NEC Winter Storm Update

For the last few days, we have been closely monitoring developments related to a winter storm that is forecasted to affect our region this evening (February 12) through the day tomorrow (February 13). This storm is expected to have a significant impact on travel throughout the Boston area, and recently, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for Greater Boston. The City of Boston has declared a snow emergency for the storm's duration. Strong winds and significant snowfall are forecasted for the City.

While NEC will remain open, to ensure the safety of our community, we will be modifying the Conservatory's schedule and operations to focus on remote work. 

Information of note includes:

  • All NEC buildings will remain open on Tuesday, February 13. 
  • Faculty may choose to teach classes online; please inform your class of your plans as soon as possible.
  • Rebecca's Cafe will be open for regular hours tomorrow.
  • Reservations in practice rooms, classrooms, and performance halls for tomorrow, February 13, may proceed as planned, but please note that support from RPTS and stage crew will not be available. Should you have issues with accessing spaces, please visit the security desk. If you would like to reschedule a lesson, rehearsal, or studio class for a different date, please complete an appropriate Room Request Form. For personal practice, select an alternative session from the appropriate sign-up form here.
  • The following performances on campus will be postponed to a later date: 
    • ​​NEC Symphonic Winds + William Drury: Bach, Dove, Apon, Krommer
    • Tuesday Night New Music: Chen, Xu, Rosenberg, Kim, Ni, Chapman
  • The Counseling and Wellness Center team will continue to be available via telehealth. The 1-2 pm Urgent Hour will be held virtually. Please call 617-585-1284 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.
  • On-campus essential personnel are asked to report as usual. 
  • All other employees are expected to work remotely through the day on Tuesday and should check in with their manager regarding any flexibility of schedule.
  • Employees who are unable to work remotely should use accrued paid time off, either vacation time or personal time.
  • Information on Tufts Collegiate Center for Wellness (CCW) access:
    • Due to the storm that is predicted tomorrow, the CCW will be closed for the day to keep our patients and team safe. Any student who is already scheduled tomorrow will be called and offered a telehealth appointment (as clinically appropriate) instead. Students will be given a link to join for their visit and told that the phone lines will be off. The CCW team is looking forward to business as usual on Wednesday. 

We expect the Conservatory will resume on-campus operations on Wednesday morning.

Please be safe. If you have any questions, you may direct them to Eric Schiazza at eric.schiazza@necmusic.edu.