Board-Student Mentor Program

Dear First-Year NEC Student,

Welcome to NEC!

With the beginning of the school year only a few months away, we would like to tell you about an exciting program open to all new students: the Board-Student Mentor Program (BSMP).

Now entering its 15th year, the Mentor Program is essentially a friendship program, designed to help you establish a meaningful relationship with an NEC board member or alumnus/a. While the majority of our Mentors have professional and life experience outside of the music field, they are all avid music lovers and active leaders in the Greater Boston community who can provide you with a different perspective from your student experience.

Students and Mentors alike applaud the BSMP as a unique and invaluable experience that deepens their understanding of and connection to what’s happening inside and outside the NEC community. Currently, more than ten percent of NEC’s students have a mentor through the BSMP. Please bear in mind that this is an optional program and is available to you as a new student only if you wish to take part and commit to a mentoring relationship.

Matched according to common interests, personalities and expectations, Mentors and Mentees develop their relationship by getting together—from informal chats over coffee or lunch to outings at concerts, museums, or exploring other mutual interests. In addition to one-on-one interactions with your Mentor, the program staff organizes several group gatherings throughout the year, which provide a wonderful opportunity to interact with your fellow program participants.

You will find additional information about the Board-Student Mentor Program here. If you are interested in becoming a Mentee, please complete and return the application form by July 25 to:

Barbara Raney, Executive Assistant
Office of the President
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5018

or scan and send via e-mail to Barbara Raney.

Informal "matching" interviews will take place Tuesday, September 8 between 11:00am and 2:00pm, and a Mentor Program orientation meeting will take place in mid-September. In the meantime, if you have any questions about this program, please contact Barbara Raney in the Office of the President by e-mail or at 617-585-1201.

We hope that you will take advantage of this wonderful program, which should be as rewarding and fun for you as it is for your Mentor. Enjoy the rest of your summer, and we look forward to meeting you in the fall!

With best wishes,

Marie Llewellyn, Chair
Board-Student Mentor Program

Barbara Raney
Program Coordinator