NEC Honorary Doctor of Music Degree

Since 1956, New England Conservatory has conferred honorary Doctor of Music degrees on individuals who have made significant contributions to the world of music, the world of the arts, and the world of human values. Except where otherwise indicated, the degree has been presented at Commencement ceremonies in May.

2013

November (masterclass)
Leonidas Kavakos

October (public conversation)
Elvis Costello

May (Commencement)
Remo Belli, Philip Gossett, John Heiss, Graham Johnson, Randy Weston

April (Boston Modern Orchestra Project concert)
Oliver Knussen

2012

Alan Abel, Frank L. Battisti, Eric Booth, Freddy Cole, George Shirley

2011

Jorja Fleezanis, Speight Jenkins, Steve Reich, Leo Treitler

2010

May (Commencement)
Quincy Jones, Roger Kellaway, Alex Ross, Karen Tuttle

April (Handel and Haydn Society concert)
Roger Norrington

2009

November (NEC Philharmonia concert)
Alfred Brendel

May (Commencement)
Joseph Gabriel Esther Maneri, Benjamin Zander

2008

Bob Brookmeyer, Stephanie Perrin

2007

Richard Dyer, Halim El-Dabh, Bruno Monsaingeon, Regina Resnik, Wayne Shorter

2006

David Baker, Ran Blake, Janos Starker, Daniel Steiner, Joan Tower

2005

John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Greenhouse, George Russell, Maynard Solomon

2004

Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Roy Haynes, Robert Mann, Thea Musgrave

2003

Robert Cogan, Gary Graffman, Dave Holland, Charles Rosen, David Scudder

2002

Jose Antonio Abreu, George Perle, Sonny Rollins, Susan Wadsworth

2001

May (Commencement)
John Corigliano, Peter Serkin

April (Inauguration of President Daniel Steiner)
William Bolcom, Robert Levin, Marian McPartland, Joseph Polisi

2000

Lukas Foss, Ali Akbar Kahn, Laurence Lesser, David Lewin

1999

Peter Schickele, Claire Brook, Ron Carter, Christoph Wolff

1998

October (Inauguration of President Robert Freeman)
Ian Horsbrugh, Robert Sproull, Roberta Guaspari-Tzavaras, William Warfield

October (special convocation)
Karel Husa

May (Commencement)
Mark Volpe, Marilyn Horne, Benny Carter

1997

Aretha Franklin, Edward Kennedy, Lewis Lockwood, Clark Terry

1996

Leon Fleisher, Elliot Forbes, Eric Rosenblith

1995

Anner Bylsma, John Harbison, Lionel Hampton

1994

Bethany Beardslee, Ruth Rubin, Robert King

1993

Howard Gardner, Carl Howard, Daniel Pinkham, Ravi Shankar, James Terry

1992

Ornette Coleman, Andrew Falender, Everett "Vic" Firth, Frances Brockman Lanier, Yo-Yo Ma, John Moriarty, The Canadian Brass

1991

Dizzy Gillespie, Roger Voisin

1990

October (special convocation)
Witold Lutoslawski

May (Commencement)
Leon Kirchner, Jean Mayer, Conlon Nancarrow, Leonard Shure

1989

Art Blakey, Boris Goldovsky, Jean Kraft, Alexander Schneider

1988

Claudio Arrau, Lorna Cooke deVaron, Francis W. Hatch, H.C. Robbins Landon

1987

November (special convocation)
Nathan Milstein

May (Commencement)
Joseph Allard, Katja Andy, Arthur Berger, Harry Ellis Dickson

1986

May (Commencement)
Miles Davis, Justino Diaz, Joseph Silverstein, Virgil Thomson

April (special convocation)
Olivier Messiaen

1985

Gil Evans, Adolph "Bud" Herseth, Mischa Schneider, Rudolph Serkin, John Williams

1984

Edward Cone, Joseph Gingold, Blanche Honegger Moyse, Bernard Zighera

1983

George Crumb, Eugene Lehner, John Lewis, Robert Shaw

1982

October (special convocation)
Seiji Ozawa

May (Commencement)
Rosalind Elias, Lewis Thomas, Max Roach, William Schwann

1981

William Schuman, Phyllis Curtin, Louis Krasner, Jordan M. Whitelaw

1980

James Galway, Mabel Mercer, William R. Driver, Jr.

1979

Sarah Caldwell, Iva Dee Hiatt, Claiborne Pell

1978

Gunther Schuller

1977

John Hammond, Cecil Taylor, Elma Lewis, Aaron Copland

1976

May (Commencement)
Ethan Ayer, Vera Brodsky Lawrence, Chester W. Williams, Kevin S. Harrington

April (special convocation)
Richard Rodgers

1975

Gladys Child Miller, Randall Thompson, Catherine Filene Shouse, Luis Ferré

1974

Eubie Blake, Francis Judd Cooke, Oliver Daniel, Alice Tully

1973

Beverly Sills, William Grant Still, Leta Whitney

1972

Milton Babbitt, Sherwin Badger, Samuel Rosenbaum, Howard Goding

1971

September (special convocation)
Harvey Phillips

May (Commencement)
Arthur Fiedler, John Hsu, Frederick Jagel, Coretta Scott King

1970

no commencement held

1969

December (special convocation)
Walter Piston

May (Commencement)
Fernand Gillet, Stefan Wolpe, Robert Lowell

1968

Olga Koussevitzky, Ernst Krenek, Herbert Marcuse, Carl Ruggles, William Valkenier

1967

John Brownlee, Ross Lee Finney, Paul Fromm

1966

Mildred Miller, Roger Sessions, Michael Steinberg, Shinichi Suzuki

1965

E. Power Biggs, Norman Lloyd, Paul Taylor White

1964

Commencement
Marian Anderson, Margaret Mason, Arthur Tillman Merritt, Warren Story Smith

special convocation
Charles Munch

1963

Hubert Weldon Lamb, Carl McKinley, Erica Morini, Jesus Maria Sanroma

1962

Richard Burgin, Jean Demos, Eleanor Steber, Isaac Stern

1961

Elliott Carter, Roland Hayes

1960

none awarded

1959

Harrison Keller

1958

Mabel Daniels, G. Wallace Woodworth

1957

Paul Henry Lang

1956

Howard Hanson

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