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Recent News
Fri, May 17
The London Philharmonic has announced the appointment of Taiwanese-born violist Ting-Ru Lai as its new No. 4 violist.
Thu, May 16
Frank Battisti, Veronica Jochum, John Moriarty, and Gregory Smith will be honored as Faculty Emeriti at Commencement 2019.
Wed, May 15
Taki Award honorees receive a financial prize and support from Marin Alsop and the Taki Fellowship team.
Wed, May 15
We continue our Day in the Life series with a day in the life of Magdalena Abrego '19 MM, a guitarist in the Contemporary Improvisation department.
Tue, May 14
The Merz Trio are currently in residence in NEC's Professional Piano Trio Program under the direction of Vivian Hornik Weilerstein.

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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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Hands holding a notebook of poems
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