Joshua Weilerstein conducts

NEC's Contribution to Conducting

Important conductors have emerged from NEC since the school's founding. A sampling from modern times includes Leonard Bernstein, an NEC day student in the 1930s; opera conductors Sarah Caldwell '46, '79 hon. D.M. and John Moriarty '52, '92 hon. D.M.; former San Francisco Symphony music director Herbert Blomstedt, who studied here in the early 1950s; Kenneth Schermerhorn '50 DP, who led the Nashville Symphony to Carnegie Hall and a Grammy award; John Oliver '67 M.M., founder of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus; and Eiji Oue '81 A.D., who led aggressive outreach and recording programs at the Minnesota Orchestra.

Recent alumni are emerging in the new generation of orchestra leaders, and NEC has now admitted its fourth class in a reconstituted Orchestral Conducting major.

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What's new

2014-05-01 Lio Kuokman '13 GD was named Assistant Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra beginning in the 2014-15 season. Click here to read more.

2013-11-01 Joshua Weilerstein '05 Prep, '09, '11 M.M. made his subscription debut with the New York Philharmonic, where he is Assistant Conductor,  Saturday, October 12, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. He conducted Osvaldo Golijov’s Last Round; Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, featuring violinist Arabella Steinbacher, also in her Philharmonic debut; and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8. Click here to read New York Times review.

2013-11-01 After working as an assistant conductor with Kansas City Symphony for a year, Aram Demirjian '11 MM has taken on a new role: associate conductor for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons. This new position extends his initial contract by a year. Aram also served as off-stage conductor for Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi, September 26—28 and Oct. 1.  He is expected to return for more work with the BSO.

2013-11-01 Lio Kuokman '13 GD was hired to cover for the Boston Symphony Orchestra in October-November.

2013-11-01 Andres Lopera has been named the new Music Director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland, Oregon and recently was honored by the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Portland, receiving one of their 2013 Bravo Awards in the Latino Artists category. Click here to read a review.

2013-09-01 Thanapol Setabrahmana, ‘11 MM in Wind Ensemble Conducting took second place nationally in the band/wind ensemble division of TheAmerican Prize in Conducting competition.

2012-03-13 Aram Demirjian '11 MM is appointed Assistant Conductor with the Kansas City Symphony.

2011-08-04 Boston Globe interview with Joshua Weilerstein.

2011-07-21 Joshua Weilerstein '05 Prep, '09, '11 M.M. named New York Philharmonic assistant conductor. Read the NEC press release.

2011-06-14 Aram Demirian '11 M.M. to lead the NEC Preparatory School's new String Repertory Orchestra. Read the NEC press release.

2010-10-26 Boston Baroque announces the engagement of David Gaylin '76 M.M. in Wind Ensemble Conducting to be its new Executive Director. Besides his NEC degree, Gaylin holds degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Business School. A clarinetist, he has served on NEC's Board of Overseers and Visitors, and during his student years he conducted Harvard’s Gilbert & Sullivan Players and the Boston University Savoyards.

2010-10-26 NEC and the Handel and Haydn Society announce a new orchestral conducting apprenticeship program that focuses on historically informed performance. Read the NEC press release.

2010-06-30 Aram Demirjian, one of two students in the Orchestral Conducting program, conducts Bernstein's "Candide" Overture with the Boston Pops during Armenian Night at the Pops. This is the latest in the newly created partnership between the Pops and the conducting program. Read about it in The Armenian Weekly.

2010-03-22 The Boston Symphony Orchestra announces that Jayce Ogren '03 M.M., a wind ensemble conducting major who studied with Charles Peltz, will step in to conduct in place of James Levine for concerts March 25, 26, and 27, that include the world premiere of Peter Lieberson's Songs of Sorrow and Love.
Read the BSO press release.

2010-02-18 Mei-Ann Chen '95, '98 M.M. is named music director of the Memphis Symphony, the position vacated by NEC's new Associate Director of Orchestras, David Loebel. Chen simultaneously completed master's degrees in violin and conducting at NEC, and was the first woman to win the International Malko Competition for Young Conductors. Read the NEC press release.

2009-05-17 Joshua Weilerstein '05 Prep, '09, '11 M.M., one of the first two students admitted to NEC's new Orchestral Conducting major, wins the International Malko Competition for Young Conductors at age 21. Read the NEC press release.