Art Song is a central and defining part of Vocal Arts at NEC, with numerous and unique performance opportunities and educational offerings for singers and collaborative pianists.
NEC is committed to celebrating the rich and ongoing history of this unique art form and to training young artists who will become the next generation of great song recitalists. Our program champions the song repertoire of the past and its traditions of performance and also supports composers and performers as they create new songs and forge new paths for song performance. All of NEC’s degree programs in Voice and Collaborative Piano bring students into close contact with a wide array of poetry and songs in a variety of languages, supported by intensive foreign language and diction study, and specialized courses that explore a range of musical styles.
In addition to a rich array of song repertoire courses for both undergraduates and graduate students, NEC is also home to the one-of-a-kind Song Lab, a program for graduate students (singers and pianists) who are deeply interested in the art of song performance. This new mega-course provides an immersive experience in the primary languages and histories of art song with a rotating roster of in-house and visiting guest artists and scholars.
A favorite on the yearly concert calendar, the NEC Liederabend Series offers several song concerts to the public each year. The graduate students from NEC’s departments of Voice and Collaborative Piano who are selected to perform in this series are offered an intensive period of coaching--with focus on poetry, language and diction, artistic collaboration, and performance practice. The repertoire ranges from the late 18th to the 21st Centuries and includes art songs from many corners of the globe. The intimate setting of the Liederabend concerts provide the students with the opportunity and challenge to communicate with their audiences with great subtlety and directness.
Song and Verse
The Song and Verse Series is a sister to the Liederabend series and offers similar coaching and performing experiences to selected undergraduate singers. This recital series provides a platform for young singers at NEC to experience the unique and invigorating process of song preparation and performance—creating interpretations, building performance skills, and forging intellectual and musical connections with a wide literature. Working closely with Vocal Arts faculty members, students engage with rich traditions of song composition from around the globe. Committed to diversity, our programs feature both established and emerging composers and poets from across many cultures and traditions. This series creates new opportunities for students to participate with the singular type of storytelling unique to song.