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. DMA and John Moriarty '52, '92 hon. DMA; 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 MM, founder of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus; Eiji Oue '81 AD, who led aggressive outreach and recording programs at the Minnesota Orchestra; and Mei-Ann Chen '95, '98 MM, music director of the Memphis Symphony and Chicago Sinfonietta.
Recent alumni are emerging in the new generation of orchestra leaders. Joshua Weilerstein '05 Prep, '09, '11 MM is the Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, after having served as Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic from 2011-2014. Aram Demirjian '11 MM is Music Director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, following an Associate Conductor position with the Kansas City Symphony. Lio Kuokman '13 GD is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Earl Lee '15 GD is the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s RBC Resident Conductor. Nathan Aspinall '15 MM is the Assistant Conductor of the Jackosnville Symphony. Andres Lopera '12 MM is Assistant Conductor with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Matthew Szymanski '13 MM is the founder and Music Director of Phoenix, a Boston-based orchestra. Jayce Ogren '03 MM, a wind ensemble conducting major who studied with Charles Peltz, is Artistic Director of Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia and has conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, and Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris.
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