacobs-Perkins closes her eyes while playing cello as a soloist with NEC Chamber Orchestra
Brittany Bryant
One of the first undergraduates in NEC history to receive a Fulbright fellowship, vocal performance major Brittany Bryant ’23 travels to Enna, Italy this fall to pursue Italian linguistic studies. Bryant spoke with her Italian professor and mentor, Francesca Santovetti, about her linguistics journey and how NEC helped her prepare for the Fulbright Fellowship. 
Six singers in tuxedos and gowns smile on the Met Opera stage
Tenor Anthony León ’21 MM has won the 2023 Metropolitan Opera Eric and Dominique Laffont Competition.