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New England Conservatory of Music


Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 700 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world. Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artistteachers and scholars. Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty. The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions. On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Performances and Partnerships program, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors. Through its external partnerships, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz. NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, 100-year old, beautifully restored concert hall. These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes. Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston. NEC is co-founder and educational partner of “From the Top,” a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is carried by National Public Radio and is heard on more than 250 stations throughout the United States.

Watch Past Performances

Video 4/1/2018: The Conservatory Project: The Cleveland Institute of Music & New England Conservatory

The Conservatory Project is an initiative designed to present the young musical artists in classical, jazz, musical theater, opera, and more from our nation’s leading undergraduate and graduate conservatories, colleges, and universities in performance at the Kennedy Center.

Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

Video 4/6/2016: Conservatory Project: New England Conservatory

Students from the New England Conservatory of Music perform popular songs including Kern’s “The Song is You,” Gershwin’s “Fascinating Rhythm,” and Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

Video 4/20/2015: The New England Conservatory

Students perform string quartets by Bartók and Mendelssohn, songs by Faust and Dvorák, and violin solos by Tchaikovsky and Paganini.

Video 4/28/2014: New England Conservatory of Music

Students play Dutilleux’s Sarabande et Cortège, Strauss’s Five Songs, Ligeti’s Sonata for Cello, Sang’s Fantasia, Chopin’s Introduction and Polonaise brillante for Cello and Piano in C major, and a selection from Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango. Part of the Conservatory Project.

Video 3/8/2012: New England Conservatory of Music

Students play a program featuring works by Michael Sachs, Ehud Ettun, Andrew Halchak, Saint-Saëns, and Ravel. Part of the Conservatory Project.

New England Conservatory of Music