BM Flute, 2010
The world lost a wonderful musician last week, and for many a great friend. We celebrate the life of Andrew “Drew” Thompson (NEC Class of 2011), contrabassoonist and bassoonist for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He fulfilled every musician’s dream when he landed a job in his hometown. Drew’s Boston family will forever remember his intense loyalty, intellectual curiosity, ready smile, and big shoulders. Members of the NEC community share their remembrances of Drew…
I feel like Drew had the “right” balance: he worked hard but knew have a good time and appreciate the simple and most obvious things. I can’t count how many times we would hang out after a concert, or wait together for our respective lessons at the backstage of the BSO. Drew had the real NEC spirit and I will surely miss him terribly.
– Maya Jacobs (Class of 2011 · MM in Viola Performance)
Drew will always be family to me. During our growth at NEC, we celebrated our accomplishments together and supported each other through tough times. His fearlessness gave us a model of how to perform and live life to its fullest potential. Drew, it has been an honor performing with you – thank you so much for the impact you made in all our lives!
– Randolph Palada (Class of 2012 – MM in Clarinet)
Drew had that perfect combination of being a laser-focused, professional, dedicated musician while investing in his other passions (like swing-dancing & flame-throwing) and being a wonderful, happy person on top, always kind and welcoming whether a new acquaintance or old friend. He truly lived his life to the fullest and the world lost a HUGE talent. Drew, thank you for those years in Chicago and Boston together, whether it was performing beautiful music with you, teaching me how to swing-dance, playing Mario-Kart at your apartment, having Starbucks together, hanging out with our dear friends, trying new things, meeting new people, or just teasing the heck out of me (especially when you called me “Slagathore”). You will always be my favorite bassoonist, inspire me, and make me smile.
– Cecilia Huerta (Class of 2011 · MM in Cello Performance)
Andrew was exactly the kind of friend anyone would want in music school: an inspiring player, a hard worker, and tons of fun. Our ability to blend well started even before I knew his name, and once we figured out we were both swing dancers, we knew this was a friendship that was destined to last. He was always warm, forgiving, and ready to find the humor in any situation. So much more can be said to honor this incredible person, but what matters most now is for us to remember that Drew loved his friends more than anything in the world, and his memory will be kept by the love we have for him.
– Jennifer Berg (Class of 2011 · MM in Oboe Performance)
I first heard Drew’s voice when I was desperately searching for a place to live in Boston and anxious about the upcoming major life transition of moving up North. He called me and offered me an open room in his apartment, which instantly relieved all my stress. His calm, inviting voice was a welcome comfort for someone who had never lived in a big city or attended a music conservatory. Living with Drew was a pleasure beyond words. I will remember his gentle demeanor, virtuosic bassoon playing, and his desire to seek out and share camaraderie and friendship wherever he went. For those looking to pay tribute to Drew, I’d recommend taking a quick trip down Huntington and having a Gulden Draak at The Penguin, his favorite neighborhood bar.
– Mark Williams (Class of 2013 · MM in Vocal Performance)
If there is one thing that Drew taught us, it is to live your life to the fullest: he danced his way into our lives, and his music will always be in our hearts.
First-Year GD Trombone
If you haven’t met Steve Drury yet, I suggest you do so as soon as possible – he’s a fascinating person! An NEC graduate himself, Steve joined the piano faculty after completing an Artist Diploma as a student of Patricia Zander. In addition to teaching and soloing, he serves as director of the renowned Callithumpian Consort and director of NEC- based Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice.
Steve has worked with many of the big players in music of the 20th and 21st centuries, including John Cage, Helmet Lachenmann, Christian Wolff, Chaya Czernowin, and Lee Hyla. However, he also enjoys collaborating with non-musicians. Notably, Steve performed with choreographer Merce Cunningham, John Cage’s partner, in 1999– the last time Cunningham ever danced in public. Drury played Cage’s Music for Marcel Duchamp while Cunningham and Mikhail Baryshnikov danced a duo around the plastic boxes Jasper Johns designed in tribute to Duchamp.
“Cage would write a new piece for Merce, they’d agree on how long the piece was, and that was it,” Drury recalls. “They’d show up for the dress rehearsal and Merce was hearing the music for the first time. I asked Merce if he had made choreography to go with the phrases [for the performance in 1999] and he said “No, no.” In fact, I was a little worried because I was on stage at the New York City Theater and I didn’t want to be on there using music for a simple little piece. But the memory is tricky and I thought if I had a memory slip it would throw them off.”
Not just content as a soloist, Steve is the founder and director of the successful NEC-based group Callithumpian Consort. Callithumpian Consort is filled with former NEC graduates, some of whom have also participated in Steve’s summer festival at NEC – SICPP. Both Callithumpian the group and Steve the soloist have several engagements down the road at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum throughout the season.
Along with his wife, Yukiko Takagi, Steve is pioneering an interesting new concert series called In and Out Monday Afternoons at the Gardner’s impressive Calderwood Hall (editor’s note: the Gardner is only a 15-minute walk from NEC!) This was the brainchild of museum curator Scott Nickrenz, the husband of NEC faculty member Paula Robison. Calderwood Hall consists of a perfect cube with a flat floor, in which the stage forms the center of the cube with rows of chairs along the walls on the floor and two elevated balconies above. This unique design will allow museum-goers to slip in at any point in the performance, “hopefully quietly,” Steve reminds, and stay anywhere from five minutes to two hours. Drury’s former teacher in New York, William Masselos, used to give similar concerts for hours on end. “He would put a note in the program that said ‘Ingress, egress as you please,’” shares Drury, “and the idea for In and Out is essentially the same.”
At an In and Out concert in the coming spring, Steve and Callithumpian will be working with Roger Miller, former lead of punk band Mission of Burma. “I wasn’t a punk, but I followed [Mission of Burma],” Steve says. “For me Roger Miller was a legend, so it’s a real trip to be working with him.”
In closing, Steve once again reiterates his passion for contemporary composers: “There’s no reason to assume that there’s not a composer alive today that you feel that you can commit to in the same way you would commit to playing music by Chopin, Brahms, or Haydn…God knows we have enough piano players playing Pictures at an Exhibition. There’s gotta be [a new composer] out there for you. If there’s not, man, get out of music and go be a banker or a politician. Young people are writing the music now, and that’s where my work came from.”
The NEC administration and Board of Trustees is thrilled to welcome our 4 new student senators! These students were chosen after a highly selective application process and they are here to serve YOU! Now that you know who they are, make sure your message is heard – email them with any concerns (or compliments!) you have about NEC: email@example.com
Classical guitarist Raley Beggs remains passionate about sharing and enlivening the rich traditions of the guitar. Currently pursuing his master’s degree under esteemed artist and performer Eliot Fisk, Raley has found a suitable podium at New England Conservatory for which to share the music of his instrument. Raley performs widely throughout the Greater Boston Area as a soloist and chamber musician, and is an active member of the Community Performances and Partnerships Program (CPP). In addition to performing, he also enjoys writing for the Penguin and running unreasonably long distances.
Born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, British-American Konrad Herath is a sophomore horn major at NEC. Apart from loving the works of Mahler, Stravinsky, and Richard Strauss, Konrad’s non-musical interests include traveling, learning foreign languages, and reading the works of author John Irving. Much of his leisure time is spent watching Downton Abbey or shows connected with vampires. Konrad is also a big fan of late singer/actress Judy Garland. His family residence is now in the great state of Vermont, and he welcomes you to contact him at his NEC e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tong Wang is an aspiring Canadian pianist currently in her sophomore year studying with Bruce Brubaker. Off stage, she…practices. But! She also loves to write and draw for the Penguin, hang out with friends, watch movies, eat out, jam, laugh, and play volleyball and badminton at Cambridge every weekend. Tong is excited to be part of the Committee of Student Activities, and is seeking all of the interesting student voices and ideas waiting to be heard! You can reach her at her NEC email address: email@example.com
Elizabeth (Liz) Wendt is a sophomore studying classical voice. Last year, Liz was an honorary Committee of Student Affairs member where she shared her experience as a first year undergrad. This year, Liz will return to the round table as a member of the CSA where she hopes to contribute ideas to help make NEC and even better place. As a Student Senator, Liz is eager to hear the issues and concerns that NEC students would like to be addressed by administrators. If you have ideas that you would like for her to bring up in the next CSA meeting, contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
First-Year GD Clarinet
The first session of the day addressed a question that I think weighs on many of us: what’s next after I graduate? Ensemble members shared their own stories about how they navigated the transition, and it was interesting to discover how completely different paths led each of them to Fifth House. The founding members of the group met at the Chicago Civic Orchestra, but have also enjoyed unique careers along the way. Violinist Andrew Williams told of how the teaching job he never really envisioned for himself turned out to be one of the most rewarding facets of his career. Flutist Melissa Snoza discussed the practicalities of interviewing for a job, and Jani Parson, the group’s pianist, shared strategies for building a private studio. Eric Snoza explained that every job, whether musical or not, should be seen as an opportunity. There were times that he had to take non-musical jobs to pay the bills, and he has brought the skills he learned along the way into his work with Fifth House. That’s right, guys. He had a day job. And he didn’t die! As a matter of fact, he now has a successful photography studio in addition to his music career.
Lunch gave us another opportunity to speak one-on-one with ensemble members. I had a memorable conversation with hornist DeAunn Davis. One of the founding members of Fifth House, she has left Chicago and is currently pursuing her DMA at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Her goal is to land a university teaching job and mentor a generation of hornists free from the “orchestral-musician-or-failure” mentality.
The afternoon was split into two parallel sessions. I opted to attend the “funding your dreams” session, which was far more valuable and straightforward than I could have ever imagined. Melissa Snoza discussed the differences between for-profit and not-for-profit business models, walked us through the basics of working contracts, and demystified the grant writing process. The session served as an excellent get-started guide for those of us with entrepreneurial projects in mind. For me, Melissa’s presentation filled in the daunting gap between having a great idea and taking the first step toward bringing it to fruition.
After a quick coffee break, Fifth House gave a moving performance of Black Violet, an original program that combines music by Walter Piston, Johannes Brahms, Jonathan Keren, Heitor Villa Lobos and Greg Simon with a story and artwork created by graphic-novelist Ezra Claytan Daniels. From the first note, there was something extremely special about the performance—I was struck by the passion and joy radiating from the group. These artists love what they do. If that wasn’t enough, there was an engaging and beautifully illustrated story to go with it. Having witnessed their performances, it’s no great surprise to me that Fifth House has had such success in reaching non-traditional audiences. Who would have imagined that a story about a spoiled black housecat in 17th century London could be so riveting? After a performance that was more than an hour long, I still wanted to hear more!
The Expo ended with a session entitled, “Putting Your Audience Center Stage,” in which ensemble members discussed the origins of Black Violet. To further their goal of bringing new audiences to classical music, Fifth House has found creative ways to bridge the gap for non-classical listeners. By offering an immersive experience that pairs their music with Daniels’ storytelling, they have created an opportunity to introduce graphic novel fans to the beauty and power of classical music.
I consider myself very fortunate to have spent the day with Fifth House Ensemble. The ensemble is comprised of some of the most creative and driven people I have ever met. I was truly inspired by their enthusiasm and their willingness to share their hard-earned knowledge. Melissa explained that she had no fear of being put out of business by sharing her experiences because the number of creative, innovative ensembles that would have to exist in order to put Fifth House out of business would certainly ensure a culturally-rich world.
Save the date for next year’s EM expo! October 26, 2014
First-year GD Clarinet
For many of you, this is your first time away from home or your first time living in your own apartment, and that probably also means that it’s your first time trying to cook on your own. For those of you who fit in this category, I beg of you: no more ramen noodles!!! I hear all kinds of reasons from people who don’t cook for themselves: it’s too expensive, it takes too long, or it’s just too hard. But I want everyone to know that cooking doesn’t have to be any of the above! You don’t need to be a gourmet chef in order to enjoy healthy, delicious home-cooked meals. Trust me, you’ll thank me when all the cafeteria food starts to taste the same.
If you’re eating on a budget, the trick to saving money is to know which foods to buy. Generally pre-packaged or processed foods cost a lot more than their raw counterparts. Red meat and cheeses can also run up your grocery bill. You don’t have to avoid them altogether; just use them sparingly.
Eggs, on the other hand, are extremely cheap and very versatile. There are more than 100 ways to cook them! Beans, lentils, and other legumes are also inexpensive, especially if you buy them dried. Plus they’re good for you! In the veggie department, carrots, onions, celery, and broccoli are your best bets.
If you don’t have a lot of time to cook, there are a few tricks that will save you hours of time. You really can spend all day cooking if you want to make something really fancy (I once spent four hours making tamales from scratch, yikes!), but there are tons of recipes out there that can be made with little prep time. In general, I look for recipes with short ingredient lists. The fewer ingredients, the less time you have to spend peeling/chopping/sautéing them. Also, never shred your own cheese. Just pay a dollar extra for the pre-shredded stuff. I promise it’s worth it!
Another big time-saver and a must-have for novice cooks is a crock pot or slow cooker. If you don’t have time to stand over a stove for an hour, there are literally hundreds of crockpot recipes that take maybe ten minutes of preparation. After that, you just toss everything in the pot and turn it on. Recipes usually take 4-8 hours to cook this way, but they’re meant to be left alone during that time, which means you can turn it on before you leave in the morning and come back to a delicious dinner just ready and waiting. They can cook just about anything too, like soups, breads, desserts and even whole chickens! I recommend avoiding overnight use unless you want to be awakened at 3 a.m. by the smell of chili (Yes, this has actually happened to me).
To close, I’d like to put to rest the myth that cooking is hard. It’s really something that anyone can do with just a little practice and patience. I know it can be intimidating at first, but start simply and slowly build your skills. To the right, you’ll find three recipes to get you started. You can try them when you get tired of the usual fare, or use them to impress your friends at your next fall party. Two of them can even be made in
a dorm room!
Second-Year MM Guitar
I can’t stand cold weather. For as long as I can remember I’ve complained to no end about the pain and misery surrounding the feelings of any temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, vowing forever to avoid climates unsuitable for palm trees and board shorts. Well, like so many youthful promises I’ve made to myself only to be broken, here I am. Boston. Famous not for its excess of palm trees and sunshine, but instead for unpredictable and ruthlessly cold weather.
Perhaps this feeling isn’t so foreign to all of us. One of the finest qualities of NEC is the incredible diversity of the student body, which includes those of us who are not accustomed to below-freezing temperatures. Those of us who have never faced questions like: How can it be this cold and still be raining? How much snow is enough to cancel school? Who in their right mind decided to stay here in the 1600s? Some of you haven’t been here long enough to ponder the bulletproof logic of staying inside for a month or more, but we now find ourselves at the very end of days that guarantee warmth and now peer over a cliff of uncertainty (and a whole lot of snow!). This cliff, in New England, is named “Fall.”
Fall is one of the four seasons, another new concept for some of us, and is marked most famously by turning leaves of trees all too familiar with what is to come. Fall is the part of the year where you start to very seriously doubt the functionality of your wardrobe. Fall is the gravestone season atop any delusions you’ve held thus far– delusions like comfort, warmth, and physical and mental well-being.
Last year, Fall was when I myself began to wither and lose my leaves. I started to forget all the things that made up my personality, which had become delirious and numb from my first encounters with plummeting temperatures. I turned inward and cold, less from the changing seasons and more for the discomforts of being in a situation and climate I’ve never experienced before. Clinging to my familiarities, I fought it. And fall, above all else, is not to be fought.
What nobody told me then was that fall is a time for rejuvenation. Fall is a transition from the superficial, rocket-fueled types of fun associated with summer into the pensive and thoughtful rewards of winter. It is itself a personal growth– a shedding of one’s past to make room for one’s future. To deny the transition is to deny nature.
I hadn’t learned these lessons until facing their inevitability. I recognized my whining wasn’t helping, and that the seasons would continue as scheduled– with or without my approval.
Thinking back, that fight seems preposterous. Fact: Boston gets cold. I’m not claiming to have been logical about the process, I’m only admitting to my childish resistance to the seasons. When you haven’t experienced them they somehow seem avoidable, like they don’t apply to you.
To those of you now gearing up to experience your first round of seasons: don’t resist them. You’re from a warmer climate– yes, we’ve heard. But now you live in Boston, and you’re likely to stay for awhile. There are two ways you can handle this new reality. The first involves a long, prolonged, and exceedingly cold plummet into the pits of winter, accompanied by a distinct feeling of being a fish swimming upstream. Last year, this was my choice. The second involves two investments: good boots and a really, really good jacket. It also involves acceptance and a keen eye for the beauty found in places the planet hasn’t had the chance to show you yet. With the proper clothing and a smile, the cliff you now peer over will seamlessly turn into a fall you won’t forget.
Editor’s note: Florestan and Eusebius are two fictitious personalities created by composer Robert Schumann. They represent two sides of his bipolar personality.
Florestan: Eusebius and I have noticed that you’ve been paying a lot of attention to Robert Schumann and his music. But you don’t pay nearly as much attention to us.
Eusebius: It’s understandable, because both of us are best friends with Schumann, and all three of us are composers. It may be difficult to distinguish which one is which.
F: We’ll try to make it easier for you.
E: The basic difference is that Florestan is bold, rash, and passionate, while I am thoughtful, lyrical, and dreamy.
F: So, I’m a man and Eusebius is a girl.
E: Your name is Florestan.
F: Or you could think about it like this—I skydive and swim with sharks, and Eusebius picks flowers. I’m really fun to talk to, and when you talk to Eusebius, you get confused because sometimes he stops talking and his eyes glaze over.
E: Florestan likes to say outlandish, silly things, and then he changes his mind. I take the time to choose my words carefully, so when I do say something, it’s quietly profound.
F: Eusebius will move you to tears, and it’s very, very painful.
E: Hey! We don’t normally fight like this. Without Schumann, the balance is totally off.
F: Sorry. We’ve been under a lot of stress lately.
E: Commanding the League of David is tough. Suiting up every day to fight the Philistines, battling mediocrity in all its tiresome forms… It’s brutal, thankless work.
Dude: No way! You guys are on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
F: Are they anti-Rossini?
E: Have no fear. The enemy will be overthrown. It may take a couple hundred more years—but we will slay every one of those tasteless Philistines. Just saying.
We’re working hard. Doesn’t hurt to give a little credit where it’s due.
F: Ask yourself—when you’re drifting off to sleep at night, happily humming symphonies of Beethoven and Brahms—who’s keeping you safe from harmful music? Who do you have to thank for protecting you from all the bad music out there?
E: Think about it.
I’m Matthew O’Donnell, a bass-baritone-singing, basketball-playing, gallon-a-day-water-drinking, music-all-day-eating-and-breathing, almost-never-sleeping freshman voice major here at NEC.
I happen to be stuck here on this imaginary island after straying away from a concert tour of Bermuda at coordinates- 25.0000° N, 71.0000° W- (Some people have called this strange area I am in the Devil’s Triangle, but I think I’m just getting stir crazy from not having my tunes and fresh drinking water.)
If you are reading this, please, kindly send the following selections on a solar powered iPod with at least a 50-gallon drum of fresh water and a compass to the above coordinates. Better yet, make that an iPhone with GPS, and please tell Ms. Washburn that I think I’m going to be late for Monday’s rehearsal!
For some reason being here all-alone is making me very reflective on my music choices.
Tunes to place on that iPhone you are airdropping (don’t forget to charge it first!):
1. Mozart-Le Nozze di Figaro, Non Più Andrai
This is the tune that I learned from my first classical vocal teacher, Stephen Bryant, and was my audition piece for my entry into the Juilliard Pre-College Program.
I love this piece and had the opportunity to sing it a number of times in some really neat spaces. I sang this most recently at a sing-in with the NY Choral Society. My parents made me go with them and suggested that it would be a good excuse to work on my sight singing before coming to NEC. I was glad I joined them. (Please don’t tell them, just concentrate on getting me that water.)
3. Eric Whitacre-Cloudburst
This is an amazing piece that I had the chance to sing with my High School Chorus in Nutley, NJ, as well as with the All National Chorus at the Kennedy Center. This piece uses the human voice to make environmental sounds in addition to some really cool close harmonies. I never get sick of hearing, or singing, this work. (Is that really the wind?)
4. Dan Hill-Sometimes when we Touch
Old school introspective. Call me a softie…I just like it.
5. The King’s Singers-Oh my Love is like a red, red Rose
Just great choral singing…in tune and musical! (Water….water…)
6. Dietrich Fischer Dieskau-Im Wunder schonen Monat Mai
The best of the best…A big influence on who I am striving to be.
7. Luciano Pavarotti-Nessun Dorma
Why do people on all of those talent shows insist on singing this?
Probably because they never heard it REALLY sung or perhaps they need to drink more WATER!!!!
8. Mumford and Sons-Thistle and Weeds
Something draws me to their music…perhaps the folk-like quality yet it’s still modern.
9. John Williams-Buglers Dream
Prolific composer John Williams is someone that I really like. Since I was a young lad I was hooked on this Olympic Theme and can relate to the message of hope and inspired perseverance (and eventually being rescued) that has become his trademark.
10. Z. Randall Stroope-Amor de mi Alma
I had the opportunity to sing this under Mr. Stroope last year with the All Eastern High School Chorus. Mr. Stroope is intense and this song is about all things love…in life and in death…save me… - - - … I’d love a glass of… - - - … oh yea…- - -… make sure it’s an iPhone…not an iPod…
11. Tower of Power-You Met Your Match
Feel good soul music…5 horns and this one has guest Joss Stone.
12. Chanticleer-Die Lorelei
I heard this group from San Francisco and was blown away. They sang this and had the audience in the palm of their collective hands. This song is about giving the sailors a message where perhaps the Sirens are beckoning. Are the fair maidens of the sea calling too close to the rocks? Look, for crying out loud….OK…help me out here…iPhone and water…better yet a boat, sub, canoe…you get the idea.
Forget Die Lorelei…here are the guys singing Ave Maria! Maybe those Navy guys can find this place!
Hope to see you soon!
NEC Freshman, Vocal Performance
How do you score a movie with little or no noise??
Last week, Alfonso Cuaron’s movie “Gravity” was released in theaters all over the United States. The movie takes place in space, hovering above earth, where two astronauts have been lost due to debris damaging their ship. Not only is the movie incredibly unique because of its two person cast (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney), the film score had to be captivating and had to capture the essence of space – silence.
The 36 year old composer for the movie, Steven Price, told Huffington Post in a recent article about his experience working on the movie, “With a lot of action scores, you’re competing with a lot of noise,” Price said. “Say there’s a big explosion: the music would conventionally have a lot of Hollywood-style percussion or brass, because that’s the only thing that will cut through. You’d hear stuff within their spacesuits,” Price said. “If they touched something, you’d hear the vibration that they’d hear, but you don’t hear any exterior noises. We kind of knew the music would be responsible for all the other things. I was asked to try and tonally represent things that would ordinarily be sound. You don’t hear an explosion in the film, but you might hear some pulsation in the music that reflects it. The score is doing the job of traditional sound, while the sound crew was able to do an interesting job on their own.”
To me, this concept is fascinating. As musicians, our ears are constantly listening and analyzing the things we hear, but how often do we take a step back and analyze or appreciate the silence? Can you imagine having to write an entire film score based on complete, isolated quiet? Or better yet, can you imagine being an astronaut going from a ridiculously noisy environment, to only hearing the singular sounds that you produce? Astonishing!
In another Huffington Post article, a former astronaut, Jerry L. Ross, recounts his experience on his multiple space-walks and how the silence only emphasized the beauty of the silent vacuum that he was observing.
If space is your thing, follow the links provided for both articles and be amazed at what you will read. And if you have the time, pop into your local movie theater and witness “Gravity” for yourself!
NEC School of Continuing Education Work-Study Student
Eric is a second year Jazz Studies major with a focus in Trombone Performance. He first picked up the horn in 4th grade, and knew immediately he was going to be a musician. Hailing from the South Shore of Massachusetts, he has studied with several CE faculty members at the prep-school, including Joel Yennior, Peter Kenagy, and Mark Zaleski. When Eric’s not tearing it up on the band stand, you might find him at the beach, working on his skating at the local ice rink, or playing frisbee or soccer with his friends. He has a passion for all things Boston sports. Eric is a dog person, and his favorite food is candy.
Eric is super cool!
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Another wonderful work-study student we’re so lucky to have serving you in the SCE!
Lizzie Wendt is a soprano here at NEC studying vocal performance. This will not only be her second year attending the school, but her second year working in the School of Continuing Ed.’s office! I guess you could say she’s an expert, veteran, genius, etc. Lizzie is originally from Dallas, Texas where she graduated with honors from a performing arts magnet school. She doesn’t have an accent, but she does have a Texas-sized sweet tooth, and a permanent hunger for Texas barbeque and South American food from Central Mexico, Argentina, and El Salvador. If Lizzie wasn’t pursuing music she would either want to have a career as a Linguist or as a voice-over actor with her goal of being the next Disney princesses‘ voice! Feel free to pop by the office and say hello to her on Monday and Thursday afternoons! And definitely check out her wicked bulletin board decorating skills!
We love our work-study students here in the SCE. These NEC undergrads make it possible for us to give you all your SCE needs!
A little about our wonderful work-study Jessica Rost…..
Jess is currently a sophomore soprano at New England Conservatory studying Voice Performance. She is completely obsessed with everything French and wants to be a fluent French speaker one day, ideally living and singing in Paris (or the Palace of Versailles if that’s not possible). If being a Parisian doesn’t work out, Jessica would settle for being a Disney princess. Jessica is also a very passionate baker and food lover. She’s currently working on perfecting a macron, but she makes a mean cookie meanwhile. Don’t ever ask Jessica where she’s from, she won’t have an answer (but it goes back and forth between Texas and Connecticut!).
We love Jess!
reinforces your confidence in the ability to create.”
Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft
In this article by the New York Times, the author equates success with the discipline, confidence, and creativity that years of music study instills. Paul Allen also is quoted talking about his turn to music after a long day of programming. He said, picking up his guitar was “the emotional analog to his day job, with each channeling a different type of creative impulse.” How many times do we find ourselves searching for that outlet after our 9-5pm? Whatever it may be, there is something special about where music can take you.
The author cleverly points out that many industries have musicians at the helm. Is it a coincidence?
I think not!
“And their experiences suggest that music training sharpens other qualities: Collaboration. The ability to listen. A way of thinking that weaves together disparate ideas. The power to focus on the present and the future simultaneously.”
I agree, what do you think?
- The music/success correlation (heylooksomethingshiny.blogspot.com)
- Music matters (cannonadmission.wordpress.com)
- NYT: Music is the key to success! (horninsights.com)
NEC Prep cello faculty Eugene Kim leads an extremely versatile and multifaceted career as a cello teacher, performer, and arts administrator (and he’s a dad, too!).
Eugene will be featured in an NEC Prep Faculty recital on Saturday, January 18th at 8 PM in Brown Hall. (It’s free!) For more information, click here. Please note that this is a rescheduled recital as of 10/24/2013.
About Eugene Kim: Eugene grew up in New Jersey and moved to the Boston area to go to college and grad school (Harvard and NEC), and has stayed in Boston ever since. In addition to teaching at NEC Prep, Eugene teaches at MIT and has also had stints as Artistic Director of Project STEP and as Executive Director of the Foulger International Music Festival. He lives in Brookline with his wife Jin (Jin-Kyung Joen, NEC Prep violin faculty member!) and son Bruno. He’ll be performing with Jin in his Prep Faculty Recital, so please be sure to come check it out!
Eugene teaches private cello lessons and chamber music at NEC Prep.
Q&A with Eugene Kim
What made you decide to sing/choose the instrument that you play?
After trying to play the violin for a year, I decided to play cello so that I could sit down. Despite my mundane reason for choosing the cello, I grew to love the sound of the instrument.
Are there any musicians in your family?
Yes – in fact, I’m married to Prep violin faculty member Jin-Kyung Joen.
If you could be anything other than a musician, what would you be?
I’d be very interested in working in the technology field–I’m fascinated by how technology changes the way how we interact with each other (for example, the way how we consume music has changed drastically in the last 10 years).
What do you like doing outside of music?
I really enjoy hiking, reading, and cooking.
Most inspiring composer or piece of music?
For me, the answer is always Bach – I feel like he is the bedrock of all western music.
What are the last 3 pieces/songs you listened to?
Bloch’s Nigun, and about all the compositions from the Star Wars movies (my six year old son is in a huge Star Wars phase now.
What do you love most about NEC Prep?
I really enjoy seeing students grow up over the years – it seems like every week I’m looking at a student and saying to them, “wow, you improved so much – and did you grow 3 inches taller in the last month?”
What’s the best piece of musical advice you’ve received and who gave it to you?
I had the great fortune of studying chamber music with Yehudi Wyner, and he always told students to think like a composer – to understand and portray the musical intent behind every note. As an instrumentalist, this was a revelation for me.
Any advice for young musicians in general?
Play lots of chamber music – it’s one of the greatest joys a musician can have!
For more information about Eugene Kim:
Eugene Kim – NEC Biography
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“A Contemporary-Bluegrass Prodigy”
Powerhouse, Sarah Jarosz, is rocking it out on her new album, “Build me up from Bones.” With superior ease, clarity and depth in her sound, this NEC Contemporary Improvisation alum is representing NEC alright!
This album is certainly a must listen. The melodies will move you, the lyrics will ground you, and her voice will bring you home.
Check her out!
You don’t need to overpay for a great MIDI controller keyboard! Musicradar.com is an amazing website that keeps us posted with the latest tech news and products available. Their budget lists provide us with great affordable products that are essential to your music technology setup. From the beginner just stepping out into the music production and technology world, to the advanced music “techie,” this list has the goods for everyone!
Our NEC Certificate students take the Music Production and Technology class as part of the requirements for each different certificate offered. Students gain hands on experience in our music lab as the artist, composer, producer and recording engineer with a final product produced as an online electronic portfolio. Also offered as an online course, you can big your music technology skills from anywhere in the world with NEC!
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Hi there! My name is Jonnie Comfort (or “Comfy” as a couple of friends lovingly named me). When I found out we were only allowed 60 minutes of music for our Desert Island Recording picks, I tried to organize what songs I would want to bring. This is difficult when your library of music on iTunes lasts 13.4 days. So, I picked music that I listen to constantly and could never tire of. I hope you enjoy my list. I’m kinda an opera buff so it is mostly classical (and by “mostly” I mean that there is only one non-classical song!). This first set of songs are arias that close friends and/or colleagues sang and that I completely fell in love with second I heard them. Eccomi… Oh Quante Volte from I Capuleti e i Montecchi by Bellini Montserrat Caballe Allons il le faut… Adieu Notre Petit Table from Manon by Massenet Beverly Sills Temerari! Sortite!- Come Scoglio from Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart Elisabeth Schwarzkopf No Word from Tom from The Rake’s Progress by Stravinsky Dawn Upshaw —- Funnily enough when I first heard Maria Callas I reeeeally disliked her voice and didn’t listen to her for a long time. That is, until I heard this piece and now I honestly cannot get enough of her. She is one of my favorite singers and I could easily bring solely albums of her singing. But then this list would not be very interesting and I would miss Caballe way too much! Addio, del Passato Bei Sogni Ridenti from La Traviata by Verdi Maria Callas —- This is one of my favorite arias with my favorite singer. Her voice is amazing and when she sings in her upper register…..ugh. It gives me feelings of happiness. “Casta diva” from Norma by Bellini Montserrat Caballe —- This is one of my favorite interpretations of Schubert’s Erlkonig, for the sole reason of how distinctly Jessye Norman created the four characters (Narrator, Son, Father, and Erlkonig). It was between this or Mild und Leise from Tristan und Isolde (see what I did there? technically it is not apart of the list but it is here in spirit!). Erlkonig by Schubert Jessye Norman —- I know, I know…these are not the original words but I really love her ornaments in recording…and her. But can you blame me?! Morirò, ma vendicata (Enchanted Island) from Teseo by Handel Joyce DiDonato —- Tosca was the first opera I saw. I was given free tickets to the Met through a family friend and sat in Orchestra, Row J. To this day Tosca is my favorite opera and this aria is just beautiful. Oh, and it is Caballe again… I just like her, okay?! Vissi D’Arte from Tosca by Puccini Montserrat Caballe —- I feel as though this would be such great calming music. A good time for when I start to draw a face on a coconut while on the island and talking to him. It? Anywatm I chose this song cycle by Debussy! Fetes Galantes by Debussy Frederica von Stade —- Wait…what?! I have 2 minutes and 46 seconds left, and there is never a bad time for some Barbara! Don’t Rain on my Parade Barbra Streisand Jonathon Comfort NEC Freshman, Vocal Performance