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Holly Druckman

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What was your first impression of NEC? How has that changed since you’ve been here?

When I first got here, I was really nervous. I’d never lived away from home before. But since I’ve been here I found there is such a great community of like-minded people.

What is the best thing about life in your major?

The best thing about both my majors (music history and conducting) is that they really inform each other. There’s a way to apply everything to more than one use, which means things never get too dull or boring.

Who has been your favorite teacher? Why?

Impossible to decide! I’ve loved every teacher I had here. I love the whole music history staff and, for conducting, Erica Washburn has been really great. I’ve also learned just as much from other students as I have from the staff.

What makes NEC unique? Why did you choose here over other schools?

When I was applying to schools, I was just applying to music history/musicology programs at regular universities. NEC was the only conservatory I applied to and I’m really glad I picked a place that puts a focus on performance.

What is the biggest challenge you’re proud to have overcome here?

I used to have performance anxiety, which I have been able to overcome here. Everyone has been super supportive and made me feel safe.

What advice would you give to incoming students?

Take advantage of as much as you can. NEC is a wonderful place. Any project you want to put on, there are the resources and people here to support you.

NEC is a wonderful place. Any project you want to put on, there are the resources and people here to support you.
Holly Druckman'18 Music History/Conducting
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