Office of Academic Affairs

Students may find information about academic advising, registration guidelines, and more on the Office of Academic Affairs Student Resources website.

Academic Advising

Academic Advisors within the Office of Academic Affairs collaborate with faculty, studio instructors, department chairs, and other administration and staff to provide opportunities for advising across departments and throughout the academic year. 

As a result of collaboration with their advisors, students will:

  • Develop the ability to articulate their values and goals for their education at NEC and the future beyond graduation 
  • Seek curricular and co-curricular opportunities to foster their continued growth 
  • Take responsibility for their educational path and success

Academic Advising Can Help Students…

  • Explore majors, minors, and concentrations
  • Prepare to register for courses
  • Set and meet academic and professional goals
  • Understand NEC policies and procedures
  • Remedy academic difficulties
  • Develop personal and professional habits for success
  • Connect with additional support services


Find Your Advisor

Richard Giarusso

Dean of Academic Affairs

Dean Giarusso advises students in the following majors: 

  • Chamber Music
  • Collaborative Piano
  • Conducting
  • Harvard Dual Degree (*all regardless of major)
  • Music History
  • Music Theory


Sara Stancliffe

Assistant Director of Academic Affairs & Advising

Fulbright Program Adviser and Scholar Liaison

Sara advises students in the following majors: 

  • Brass
  • Contemporary Musical Arts
  • Jazz
  • Woodwinds


Steven Gregory

Senior Coordinator for International & Academic Advising

Primary Designated School Official

Steven advises students in the following majors: 

  • Strings (including Guitar and Harp)


Aidan Gorrell

Academic & International Student Advisor

Aidan advises students in the following majors:

  • Composition
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Vocal Performance



By fostering an environment of inclusion and respect, we work with students to enrich and enhance their NEC experience. 

We aim to support and engage the entire student body by modeling the institution’s core values which strive to create the highest standard of education, promote a supportive learning environment, and nurture innovation. 

Through campus-wide cooperation and collaboration, our staff is dedicated to academic support, health and wellness, accessibility, student activities, residence life, and international services, encouraging students to cultivate their personal and professional skills that prepare and empower them to be active life-long learners and members of a global community.

We advocate for the whole student, providing access to resources and creating opportunities for their development.

We serve as a resource for students, creating a supportive environment for the individual student to explore their unique academic interests and goals. We advocate for students by collaborating with faculty and administrators to ensure student interests are central to institutional conversations and policies. By fostering a consistent relationship with each advisee throughout their entire NEC career, we build a strong foundation for students to take personal responsibility for their educational success. We come to know students as artists, scholars, and people in order to become better equipped to help them succeed in their studies and plan for a future beyond NEC.


Our Partners

Admissions & Financial Aid

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information and contact information for individual admission counselors, visit the Admissions page.

Katherine Drago Luellen, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Claire Paik, Associate Director of Enrollment Management

Alyssa Tong, Assistant Director of Enrollment Management

Rebecca Barry-Wolff, Assistant Director, Student Financial Planning


Center for Cultural Equity and Belonging

Monique Van Willingh, Director of Cultural Equity and Belonging


To get involved or for support, please email Monique Van Willingh. 
Room 203, Saint Botolph Building. 


Community Performances and Partnerships

Tanya Maggi, Dean of Community Engagement and Professional Studies, Community Outreach and Partnerships


Grace Allendorf, Administrative Director of Community Performances and Partnerships


Erik Elmgren, Assistant Dean of Community Engagement and Teaching Artistry


Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Room 201, Saint Botolph Building


Compliance and Title IX

Katrina Chapman, Counsel and Director of Compliance, Title IX Coordinator

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

How to Contact: Email Katrina Chapman for all inquiries.


Entrepreneurial Musicianship

Ryan Mewhorter, Entrepreneurial Musicianship Program Manager


Kiyoshi Hayashi, Career Advising Manager


Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Email for all inquiries.

Room 201, Saint Botolph Building


Office of Student Affairs

Christina Davis, Dean of Students and Campus Life


Matao Bonner, Coordinator of Student Care & Support

Room 224, Saint Botolph Building


Registrar’s Office

Marcia Spellman, Registrar

Sue Wang, Assistant Registrar


Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Email or leave a voicemail at 617-585-1310.

Room 224, Saint Botolph Building


Residence Life

Patrick Hazilla, Resident Director


Student Housing and Activities Center, SLPC


Academic Programs

Chamber Music, Strings, Piano, Woodwinds, Brass, & Percussion

Elizabeth Van Voorhis, Production & Administrative Director for Chamber Music, Strings, Piano, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion


Sally Millar, Administrator for Chorus

Collaborative Piano and Composition

Ali Eaton, Assistant Director of College Administration

Jazz and Contemporary Musical Arts

Rich Frost, Jazz & Contemporary Musical Arts Production & Administrative Director

Opera and Voice

Paul Sieveking, Admin and Production Director for Opera & Voic


Margie Apfelbaum, Director of Large Ensemble Administration



Current students with questions may contact us by email using the links above or stop by our offices in Room 224 of the St. Botolph building for an appointment. Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Lunchtime and seasonal/holiday hours may differ.

Prospective students are encouraged to direct their questions to New England Conservatory's Office of Admissions, where admissions counselors are available to provide answers and assistance.