How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in NEC. We are fortunate to have many of the world's best young musicians apply here each year; we hope you are one of them!

Due to the global health situation, NEC will be adapting our application and admissions procedures for the Spring and Fall 2021 application periods. Most programs will require a recorded audition as described in our Audition Requirements (with repertoire guidelines to be updated in mid-September). Applications for spring (January) admission are accepted on a space-available basis. Students interested in January entry should contact us about anticipated openings before submitting an application.

Please see detailed information for:

Undergraduate Applicants

Graduate Applicants

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We are currently working remotely due to health concerns. Please do not attempt to call our offices. We can be reached at

For specific questions about your intended major, please contact the Admissions team member for your program:

General Inquiries

Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion
Emily Cox, Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid 

Jazz, Contemporary Improvisation
Shanell Percy, Admissions and Financial Aid Counselor

Piano, Collaborative Piano, Piano Chamber Music, Piano Trio Program,
Composition, Theory, Musicology

Claire Paik, Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Strings, Conducting, String Quartet Program
Zach Schwartz, Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Vocal Performance, Vocal Pedagogy, Opera
Kimberly Ouellette, Admissions and Financial Aid Counselor 

Alex Powell, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid 

Lauren Urbanek, Associate Dean for Financial Aid 


NEC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or veteran status in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other Conservatory-sponsored activities.