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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.


NEC's Black Student Union and Gospel Ensemble Celebrate Coretta Scott King

Students celebrate the accomplishments of activist, musician, and alumna Coretta Scott King


NEC sopranos honored at Met Regional Auditions

Erica Petrocelli '14, '16 MM, '18 AD finished in First Place, Brooke Dircks '17, '19 MM won Encouragement Award


Philharmonia & the NFL

NEC Philharmonia featured in pre-game teaser with John Malkovich in Jordan Hall.

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NEC Alums Receive Annenberg Arts Fellowships

Violinist Robyn Bollinger '13, '15 M.M. and cellist/conductor Nico Olarte-Hayes '12 Harvard/NEC awarded two-year Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowships.

NEC Violist Takes Third Prize at Tertis Competition

Wenhong Luo '17 M.M. studies at NEC with Kim Kashkashian, herself a previous Tertis winner.

Three NEC Musicians Awarded Avery Fisher Career Grants

Violinists Alexi Kenney and Tessa Lark and pianist George Li receive career support through these grants.

Revels Taps NEC Alumna As Music Director

Pianist Megan Henderson '85 will start full-time July 1 as music director of Boston-area organization known since 1971 for "The Christmas Revels."

NEC Cellists Sweep Schadt String Competition

NEC cello students win all three prizes in Allentown Symphony Orchestra competition.

Paul Katz Documentary Premieres in Boston

In Talent Has Hunger, renowned documentarian Josh Aronson follows legendary NEC faculty member and his students over seven-year period.

Prep Alum Wins Senior Division at Sphinx Competition

Cellist Thomas Mesa went on from YPO and lessons at NEC to collegiate studies at Juilliard and Northwestern.

Hugh Wolff to Lead National Orchestra of Belgium

Wolff to maintain Director of Orchestras Post at NEC while beginning his tenure as New Chief Conductor in Belgium, starting September 2017.

NEC Violinist Builds "Time to Listen" with Boston Police

As a City of Boston Artist-in-Residence, violinist/composer Shaw Pong Liu will use music to address gun violence, race, and police-community relations.

NEC Singers among Met Regional Winners

GyuYeon Shim and Erica Petrocelli place in 2016 Regional Finals.