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Sean Callery found success creating soundtracks for movies and television.

Alumni Stories

Look at any concert stage or into any orchestra pit anywhere in the world and you are likely to see NEC alumni. Yes, we have alumni who are renowned soloists and chamber musicians, Yes, they are in the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. And, there are NEC alumni in hundreds of other orchestras and ensembles, from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Opera de Nationale Paris to the San Francisco Ballet and the Jerusalem Symphony.

Our alumni are found throughout nearly every musical genre. From the band Lake Street Dive to singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz to funk legend Bernie Worrell to jazz greats Darcy James Argue, Don Byron, Regina Carter, Fred Hersch, John Medeski, Vaughn Monroe, Sara Serpa, Luciana Souza, Cecil Taylor, and Rachel Z, just to name a few.

Our alumni make an enormous contribution to music education, teaching at conservatories, universities, and schools throughout the world. And, many go into fields other than music, becoming entrepreneurs, executives, lawyers, and medical professionals, all with the intensity, focus, and drive that come from a serious musical education.

We are proud of the incredible impact of NEC alumni!

Alumni News


NEC's 2016 Grammy Winners

Sarah Jarosz, '13 Contemporary Improvisation, took home Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Performance, while Third Coast Percussion, a percussion quartet which includes Robert Dillon '04 M.M., won Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.


Stanford Thompson Named TED Fellow

Stanford Thompson '10, who completed the Sistema Fellows Program at NEC, has been selected as one of 15 TED Fellows for 2017.

This has been one of the most healthy learning environments, particularly in music, that I’ve had.
Aram Demirjian ’11 M.M.Orchestral Conducting