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Out delivering flyers today on this beautiful day in Boston!...

Wed, 2017-02-22 17:27


Out delivering flyers today on this beautiful day in Boston! Check out our new program for Boston 3rd Graders this May/June 2017- NEC Prep Musical Explorers! This year’s program will feature double bass an trumpet. Check out our website to learn more and, if you are a 3rd grader, sign up! http://necmusic.edu/prep/young-children #necprepearlychildhood #necprepmusicalexplorers #bostoncenterforyouthandfamilies #bcyf #bostonpublicschools #bps (at Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF))

We are ready! NEC Prep Suzuki playing the National Anthem at the...

Wed, 2017-02-15 18:18


We are ready! NEC Prep Suzuki playing the National Anthem at the Celtics! 7:30pm ! TD Garden!!!! #celtics #suzuki #tdgarden #necprepontour (at TD Garden)

We are off to a great start of day 3 with the 2017 Contemporary...

Sun, 2017-02-05 11:06


We are off to a great start of day 3 with the 2017 Contemporary Music Festival! Concerts are free all day today 10:30am, 12:30, 2:00, 4:00pm. Come join us!!! http://necmusic.edu/event/16765. #necprepcontemporaryfestival #todaysyouthperformtodaysmusic #horticulturalhall (at Horticultural Hall)

On Saturday, February 4th at 3pm, come to Pierce Hall to hear a...

Fri, 2017-02-03 16:25


On Saturday, February 4th at 3pm, come to Pierce Hall to hear a recital by the students of the Advanced Piano Seminar II. The works performed will cover a wide range of emotions, from lighthearted duets to somber tributes. Pictured is Morgan Flanigan playing the ominous opening of Larry Bell’s piece, “Prayer for Christian Taylor,” from his “First Book of Prayers”. NEC Prep Faculty Member Larry Bell visited the 3pm seminar class this past week to coach students on his own composition! #necpreppianoseminars #contemporaryfestival2017 #ourfacultymembersareamazing (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

This Saturday, February 4th at 2pm in Pierce Hall, come hear the...

Fri, 2017-02-03 16:19


This Saturday, February 4th at 2pm in Pierce Hall, come hear the Advanced Piano Seminar I students perform works by Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. From the famous Danzas Argentinas to the lesser-known Twelve American Preludes, experience Ginastera’s use of bitonality and exciting rhythms in this concert of the Contemporary Festival! Pictured is Steven Chen performing the war-like prelude, “Homenaje a Roberto Garcia Morillo”. #necpreppianoseminars #contemporaryfestival2017
(at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

The NEC Prep Contemporary Festival is fast approaching! Today we...

Fri, 2017-02-03 16:00


The NEC Prep Contemporary Festival is fast approaching! Today we are featuring student composer and tuba player, Benjamin Romanov. Hear his work and other fantastic compositions from 10:30am-4pm this Sunday at Horticultural Hall!

Ben, 16 years old in February, is a versatile musician. In addition to being involved at NEC Prep on Saturdays, he’s also principal tuba and bass trombone for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra on Sundays! He also plays in Newton South High School’s jazz band and their honors jazz combo group. Ben also is a bass guitarist with a rock band and he’s playing percussion/Latin bongos in this year’s musical production of “Rent.” He is often heard playing flugelhorn, piano, and of course intensely studying composition. While Ben believes the tuba to be a solo instrument (F tuba), he’s
also presently working on the Shostakovich 1 piano concerto. Ben sings and acts in musicals and runs track at school each year, and he rides a unicycle.
#necprep #2017contemporaryfestival #todaysyouthperformtodaysmusic #studentcomposers #unicylcingisawesome
http://necmusic.edu/event/16764 (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

The NEC Prep Contemporary Festival is fast approaching! Today we...

Fri, 2017-02-03 16:00


The NEC Prep Contemporary Festival is fast approaching! Today we are featuring student composer and tuba player, Benjamin Romanov. Hear his work and other fantastic compositions from 10:30am-4pm this Sunday at Horticultural Hall!

Ben, 16 years old in February, is a versatile musician. In addition to being involved at NEC Prep on Saturdays, he’s also principal tuba and bass trombone for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra on Sundays! He also plays in Newton South High School’s jazz band and their honors jazz combo group. Ben also is a bass guitarist with a rock band and he’s playing percussion/Latin bongos in this year’s musical production of “Rent.” He is often heard playing flugelhorn, piano, and of course intensely studying composition. While Ben believes the tuba to be a solo instrument (F tuba), he’s
also presently working on the Shostakovich 1 piano concerto. Ben sings and acts in musicals and runs track at school each year, and he rides a unicycle.
#necprep #2017contemporaryfestival #todaysyouthperformtodaysmusic #studentcomposers #unicylcingisawesome
http://necmusic.edu/event/16764 (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

On Inspiration for The Caulfield Suite, by Audrey Wu, NEC Prep...

Thu, 2017-02-02 22:38


On Inspiration for The Caulfield Suite, by Audrey Wu, NEC Prep student composer. Check out her works and many others this weekend at the NEC Prep Contemporary Festival! http://necmusic.edu/event/16765

As some may be able to guess from the title, much of my inspiration for this piano suite came from J.D. Salinger’s widely-known novel The Catcher in the Rye, which I read in English class this fall. Although conversations about the book within the classroom as well as world-wide have been and most likely will continue to be controversial, I find discussion around the story compelling and influential to my music. My intention of the piece was to depict certain moments in the book that struck me, and to illustrate a sort of “backwards” demonstration of Holden’s struggle with childhood and adulthood. As for the formatting, specifically adding memorable quotes to introduce each movement, I was inspired by The Orphée Suite by Philip Glass, which I highly recommend taking some time to listen to. #studentcomposersforthewin #todaysyouthperformtodaysmusic #2017contemporaryfestival (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

NEC Prep is very excited for our upcoming Contemporary Festival...

Thu, 2017-02-02 22:28


NEC Prep is very excited for our upcoming Contemporary Festival this weekend Feb 3-5, 2017! Composer Judd Greenstein will be in residence, and many student compositions will also be featured! Today we would like to introduce another of our student composers, Bram Fisher, who tells us about his experiences and standout moments as a young composer. Check out one of Bram’s latest works, “Concert Music,” this Saturday Feb 4th at 12pm in NEC’s Jordan Hall! The work will be performed by NEC Prep Youth Symphony Orchestra directed by Steven Karidoyanes.
Bram Fisher, 16, has been composing and improvising since he was six years old. He currently studies composition with Rodney Lister in the NEC Preparatory School, where he also studies viola and clarinet and plays viola in the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a four-time finalist of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Competition (2012-2015) and in 2016 was designated an Emerging Composer in the Tribeca New Music Competition and a finalist in the National Young Composers Challenge. He has spent many summers playing chamber music at the Greenwood Music Camp and lives in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts! #necprep #2017contemporaryfestival #juddgreenstein #todaysyouthperformtodaysmusic #studentcomposers
#studentcomposersforthewin #necprepyouthsymphony #jordanhall (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

We hope you’ll join us for this very special recital dedicated...

Thu, 2017-02-02 22:17


We hope you’ll join us for this very special recital dedicated to Midori Tanabe, former teacher of prep piano faculty member Mana Tokuno. Here Mana describes the impact Ms. Tanabe has had on her life and musical growth:
People say that music reflects oneself. But, I also think that music forms who we are. What she taught me years ago through each piano lesson has shaped the last couple decades of my life, and I am certain that her teaching will continue to grow and mature through the rest of my life. And, I wish that I could pass on her legacy to my audience and students. I thank you for joining me to share these moments to pay tribute to her.
The concert is this Sunday February 5th at 8pm in Jordan Hall.
http://necmusic.edu/event/16626. #necfreeconcerts #inspirationalteachers (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

Come hear students from the Intermediate Piano Seminar perform...

Wed, 2017-02-01 21:32


Come hear students from the Intermediate Piano Seminar perform works by Seymour Bernstein and Diane Goolkasian Rahbee’s dynamic Toccata in Pierce Hall this Saturday, February 4th at 2pm. Be inspired by Bernstein’s beautiful melodies and accurate portrayals of an array of birds, insects, and animals.
Pictured is Mr. Rivera coaching Anna Milevskaya on Bernstein’s “The Seagull,” which uses the fist to imitate the seagull’s scream! #2017contemporaryfestival #todaysyouthperformtodaysmusic #necprep #mrriveraspianoseminarsrock (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

The Highlight of My Musical Year by Forrest Eimold: The NEC Prep...

Wed, 2017-02-01 07:35


The Highlight of My Musical Year by Forrest Eimold:
The NEC Prep Contemporary Festival is without a doubt one of my favorite things about NEC. I’m as excited as ever for it this year, and most of my work for this 27th year of the festival will be done with the piano quintet in which I play. We’ll be playing three pieces of new music:
• Michael Finnissy’s Grieg-Quintettsatz. This half-hour piece is an amazing tour-de-force of compositional technique, where the composer takes his own completion of an unfinished Grieg piano quintet and gradually melts it into his own “modern,” florid musical language. There are two sections where no rhythm is discernible (there are glissandos in the strings and grace notes in the piano), which have required quite a bit of rehearsal to bring up to speed. As our coach Rodney tells us, “count out loud in your head.”
• Bram Fisher’s Music Box. Bram is the violist in my piano quintet, and it is such a privilege to be able to play his own piece with him. The piece is magical: arpeggiated figures and throbbing beats are structural bookends for stalactitic lines in the middle. My favorite part of the work is the surreal ending, where the music molts into something decidedly different; the effect is unsettling, haunting.
• My own piece, Madonna. The work is based almost entirely off of works by other composers and poets, e.g. Dickinson, Fauré, Gershwin, Hildegard of Bingen, Mahler, Mallarmé, and Obrecht. My intention in writing the piece was to create something which sounded like my other compositions while writing almost none of the same notes.

Today’s youth do perform today’s music, thanks to the amazing work of NEC.
Thank you,
Forrest Eimold
#necprep #2017contemporaryfestival #juddgreenstein #todaysyouthperformtodaysmusic #studentcomposers
#studentcomposersforthewin (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

The NEC Prep Contemporary Festival is only a few days away, and...

Wed, 2017-02-01 07:32


The NEC Prep Contemporary Festival is only a few days away, and we are getting ready to showcase all the incredible work our Resident Composer Judd Greenstein, as well as what many student composers have done! One student composer whose work will be featured in concert during the Festival is Forrest Eimold, who shares his vast experience composing , performing, and working with incredible artists:
Forrest Eimold, 17, has gained acclaim for his performances of the works of Olivier Messiaen; last January marked the completion of his multi-year project of learning and performing the nearly 5-hours’ worth of the composer’s post-war organ works. He has worked with such living composers as Michael Finnissy, John Harbison, Julian Wachner, and Judith Weir. He has been featured on NPR’s From the Top with Christopher O’Riley in Atlanta, Georgia. Forrest studies composition, piano, and chamber music at NEC Prep with Larry Bell, Marc Ryser, and Rodney Lister, respectively; he attends the school’s Saturday music program on a scholarship from the Max Reger Foundation of America, having received their Ambassador Award. He plays in Duo 404 with violinist Sasha Yakub, which recently performed Feldman’s concert length work For John Cage. He is Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Parish in Harvard Square. As a composer, Forrest has written multiple concert-length works, including his 70-minute chamber Requiem, premiered in July 2016. For composition, he has twice been a National YoungArts Honorable Mention winner and has been a finalist twice in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards competition! (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

J. B. Clancy The NEC Prep Contemporary Festival is coming up...

Wed, 2017-02-01 07:23


J. B. Clancy

The NEC Prep Contemporary Festival is coming up next week, Feb. 3-5, 2017! Composer Judd Greenstein will be in residence and also many student compositions will be featured! Our next featured student composer is John Barron Clancy, who shares his experiences composing and performing his own compositions:

Barron Clancy has been taking violin lessons with NEC Prep faculty Susan Jarvis for six years. He is currently playing with Peter Jarvis’ 8 am String Training Orchestra (STO) and with Milton’s Pierce Middle School orchestra and chamber orchestra, led by Debra Thoresen. Barron has been studying Composition at NEC with Rodney Lister for the past year.

In addition to writing music for class, Barron arranged Concerning Hobbits (by Howard Shore, from Lord of the Rings) for string orchestra last year, with input from his teachers along the way. The Milton High School chamber orchestra, conducted by Ms. Thoresen, played his arrangement at their spring concert and invited Barron to play the piece with them.

Barron spends much of his free time composing. He adapted a Rondo from his composition class as a wedding gift for family friends who play oboe and cello. They learned it and played it for him - which was much better than hearing it on Finale playback.

One of Barron’s favorite memories include meeting Boston Pops conductor, Keith Lockhart, at a Joslin Diabetes fundraiser reception at the Pops – he was coming from a composition lesson and Maestro Lockhart took some time to look at Barron’s work with him. Check out some of Barron’s works this upcoming weekend Feb 3-5, 2017!! #necprep #2017contemporaryfestival #juddgreenstein #todaysyouthperformtodaysmusic #studentcomposers #studentcomposersforthewin (at New England Conservatory Preparatory School)

Follow our blog as we prepare for the NEC Prep Contemporary...

Wed, 2017-01-25 10:40


Follow our blog as we prepare for the NEC Prep Contemporary Festival Feb 3rd-5th, 2017! Composer Judd Greenstein will be in residence and also many student compositions will be featured! Stay tuned the next two weeks to learn about our student composers and their experiences and sources of inspiration leading up to the festival. Today’s featured composer is NEC Prep student, Audrey Wu! Audrey Wu, Composer:

Audrey Wu is currently a freshman at The Winsor School in Boston, Massachusetts. She is passionate about all types of music, ranging from punk-rock to French impressionism to world music to minimalism. She had started composing about two years ago, and has recently been enjoying focusing more time on it and taking lessons at the New England Conservatory. She has been studying piano for nine years now. Last summer, she attended the Montecito International Music Festival in Los Angeles, California. This semester, she has recently taken up percussion lessons at NEC. She also enjoys musical theater and writing in her free time! #necprep #2017contemporaryfestival #juddgreenstein #todaysyouthperformtodaysmusic #studentcomposers

A beautiful concert by the NEC Prep Harp Ensemble today led by...

Sat, 2017-01-14 18:14


A beautiful concert by the NEC Prep Harp Ensemble today led by faculty member Franziska Huhn! #harps #aplaceforeveryplayer

A little preview for our Winter Festival today! 1-3pm in Jordan...

Sat, 2016-12-17 10:08

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A little preview for our Winter Festival today! 1-3pm in Jordan Hall! YBE, STO9, STO8, PSO, & SRO! See you there!!

A little preview for our Winter Festival today! 1-3pm in Jordan...

Sat, 2016-12-17 10:08

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A little preview for our Winter Festival today! 1-3pm in Jordan Hall! YBE, STO9, STO8, PSO, & SRO! See you there!!

Holiday greetings from NEC Prep at the NEC staff and student...

Fri, 2016-12-09 13:55

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Holiday greetings from NEC Prep at the NEC staff and student Messiah sing-along! #justanotherdayattheoffice #aplaceforeveryplayer


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