In addition to the five concert halls described here, the NEC campus contains a number of other spaces that are repurposed as performance spaces to meet demand. Coming in 2017 will be a new campus building, the Student Life and Performance Center, which will contain large and small ensemble rooms and a black box theatre, greatly increasing the space available for rehearsals and performance.
NEC’s premier performance venue, historic Jordan Hall is one of the world's most admired concert halls. Situated at the heart of NEC's main building, the hall provides an intimate and versatile setting for a wide variety of orchestral, chamber music, solo recital, and jazz ensemble performances and recording sessions featuring NEC students and faculty. On weekends, the hall is used by Boston's top professional music organizations, including Boston Baroque, Boston Early Music Festival, Celebrity Series, and Handel and Haydn Society. The hall's floor and balcony seat 1,033 and the hall is fully equipped with music stands, musician’s chairs, two Steinway Model D pianos, and a full complement of percussion instruments.
Brown Hall is a true multi-purpose space, used for large ensemble rehearsals, student and faculty recitals of all kinds, opera scenes, meetings, dinners, receptions, and other events. Performances can take place on the stage at one end of the room or on the floor, with great flexibility of instrument placement and seating configurations. At its maximum capacity, including floor and a small balcony, Brown Hall seats 500.
Williams Hall is NEC’s main solo recital hall, as well as the venue for masterclasses and studio classes. The seating capacity of the hall's floor and balcony is 220, but its lack of fixed floor seating also allows it to be used for large ensemble rehearsals, meetings, and other functions.
The Keller Room is used primarily for student recitals, masterclasses, and sectional rehearsals. The room has no stage, so performers share the floor with up to 100 seats, creating an intimate and informal feel.
Donor generosity allowed NEC to transform a neglected recital hall in NEC's St. Botolph building into Harold Whitworth Pierce Hall: a state-of-the-art performance space with superb acoustics, flexible layout and lighting, and multimedia presentation capabilities.