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NEC Students Perform on WGBH Holiday Special With Ben Folds

‘Tis the Night features NEC students performing alongside violinist Aisslinn Nosky, dancer Caleb Teicher, and singer-songwriter Ben Folds.

Grace Park Wins 2018 International Naumburg Violin Competition

Grace Park, student of Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried, wins the Naumburg Competition

Whitney Robinson AD ’20 debuts with Odyssey Opera via NEC joint Artist Diploma/Apprentice Program

Whitney Robinson AD ’20 appeared to excellent reviews in Odyssey Opera's recent production of Gounod's Le médecin malgré lui . Robinson is the first student to be accepted into New England

Erica Petrocelli Wins Sullivan Award

Congratulations to Erica Petrocelli ‘14 ‘16 MM ‘18 AD , who has received an award from the William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation . In addition to a cash award of $10,000, the Sullivan Award

Brannon Cho '19 AD Awarded First Prize at the 2018 International Paulo Cello Competition

Brannon Cho, Artist Diploma student of Laurence Lesser, wins first prize at the 2018 Paulo International Cello Competition

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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
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