We encourage you to come to campus to see first-hand NEC's vibrant community:

  • Schedule a campus tour.
  • View the Fall and Spring course schedules. Prospective students may sit in on large ensemble rehearsals. Class visit are also possible, but we ask that potential visitors contact the teacher in advance to request permission.
  • Reach out to NEC faculty members via their faculty biography pages.
  • Use our searchable Events Calendar to find a performance during your visit.

Additional resource to help you plan your visit:

October 24: NEC Open House

On Friday, October 24, NEC will open its doors to prospective students and their families for an entire day of rehearsals, seminars, classes, and concerts. It will be an amazing way to immerse yourself in the NEC experience. Please register by contacting nick.gleason@necmusic.edu by October 21. Include your name, potential program and major instrument/voice type, and the number of guests who will be joining you. We look forward to having you on campus!

Friday, October 24, Schedule of Events:

Registration and Campus Tours
8:45am - 4:00pm | Jordan Hall, Room 124

Open Rehearsals
9:00am - 12:00pm

  • NEC Symphony - Jordan Hall
  • NEC Philharmonia - Brown Hall
  • Gospel Ensemble led by Nedelka Prescod '12 M.M., '16 D.M.A.

19th-Century Music and Dance
Putting the Dance in the Music: Playing for Dancing
9:00am - 12:00pm | Pierce Hall
Featuring James Parakilas (Bates College), Ellie Grace, Eden MacAdam-Somer '13 D.M.A., Jacqueline Schwab '83, and Mary Wolff.

Piano Seminar: Improv Workshop III
10:00am - 12:00pm | Keller Room
With pianist Tae Kim '08 M.M., '09 G.D.

Open Classes
12:00pm - 6:00pm | Various Locations

  • Invention in the Style of Bach (Truniger)
  • Intro to Jazz History (Mac-Adam Somer)
  • Intro to Improv (Netsky)
  • Beethoven String Quartets (Graybill)
  • Music Modernism (Minakakis)
  • French Vocal Repertoire (Blaich)

What's Next? Entrepreneurial Musicianship at NEC
1:00pm - 1:45pm | Williams Hall
An interactive session lead by NEC's Entrepreneurial Musicianship team, with firsthand accounts from NEC alumni about what EM programs and services have meant for them.

The Marriage of Music & Dance in Jazz
1:30pm - 3:30pm | Pierce Hall
Featuring Scott Deveaux (University of Virginia) and Andrew Scott '00 M.M. (Humber College).

NEC in the Community
2:00pm - 2:45pm | Williams Hall
The Community Performances & Partnerships team gives a snapshot of their program and shares the promising results of their first alumni survey. Special alumni guests discuss how CPP has influenced their careers in music.

College Admissions and Curriculum Session
3:00pm - 3:45pm | Keller Room

Departmental Repertoire Classes
4:00pm - 6:00pm | Various Locations

Symposium: Music of George Russell
4:00pm - 5:30pm | Keller Room
Featuring founding Jazz Chair Carl Atkins and current NEC faculty member Ben Schwendener.

3-2-1 Ciaconna
4:30pm - 6:00pm | Pierce Hall
With the Borromeo String Quartet.

6:00pm - 7:30pm | President's Library

Festival of Music & Dance
NEC Symphony

8:00pm | Jordan Hall | David Loebel, conductor
Dvorák: Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, Nos. 1-3
Mozart: Idomeneo, K. 367: Ballet Music
Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 2 from The Nutcracker
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
Rouse: The Nevill Feast

George Russell Tribute Concert
8:00pm | Brown Hall
Founding chair of NEC's Jazz department, Carl Atkins, returns to conduct "All About Rosie." All jazz alumni are invited to join the NEC Jazz Orchestra in performing this classic.