Thank you to all who attended 3 Days on Gainsborough Street!

Alumni and families alike enjoyed open classes, a wide variety of concerts, and engaging presentations from departments all across campus. It was certainly a weekend to be remembered.

If you have any questions about 3 Days on Gainsborough Street, please email us at

Friday, October 24th | Saturday, October 25th | Sunday, October 26th

Friday, October 24th

Registration and Welcome Room
8:45am - 4:00pm | Jordan Hall, Room 124

Open Rehearsals
9:00am - 12:00pm

  • NEC Symphony - Jordan Hall
  • NEC Philharmonia - Brown Hall
  • Gospel Ensemble led by Nedelka Prescod '12 M.M., '16 D.M.A.

19th-Century Music and Dance
Putting the Dance in the Music: Playing for Dancing
9:00am - 12:00pm | Pierce Hall
Featuring James Parakilas (Bates College), Ellie Grace, Eden MacAdam-Somer '13 D.M.A., Jacqueline Schwab '83, and Mary Wolff.

Piano Seminar: Improv Workshop III
10:00am - 12:00pm | Keller Room
With pianist Tae Kim '08 M.M., '09 G.D.

Campus Tour for Alumni and Parents
11:45am | Beginning by Beethoven Statue

Open Classes
12:00pm - 6:00pm | Various Locations
Sign-up sheets at registration

  • Invention in the Style of Bach (Truniger)
  • Intro to Jazz History (Mac-Adam Somer)
  • Intro to Improv (Netsky)
  • Beethoven String Quartets (Graybill)
  • Music Modernism (Minakakis)
  • French Vocal Repertoire (Blaich)

What's Next?
Entrepreneurial Musicianship at NEC

1:00pm - 1:45pm | Williams Hall
An interactive session led by NEC's Entrepreneurial Musicianship team, with firsthand accounts from NEC alumni about what EM programs and services have meant for them.

The Marriage of Music & Dance in Jazz
1:30pm - 3:30pm | Pierce Hall
Featuring Scott Deveaux (University of Virginia) and Andrew Scott '00 M.M. (Humber College).

NEC in the Community
2:00pm - 2:45pm | Williams Hall
The Community Performances & Partnerships team gives a snapshot of their program and shares the promising results of their first alumni survey. Special guests Rob Flax ’12 M.M., Michele Von Haugg ’06 M.M., ’07 G.D. and Caroline Scharr ’12 will discuss how CPP has influenced their careers in music.

College Admissions Session
3:00pm - 3:45pm | Keller Room

Symposium: Music of George Russell
4:00pm - 5:30pm | Keller Room
Featuring founding Jazz Chair Carl Atkins and current NEC faculty members Ran Blake, Ken Schaphorst, and Ben Schwendener.

3-2-1 Ciaconna
4:30pm - 6:00pm | Pierce Hall
With the Borromeo String Quartet.

Departmental Repertoire Classes
4:00pm - 6:00pm | Various Locations

Welcome Reception
6:00pm - 7:30pm | President's Library

Festival of Music & Dance
NEC Symphony

8:00pm | Jordan Hall | David Loebel, conductor
Dvorák: Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, Nos. 1-3
Mozart: Idomeneo, K. 367: Ballet Music
Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 2 from The Nutcracker
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
Rouse: The Nevill Feast

George Russell Tribute Concert
8:00pm | Brown Hall
Founding chair of NEC's Jazz department, Carl Atkins, returns to conduct "All About Rosie." All jazz alumni are invited to join the NEC Jazz Orchestra in performing this classic.

Alumni Jazz Jam Session
10:00pm | Brown Hall


Saturday, October 25th

8:30am | Jordan Hall Lobby

NEC Prep Parent Breakfast
9:00am - 10:30am | President's Library
Open to all current NEC Preparatory School families.

Preparatory School Open Rehearsals
10:00am - 4:00pm | Various Locations

A Tribute to NEC's Past and Future
9:30am - 10:15am | Williams Hall
President Tony Woodcock recognizes NEC's golden alumni and shares the Conservatory's vision for its 150th Anniversary in 2017. Hear from faculty and alumni how the new Student Life and Performance Center will change the face of NEC.

Innovation and Engagement: Alumni in the Community
10:30am - 11:30am | Williams Hall
Betsy Hinkle '01 M.M., founder of musiConnects; Nicholas Kitchen '92 A.D. of the Borromeo String Quartet; and Megumi Stohs Lewis '07 G.D. of A Far Cry discuss reaching audiences and building community today, with Leslie Wu Foley, Dean and Executive Director of Preparatory and Continuing Education.

Alumni and Family Music Festival
11:30am - 2:30pm | Brown Hall and Student Activities Center
Lunch available for purchase
Featuring performances by the Nick Sanders Trio, NEC Jazz and Wild Card Honors Ensembles, and Prep Jazz Combo.

50th Reunion Memories Luncheon
11:30am - 1:00pm | President's Library
$25 advance registration required
A celebration of the classes of 1963 and 1964.

Teach Smart
1:00pm - 2:00pm | Jordan Hall, Room 124
2:00pm - 3:00pm | Jordan Hall, Room 124
Limited space available
Susan Reed, violinist and master teacher, leads a workshop that provides an in-depth look at how to set up a private teaching studio and engage in your teaching community. The second hour bridges together teachers of all experience levels to discuss tools and resources, including a how-to guide for planning lessons and your teaching year.

60-Second Composer Challenge
1:00pm - 3:00pm | Jordan Hall, Room 324
Limited space available
All Composition and CI alumni are invited to participate. Either individually or in teams of 2-3, you will write 60-second pieces for 1-4 instruments, and the session will culminate in a reading of your newly composed work.

String Chamber Music Reading Parties
3:00pm - 4:00pm | Jordan Hall Studios
4:15pm - 5:15pm | Jordan Hal Studios
Limited space available
Alumni of the string department are invited to read chamber music with faculty members James Buswell, Lucy Chapman, Kim Kashkashian, Nicholas Kitchen, Yeesun Kim, Mai Motobuchi, Marcus Thompson, and Kristopher Tong. Group arrangements will be communicated in advance.

Alumni, Faculty, and Friends Reception
4:00pm - 6:00pm | President's Library

Swing Dance
8:00pm | Brown Hall
Dan Gabel and The Abletones, Authentic 18-Piece Big Band featuring Elise Roth, round out the Festival of Music & Dance celebration with a participatory swing dance.



Sunday, October 26th

The Expo
9:30am - 6:00pm | Brown and Pierce Halls
Featured guests eighth blackbird lead a day-long symposium of workshops, interactive discussions, and hands-on activities in celebration of 5 years of Entrepreneurial Musicianship at NEC.

9:30am: Breakfast
10:00am: The Evolution of eighth blackbird, plus a performance
12:30pm: Lunch & Learn: Fundraising and Marketing Tools
2:30pm: Talking to Any Audience: Tips for Effective Communication
4:00pm: Making It Yours: Commissioning and Curating