New England Conservatory at Walnut Hill School

This internationally acclaimed program, designed in the image of the great European conservatories, absorbs students ages 14–18 into the life of a professional music community with the finest musical and academic training.

Young, gifted musicians pursue their love of music when their minds are most receptive, in a community that cares that each individual fully develops intellectually, artistically, and ethically. A preparatory school linked to a major conservatory of music, NEC at Walnut Hill School offers a depth and talent of faculty that is unequaled.

The comprehensive program provides advanced training in solo and chamber performance, music theory and analysis, ear training, and music history. Orchestral musicians participate in orchestra at NEC, and may participate in chamber music ensembles. Students are enrolled for studio instruction with the NEC Preparatory School’s distinguished faculty and take yearly evaluations.

The opportunity to meet other serious musicians at NEC through chamber music, the Piano Seminar program, large ensembles, performances, and tours, is a great benefit of the program.

For additional information, please go to the Walnut Hill website request a brochure by calling the Walnut Hill School at 508-653-4312.

Project STEP

Project STEP (String Training and Educational Program for Students of Color) is an independent organization sponsored by NEC, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Boston University School for the Arts. In Project STEP, the sponsoring institutions have developed a program to identify and to train, educate, and guide promising young string players of color toward successful careers in classical music — as soloists, teachers, chamber music performers, and orchestra members.

To introduce kindergarten (K–2) students of color to classical music, Project STEP has a special program called “FOCUS on the Boston Schools.” FOCUS allows youngsters with a special affinity for music to participate with their parents in a 14-week program offering eurhythmics, recorder classes, musical demonstrations by STEP students, and one or two well-chosen concerts.

For more information about Project STEP and FOCUS on the Boston Schools, please call the STEP Office at 617-267-5777.

The Handel & Haydn Society Vocal Apprenticeship Program

The Handel and Haydn Society (H&H) Vocal Apprenticeship Program (VAP) provides choral training and performance opportunities for talented young singers in grades 3–12, who may advance through four ensembles based on age and experience. All participants also take music theory/musicianship class and receive free tickets to H&H concerts at Symphony Hall. VAP also includes High School Soloists, a pre-professional vocal program comprising private study in voice and piano at NEC’s Preparatory Division, as well as masterclasses.

VAP is a collaboration among H&H, NEC Prep, and Boston Latin School (BLS). Rehearsals and classes are held at BLS on Saturday mornings throughout the school year. Performance venues include BLS, NEC, Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, and others. VAP ensembles regularly collaborate with other area youth choruses and orchestras, college ensembles, and professional ensembles.

Auditions are held in early fall, January, and late spring, and must be arranged in advance. Please contact Robin Baker, Director of Education, at 617-262-1815, ext. 126 or for more information and to schedule an audition.

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Founded in Boston in 1815, the Handel and Haydn Society is the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the US and will celebrate its Bicentennial in 2015. Under Artistic Director Harry Christophers’ leadership, its mission is to perform Baroque and Classical music at the highest levels of artistic excellence and to share that music with as large and diverse an audience as possible.

Boston Children’s Chorus

The Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) is a multi-racial, multi-cultural arts organization that brings together a diverse group of children grades 2-12 from urban and suburban neighborhoods, schools, religious institutions, and community organizations to discover the power of singing together and serve as ambassadors for their city.

NEC has established a partnership with the Boston Children’s Chorus, through which NEC students serve as fellows to the BCC, assisting in carrying out the instructional and performance programs of the BCC. In addition, NEC and BCC explore opportunities for joint research projects, and support one another’s artistic and musical endeavors in a variety of ways. For more information about the Boston Children’s Chorus, please call 617-778-2242 or visit the BCC website.

From the Top

New England Conservatory founded and is the educational partner and broadcast home for “From the Top,” a weekly radio program that showcases outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country, now carried by more than 200 stations throughout the United States. Visit the From the Top website.

Boston Ballet School

Now in its third year, the collaboration between NEC prep and the Boston Ballet School brings together young artists from different disciplines to learn and perform together. In its first two years, the partnership has focused on joint rehearsals and a gala performance by ypo and BB students at the historic Boston opera House, with new and expanded collaborative opportunities being planned for the near future. As the official school of Boston Ballet, and under the direction of Mikko Nissinen, Boston Ballet School promotes excellence and access to the art form of ballet through dance education with a goal of inspiring a life-long love of dance in every student.