New England Conservatory hosts the Eastern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, which runs from March 6 to 8. The conference centers on the theme of "Crossing Over" and features the many different kinds of music we now perform, influenced by jazz, world, ethnic, techno, pop, fusion—it runs the gamut.

George Gershwin – the first to swim in the Third Stream?   What was his influence on the marriage of classical and the elusive “other”?  Musicologist, Boston Symphony program annotator and celebrated speaker on music, Steven Ledbetter devotes his thoughts to the role of Gershwin in the advent of crossover music.

Please register here for the conference.

Download a PDF of the conference schedule.

Pricing for walk-in attendees

The various events of the conference are open to registered participants, as well as by day pass, which can be purchased at the entrance to NEC's Jordan Hall.

Day Pass (includes presentations): $55, $10 for high school teachers with i.d., free for all high school and local college students with i.d.

All evening concerts are free and open to the public.

Three-day conference registration price for college students is $50.

Date: March 7, 2014 - 6:30:PM
Price: Conference registration required, or admission by day pass purchased at the entrance to NEC's Jordan Hall.
Location: Northeastern University's Fenway Center

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