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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.

Reviews of Greenwald's Oxford Opera Handbook

"Contributors were given a keyword and instructed, more or less, to build their own sandboxes and have some fun." —Helen Greenwald, Introduction to The Oxford Handbook of Opera

New Role Study Program with Boston Lyric Opera

NEC opera students will shadow professional singers cast in BLO productions.

NEC String Players at Competitions

In May and June, NEC string players were prize winners at competitions in Bordeaux, South Bend, Montréal, Houston, and Sendai.

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