NEC's Contribution to Conducting
Important conductors have emerged from NEC since the school's founding. A sampling from modern times includes Leonard Bernstein, an NEC day student in the 1930s; opera conductors Sarah Caldwell '46, '79 hon. D.M. and John Moriarty '52, '92 hon. D.M.; former San Francisco Symphony music director Herbert Blomstedt, who studied here in the early 1950s; Kenneth Schermerhorn '50 DP, who led the Nashville Symphony to Carnegie Hall and a Grammy award; John Oliver '67 M.M., founder of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus; and Eiji Oue '81 A.D., who led aggressive outreach and recording programs at the Minnesota Orchestra.
Recent alumni are emerging in the new generation of orchestra leaders, and NEC has now admitted its second class in a reconstituted Orchestral Conducting major.
2011-07-21 Joshua Weilerstein '05 Prep, '09, '11 M.M. named New York Philharmonic assistant conductor. Read the NEC press release.
2011-06-14 Aram Demirian '11 M.M. to lead the NEC Preparatory School's new String Repertory Orchestra. Read the NEC press release.
2010-10-26 - Boston Baroque announces the engagement of David Gaylin '76 M.M. in Wind Ensemble Conducting to be its new Executive Director. Besides his NEC degree, Gaylin holds degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Business School. A clarinetist, he has served on NEC's Board of Overseers and Visitors, and during his student years he conducted Harvard’s Gilbert & Sullivan Players and the Boston University Savoyards.
2010-10-26 - NEC and the Handel and Haydn Society announce a new orchestral conducting apprenticeship program that focuses on historically informed performance. Read the NEC press release.
2010-06-30 - Aram Demirjian, one of two students in the Orchestral Conducting program, conducts Bernstein's "Candide" Overture with the Boston Pops during Armenian Night at the Pops. This is the latest in the newly created partnership between the Pops and the conducting program. Read about it in The Armenian Weekly.
2010-03-22 - The Boston Symphony Orchestra announces that Jayce Ogren '03 M.M., a wind ensemble conducting major who studied with Charles Peltz, will step in to conduct in place of James Levine for concerts March 25, 26, and 27, that include the world premiere of Peter Lieberson's Songs of Sorrow and Love.
Read the BSO press release.
2010-02-18 - Mei-Ann Chen '95, '98 M.M. is named music director of the Memphis Symphony, the position vacated by NEC's new Associate Director of Orchestras, David Loebel. Chen simultaneously completed master's degrees in violin and conducting at NEC, and was the first woman to win the International Malko Competition for Young Conductors. Read the NEC press release.
2009-05-17 Joshua Weilerstein '05 Prep, '09, '11 M.M., one of the first two students admitted to NEC's new Orchestral Conducting major, wins the International Malko Competition for Young Conductors at age 21. Read the NEC press release.
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