How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in NEC. We are a community of many of the world's most talented young musicians, and we hope you consider joining us!

Please be sure to read all of the application instructions thoroughly, and note that there are significant changes from prior years:


  • NEC will return to a live audition format for Fall 2022 auditions, but there is flexibility for applicants who are unable to travel to Boston due to ongoing pandemic restrictions. Additional information regarding these options will be provided to applicants who pass the prescreening round. 

  • Applications for Fall 2022 (September) admission must be submitted by December 1. Most programs require a prescreening recording as described in our Audition Requirements.

Applications for Spring (January) admission are accepted on a space-available basis. Students interested in a Spring 2022 start term should contact the Admissions staff about anticipated openings before submitting an application.

Please see detailed information for:

Undergraduate Applicants

Graduate Applicants

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Contact Us

We are currently working on a hybrid in-person/remote schedule due to the present global pandemic situation, so the best way to contact us is by email. In order to answer your inquiries promptly, we ask that you do not call our offices, but rather that you use the email addresses below. We strongly encourage you to directly contact the staff member for your intended major/instrument:

Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, Jazz, Contemporary Improvisation
Austin Comerford, 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, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion, Conducting, String Quartet Program
Zach Schwartz, Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

General Inquiries

Lauren Urbanek, Associate Dean for Financial Aid 


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