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the door opens

Sun, 2015-02-01 16:00
by NATALIE ALPER-LEROUX Third-year BM Viola     hallway, whitewashed clean; lightbulbs flicker, hang from wires, buzz like softest bees walking heavy, dry ashy steps in chalky dust past framed blank portraits paint peels off doorposts slivers of brown cut my eyes; every door is locked my skin bleeds out red my clothes bleed out blue, […]

EASY, FREEZY, AND BOUNTIFUL

Sun, 2015-02-01 15:56
by ELIZABETH WENDT Third-year BM Voice     I know for a fact that when I say the beginning, middle, and end of a second semester at NEC is always crazy busy, I’m not just speaking for myself! I can honestly say that when I have days of back to back classes paired with early morning […]

NEC CRIBS

Sun, 2015-02-01 15:38

A RITE OF SPRING DANCE PARTY

Sun, 2015-02-01 15:33
by NICK TISHERMAN Third-year BM Oboe     At 8:15 on January 18th, 2015, an orchestra of eager students and studs from the freelance scene was growing increasingly impatient as they sat in their seats awaiting the downbeat from conductor James Blachly, whose back was turned to an audience mostly comprised of twenty-somethings stuffed on a […]

ROB DEHLINGER

Sun, 2015-02-01 15:29
by ANDREW NISSEN Second-year GD Trombone     I first encountered Rob Dehlinger on Twitter in August of 2014, when he tweeted at The Penguin’s account about the long lost, but not forgotten hockey games between Juilliard and NEC in the late 80s (incidentally where the nickname Penguins comes from!). An NEC alumnus, Rob seems […]

A NEW ADVICE COLUMN!

Sun, 2015-02-01 15:26
I can never find a room to practice in. Where can I practice? Dear Practice Orphan, You have several options: have Special Elvis take a break, and you can serenade Huntington Ave with your trombone, piccolo, or sultry voice. Elvis might even lend you his karaoke microphone! Or, consider a broom closet. Seriously, the one […]

TROMBONE SALUTING THE SUN

Sun, 2015-02-01 15:23
by TAYLOR BLANTON Third-year BM Trombone     Although I practice consistently, I hardly consider myself a yogi. I see so many beautiful people who are more flexible, strong, passionate, and driven than I am both mentally and physically. But when I was asked to write an article about my yoga journey I began to […]

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

Sun, 2015-02-01 15:16
by SARAH ATWOOD First-year MM Violin     Everyone can feel it, everyone yearns for it, and everyone expresses it in different ways. Love can be beautiful, funny, cheesy, serious, sad, and painful (sometimes all at once!). Love, and being in love are separate things; semantics aside, the love you feel for your dog versus your partner […]

ARE YOU DATING YOUR INSTRUMENT?

Sun, 2015-02-01 15:12
by SOPHIA ADICKES Third-year UD Voice     We all spend hours with our instruments daily, but how do you know when things have just gone too far? Here are some indications that your relationship with your instrument has become more than a strictly professional one. 1. It’s the first and last thing you think […]

ESCAPING THE COLD

Tue, 2014-12-09 14:24
by NICK TISHERMAN Third-year BM Oboe The days are growing shorter and the thermostats are plummeting here in the arctic tundra of NEC. “Fall” semester can no longer be described accurately by its name. It feels like Jack Frost has taken us in his ic—alright, no s-s-simile can describe how c-c-c-cold the winter feels already. Inspired […]

SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS

Tue, 2014-12-09 14:15
by SYD RVINSKY Second-year BM Voice       With winter comes great responsibility. Such responsibility comes in different forms, but always yields the same result: panic. The sight of snow heralds in finals, family, and failure, and none of these can possibly bode well for the bundled up balls of stress we have all become. […]

BOARDING ANXIETY

Tue, 2014-12-09 14:12
by ANDREW NISSEN Second-year GD Trombone       Unless you’re lucky enough to play an instrument that can be neatly fitted into a small bag (I’m looking at you, flutists and hand cymbal players!), the prospect of simply boarding a plane with your livelihood and constant partner can be a little nerve-wracking. Of course, […]

AMELIA’S: CAPPY’S REINCARNATE

Tue, 2014-12-09 13:54
by DAVID ADEWUMI Third-year BM Trumpet     Oh the nights we spent together, Cappy’s II. Why did you leave me when I needed you most? After two loving years of delicious pizza you ripped the crust right from under my tongue, and took it with you to the great beyond. I will always love you […]

ON PHONES AND TRAINS AND … WE WONDER IF YOU’RE EVEN READING THIS NOW

Tue, 2014-12-09 13:46
If you are a modern day person, the above scene will no doubt be familiar to you (unless you were too busy looking at your phone to notice)! I, of course, am guilty of doing this myself, and it has been a subject that I have been thinking about a lot lately. It’s staggering how […]

ROBERT COGAN

Fri, 2014-11-07 13:25
by NESLIGÜL KAYA Second-year Continuing Education     I am delighted to have interviewed world-renowned composer Professor Robert Cogan on matters of his philosophy and the concert at Jordan Hall on October 30th where a selection of his pieces were performed. A pupil of Nadia Boulanger, Peter Sessions and Milton Babbitt, Cogan teaches composition and […]

A LETTER FROM THE CSA

Fri, 2014-11-07 12:57
by TONG WANG Fourth-year BM Piano     Dear all freshmen–and returning students who are still unfamiliar with the faces of the CSA: Check us out! We are the lucky people who get to bring all your concerns, issues, and problems regarding anything and everything on our school campus to be addressed at a platform […]

THE FUTURE OF PRACTICE

Fri, 2014-11-07 12:51
by ANDREW NISSEN Second-year GD Trombone     At a time when the debate over whether the barrier of technology in the hands of audience members should be broken, a new app has surfaced that can bridge the gap between the concert hall and the practice room for musicians. Cadenza, by music technology company Sonation, […]

AN INTERNATIONAL THANKSGIVING

Fri, 2014-11-07 12:47
by FRANKIE YU Second-year MM Trombone     The Thanksgiving buzz is going around school. Most people are booking flights, trains, buses, car rides, or whatever it takes to go home and spend time with the family and see old friends. For a lot of students this is a familiar time of year, a time of year […]

DREAMS FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENT

Fri, 2014-11-07 12:40
by NICK TISHERMAN Third-year BM Oboe     By now you have surely heard the news that Tony Woodcock will be stepping down as president at the end of the school year. Here at The Penguin we will miss Tony dearly, but that won’t stop us from compiling a (warmheartedly satirical) list of possible replacements for […]

SINGERS AND SICKNESS: A STUDY

Fri, 2014-11-07 11:53
by ALEXANDRA GILLIAM Fourth-year BM Voice     What do classical vocalists have in common with unicorns, gnomes, and elves?  Correct: They are mythical beasts. Tea-slurping, scone-snarfing, vitamin-enriched creatures that prowl the second floor of Jordan Hall, humming constantly and incanting rhythmically in foreign tongues. I have spent four years among this odd and beautiful race, and […]

TO PLAY WITHOUT PASSION IS INEXCUSABLE! LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN