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OVERCOMING OVERWHELMING

Mon, 2014-10-20 18:36
by SOPHIA ADICKES Third-year BM Voice     At this point, you’ve hopefully made it through the endless week of testing, placement auditions, and non-stop introductions. In addition to forgetting names, you’re probably a little nervous about adjusting to a conservatory environment, a new city, and dorm life. The good news is: you’re not alone! […]

TONIGHT I BATHE IN SUNLIGHT

Tue, 2014-10-07 18:08
by NATALIE ALPER-LEROUX Third-year BM Viola       as my pear of hope and hopelessness flies fragrant and soft into the inky black I drink star blood and it dribbles in gleaming silver rivulets down my chin I wipe it off the pimples with the back of my hand already marked with the dirt that […]

EASY FALL DESSERTS

Tue, 2014-10-07 18:07
by FRANKIE YU Second-year MM Trombone     Here are two recipes that are simple and fun, and not too challenging for someone who doesn’t make things very often (you know who you are). I’ll admit they are both desserts, but I have no shame! Lemon Squares As Fall comes around my taste buds crave the sweeter […]

COSTUME STAND-OFF

Tue, 2014-10-07 18:06
by SYD RVINSKY Second-year BM Voice   by ELIZABETH WENDT Second-year BM Voice     Syd and Elizabeth give us some competing viewpoints on how best to make a good impression this Halloween season! SYD: October. Sweaters, scarves, pumpkin spice lattes, and of course: Halloween. For children, the favored holiday is synonymous with fun costumes, staying out […]

WHO’S AFRAID OF OPERA?

Tue, 2014-10-07 18:05
by SOPHIA ADICKES Third-year BM Voice     For many people, opera has the reputation of being an art form that is not just sophisticated, but sometimes unaccessible. Other than taking the time out of your day to sit in a darkened theater for anywhere from three to six (!) hours, there are limited opportunities […]

LAKE STREET DIVE

Tue, 2014-10-07 18:04
by ANDREW NISSEN Second-year GD Trombone       Music school, if you’re not careful, can be a sort of solitary confinement at times. You sit alone in a room for many daylight hours repeating the same task over and over, and it may not ever feel like it’s getting better. It’s refreshing, then, to […]

TEN WAYS TO STAY SANE AT NEC!

Tue, 2014-10-07 18:03
by LIZ TOBIAS First-year DMA Jazz Voice     Build Your Friendship Group It took me 6 months at NEC to really find the right friends. I had this ridiculous task-orientated view of just “getting through” my masters and didn’t stop until the end of my first semester to actually make real, true-to-life friends.  My advice […]

THERE’S A NEW SHERRIFF IN TOWN

Tue, 2014-10-07 18:02
by NICK TISHERMAN Third-year BM Oboe     “You could almost write an opera about the selection of music directors for orchestras,” said Andris Nelsons about the search process. The 2014-2015 season for the Boston Symphony Orchestra is well upon us, which means that this opera has come to a close and a new act is […]

A RESPONSE TO STAGE FRIGHT

Tue, 2014-10-07 18:01
by SARAH ATWOOD First-year MM Violin     What’s the scariest moment you’ve had? I get scared easily, so I don’t watch horror movies (I know, what an embarrassing thing to admit during Halloween)! People who actually like to scare themselves on purpose confuse me, but there’s a difference between “recreational fear” and unwanted fear – such […]

GET TO KNOW (A FEW OF) YOUR ORIENTATION PALS!

Mon, 2014-08-25 18:05
DAVID ADEWUMI, JAZZ TRUMPET What do you love about NEC? I love that the people here are so warm and encouraging. It’s nice to see that people can be so nice and cool even though they are extremeley talented! What advice do you have for new students that you wish you’d known? Long practice sessions […]

JOY SHI

Mon, 2014-08-25 18:04
by ANDREW NISSEN Second-year GD Trombone     Students aren’t the only “new” people to turn up bright-eyed to our wonderful school this August. We also have a new member of staff! Joy Shi is the new coordinator of international student services and academic advisor, housed in the St. Botolph building, and just like our […]

THINGS TO DO IN BOSTON

Mon, 2014-08-25 18:03
by FRANKIE YU Second-year MM Trombone     Boston isn’t just a great city, it is an inspiring city. It is beautiful, old, and rich with history and culture with an abundance of sites to see. And yes, we should all take the opportunity of living here and see the typical Boston things– they are famous for […]

WORKAHOLISM

Mon, 2014-08-25 18:02
  by  CASEY JONES Second-year MM Trombone     Symptoms are mild at first; typically mental exhaustion and physical fatigue are the first to arise.  Some may develop an addiction to coffee, eventually leading to an intense phobia of sleeping and other forms of rest. The addict may experience feelings of anxiety. They may seem detached […]

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