About EM

EM is available to students through individual advising, courses, project funding, and paid experiential learning. The EM Team are conservatory-trained professionals with experience in many genres of music, from classical to rock, both onstage and beyond. NEC students and alumni have access to free one-on-one advising sessions about anything from bio writing and resumes to grant proposals, long term projects, career direction, and artistic goals.

Our office is in room 106 of the St. Botolph building, across from Pierce Hall.

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Associate Dean of EM, Annie Phillips

Anna-Christina (ANNIE) Phillips

Associate Dean & Faculty

A clarinet/bass clarinetist with experience both on and off stage in arts organizations of all sizes, Annie is most interested in what factors contribute to a fulfilling life in the arts, the future of work, and how a musical skillset fits in. At NEC, she teaches arts marketing.

Previously, Annie co-created and taught Musical Startups, the first graduate level professional development course at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; was co-director of Switchboard Music, which in ten years presented over 850 musicians in both an annual marathon festival and in a monthly concert series that she founded. As Operations & Programs Lead at Zoo Labs, a music accelerator that invests in and explores the intersection of creativity, craft, and commercial viability, Annie helped more than thirty bands build their models for success through an artist residency program. For five years, she was managing director and led educational programming for the Magik*Magik Orchestra, which in that time span created over half a million dollars in income for Bay Area orchestral freelancers. She has also worked in publicity for the San Francisco Symphony, the Grammy-nominated Bay Brass, Sqwonk, The Living Earth Show, and Mobius Trio, and was a founding member of the contemporary group Nonsemble 6, which presented memorized and staged chamber music in venues including the Kennedy Center, the California Academy of Sciences, and Stanford University. 

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Annie trained with Steven Barta at the Peabody Conservatory and Luis Baez and Jerome Simas at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Outside of work, Annie enjoys rowing on the Charles River and knitting.


Drew Worden

Andrew Worden

Assistant Dean & Faculty

Andrew Worden is a drummer, percussionist, and composer in Boston, MA where he is Faculty and Assistant Dean of Entrepreneurial Musicianship at the New England Conservatory.

As a composer, Andrew's percussion music is programmed frequently at conservatories and universities around the world with recent performances in France, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Malaysia, Colombia, and across the United States. His music has been performed by the Paris Percussion Group, the Eastman Percussion Ensemble, and was featured at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 2017 and in Carnegie Hall in 2018. As a composer for multimedia, Andrew's original scores can be heard in the documentary Spiritus (Student Academy Awards, finalist) and the children’s book series Yum & Yuk.

Alongside composer Ivan Trevino, Andrew recently started The Big Trouble, a percussion / songwriting collective focused on creating music for percussion and vocals in an indie-rock aesthetic. The Big Trouble was the recipient of an Arts Grant from The Boston Foundation in 2017 and has since released their debut album on Spotify and iTunes.

He currently teaches two courses at NEC: Health & Wellness for Musicians and Grant Writing for Artists, where he has helped students earn more than $100,000 in paid performances and grants. Prior to his appointment at NEC, Andrew was Managing Director of the Mizzou International Composer’s Festival, and a post-graduate intern in Performing Arts Medicine at the Eastman School of Music.

Andrew earned the MM in Percussion Performance and Certificate in Arts Leadership from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Michael Burritt and Bill Cahn.