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Recent News
Wed, August 21
Paul Biss on his 75th birthday concert, playing chamber music with loved ones, and why beauty is necessary to the human soul.
Tue, August 20
NEC welcomes new orchestral conducting student Tristan Rais-Sherman, and congratulates conducting alumni Radu Paponiu, & Nathan Aspinall on recent appointments.
Tue, August 13
Rachael Price and Vilray met as jazz students at NEC.
Fri, August 9
Claire Deokyong Kim ’21 shares reflections on performing Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 in E–flat Major with NEC Philharmonia as the winner of NEC's 2019 spring concerto competition.
Tue, August 6
Top category honors went to Fred Hersch, Miguel Zenón, and Sara Serpa, with additional nods to many other alumni and faculty.

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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