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“One of the greatest joys

is hearing your music performed by the people you love.”


Composition at NEC focuses on practice and performance, providing numerous opportunities for young composers to interact and collaborate with the world’s best young musicians. Master techniques and theory, exchange ideas with faculty and renowned guest artists, and compose more and more.


Beyond the Studio

What’s in your professional toolkit?

At NEC, you’ll strengthen your music with skills outside of music. In Community Performances & Partnerships, you’ll pitch programming and perform for diverse audiences. In Entrepreneurial Musicianship you’ll make new ventures happen, start to finish. And in Liberal Arts you’ll sharpen the intellectual and communications skills artists need to go further.

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Recent News

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Composer will receive NEC honorary degree at the last of three events celebrating her

Upcoming Events

Kyle Saulnier

This recital is in fulfillment of the requirements for the Doctor of Musical Arts degr

NEC Symphony + Loebel

Contemporary Improvisation Departmental Concert

The Contemporary Improvisation Department presents a departmental concert.