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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.

Brannon Cho performance Featured

Brannon Cho '19 AD Awarded First Prize at the 2018 International Paulo Cello Competition

Brannon Cho, Artist Diploma student of Laurence Lesser, wins first prize at the 2018 Paulo International Cello Competition
George Li photo Featured

George Li '19 MM Harvard/NEC Awarded Soloist Recording of the Year by Opus Klassik

George Li, student of Wha Kyung Byun wins the Opus Klassik award for his debut recording "Live at the Mariinsky"
Lorna Cooke deVaron conducts, in a photo taken from the perspective of the chorus. Featured

NEC Mourns the Loss of Lorna Cooke deVaron

Mrs. deVaron was the founding Director of Choral Activities at NEC.
Andrea Kalyn

New England Conservatory Names Andrea Kalyn as New President

New England Conservatory of Music announced today that Andrea Kalyn has been named as its 17th President.
Xu Guo Performing on the Piano on stage at a competition

Students of Meng-Chieh Liu Win Top Prizes in Piano Competition

Xu Guo '20 and Elaine Sin Yee Yap '20 won top prizes at The V Thailand International Piano Competition.
Tanya Kalmanovitch 21CM

Tanya Kalmanovitch: How Quitting Music Made Me An Artist

"Much of what I now teach about art-making comes from my experiences between the ages of 22 and 30, when things fell apart." — Tanya Kalmanovitch, Contemporary Improvisation and Entrepreneurial Musicianship faculty
PRIDE at NEC

Stories of PRIDE from NEC's LGBTQ+ Student Group

NEC's Queer Student Union, known as QUEST, helped celebrate PRIDE month by asking the NEC community: "Who are LGBTQ+ musicians you admire?"
A horizon view, with a fence in front of water and a skyline of pink and blue clouds.

Tanya Kalmanovitch on Climate Change and Music

Contemporary Improvisation faculty Tanya Kalmanovitch asks: “What can any of us, musicians or otherwise, do about oil and climate change?”
Lewis Warren Jr. poses with piano in front of a banner that reads "Texas Motor Speedway."

An NEC Student's Star Spangled Banner at the Texas Motor Speedway

Lewis Warren, Jr. ’19 opened a NASCAR Cup race with an original piano arrangement of U.S national anthem in his home state of Texas.
Two men onstage wearing black commencement gowns

Photos: Commencement 2018

New England Conservatory conferred four honorary degrees during its 147th Commencement Exercises on May 20, 2018. The recipients of the honorary Doctor of Music were Edgar Meyer, Joseph L. Bower, Herb...

NEC Unveils Bust of Coretta Scott King

The Conservatory obtained a sculpture of the alumna and civil rights icon as part of its 150th anniversary.
Naomi Yamaguchi playing the piano

Prep students on From The Top

13-year-old pianist Naomi Yamaguchi, student of Hitomi Koyama, and 17-year-old violinist Alex Goldberg, student of Donald Weilerstein, performed and shared musical memories on From the Top.
Mira Williams playing viola

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

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