Haoyu Zheng
Meet Haoyu Zheng ’24, a Composition and CMA double major, a Teaching Fellow through NEC's CPP office, and a mentee of Grammy-winner Stephanie Economou ’12 through the EM Mentorship Program. After graduation next month, Zheng will travel to Los Angeles to work as a composer assistant in Nathan Wang's studio before moving to Baltimore in the fall to start his Master's in film scoring at the Peabody Institute, where he earned a full scholarship. 
NOX Quartet
NOX Quartet, comprising NEC students violinists Ava Kenney ’27 and Eleanor Markey ’27, violist Yu-Heng Wang ’27, and cellist Ari Freed ’27, won second prize at the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition on April 20, 2024.
Alaskan forest
In faculty member Jill Gatlin's course Climate Change Culture and Performance Practicum, part of NEC's Integrative Curriculum, students gained an understanding of climate science, the sociology and geography of climate injustice, representations of climate change in art, and methods of engaging audiences across the arts — and this was just one-half of their coursework. They also acquired invaluable professional skills through the project-based Performance Practicum, in which they used their new knowledge to design, produce, market, and execute a live concert in collaboration with their peers titled What Washes Over: Sounds of Climate Grief and Action.
Josaphat Contreras
Tenor Josaphat Contreras ’22 MM has won a 2024-25 Fulbright-García Robles grant to study mariachi at the National Mariachi Conservatory in Mexico City. Contreras graduated from New England Conservatory with a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy, where he was chosen as the commencement speaker for his graduating class of 2022. 
Arun - Presentation
Through an EM Grant and collaboration with Northeastern’s MIND Lab, Arun Asthagiri ’24 analyzed the brainwaves of 21 participants during live and recorded performances at NEC to understand how live music moves and connects us. He presented his groundbreaking findings in April at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society’s Annual Meeting.
2024 Honorary Degree Recipients
New England Conservatory is delighted to announce that three musical luminaries will receive honorary degrees during its 153rd Commencement exercises on May 19 in Jordan Hall. Songwriter, recording artist, and philanthropist Paul Simon, who will also be the featured speaker; five-time Grammy-winning soprano, educator, and MacArthur Fellow Dawn Upshaw; and conductor Robert Spano, a four-time Grammy winner who is Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Laureate of the Atlanta Symphony after 20 seasons at the helm, and who has served as Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 2011, will all receive honorary Doctor of Music degrees.
Guggenheim 2024
NEC alumni ​​Yoon-Ji Lee ’06 MM, ’07 GD and Nicole Rampersaud ’06 MM were awarded 2024 Guggenheim Fellowships in the “Music Composition” category, announced on April 11. Lee and Rampersaud are two of 14 composers among the list of 188 total artists, scholars, and scientists selected for the honor by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
In an insightful reflection, NEC voice faculty member J.J. Penna shared his reactions to March's Liederabend performance, This is the Place - Voices of Exile and Exodus. Curated by Tanya Blaich and featuring NEC student vocalists and pianists, this Liederabend explored displacement through the voices of travelers, immigrants, and refugees across the ages. 
Nicholas Kitchen
NEC violin faculty and founding member of the Borromeo String Quartet Nicholas Kitchen was featured in a recent piece in The Atlantic for his work decoding Ludwig van Beethoven's original manuscripts. 
Valerie Coleman Masterclass 2
In late March, Grammy-nominated flutist and composer Valerie Coleman came to campus as NEC’s 2024 Malcolm Peyton Artist-in-Residence. During her residency, Coleman led a colloquium, engaged in a Q&A session, and conducted a master class with students in NEC's Composition Department. Additionally, she provided valuable coaching to NEC's Honors Wind Ensemble, which performed in her residency showcase.