Fall (September) Enrollment
Most programs at NEC require live auditions or interviews as part of the admissions process. Each instrumental and vocal applicant must audition, either live or by video recording. All live auditions take place at NEC, which provides applicants the opportunity to visit Boston and get to know the NEC community, particularly through sitting in on classes or rehearsals. Tours and information sessions are also available on most audition days.
Live auditions are scheduled after submission of a completed application. For those majors with a prescreening recording requirement, live auditions are offered by invitation only after review of the prescreening. There are a limited number of audition times for each major.
Music theory and musicology are the only majors that do not require an audition or interview.
Please visit Audition Requirements for more detailed audition and recording guidelines.
Spring (January) Enrollment
Students interested in January admission should call the Admissions Office to inqure about anticipated program openings before filing an application. All auditions for January enrollment are normally by recorded audition. However, applicants may be asked to present a live audition based on their major and/or proximity to Boston. To prepare your recording, please refer to the appropriate Audition Requirements. Spring enrollment is not available in the Artist Diploma, Doctor of Musical Arts, Professional Piano Trio Training, or Professional String Quartet Training programs.
Financial aid/scholarship for the January term is limited. In order to be considered for financial aid, applicants must submit the NEC Application for Financial Aid no later than October 15. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are also required to submit results from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For additional information on financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (617) 585-1110.