Want a taste of NEC college life?

During the month of June, NEC Summer Programs provide high school and college students the opportunity to engage some of our NEC faculty, students and alumni in unique and exciting programs.

Body Mapping

This day-long workshop, led by Vanessa Mulvey, is an opportunity for performers and teachers to learn the fundamentals of Body Mapping, known for enhancing performance efficiency, reducing performance stress, and increasing each performer’s capacity for expression. This workshop is perfect for wind players who want to capitalize on their lung capacity, vocalists who want to free their physical form for better performance, pianists who want to reach their technical and expressive potential, and string players who want to ensure healthy playing arms.

Body Mapping illuminates the accurate anatomical design of movement as it relates to music-making.  Workshop topics will include: optimizing attention and the music-making senses, balance for sitting and standing, breathing, and arm and hand movement. Each area includes memorable strategies to integrate into practice and performance.

With the help of Body Mapping, performance confidence grows, expression flows and new career goals come into focus.  College and adult musicians (amateur through professional) as well as advanced high school students are encouraged to register. This workshop is also open to high school and college faculty looking for resources to bring into their classrooms and lessons.

Conductors Forum

During an intensive five days, several chosen participants will encounter music with Frank Battisti, (former NEC Wind Ensemble director; founder, Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble and World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles), Charles Peltz (Music Director, NEC Wind Ensemble, Glens Falls Symphony; Director of Orchestras, Luzerne Summer Music Center) and other NEC faculty.

Morning seminars will involve discussion and study of scores, aesthetics and perspectives on music. Afternoon conducting sessions will include conducting a complete ensemble. The overall structure of the week will enable all participants to enjoy the educational benefits of intensive and highly personalized instruction and discussion. 

Boston GuitarFest

Boston GuitarFest is the dream of visionary guitar virtuoso and Artist Director Eliot Fisk, and is cosponsored by New England Conservatory and Northeastern University. Guitarists of all ages and levels will participate in a variety of available programs that include lessons, ensembles, workshops, competitions, masterclasses, and concerts. Special guest artists will join Eliot Fisk in this year’s festival for concerts and masterclasses.

If you have not already visited the Boston GuitarFest website, you can do so at bostonguitarfest.org, where you can find guest artist bios, a schedule of events, videos and photos of previous festivals, housing information, and tickets and program information for all concerts.

Jazz Lab

Spend a week in the city eating and breathing jazz with some of the best musicians in the country. Surround yourself with like-minded musicians, make friendships that will last a lifetime, and learn for yourself why NEC is the best place to be for a young jazz musician. Unlike many other summer jazz programs, the NEC Jazz Lab offers both an intimate setting for learning combined with the rich urban landscape of Boston. Join us as we welcome this year’s renowned guest artists, The Bad Plus, Alex Brown, and Jason Palmer!


The Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) was started by Artistic Director Stephen Drury as an intensive performance seminar on music of the 20th century, and for many years enrollment was open only to advanced pianists; since 2005 the program has also been open to percussionists, finally expanding by 2009 to include vocalists and all other instrumentalists. SICPP is now a full-blown annual chamber music festival focused on works of the 20th and 21st centuries, with an electronic music workshop, and featuring the SICPP New Works Program - a composition workshop where advanced composers have the opportunity to study with the Composer-in-Residence (this year, Georg Friedrich Haas), engage in colloquia with fellow composers, and work directly with musicians in the rehearsal and performance of their work.
The experience is intense and demanding - eight days of master classes, lessons, colloquia, rehearsals, topped off by incredible nightly concerts given by SICPP faculty, guest artists and Ensemble-in-Residence the Callithumpian Consort.

Selected soloists participate throughout the week in masterclasses led by SICPP faculty and guest artists. Most accepted performers participate in chamber groups which perform on the final marathon concert we call the Iditarod. We are excited to announce that this year select SICPP fellows will have the opportunity to perform solo works in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's new concert hall on afternoon concerts each weekday.