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Recent News
Fri, December 6
The Verona Quartet graduated from NEC's Professional String Quartet Program in 2019 and have been selected to receive the Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2020–21 and 2021–22 seasons.
Mon, December 2
“He was thought of as this maverick who could change the whole outlook of the conservatory,” says George Schuller, who graduated from NEC in 1982.
Fri, November 22
First prize of $7,500 plus project coaching from EM (Entrepreneurial Musicianship) at NEC was awarded to current student Naledi Masilo for her Dreaming Girls Music Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Fri, November 22
Alumni and faculty at NEC have been honored with nominations for the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards, which take place on Sunday, January 26, 2020. 
Fri, November 15
Zehavi Rodriguez, Jordan Bak, and Gabriel Martins have earned places in the Sphinx Competition semifinals.

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The NEC Difference

The NEC Difference

Our students not only immerse themselves in their musical studies with an intense focus, but are also encouraged to expand their perspectives and cross boundaries. The result of this process is the discovery of the individual authentic voice.

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Entrepreneurial Musicianship

Work your art.

Put together the toolbox you’ll need to be the best working musician possible. EM projects reflect the incredible diversity of student interests. Whatever you pursue, you’ll hone skills that get you out of the practice room and into the real world.

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EM grantee Rayna Chou combines architecture and music in Taiwan

Community Performances and Partnerships

NEC makes music in the most interesting places.

NEC students perform and teach in over 125 community partnerships across the city (like hospitals, libraries, homeless shelters, senior centers, and the Boston Public Schools) as well as in some of Boston’s most iconic venues. Music is such a powerful connection—you’ll love sharing it!

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Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts

At NEC you’ll strengthen your music with skills outside of music. In Liberal Arts you’ll sharpen the intellectual and communications skills artists need to go farther.

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I came here to be a classical musician, and I left being a more well-rounded person.
Dan Cho ’16, ’19 MMViolin Performance, Wind Ensemble Conducting