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We are the village it takes to produce the highest caliber musicians, for whom music is language, memory, community, social force, and mover of humanity. Here are the latest stories about our students, faculty, and alumni from all areas of NEC life—our College, Preparatory School, and School of Continuing Education.

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Convocation 2018 — Student Remarks and Highlights

Convocation 2018 took place on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 in Jordan Hall. The program included performances by students, announcements of the Presidential Scholarships and Presidential Distinction...

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An Interview with Dave Douglas

Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer, educator and entrepreneur from New York City known for the stylistic breadth of his work and for keeping a diverse set of ensembles and projects active...

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Evren Ozel and Aristo Sham Win at 2018 Dublin International Piano Competition

Students of Wha Kyung Byun and Victor Rosenbaum win at Dublin International Piano Competition

NEC Pianists at Competitions

In May and June, NEC pianists were prize winners at competitions in Brussels, Milwaukee, New York, and Sendai.

Dave Holland Named NEA Jazz Master

NEC Visiting Artist-in-Residence, bassist/composer Dave Holland earns nation’s highest honor in jazz.

2016 Alumni Commencement Remarks: Luciana Souza

Jazz Vocalist Luciana Souza '94 M.M. was invited to deliver greetings from the NEC Alumni Association at Commencement 2016.

Bernie Worrell (1944–2016)

One of the most sampled musicians on the planet, keyboardist and co-founder of Parliament/Funkadelic studied piano at NEC in the 1960s.

2016 Student Commencement Speech: Daniel Hersog

Graduating master's jazz composition major Daniel Hersog '16 M.M. was selected as Student Speaker for Commencement 2016.

CI Ensemble Awarded at First-Ever M-Prize Competition

Taking third prize in "Senior Open" division, Alfaia was NEC's 2014-2015 Wild Card Honors Ensemble.

Ji-Won Song Wins Mozart Violin Competition

NEC Student Ji-Won Song Wins 2016 Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition

2016 Doris Duke Artists Include Four NEC Musicians

NEC Jazz Alumni and Faculty among Final Group of Doris Duke Artist Awards Recipients

American Academy of Arts and Letters Inductees

American Academy of Arts and Letters inducts NEC alum David Rakowski and awards Charles Ives Scholarship to NEC senior Sonnet Swire.

Nielsen Violin Competition Prize Winner

NEC Graduate Student Luke Hsu Wins Third Prize at 2016 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition