Applicants are considered for admission based on a review of audition results, overall academic history, artistic preparation, and letters of recommendation.

NEC accepts applications for fall (September) admission into all majors and degree programs. Fall applicants must submit the online application by December 1.

As described in the Audition Requirements, many programs require a prescreening recording.

Please see the detailed information for:

Undergraduate Applicants

Graduate Applicants

Applications for spring (January) admission are accepted on a space-available basis. Students interested in applying for the spring semester should contact the Admissions Office about anticipated openings before submitting an application.

The New England Conservatory of Music does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or veteran status in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other Conservatory-sponsored activities.

Questions? Need more information?

Learn more by completing the NEC Request for Information Form.

You can also contact us at admission@necmusic.edu or 617-585-1101. For specific questions about your intended area of study, please contact the Admissions team member for your major or program, as listed below.

Alex Powell
Assistant Dean for Admissions
Artist Diploma, String Quartet Program, Piano Trio Program
alex.powell@necmusic.edu  617-585-1103

Nick Gleason
Assistant Director of Admissions
Jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, Brass, Percussion,
Composition, Theoretical Studies, Musicology
nick.gleason@necmusic.edu  617-585-1105

Emily Tweedy
Admissions Counselor
Strings and Woodwinds
emily.tweedy@necmusic.edu  617-585-1104

Admissions Counselor (open position)
Voice, Piano, Collaborative Piano, Conducting, Historical Performance
Please direct questions about these majors to admission@necmusic.edu

We look forward to hearing from you!