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1902 | NEC Symphony Orchestra

Conservatory director George W. Chadwick creates an ensemble designed to prepare young musicians for professional orchestra careers, and that offers Boston concertgoers affordable, quality concerts of major repertoire, contemporary works, and premieres. Today NEC's orchestra program is led by Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Director of Orchestras Hugh Wolff, and encompasses three full orchestras, a chamber orchestra, and wind ensembles at the College level. The Preparatory School orchestra program offers a six-tier system as well as four chamber orchestras and wind ensembles.

1902 | NEC School of Opera

The Conservatory forms an opera department under the direction of Oreste Bimboni. Key figures in opera instruction since that time have been Boris Goldovsky, John Moriarty, John Greer, and current program directors Joshua Major and Robert Tweten.