Listen Online: #NECMusicHub

While we can't connect in person right now, we won't stop making music. There is beauty, community, and optimism inherent in making music, even in these challenging times.

#NECMusicHub: NEC musicians are sending messages of hope and connection from all parts of the globe. Follow our new #NECMusicHub series to hear NEC musicians committed to bringing listeners together across distance and difficulty.

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Listen Online: New Concert Videos Every Monday

Music Monday: We release new recordings from NEC's concert halls every Monday. We hope that these concerts will help fill your home life with powerful music, while we wait to be able to welcome you to our concert halls once more.

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Geographically distant, musically united.

NEC remains an active and vibrant community. While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought changes to the way we teach, learn, and collaborate, we are a community that is committed to supporting each other, to celebrating great artistry, and to sharing in the power of music.

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NEC Resource Center

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to visit the NEC Resource Center for a daily briefing, frequently asked questions, IT resources for teaching and learning online, and more.

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Our Musical Community

NEC is a community that fosters connection and collaboration among the world's most talented students and faculty, in an environment that inspires personal and artistic growth.

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Recent News
Mon, June 1
NEC stands in solidarity with our Black students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and the entire Black community.
Thu, May 28
After her “Homage to Grämlis” tour was cancelled due to COVID-19, Gabriela Martina ’21 MM created the Dinner With My Neighbor series to stay connected and “just be there for somebody.”
Thu, May 21
College faculty member Ran Blake, conducting alum Aram Demirjian, and Prep students Ariel Wang, Evan Tsai, Luke Henderson, Sarah Campbell, Nathan Emans, and Zani Lewis have been honored for lifetime contributions to jazz, excellence in conducting, and exceptional musicianship in young chamber musicians, respectively.
Sun, May 17
NEC alumni, faculty, staff, and loved ones gathered online to celebrate the graduating class through concerts and a digital celebration.
Thu, May 14
“Most of the patients were unconscious and intubated, but still I could connect with them through music,” says Henrique, who joins the efforts of musicians and doctors at NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital to support ICU patients.

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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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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