New England Conservatory is a proud member of the Fenway Alliance, a consortium of Boston’s finest institutions for arts, culture, and education. The Fenway Alliance was founded in 1977, and in 1998 moved for the formation of the Fenway Cultural District, which highlights the wealth of culture that lies in the area, from organizations like the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Huntington Theatre Company, and Massachusetts Historical Society, to the Museum of Fine Arts, and Harvard School of Public Health. The Alliance helps its members to bring projects to fruition by providing advocacy and means for fundraising.
The Fenway Alliance produces and markets Opening Our Doors, an annual day-long celebration of the Fenway Cultural District. Opening Our Doors Day takes place on Columbus Day each year, and is always filled with free events, lectures, concerts and open houses. NEC presents many events in Opening Our Doors Day--both at NEC and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and has even served as the venue for OOD Kickoff events.
Among performers and performances CPP has presented for Opening Our Doors Day are the Trio Cleonice, the most recent ensemble in NEC’s Professional Piano Trio Training Program; Soo Han and Maria Rindenello-Parker playing jazz standards, and a program of opera excerpts by NEC singers.