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!

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

Julia Nadeau, Campus Visit Coordinator
General Inquiries and Tours  617-585-1101

Emily Cox, Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion  617-585-1114

Claire Paik, Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
Piano, Collaborative Piano, Piano Chamber Music, Piano Trio Program,
Composition, Theory, Musicology  617-585-1102

Zach Schwartz, Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
Strings, Conducting, String Quartet Program, Voice  617-585-1104

Alex Powell, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Jazz, Contemporary Improvisation  617-585-1103

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.